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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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
Register

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

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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Roland Presents a 24-Hour On-Line Streaming Music Festival – September 9, 2016

On September 9, 2016 (#909day, a hash tag for those who lust after Roland’s classic TR-909 Rhythm Composer), Roland will be hosting a 24-hour streaming online musical instruments festival which they’re calling “The Future. Redefined.” More than 30 new products will debut during streaming video broadcasts from VIP events in eight major cities around the world. Artists performing during the festival will be autographing and contributing a variety of Roland gear to MusiCares®, the non-profit organization established by The Recording Academy® to help music people in times of hardship.

For information on what it’s about and what new products will be shown  (honestly, most of it is behind a curtain as of Sept 1 other than hints by product category) click here.

To go directly to the schedule of presentations, click here. Remember to convert the Pacific Daylight Times into your local time zone.

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A Mixing Contest – or maybe – Some Tracks For Mixing Practice

Boz Digital Labs along with Toontrack and Groove3 are having a contest in which you download tracks (there are a lot of them), mix them to your taste, and submit your mix. The first three prizes are for what’s judged to be the best mixes (by their admittedly biased judges). Fourth prize is a random drawing among the losers, so you could win prizes even if your mix sucks. And if you decide not to enter, you can have fun mixing some well tracks including MIDI tracks for the drums should you want to edit the drum parts or substitute your own sounds for theirs. It’s a metal-punkish song, not my bag at all, so don’t worry about competing with me for the big prizes.

Prizes include Toontrack’s Superior Drummer (1st prize) or EZ Drummer (other prizes), Groove3 on-line classes (a year for 1st prize, a month for other prizes), and a Boz Digital plug-in of your choice. Contest closes at midnight Pacific time September 4.

Details, downloads, and entry information here.

Have fun!

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