Author: By Rob Tavaglione for ProSoundNetwork.com
April 22,2015
As it happens from time to time, I get requests for advice from fellow engineers. Sure, there's questions about compressors or methodologies, but the most common is the good ol' “what mic should I buy?” question. This recent inquiry from Terry Moore of Abstract Studios in Houston—asking about affordable mic purchases for singer/songwriters—seemed like it might be informative for a lot of our readers. Terry was agreeable with sharing, so here you go
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Author: By by Mr. Bonzai
April 14,2015
This interview with the remarkable Stan Freberg, from the Lunching With Bonzai series of 167 interviews, first appeared in Mix magazine in 1983. I met Stan Freberg not because I recognized his face, but because I overheard his voice in a crowded L.A. supermarket. I did a mental double-take, looked around and pushed my way through the shopping carts to shake this man's hand. He cordially introduced his 12-year-old son, Donavan, and we made plans for a lunching. I thought it would be revealing fun to meet with two generations of Frebergs.
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Author: By by Clive Young
April 6,2015
Frank Sinatra knew his way around a recording session, as this seven-minute, fly-on-the-wall clip of the singer recording “It Was A Very Good Year” shows. Singing with a live orchestra, the Chairman of the Board puffs away on his cigarettes, keeps an ear out for bad notes, cracks jokes to keep the mood up and remains focused on the practical demands of the day, too, concerned that the song remain short enough for rigid radio formats.
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Author: By by Clive Young
April 2,2015
How metal is guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal? The guy has played with Guns n’ Roses and Lita Ford, and co-wrote and performed the theme to VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show—and those are just a few of the highlights from his 20 year-plus career. “First-call guitar player” isn’t the only hat he wears though—truthfully, Thal is a one-man industry, as you can get your hands on everything from Bumblefoot guitar cases to hot sauces. And if you pick up his latest solo album, Little Brother Is Watching, you’ll find he’s adept at producing, engineering and conducting gang vocals, too.
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Author: By by Steve Harvey
March 31,2015
The April, 2015 issue of Pro Sound News features a special report, Immersive Sound: New Tools Of The Trade (which can be read HERE). Expanding on the report, we present further insight in this online continuation.
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Author: By by Clive Young
March 30,2015
“All About That Bass” may have been a hit song last summer, but it’s also the basic concept behind a prototypical fire extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out flames. Created by Viet Tran and Seth Robertson, engineering seniors at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, the invention uses sound waves in the 30 to 60 Hertz range to separate oxygen from an object on fire, extinguishing flames without using water or chemicals.
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Author: By Strother Bullins, Reviews Editor, NewBay Media AV/Pro Audio Group
March 10,2015
If you’re on Facebook and are public about your musical habit, you’ve likely seen ads from Monoprice. They sell their own branded musical instruments—products ranging from band/orchestral to rock band gear and associated portable PA—and, most recently, pro audio products, as in a 2.25 lb., large diaphragm, multi-pattern condenser microphone, one of the three products I review for Pro Sound News in the April 2015 issue.
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Author: By by Clive Young
March 9,2015
Back in the early days of punk rock, FOH engineers had to make sure the console didn’t get hit by The Three Bs: Beers, Bodies and Blood. Today, that doesn’t happen as much—is it because punk audiences are better behaved now? Heck no! It’s ’cause the crowd is too busy holding iPhones in the air, blocking everyone’s view—including the FOH engineer's. If you can’t see the stage from the mix position thanks to the forest of outstretched arms, here’s one of the original punkers—Marky Ramone himself—with a very DIY solution.
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Author: By by Clive Young
March 5,2015
The Glastonbury Festival is legendary in the UK festival world; founded in 1970, the five-day event has become the premiere music event of the year, held annually the last weekend of June. For those who just can't wait for their yearly helping of great music and acres of mud, Martin Audio has commissioned this fantastic Lego recreation of the iconic Pyramid Stage, which it will display at ProLight+Sound in Frankfurt at stand F60 in Hall 8.0.
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Author: By Strother Bullins, Reviews Editor, NewBay Media AV/Pro Audio Group
February 26,2015
Above the slogan "People who don't have time make time to read the Wall Street Journal" is will.i.am: "producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and Wall Street Journal reader," among many other titles, accomplishments and accolades. From the photo, some of us can spot that he’s a U87 fan. And perhaps far more philosophically, he’s also a Slate Raven MTX user. 
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