April 16, 2013
When it comes to producing sound for any application, there are many companies out there competing for your attention. We tend to hear to hear of the big names like JBL or QSC, who have been known to create affordable loudspeaker solutions. On the other hand, there is also a market for more sophisticated smaller speakers which are mainly used in a production or live sound setting. These types are touted for their noiseless audio and un-boosted sound. There is also a third genre of speakers that the average consumer has more experience with. These are computer speakers; the ones that are meant to be placed on your desk, next to your computer monitor. Although many may think they have no place in the DJ world, there are plenty of young DJ’s who use them when no other solution is available.
Logitech, who makes a slew of peripherals for computer …
January 9, 2013
This week saw the beginning of the annual Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Typically CES is home to the latest innovations and announcements from the world of cameras, televisions, and new smart phone technology. There are however a good amount of professional audio companies that are in attendance, and these companies are there to unveil their latest generic consumer products instead the more targeted and musician/producer focused gear we see at the NAMM show. There are some very interesting audio devices coming out of CES this year and while you are desperately waiting in anticipation for all the new gear at NAMM, here are a few things to whet your appetite.
IK Multimedia has been at the forefront of developing hardware and interfaces that allow for audio recording on your computer, iPad, and iPhone. They are committed to developing tools to compliment the ever advancing technological …
September 14, 2012
Hailing from central Pennsylvania, Kingsfoil are Jordan Davis (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Tristan Martin (Backing Vocals, Guitar), Tim Warren (Bass), and Frankie Muniz (Drums). Starting in 2007, Kingsfoil released the EP, “Bear in the Attic” and in 2010 they released their full length album, “On Our Own Together.” They are currently gearing up to release their new record which should see a release later this year. The band has gone through a few rhythm section line up changes but kept the two founding members Tristan and Jordan at the helm. Their newest member and former actor Frankie Muniz is a welcome addition to the band and their interview gave the impression that these guys have been old friends for years. Without committing themselves to a particular genre, Kingsfoil describes their sound as pop rock but always comes from a place of song composition that can resonate with audiences and allow them to …
September 7, 2012
Hailing from Milwaukee, WI, Whiskey of the Damned bring an eclectic mix of old Irish Celtic music with a punk influence. Frontman Eoin McCarthy, percussionist Jay Wolf, and bass player Matt Schuetz all double as sound engineers and stage workers when they aren’t performing their brand of alternative folk. With so many influences it’s difficult to lock these guys down into a particular genre but however you describe their sound, it’s clear they like playing music and working with other musicians when they are not performing themselves. These three members of Whiskey of the Damned were running their own stage at Summerfest which had seventy plus artists performing. While it may have been a smaller and more down to earth stage when compared to the bloated arena style stages, it was actually the best place to be during the day with a nice cool breeze coming off of Lake Michigan.…
August 31, 2012
Touring with Staind frontman Aaron Lewis and slated to head out on the road with him once again, big things are happening for singer and recording artist Alexa Carter. With the release of The Ballerina EP earlier this spring, she is headed back into the studio to record her first full length album. Without pigeonholing Alexa Carter into a particular genre, she likes to describe her sound from those artists which influence her like OneRepublic and Sara Bareilles.…