Author: By by Clive Young
September 2,2014
Over the years, I’ve interviewed a lot of live sound engineers for PSN, and occasionally I’ll ask them, “What was your best gig ever?” The answer is always disappointing; in fact, usually they can’t even think of one. But ask an engineer “What was your worst gig” and the reply gets even more frustrating, because every single one of them has a great story to tell about The Gig From Hell...and they’ll only share it “off the record.” Music journalist Jon Niccum found he had the same problem whenever he interviewed bands, but luckily he talked many of them into sharing their favorite disasters, and the results are all in The Worst Gig.
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Author: By by Kelleigh Welch
August 20,2014
To celebrate the grand opening of Guitar Center’s newest store in the heart of Times Square, R&B group and resident Tonight Show band, The Roots, performed an exclusive concert at the Best Buy Center on Thursday, August 7, 2014.
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Author: By by Clive Young
August 18,2014
Some time ago, the Animal Planet series Treehouse Masters built a treehouse that could double as a recording space for Bear Creek Studio outside of Seattle, WA. Treehouse expert Pete Nelson and his crew recently built another facility in the trees, this time for Brian Kelley of the chart-topping country act Florida Georgia Line. While the recording gear seen on the show is a relatively spartan arrangement, there's definitely room to get more expansive with equipment after the cameras have left. Take a look around!
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Author: By by Chuck Surack, founder/president, Sweetwater
August 12,2014
My friend Jim Anderson, the director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, recently reminded me of something I did when we were both in band together at Ben Geyer Middle School years ago. He said that one day, I came into basketball band practice with the various instrumental parts all written out for a song very popular at the time. The whole band was astounded by my taking the initiative, when I just I took it for granted. The point of the story is that it reminded me, once again, of how crucial music was to my overall education and how it continues to be central to my personal life and to my success as an entrepreneur and businessman.
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Author: By by Steve Harvey
August 5,2014
Yamaha marked the 40th anniversary of the introduction of its first synthesizer, the analog SY-1, with a special event at its offices in Burbank, CA on Friday, August 1. The event, which featured performances by top musicians, brought together an eclectic crowd and a variety of drool-inducing vintage gear.
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Author: By by Kelleigh Welch
July 29,2014
Across the Hudson River, New Jersey residents are getting a free spot to catch some of the summer’s hottest concerts taking place on Manhattan’s Pier 97—a situation that for many residents is becoming an issue. 2014 marks the inaugural year for the Pier 97 venue, located at 57th Street on the west side of Manhattan. This amphitheater was designed to project noise away from Manhattan, after residents near the former concert venue at Pier 26 complained of noise issues. However, while the new venue solves the noise complaints in Manhattan, it is projecting the sound over to New Jersey, disturbing residents up until at least 10 p.m. on performance nights.
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Author: By by Clive Young
July 23,2014
The vinyl revival isn’t just a U.S. phenomenon; pressing plants and mastering facilities around the world are seeing the same bump in business we’ve had here. Underlining the point, here’s a nice video tour of Abbey Road Studios’ mastering lab as engineer Geoff Pesche remasters Tears For Fears’ debut album, The Hurting, for a 30th anniversary UK re-release.
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Author: By by Clive Young
July 22,2014
August 14, 2014 will mark the thirtieth anniversary of James Kalamasz founding Spectrum Recording Studios in Pompano Beach, FL. Over the years, the long-running facility has hosted names both big and small, all the while adapting to the changing times. Some of the notables who’s come through the doors of Spectrum Recording include Juan Luis Guerra, The Four Tops, Clarence Clemons of The E Street Band, Dion DiMucci, Lorrie Morgan, Ronnie Milsap, Juice Newton, and The Doors of the 21st Century, among others.
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Author: By by Kelleigh Welch
July 21,2014
Riding off the success of his first edition, author Jake Brown recently released Behind the Boards II, the second volume of accounts by record producers and engineers on the making of some of music’s greatest hits, offering a mix of interviews and narration that reveal how famous songs like The Eagles’ “Hotel California,” Elton John’s “Rocketman,” and Lou Reed’s “Take A Walk On The Wild Side" were created.
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Author: By by Clive Young
July 17,2014
The internet is a pretty big deal; in fact, you’re probably using it right now. While it has given us interesting advancements like social media, however, there’s also been plenty of damage done, too, as we’ve abandoned—often too quickly—some major institutions. A lot of that has to do with misperceptions—often the idea that something is behind the times and is no longer relevant or useful in the face of our speedy Internet Age. When these institutions take the hit, sometimes they crumble to dust, but other times, they answer the challenge and reinvent themselves, finding newfound relevance.
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