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FOH Engineer Rich Caldwell – Rest in Peace

Last week, I received a phone call from an industry associate that a dear friend and Flyleaf FOH engineer Rich Caldwell died in a car accident.  I’ve known Rich for more than 5 years and he had one of the most positive personalities I’ve encountered as a touring engineer.  He took great pride in his […]
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Education

Training Audio Volunteers at Bayside Church

Aaron Padilla, audio director at Bayside Church and tour manager for Lincoln Brewster, explains what it takes to train a small army of volunteers to pull off 11 services a week across multiple portable and fixed congregations for thousands of worshippers without missing a beat.
How to Mic a Bluegrass Band
Education

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.
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CMT Crossroads: Fall Out Boy and The Band Perry

Last week, I started a mini-blog series featuring CMT Crossroads. I shared with you a few of my favorites, but let’s be real…you could watch any CMT Crossroads session and they would be good! I went into watching this week’s blog feature a little hesitant, I thought…Fall Out Boy and The Band Perry!? Those are […]
From the Experts: Playing Summer Music Festivals
Education

From the Experts: Playing Summer Music Festivals

It wouldn’t be summer without music festivals.  And music festivals wouldn’t be fixtures of summer without the groundwork laid almost sixty years ago at the Newport Jazz Festival. Real historians trace festival origins back to Greece in the sixth century B.C. when a line-up of dancers, singers and musicians competed against once another (more like […]
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Education

Choosing a Saxophone Microphone for Recording and Live Sound

In this post, we’re going to turn the spotlight on an essential instrument in the horn section: the saxophone. To help us do it, we’ve turned to a trio of pros: ADAM HILL from Memphis’s legendary Ardent Studios (where everyone from Big Star to the Staples Singers and Isaac Hayes has recorded), FOH Engineer FRANK […]
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Kacey Musgraves loves words…

…and she certainly has a way with them. Not only in songs, but in interviews as well. A little back story: It was a cold, windy morning on February 26 in Niles, Illinois, as a white passenger van pulled up to the employee entrance at 5800 W. Touhy Ave., otherwise known as Shure Headquarters. Kacey, her […]
Versatility: The BETA®181
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Versatility: The BETA®181

How much do I (and many others) love the BETA 181? Let me count the ways: 1. Toms & Overhead My first experience with the BETA 181 came at a Percussive Arts Society Convention (PASIC) in 2011 when Shure Artist Simon Phillips was invited to give a clinic.  Simon had been using the KSM137 and […]
2014 GRAMMY Awards - Day 1
Artists

Shure at the Grammys: Day One

For those of you watching from the comfort of your living rooms this coming Sunday evening, the 56th Annual Grammy Awards is a one night only event. I’ve been here since Tuesday, and I can tell you that there’s a lot that goes into making your Sunday evening entertainment… and preparations are still being made […]
LukeBryan & Florida Georgia Line
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Luke Bryan & Florida Georgia Line conquer Nashville!

Five minutes! That’s how long it took for 2 shows with Shure Artists’ Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line to sell out in Nashville (that’s approximately 18,500 seats each night, BTW). Luke released his first album 6 years ago, now on his fourth.  Florida Georgia Line released their first full studio album just last year! […]