Sunday, December 8, 2019

LA’s Echo Park Rising with Allen & Heath

dLive systems deliver the mix at LA’s ultimate neighborhood festival  

LOS ANGELES, CA—Sandwiched between Silver Lake and Angelino Heights, Echo Park has emerged as one of the most happening neighborhoods in LA. Home to prospering and aspiring artists, writers, and musicians, it celebrates its community culture each year with Echo Park Rising, a sprawling festival which was recently named ‘Best Music Festival' by LA Weekly. This year the event’s main Liberty Stage relied upon control provided by Allen & Heath dLive S5000 and C1500 control surfaces supported respectively by the processing and networking power of DM48 and CDM32 MixRack systems.

Standing at the confluence of Liberty and Reservoir Streets, the Liberty Stage featured a plethora of bands including many of the festival’s must-see acts. “The level of activity at Liberty Stage can best be described as that which you’d expect from what just may be the ultimate block party,” explained Oscar Zambrano of AOP Entertainment, which managed production for the event. “Crowds ebbed and flowed throughout the day and night. The bands that performed ranged from those just starting out to some of the hottest acts around. In turn, we had to be ready for anything.”

The stage’s PA was implemented and tuned by Brandon Operchuck and Kyle Gish of Huntington Beach, California-based Audio Geer. Allen & Heath’s dLive S5000/DM48 mixing system managed the sound out front. Onstage for monitors, the aforementioned dLive C1500/CDM32 system took charge, expanded to handle 48 channels of input with the aid of a 96kHz Allen & Heath DX168 I/O expander.

“Our consoles had to be user-friendly,” Operchuck said of the mixing system choices that were made. “That way we could accommodate the less experienced guest engineers taking the helm at the beginning of the day. Conversely, we needed the horsepower and 96kHz sonic quality demanded of the riders submitted by the engineers serving the headliners at night. The Allen & Heath dLive systems gave us both, and couldn’t have worked out better.”

Beyond the guest engineers that rotated through both days of the festival, the majority of the acts had their house mix orchestrated by Lead Engineer Leticia Castaneda. During the few times she took a break, either Operchuck or Zambrano took over. “She was a real trooper mixing an eclectic and nearly nonstop stream of acts over long days,” Operchuck said of his colleague Castaneda. “The rest of us can only wish we had that kind of stamina.”

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Fred Armisen to Host the 35th Annual NAMM TEC Awards

- Musician, SNL alum and Portlandia co-creator to host annual awards honoring the best in professional audio and sound production -

CARLSBAD, Calif. - November 4, 2019 – The TEC Awards have announced actor, comedian, and musician Fred Armisen as host of the 35th Annual Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), being held Saturday, January 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California. Nominees for the awards, which honor individuals, companies and technical innovations used in sound recordings, films, broadcast television, and video games, were recently announced in Nashville at Summer NAMM. The TEC Awards are presented annually as part of The NAMM Show, the global crossroads of the music products, pro audio and sound, and entertainment technology industries.

The in-demand actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician is best known as an alumnus of  Saturday Night Live, and as the co-creator of iconic series, Portlandia. Armisen assembled and is the bandleader and frequent drummer for the Late Night with Seth Meyers house band, The 8G Band. In 2018, Armisen's Netflix one-hour special, Fred Armisen: Standup for Drummers, earned rave reviews from critics and viewers alike in what was described as "comedy for musicians but everyone is welcome."

“I have really enjoyed attending NAMM in the past, and I am so happy to be a part of this upcoming convention,” says Armisen. “Music means everything to me. I’m looking forward to being there and to getting to meet musicians and music fans.”

While his TV and film credits are impressive, Armisen's passion for making music ignited in the early 80s when he began playing drums in a local band with some Valley Stream, New York high school friends. In 1988, he moved to Chicago to play drums for the punk rock band Trenchmouth, and in the 1990s he played background drums with Blue Man Group. Armisen played drums on three tracks for Les Savy Fav's 2007 album Let's Stay Friends, as well as tracks for Matthew Sweet's 2011 album Modern Art, and Wandering Lucy's 2015 album Leap Year.

