Sam Berkow on Line Arrays

January 2005
Mix;Jan2005, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p42
The article presents an interview of sound engineer Sam Berkow. When he was asked about the edge of using a line array over a conventional speaker enclosure, he replied that line arrays tend to work best in situations in which there is a long throw or a challenging reverberant condition. The advantages of line arrays is that the directivity of the array comes from direct-radiating loudspeakers, so one can eliminate the use of horns, which can have that nasal horn sound. Further, within limits, one can control the directivity via processing.


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