CES2017 Show Report Added

I had a short visit to CES (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show) last week. I didn’t see a lot of audio stuff, but here’s a short report of some things I found interesting. You can read or download it by clicking here, or get it from the Trade Show Reports page.

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New Mackie Hard Disk Recorder Tip Posted

I recently got an inquiry from a HDR user about how to get around the Error 50 message he was seeing when importing a file into a project. That prompted me to check out the old remedy, verify that it still worked, write it up, and post it here so I don’t have to explain it again.

You can download it directly here, or check the Mackie Hard Disk Recorder page for more tips.

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Book Review Posted – Sylvia Massy “Recording Unhinged”

Recording engineer, producer, musician, author, artist, lecturer, and lover of vintage gear and coffee has written a book. It’s not a “how to” book. There are no secret settings or techniques here, but it’s a deep view into the working life of an experienced producer emphasizing what she does to make her productions unique. About half the book is her own writing and illustrating, the rest being short articles contributed by other engineers and producers who she knows and has worked with over the years.

It’s a really fun read, a great coffee table book, and you can get a copy just in time for Christmas.  $29.95 in hardback. And before you ask, I don’t see it available as an e-Book, at least not yet.

Find it on the Book Reviews page or click here to download the PDF directly.

or order it direct from your favorite on-line book store or Hal Leonard Books

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Black Friday Deals on Useful Audio Stuff

My e-mailbox this morning was full of announcements for Black Friday deals, so here’s one of my rare “specials” announcements. Check the web sites for prices and availability. There are some pretty deep discounts from these popular vendors. Click to link to the respective web sites:

Waves – Discounts on several plug-ins plus a free license for their Supertap Delay

Sound Toys – Half off  or better on many plug-ins plus a free license to their Tremolator

Metric Halo – No freebies, but several for $29 (84% off). Metric Halo is no longer Mac-only. This sale is for their plug-ins that include VST versions, so they’ll work with just about any DAW.

Boz Digital Labs – Half off on all plug-ins until November 30

On the hardware side, PreSonus is offering discounts on a few of their monitor speakers through November 28, 2016. These aren’t on-line specials, you’ll get these prices at your local dealer.

Eris MTM (dual woofer) and R-series (AMT [“ribbon”] tweeter) monitors – Buy one, get one free

Eris 4.5 Monitors – $149 each



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Webinar – Wireless Guitar Tips from Shure

Monday, November 14, at 10 AM or 2 PM CST, Shure will present a free 60-minute webinar with  engineer and guitar player Jon Halverson. He’ll talk about guitar wireless system technology, the analog-vs-digital question, and how to tweak your wireless system for the best sound with a guitar. The session will be presented twice, so register for the time that’s most convenient for you.

Monday, November 14, 2016; 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT

Monday, November 14, 2016; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT

If you miss the live session, check the Shure Webinars web page after a few days and it will be archived along with a bunch of other useful webinars that you can watch at your convenience.

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2016 AES Show Report Posted

My annual AES show report is now posted. Visit the Trade Show Reports page for this one and reports from other shows, or jump straight to it here.


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Knobcon V – September 9-11 2016, Chicago IL

Sorry for the late notice, but I just got the word. A long list of manufacturers of synthesizers and other electronic music production tools are presenting Knobcon, a weekend geek-out for synthesizer afficianodos. Hands-on demos of modern and vintage instruments, boutique trade show with designers demonstrating and selling their gear, performances, and  build-it-yourself workshops where you can learn workbench skills including soldering, and actually build something useful.

Admission for the full weekend is $35, with separate kit fees for the build-it-yourself workshops.

If you’re into electronic-based or experimental music and the tools used to create it, particularly if you’re in the Chicago area, this is the place for you this weekend.

Location:The  Hyatt Regency Schaumburg

Schedule: Party with performances Friday, exhibits and workshops 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday

Full details at the Knobcon web site

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