Written by Ryan Smith on April 25, 2012 under Artists
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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on April 13, 2016 under Artists
Ryan Smith of Shure Artist Relations talks with the owner and head of audio at this beloved Nashville venue to learn the secret of their 25-year success.
Written by Ryan Smith on March 16, 2016 under ArtistsEducation
Maroon 5 Monitor Engineer Kevin Glendinning and Front-of-House Engineer Jim Ebdon share some tips and tricks they employ to combat crowd noise on a nightly basis.
Written by Ryan Smith on September 30, 2015 under Artists
FOH Engineer-turned-Show Production Designer Pete Healey reflects on his journey with country artist Luke Bryan from the early days to stadium shows.
Written by Davida Rochman on July 10, 2015 under Education
Key Chang, FOH engineer for bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent, shares the “reel-life” challenges of shooting a live concert DVD with a cast of thousands.
Written by Ryan Smith on May 13, 2015 under Artists
After years of watching artists and engineers work together, Ryan Smith began collecting their thoughts on the nature of their relationship, beginning with their ideal version of it.
Written by Davida Rochman on March 27, 2015 under Education
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.
Written by Brooke Giddens on December 3, 2014 under Artists
David Levin and Juan Garcia-Spitz share with us the biggest differences between being a FOH engineer with touring acts vs. having residency as an engineer at a venue.
Written by Davida Rochman on November 14, 2014 under Education
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.
Written by Nelson Arreguín on October 24, 2014 under Artists
Nelson Arreguín was in Canada for Indie Week Toronto, where 250 bands duked it out “mano a mano” at over 20 venues to see who’s the next big thing in Indie Music.
Written by Davida Rochman on September 17, 2014 under Education
We asked two of our favorites, pro audio educator John Chevalier and veteran touring engineer Paris Lahr, for their tips on how to mike live vocals.
Written by Brooke Giddens on June 11, 2014 under Artists
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 […]
Written by Davida Rochman on June 2, 2014 under Education
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 […]
Written by Davida Rochman on May 15, 2014 under Education
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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on March 14, 2014 under Artists
…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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on March 7, 2014 under Artists
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 […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on January 24, 2014 under Artists
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 […]
Written by Ryan Smith on October 25, 2013 under Artists
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! […]
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