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May 1, 2010

May 1, 2010


State of Live Sound

Apr 27, 2010 4:11 PM, By Blair Jackson

While the music industry as a whole continues to face challenging times, with sales of even the most popular albums decreasing year to year, and the rise of individual digital track purchases still not compensating for the volume of losses, the live touring industry has remained relatively robust. …

Music to Go

Apr 27, 2010 3:42 PM, By Tom Kenny

It seems like a no-brainer in this age of instant gratification. You go to see your favorite artist, love the show, then before leaving the venue put down a credit card (if you haven’t prepaid with your ticket purchase) and take home a quality audio recording, maybe with HD video, perhaps some behind-the-scenes footage from soundcheck that same day….

House of Worship Sound

Apr 27, 2010 2:58 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

It should not be news to Mix readers that full-sized line arrays and digital consoles are part-and-parcel of house of worship (HOW) installations. But what may come as a surprise is the fact that these installs are not just reinforcing spoken-word audio. …

1st Bank Center Profile

Apr 27, 2010 12:43 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

With any new audio system install, the P.A. is key: It should be geared toward the type of entertainment that will be traipsing across the stage. It must offer adequate coverage to deliver the sound all the way to the back wall….

Freight & Salvage Facility Profile

Apr 27, 2010 2:09 PM, By Barbara Schultz

The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse has been showcasing multicultural roots music since the venue was spawned by Berkeley, Calif., folkies in 1968….

Product Reviews

Audient Zen Console Review

Apr 27, 2010 2:26 PM, By Barry Rudolph

The all-analog Audient Zen is the little brother of the English company’s large-frame, in-line ASP8024 console. David Dearden and Gareth Davies, the founders of DDA, designed both desks. …

Focal CMS SUB Review

Apr 27, 2010 1:53 PM, By Kevin Becka

The CMS SUB is Focal’s companion subwoofer to its CMS line of active pro audio monitors. For this test, I paired the CMS 65s with the CMS SUB. The CMS SUB’s light, rigid, 11-inch Polyglass cone woofer is made from a layer of hollow glass spheres on top of a paper cone. …

PreSonus Studio One Pro 1.5 Review

Apr 27, 2010 2:44 PM, By Brandon Hickey

Last year, when I heard PreSonus was releasing a DAW, I wondered, “Why get into the DAW game now when major players like Digidesign and Apple have spent years tweaking and retooling their already-popular products?”…

Josephson Engineering C715 Microphone Review

Apr 27, 2010 2:40 PM, By Kevin Becka

Josephson Engineering is a boutique microphone company that takes a no-nonsense, audiophile approach to manufacturing, where a no-compromise signal path and build quality are everything. …

Live Mix

Muse Tour Profile

Apr 27, 2010 4:30 PM, By Carolyn Maniaci

Muse is a band with its eyes set on the stage. Since the band’s debut studio album in 1998, it seems that the bandmembers’ moody, fantastical, prog-laden music has been tailor-made for mind-blowing live shows. …

Musicians Institute Adds SR Track

Apr 27, 2010 3:46 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Musicians Institute’s (Hollywood) new Live Sound Production Program will begin with this year’s summer quarter. …

FixIt: AVS Production Group Engineer Fernando Garcia

Apr 27, 2010 1:48 PM

The [New York Paradise Theater’s] architecture limited the amount of weight we could fly, and this is where the [D.A.S. Audio] Aero 50’s flyware became a tremendous asset in helping us address this issue. …

Indigo Girls Tour Profile

Apr 27, 2010 4:26 PM, By Sarah Benzuly

The Indigo Girls (Amy Ray and Emily Saliers) are back out on tour with front-of-house engineer Brian Speiser, who discusses the challenges of miking the duo’s instruments. …

H.O.W. Seminar Announced

Apr 27, 2010 3:31 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Sign up for the Worship Arts Technology Summit (WATS) on June 14 to 16, 2010, at the Biola University campus (La Mirada, Calif.). Sponsors include Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Elation Lighting, Shure and Media Shout….

