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Designing a Portable Church Sound System
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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
Education

How I Chose My First Live Vocal Mic

After taking just enough voice lessons to be dangerous (six, to be exact) and performing with some very patient folks here at Shure HQ, I’m starting to explore the music world that lives in nooks and crannies around Chicagoland…and lo and behold, the time has come for me to buy a live vocal mic. Luckily, […]
2014 Juno Awards
Artists

Juno Award Nominees Highlight – Rock Album of the Year

Hello again, friends! In my post last week, I introduced you to the Juno Award Nominees for Pop Album of the Year. This week, we are going to take a look the nominees for Rock Album of the Year. Again, these are all great albums, and I can’t wait to see which one will be […]
KSM9: A good bet for a Las Vegas House of Worship
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KSM9: A good bet for a Las Vegas House of Worship

When most of us think of chapels in Las Vegas, the images that come to mind are of the drive-through wedding variety with an Elvis impersonator officiating.   But here’s the real secret that Sin City isn’t even trying to keep on the down low: it’s full of churches, and according to msncbc contributor Chris Rodell […]
The Most Wonderful (Musical) Time of the Year
Artists

The Most Wonderful (Musical) Time of the Year

I love everything about Christmas, save for the excessive commercialization of the holiday, but what I absolutely love the most is the music. I have fond memories of my family trimming the tree, baking cookies and opening presents on Christmas morning…all the while with a record spinning that enhanced all of these holiday traditions and […]
What makes a legendary performance?
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What makes a Legendary Performance?

I was thinking about our tagline on the way home from the American Country Awards in Las Vegas.  This topic is wide open for interpretation and discussion, so I hope you join in. In my opinion, I had just witnessed a Legendary Performance when LeAnn Rimes sang a tribute to Patsy Cline, who had passed […]
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Let’s Celebrate Fall!

            October is right around the corner and Fall is upon us. It’s the best time of the year, in my opinion. You’ve got leaves changing color, perfect temperatures, bonfires, and with that comes s’mores (the worlds greatest creation). There’s Halloween and Thanksgiving, fall festivals, apple cider, hay rides, pumpkin […]
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Earphones

The Making of the SE846: An Interview with Sean Sullivan

In anticipation of the SE846 making its way into ears and hearts worldwide, I sat down with Shure earphone guy Sean Sullivan to get the scoop on what’s so great about these earphones, the challenges of the earphone form factor, the pitfalls of audiophilia, and what makes it all worthwhile. SE846: The Key Features Allison […]
Education

Building a Project Studio for $1000 or Less, Part II

The list of famous recordings made in a “home studio” is long and subject to debate. What qualifies as a home studio?  We all know that “Exile on Main Street” was recorded in a home (make that the basement of Villa Nellcote in the south of France), but does it really count if the producer […]
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Education

All About Open Back Headphones

For years, audio manufacturers have trumpeted the benefits of noise-cancelling headphones. TV commercials invariably depict stressed-out  corporate types struggling to find a piece of Paradise on a transcontinental flight, but … headphones that let sound in?  That’s the magic of open back headphones. What’s the advantage? Open back headphones have ports that allow sound to […]
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Fitz & the Tantrums in Nashville

July5, 2011 Wikipedia:  “A tantrum is an emotional outburst, usually associated with children or those in emotional distress. ” Well, if you think a bunch of kids, hot and wild from listening to great music on a steamy Tuesday in Nashville might be a tantrum of sorts, this definition applies. There are so many new […]