FixIt: Jim Yakabuski

Oct 1, 2003 12:00 PM


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Known for his seven years as FOH for Van Halen, Jim Yakabuski has recently worked for Avril Lavigne and Matchbox Twenty. He is also the author of Professional Sound Reinforcement Techniques, available from

“In large halls and arenas, line array systems can help achieve even front-to-back SPLs and frequency response. Here's a tip for smoothing level and tonality when using ‘old-school’ systems; i.e., horizontally arrayed columns of speakers. Assuming the system can be divided [electronically] into a top [long-throw] and bottom [nearfill] cluster, start your tuning process by balancing and EQ'ing only the top section along with the sub-bass and get that right at the back of the hall. Once that's done, blend in the lower section of speakers [usually at a lower volume and smoother EQ] to make up for what's missing up front.”

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