Tickets to see Fred Armisen and winners of the 35th NAMM TEC Awards Saturday, January 18, 2020, are available for purchase on-site at the Hilton Anaheim or in advance here for $65 (General Admission) or $195 (VIP). The show begins with a VIP-only reception at 6 PM, followed by the awards ceremony at 7 PM, held in the hotel’s 2nd floor Pacific Ballroom.

The TEC Awards supporters include The Les Paul Foundation, Amazon Musical Instruments, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, Neumann, Solid State Logic, Softube, Yamaha, Antelope Audio, Universal Audio, AVN Systems, Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance, Hal Leonard, Broadjam, Inc., Pioneer DJ, PreSonus Audio Electronics, d&b audiotechnik, Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc., United States Postal Service, L-Acoustics, Cable Wrangler, Slick Audio, Genelec, The Recording Academy: Producers & Engineers Wing, Izotope, Inc., Leapwing Audio, Adam Hall Group, Oktava Design & Marketing, Musilla, Inc., NTi Audio, Inc., IMSTA (International Music Software Trade Association), Gearslutz.com United, CITT/ITS (Canadian Institute of Theater and Technology), Sonic Scoop, Wonder Wonder Sound and AMS Consultants, among many others.

The Les Paul Innovation Award and NAMM TEC Hall of Fame honoree(s) will be announced at a later date. Past honorees include 2019’s Les Paul Innovation Award Peter Frampton and TEC Hall of Fame inductee, Leslie Ann Jones. Previous Les Paul Innovation Award winners include Jackson BrowneJoe Perry (Aerosmith), Don WasSlashTodd RundgrenPete TownshendSteve Vaiand others who have received the award since it began in 1991.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019

Interview: Tyler Greene / RTG / Sci-Fighter & YOUtopia / BOOtopia

If you've been to a Deadmau5 or Porter Robinson show, you've probably seen the stage that Tyler Greene created with dazzling lights and colors. In this interview, he tells his story of how he found his passion for lighting and his new Sci-Fighter stage he created with his son which will be brought to YOUtobia / BOOtopia this year! Watch the interview below:

Friday, August 23, 2019

Interview: Abe Mora (1/2 of Videlamora) and Ron S of Anode Reccords at NAMM 2019 speak about Techno!

Nashville EDM Artist INEVITABLE Releases Debut Album, "Bang the Drums," Today

NASHVILLE, TN – August 2019

When small town Mississippi transplant Kurt Kirton moved to Nashville in 1995 to work
in the music business he never imagined becoming an EDM artist. “I just began singing
in college and had never recorded until 1997. I started off with a couple of covers and
didn’t begin songwriting til a few years later,” Kirton states wistfully. “It’s hard to
believe that it’s been 22 years, but dance music is such a part of me, and even though I
take breaks from it, I love it so much every time I come back.” INEVITABLE’s new
album Bang the Drums releases August 23 rd 2019.

Of the 12 songs, Kirton produced all of them and penned 10. “Having my own home
studio now has really sped up and simplified the process of writing and recording new
material as well as given me more control over the creative process.”

The album, ranging from trance to dance to electropop, features covers of American Idol
finalist Danny Gokey’s “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” and a Tiffany track from her
little known third album. “I love doing covers of catchy obscure songs, but it’s also been
so fulfilling to write from my own experiences.” Several themes are apparent on the
album such as encouragement and relationships. And with his sharp wit, parodies are a
natural for Kirton, so he dared to include one on the album taking on Justin Timberlake’s
monster hit “Can’t Stop the Feelin’.”

Kirton’s last music break (after INEVITABLE’s second one-off single, “Queen of the
Dance Floor” [2013]) was to take the plunge into writing a book. “Topically it’s far and
away from music—job search best practices and career advice. An important part of the
book was the Epilogue which was on purpose, hope, and encouragement in the job hunt.
Life is hard, be it in love or career experiences, so it’s humbling and amazing to use the
platform of writing to encourage to others.”

The format of the band and vocalists remains similar to People in a Box (his previous
band) in that you’ll hear more voices than just his on the record. “I love working with
different writers, players, and vocalists and having more voices on my songs than just my 2
own. Nashville is the perfect place to find some incredibly talented singers to be a part of
the INEVITABLE experience,” he explains.