Load In: Sound Reinforcement News, May 2010

Apr 27, 2010 3:35 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Read Mix News For the Concert Touring Professional In the May 2010 Issue of Mix …

Road-Worthy Gear: New Sound Reinforcement Products, May 2010

Apr 27, 2010 4:07 PM

Mix magazine new sound reinforcement products column in the May 2010 issue of Mix magazine live sound products section article…

All Access: Killswitch Engage

Apr 27, 2010 12:55 PM, Photos and Text by Steve Jennings

While not playing with their original lineup—vocalist Phil Labonte of All That Remains has been filling in for Howard Jones, who had to leave the tour to attend to personal matters—rockers Killswitch Engage still brought the house down, blasting out tunes from their latest self-titled offering. Mix caught up with the band and crew at San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre. …


Music: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Apr 27, 2010 1:31 PM, By Blair Jackson

The band takes its name from the leather-clad biker gang in the classic 1953 Marlon Brando film, The Wild One—the Black Rebels Motorcycle Club (BRMC). The group’s sound—an amalgamation of hard rock, blues, neo-psychedelic and even some Americana—can be as noisy and aggressive as a swarm of Harleys …

Total Access Recording

Apr 27, 2010 4:23 PM, By Barbara Schultz

egendary producer/engineer Ken Scott (Beatles, Elton John, David Bowie, etc.) turned us on to one of his favorite L.A.-area studios, Total Access Recording…

Sound Clash Recordings

Apr 27, 2010 4:09 PM, By Matt Gallagher

Sound Clash in New York City is a small but highly agile and versatile audio facility that opened in Manhattan’s Fashion District in 2007. …

Lonestar’s ‘Party Heard Around the World’

Apr 27, 2010 3:38 PM, By Barbara Schultz

Keyboardist/producer Dean Sams says his band Lonestar’s new album is the most collaborative project the country/rock group has made to date. The release came together during a two-and-a-half year span that started with the bandmembers co-writing and arranging together in Sams’ personal studio in Nashville. …

Paul Curreri’s Music in a Panic

Apr 27, 2010 4:04 PM, By Barbara Schultz

The Creative process is different for everyone. Singer/songwriter Paul Curreri, who’s based in Charlottesville, Va., says his bluesy rock ’n’ roll recordings get made “in a joyful panic.” …

Classic Tracks: Waylon Jennings’ “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way”

Apr 27, 2010 1:40 PM, By Barbara Schultz

This month’s “Classic Track,” “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way,” is on Waylon Jennings’ Dreaming My Dreams, the third album he recorded in the studio owned by his friend and fellow Outlaw Tompall Glaser, and the only record he made with legendary engineer/producer Cowboy Jack Clement. …

Tech’s Files

Tech’s Files: Taming the Bass Beast

Apr 27, 2010 4:19 PM, By Eddie Ciletti

Low-frequency energy management is my personal sonic soapbox. From live sound to broadcast and recording studios, taming bass can free up sonic real estate and simplify solutions that might be “overly complicated” or worse, ineffective. …


Musikmesse 2010: Mission for Music

Mar 2, 2010 3:35 PM, By George Petersen

Pepper’s Pro Shop | The ‘Pro’ in Pro Shop

Apr 27, 2010 4:06 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Celebrating its grand opening in March, Pepper’s Pro Shop (Nashville) is a consulting company that aims to help owner/musician/producer/engineer Pepper Denny’s clients with getting the gear they need. …

In Memoriam: Pro Co Founder Charlie Wicks

Mar 22, 2010 7:24 PM

Industry News, May 2010

Apr 27, 2010 3:33 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Read Mix May 2010 Coverage on New Hires, Promotions, Distribution Deals in Pro Audio …

On the Move: Phil Wagner

Apr 27, 2010 4:02 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Read Mix profile on Focusrite Novation President Phil Wagner…

Studio Unknown’s Confessions of a Small Working Studio—Staying Small, Thinking Big

Apr 28, 2010 12:16 PM, By Lisa Horan & Kevin Hill, Studio Unknown

Let’s get honest. Many of us have envisioned ourselves at the helm of our own mega-studio. Ten years ago, that dream may have made sense, but considering current economic and industry trends, smaller studios have not only become a more viable option, but, in many cases, a smarter one. …


Editor’s Note: The Original Community

Apr 27, 2010 1:47 PM, By Tom Kenny, Editorial Director

I’ve often wondered how the music industry would look today if Jerry Garcia hadn’t passed away in August 1995. It was a much different time—pre-Napster, pre-iTunes, pre-YouTube, pre-Facebook—and money was still flowing through the record business. Budgets were still available for recording and artists went Platinum….

Tech: New Products, May 2010

Apr 27, 2010 3:48 PM

Mix magazine May 2010 tools of the trade article features new pro audio products in May Mix magazine pro audio product section …