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The New Millenium - When Technology Replaced Talent

Modern Recording StudioToday, one cannot possibly record a typical album without tens of thousands of dollars of equipment, gadgets, pedals, auto-tune and a myriad of other technologies. Mixing boards consisting of various filters, equalizers, 128 or more channels all feeding digital recorders with the same number of channels. Artists and musicians can be recording each of their respective parts individually -- often in different recording studios and even hundreds of miles apart. That is the evolution of the music that has taken place during the past quarter century.

It is Necessary to Spend a Fortune Recording an Album?

Home Made With TEACRecently I have read comments by several artists regarding the high costs of recording an album today. All the engineers, the super expensive equipment, all the digital elementa, time and, of course the talent. This got me to thinking about some of the best albums that I own. Albums on Deutsche Grammophon, albums by extremely talented artists like Mike Oldfield and, all those wonderful albums from the '60s through the '80s.

Blue Highway's Shawn Lane Introduces Space Age I-Tone Picks

Shawn Lane and I-Tone PicksWalhalla, SC -- Blue Highway's heralded vocalist, instrumentalist, and songwriter Shawn Lane and Clemson University engineer associate Brad Poore have unveiled a game-changing new flat pick called the I-Tone Pick. The I-Tone Pick is made from the same material used by NASA in construction of the Space Shuttle. The almost indestructible material has one of the highest wear and temperature ratings known to man, and delivers crystal clear tone and clarity when it strikes the strings.

John McEuen to Introduce Hi-Def Solo Album

John McEuen Made in BrooklynNashville, TN – Grammy-award winning producer, songwriter and musician John McEuen (one of the founding members of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) steps up the pace in preparation for the release of his new solo album titled Made In Brooklyn.* Scheduled to drop Friday, September 30, 2016 on Chesky Records, the project will be available via all major digital retail outlets (Amazon, iTunes, HD Tracks, etc.).

Listening to Music - The Consumer and the Studio

Audio RecordingBack in the day, all the top hit albums were recorded on tape. Some on just four to eight tracks mixed down to two. Recording studios were populated with Teac, Ampex, JBL speakers, Tascam boards and, for the most part, were pretty much the same. The age of digital alteration didn't exist. You got what the mics recorded. Bands had to be good in the studio and well as on stage. Many albums were done in just a few takes -- some in just one. That music is still some of the finest ever recorded. No fancy exotic gear like we have today.

The SongFarmer Album Completely Recorded on an iPhone

The SongFarmer AlbumYes it’s true ... the SongFarmer album was completely recorded on an iPhone. An iPhone 6-plus, actually. As far as we know, this is the first national album release to be recorded this way. It’s an acoustic album recorded with the new Martin 0000-28s guitar and long neck Deering Vega Banjo.

C.F. Martin Introduces Acoustic Amplification By Fishman

Martin D35 Turns 50Nazareth, PA -- C.F. Martin & Co. will exclusively debut a new pickup and preamp system in 2016, the Aura® VT Enhance™ acoustic amplification by Fishman®, which offers the most advanced technology, Aura Acoustic Imaging, to preserve the unique and pristine acoustic tone of each instrument with studio microphone quality. In addition, the new streamlined Matrix VT Enhance™ will be offered on select models.

WirelessGuys WIFI Provides Secure Wireless Transactions at Huck Finn Jubilee

Huck Finn JubileeOntario, CA -- WirelessGuys announced this week, the successful design and deployment of secure temporary WIFI service for high volume onsite ticket sales and point-of-sale purchases at the 39th annual Huck Finn Jubilee in Ontario, CA. Established in 1975, the Huck Finn Jubilee is currently produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau and is held at the Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, CA. The Jubilee is a three day family friendly festival celebrating traditional music, education, activities and the evolution of bluegrass music.

Audio-Technica Expands Online Video Series Exploring Mic Techniques

Audio-Technica Banjo MicAudio-Techcnica expands their online video series by exploring Mic techniques in real-world applications. Their new videos cover mic techniques for various instruments including banjo, brass instruments, dobro, mandolin, organ, piano, saxophone, small ensembles, stereo techniques, strings and woodwinds. Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, has posted the latest videos in its series exploring different aspects of mic technique, mic placement and more. Utilizing some of Audio-Technica’s most acclaimed and popular products – including 40 Series, Artist Elite®, 20 Series and others – these videos illustrate various tips and tricks for capturing audio in real-world applications.

High Security in a User Friendly Internet World

Insecure WebWhat prompted this article is that my registration on some bluegrass related email and websites has been compromised. I have received various emails that certainly confirm this. If you operate a web site or use a newsletter distribution service, you probably only give it a casual thought about security. What are they going to steal? Why would anybody want to mess with us -- we're too small? What's the worst that can happen? And, other questions. Have you asked about your liability exposure if your assets are compromised? Do you regularly check your logs looking for requests that don't seem right and then, making decisions based on your findings? Probably not.

Free WOB Wifi at Raleigh Convention Center Courtesy celito

Celito WiFi at World of BluegrassNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced an added bonus for those attending IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event, September 30-October 4, in Raleigh, North Carolina: “Wide Open Wifi” - free access to wifi within the Raleigh Convention Center, courtesy of Raleigh-based telecommunications company celito.

Does Your Website Turn Away Customers?

Web ErrorToday's Internet capable devices come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, shapes, operating systems, ... Unfortunately, more and more websites are only supporting a subset of what is available. There are probably dozens of different browsers out there but, if you're not using one of the primary three, many sites just don't work. Some still use the old paradigm of telling the customer to use a different browser that the site supports. I visited a site to order an album for my wife. After going through the entire ordering process, the button to finalize the deal didn't work. I could click on it until the world ends but it was unresponsive. So, I couldn't do business there. I was forced to find another vendor site and order the album from them instead.

Artist Promotion and the Email Spam Filters

No SpamToday, it is essential to have a SPAM filter for email. After many years of using the same email address that is associated with my business, probably 80% of what comes to the server is junk email. The other 20% is what I want to read. It used to be easy to filter the good from the bad. The good came from a business email address - not a freebie account from some other service. Everything after the @ sign indicated who the email was from and you could easily say to accept all email from businessname.com. Today a lot of new folks are trying to get into the biz using gmail, yahoo, hotmail or other anonymous email domains instead of a more professional domain name.

Country Artists Take a New Spin on Vinyl

Will The Circle Be Unbroken/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Randy Rudder
Not since the early 1990s has the acronym “LP” had currency in the recording world. Yet it’s creeping back into the nomenclature among some Millennials and members of Generation Y as they discover the wonders of vinyl albums.

iDitty Announces Nu-Blu As Their First Totally Digital Client

Nu-Blu Nashville, Tenn. (June 26, 2013) iDitty is proud to announce Nu-Blu as their first totally digital client with their new album Ten. “The idea behind iDitty is to offer the touring musician a physical product they can sell at shows, said Dan Huff, CEO of iDitty. “With CD sales continuing to decline, and the number of music downloads continuing to increase, the market requires a product that meets the needs of the musician and the music consumer."

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