I feel like I want to shout! And it’s not because I have some minor hearing impairment. Finally, FINALLY there have been some new articles published in the Piano Technician's Journal (the members-only technical publication of the Piano Technician's Guild) that address hearing damage, hearing protection, and hearing solutions. But those articles didn't present any … Continue reading Piano tuners are losing their hearing – here’s the fix.
Successfully Amplifying A Cappella Ensembles With “Area” Mics
Most collegiate a cappella concerts aren't going to have a single handheld microphone for every singer.
Theatrical Sound Design – 500 Miles Away
I would not walk 500 miles because when I wake up, I can just roll out of bed and "virtual reality" myself into the theatre.I worked for 7 hours at the theatre today without needing to put on pants, and I'll even tell you how I did it. But first, a question: WHY? There are … Continue reading Theatrical Sound Design – 500 Miles Away
Naked Voices and 17 Wireless Mics
May 19, 2017 - I had ALWAYS wanted to record (and later mix-down) every channel of a fully amplified and amazing concert, and today was that day. (Audio at bottom) UCSB's Naked Voices – Website - Facebook - Twitter - Youtube – Spotify – hired me for their huge end-of-year concert bash. I had previously … Continue reading Naked Voices and 17 Wireless Mics
The Problem With Collegiate A Cappella Groups (Part 2)
...continued from previous post, wherein I trash aspiring sound engineers. It takes a lot of finesse to present a cappella music in the way we expect it to sound. I know that many collegiate a cappella groups rely on their college's sound reinforcement services to provide amplification for their events. Great! It's fantastic that this … Continue reading The Problem With Collegiate A Cappella Groups (Part 2)
The Problem With Collegiate A Cappella Groups (Part 1)
First off, what's even that great about being in an a cappella group anyway? Lots of things. I've worked closely with a couple and gotten to see some of that world first-hand. First off, it's a "cohority" that is truly committed to a set of goals. There is group support. There is an identity (generally … Continue reading The Problem With Collegiate A Cappella Groups (Part 1)
Disney’s Beauty and the [Autotune]
Can we talk about Autotune... or rather, pitch manipulation? I saw the new live-action Beauty and the Beast, and I absolutely loved it. Alan Menken is one of my top 5 favorite composers, and this particular story has always captivated me. (When I first got into musical theatre, I only really cared about the story … Continue reading Disney’s Beauty and the [Autotune]
What am I even doing here?
A recent interaction, related below, caused me to revisit the idea of keeping a blog on my adventures in audio. So it's only proper that my first post should relate this experience.