Dec 4, 2013 7:22 PM
Top Gear From 2013
The last 12 months have been an interesting ride for our business. Dealers I questioned at Winter NAMM were lukewarm about business, but just eight weeks ago at AES, the news was more upbeat and the show revealed a lot of great new gear.
The Robair Report
Life Lessons From the Trenches
“Everything I needed to know to get through life, I learned as an assistant engineer.” Maureen Droney dropped this gem in my lap during a meeting at the 2013 AES show in New York City. Currently the Senior Executive Director of the Recording Academy’s P&E Wing, Droney’s engineering résumé is enviable to anyone in the biz and includes albums by Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, Santana, Huey Lewis and the News, and Bobby McFerrin among many others. My curiosity was piqued.
Broadcasting Audio Science
Everyone is talking about the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act and the ATSC A/85 specification. The goal is to resolve the audio level discrepancy between video programming (TV shows, films, etc.) and commercials (aka “interstitials”). There is some humor in this—on multiple levels.
If you’re in the market for a software emulation of a classic Martin guitar I’d strongly suggest that you check out the Ample Sound Website. I’ll be posting a full review elsewhere on the web in the near future.
Featured CD Review
Review: Paris Combo 5 (DRG)
Though Paris Combo has been popular in France for more than 15 years, the group has had limited exposure in the United States so far—not surprising given that they sing in French and their eclectic music is so difficult to categorize.
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