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Performing Live: What to Bring to Your First Gig

Performing live for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience, so don’t leave anything to chance. By following these helpful suggestions, you’ll be ready to take the stage with confidence – and prepared when things happen to go wrong.
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The Mic Listening Lab Gets an Upgrade

Soren Pedersen outlines the recent updates to this handy online Shure mic comparison tool, gives a walk-through of how to use it, and explains how his team recorded all the samples in the most scientific conditions possible.

Choosing the Right Mic

This post explains what to look for in mics for different applications so you can outfit your band appropriately. Product suggestions from value-priced to feature-rich are included.
How to Read a Microphone Frequency Response Chart

How to Read a Microphone Frequency Response Chart

Shopping for a new microphone? Then, you’ll want to understand its frequency response. This article will explain the basics: how it’s measured, how to interpret a frequency response chart, and how to match the frequency response of the mic to the sound source.
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How to Mic a Bluegrass Band

Les Banks of the legendary Ryman Auditorium and Cliff Miller, who has handled audio for nearly every major bluegrass act, explain which mics and techniques deliver that pure acoustic sound from the stage to the audience.

The Roots – Mics of the Tonight Show

One of Jimmy Fallon’s biggest loves is the musical portion of the show, which is why he chose to bring along his friends from The Roots to continue as the house band on this new version of The Tonight Show.
Designing a Portable Church Sound System

Designing a Portable Church Sound System

Tips from Todd Hartmann at The Austin Stone This is a church that understands the concept of community. Launched just 12 years ago by Chris Tomlin and Matt Carter in the living room of Tomlin’s bass player’s house, The Austin Stone Community Church presently numbers four campuses across the greater Austin area and over 7,000 […]
Allie Gets Her Gun: A Live Vocal Mic Shootout
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How I Chose My First Live Vocal Mic

Two expert colleagues hooked me up with eight live vocal microphones, from value-priced to high-end, dynamics and condensers, so I could experience for myself the differences between them and figure out which one I preferred.
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We Welcome "The Gifted" – Wale

Many words have been used to describe him. Poet, deep, witty, versatile, prolific, lyrical genius, underrated, unmatched, ambitious, multi-talented, driven, etc… But all those can easily be summed up by the title of his third studio album, “The Gifted”, which has topped the charts all summer and has received critical acclaim. Busting out of Washington, […]

Tedeschi Trucks Band in Chicago

August 25, 2011 Chicago Theatre I had not received a copy of the new record yet, nor had I heard a song off of it.  Sometimes, that is the best way to see a show – when you don’t know what is coming next. I am familiar with  Susan’s and Derek’s work separately so I […]

Matt & Kim: Mad Chaos @ Metro Chicago

Matt & Kim were coming to Chicago again, and this time I had no prior plans or obligations to stand in the way of finally meeting the dynamic duo from Brooklyn and partaking in the madness that is their live show. When I arrived to the Metro via the Shure mobile (of course), the line […]