The album is 11 songs plus a remix of 2011’s debut INEVITABLE single, “Hot Time in
the City. “My goal is always to have every song be as catchy and well written and
produced as possible—no filler tracks! I think dance music fans will embrace the album,
and even those who aren’t EDM fans will enjoy more tracks than they’d think. I write
and produce with a pop mindset and the music incorporates a lot of those sensibilities.”
After 14 years since his last full album and nearly two years in the making, Bang the
Drums is an impressive comeback album and follow up to the first two INEVITABLE
singles. Four singles are planned with service to dance friendly radio worldwide.
INEVITABLE’s bio, press kit and online retailers list can be found at inevitablemusic.org

Friday, July 26, 2019

Inevitable releases "Bang the Drums" today

Today is the release of Inevitable's single, "Bang the Drums" as a precursor to the full album to be released August 23rd!

Listen to all 3 versions:

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Interview: Smokin and Grillin wit AB with Sally Ardizzone at VidCon 2019

An interview with Smokin' and Grillin' Wit AB by Sally Adizzone (her very first interview!)
at VidCon 2019!

This cooking show just might get your mouth watering and they have a new regular "Battle of the Kitchens" show! He also talks a little tech about what mic and camera he uses.
Watch the video below:

Monday, July 22, 2019

Interview: Glowing Pizza / Joey Cortijo with Sally Ardizzone at VidCon 2019

An interview with Glowing Pizza (Joey Cortijo, singer of Madison Falls) by Sally Adizzone (her very first interview!) at VidCon 2019!
Watch the video below:

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Interview: Sic Waiting (Jared Stinson and Daniel Bubert) at Orange Amps NAMM 2019


An interview with Sic Waiting (Jared Stinson and Daniel Bubert) at Orange Amps NAMM 2019! 

Watch the video below:

Lightstorm Kickstarter: The World’s First Eurorack Light Synthesizer

Strange Electronic has begun a kickstarter for the amazing new Lightstorm, the world's first eurorack synthesizer! 

Fore more details, visit the link below and support:

Monday, March 4, 2019

Interview: Cameron Wasacz (Cass Wasacz) / ProLux Entertainment and Ben Webster / TriiTribe at NAMM!

An interview withCameron Wasacz (Cass Wasacz) /  ProLux Entertainment and Ben Webster / TriiTribe at NAMM!

Watch the video below:

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Interview: The Rock And Roll Show (Randy Py and Matt Sheehan) at NAMM 2019

Randy Py and Matt Sheehan talk about their new studio, "Temple Studios" in Southern California and their newest music project, "The Rock And Roll Show" in this interview at NAMM 2019!
Watch the video below:

Thursday, February 28, 2019

NAMM 2019: STG Soundlabs Radiophonic One synth with Bubba Ayoub

Bubba Ayoub shares the new STG Radiophonic One synthesizer at the NAMM Show. 
Watch the video below:

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

NAMM 2019: QSC CP Series Loudspeakers

Chris from QSC tells us about the new CP Series Loudspeaker system! Watch the video below:

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Interview: David Royer's 20th Year at NAMM (Royer Labs and Mojave Audio 2019)

This was David Royer's 20th year at NAMM! He shares some of his memories and his personal story of his beginnings with microphones. See the video below:

Monday, February 25, 2019

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

NAMM 2019: Strange Electronic: Top Secret Strange MIDI Microphone Controller

Henry Strange tells us about a top secret project he is working on with Strange Electronic.

NAMM 2019: Strange Electronic Setlist with iConnectivity

Henry Strange, founder of Strange Electronic, shows you his new setlist software with iConnectivity in the video below:

Monday, February 18, 2019

Interview: CHOFF / Christian Hoffer and HEXR / Tyler Hether at NAMM 2019

CHOFF / Christian Hoffer and HEXR / Tyler Hether tell us what they've been up to and the interesting gear they saw at the NAMM Show 2019!

Watch the video below:

Saturday, February 16, 2019

NAMM 2019: Creepy Fingers (effects pedals) with Brad Davis at Immediate Effects Distribution

Watch Brad Davis share his awesome Creepy Fingers effects pedals at the Immediate Effects Distribution booth in the video below:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019

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