Mon, 30 October 2006
News, a Celebrity Interview with Jon O'Neil from Naiant.com, a Crosstalk segment, we tweak the Stupid Knob and Viewer Mail!
Toontrack Expansion Packs For EZdrummer
Guitar Player Magazine Guitar Hero 2006 Finals
Brian Stephens, Host Of The Music Pro Show And The Band Ocean Street. Here's their first video release:
Over the last couple of weeks we've been talking about the killer little mics mounted in Neutrik connectors available from Naiant.com. Well, we just had to know more so we got a hold of Jon O'Neil, the owner, chief inventor and product specialist at Naiant.
Ari Blum - Auralex T' Fusor Ceiling Mount Pics
Jim Farley - Trash Can Vocal Booth Update!
Trevor Brooks - Lava Lamps Indoctrinating Our Children:
Answer To Last Week's Trivia Question:
Q: What was the first record to sell a million copies?
A: There were a lot of really good guesses, but none that went back in time quite far enough. There may have been some confusion as noted by Tony Butterworth over at the Home Made Hit Show. His answer was Perry Como's Catch A Falling Star, which the RIAA's own web site says was the first Gold single that was...and here's the important part...."officially" certified by the RIAA, which was founded in 1952.
The original "gold record" awards were presented to artists by their own record companies to publicize the achievement of 1,000,000 sales. The first of these was awarded by RCA to Glenn Miller in February 1942, celebrating 1.2 million sales of Chattanooga Choo Choo.
The 78-rpm commercial version of the song was recorded on May 7, 1941 for RCA Victor's Bluebird label and became the first to be certified a gold disc on February 10, 1942. The transcription of this award ceremony can be heard on the first of three volumes of RCA's "Legendary Performer" compilations released by RCA in the 1970s.
Since Tony's answer was technically correct in the context of the RIAA, we're declaring him this week's winner and he takes home a copy of Guitar And Drum Trainer courtesy of Ryan Smith over at RenegadeMinds.com. Congratulations Tony!
See you next week!
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Mon, 23 October 2006
News, a Celebrity Interview, a PSN Gear Review, we tweak the Stupid Knob and we have a special lava lamp edition of Viewer Mail!
Alesis Introduces The CD Twin LE
Smart Loops Launches SL Hit Tracks
Digital Music Mentor Software
Tex-Mex 'Bebop Kid' Freddy Fender has passed away at just 69 years old. His hits included Before The Next Teardrop Falls and Wasted Days and Wasted Nights, which rose to No. 1 on the country chart and top 10 on the pop chart that same year, while his songs Secret Love and You'll Lose a Good Thing also hit No. 1 on the country charts.
He won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album in 2002 for La Musica de Baldemar Huerta. He also shared in two Grammys: with the Texas Tornados, which won in 1990 for best Mexican-American performance for Soy de San Luis, and with Los Super Seven in the same category in 1998.
Freddy also appeared in the 1987 motion picture The Milagro Beanfield War," directed by Robert Redford. In February 1999, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In part three of a three-part interview with Mike Schettler of Hit Street Records and Shortler Studios in Spokane, Washington, Al talks with Mike about mastering your tracks.
Naiant.com we talked about last week are out of stock until the first week in November.
Zoom H4 Handy Recorder
Edirol R-09 Recorder
Viewer Mail - Special Lava Lamp Edition:
Crazy Joe: SurfLounge.com Liner Notes
David "SpoonZ" Spooner: Lava Lamp Screensaver
Q: While playing at Hollywood's Palladium in 1972, the guitarist in Chuck Berry's backup band was replaced by another one waiting backstage. The new musician played so loudly that Berry stopped in the middle of a song and asked the first guitar player to come back out. Who was the guitar player he kicked off the stage?
A: Keith Richards! This week's one and only correct answer came from Ed Kachajian. Ed takes home a copy of Guitar And Drum Trainer courtesy of Ryan Smith over at RenegadeMinds.com.
See you next week!
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Mon, 16 October 2006
News, a Celebrity Interview regarding recording and mixing drums, Crosstalk, we tweak The Stupid Knob and we sift through some Viewer Mail!
Line 6 Is Now Shipping Gearbox Plug-In Silver And Gold Bundles
Frontier Design Group Introduces AlphaTrack
Auto-Tune 5 Available Soon
Just a few days ago, Bryan Stephens, host of the Music Pro Show podcast, was hospitalized with appendicitis. Please send him a get well e-mail. His address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Al sat down again this week with Mike Schettler of Hit Street Records and Shortler Studios in Spokane, Washington. They had a chance to talk about affordable mics and recording and mixing drums.
MSH-10 Mics From Naiant
Q: Barry Manilow was, and still is a prolific songwriter. He's sold over 75 million records worldwide. Even though he wrote many of his chart makers, he did not write three of his most popular hits. Name one of the three hits he did not write.
A: "Mandy" was written by Scott English and Richard Kerr, "Looks Like We Made It", was penned by Will Jennings and Richard Kerr, and "I Write The Songs" was composed by Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys.
Congratulations to this this week's winner, David P. Shortland! David takes home a copy of Guitar And Drum Trainer courtesy of Ryan Smith over at RenegadeMinds.com.
Honorable Mention goes out to Dave Criddle, John Demetre, Dave Duffus and Jordan Chilcott. Congratulations!
See you next week!
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Mon, 9 October 2006
News, a Gear Review, a Celebrity Interview, we tweak the Stupid knob and a deluxe edition of Viewer Mail!
The OTR Network Library
Digidesign Announces Velvet
Line 6 Giving Away Free ReFills
Sweetwater's Warehouse Moving Sale
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Andrew Brierly from the Home Recording Odyssey podcast sent in this audio demonstration of what he believes is a practical use of lava lamp technology in the recording process.
Lava Lamp Plugin - RTAS For Mac
This week Big Al caught up with Mike Schettler, Mike Bolan's partner at Hit Street Records and owner of Shortler Studios in Spokane, Washington.
The Shortler Studios Control Room Window
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Sound Studio Construction On A Budget
Richard Oliver - Studio Designer
Jimmy Buffet takes a page from Willie Nelson's book!
Q: What was the longest title of a song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100?
A: The 1981 Stars on 45 #1 hit, simply called Medley, "technically" is the longest song title to become a chart hit on Billboard. It originally appears in complete title form on the printed edition of the Billboard Chart.
The actual title is: Medley: Intro Venus / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I'll Be Back / Drive My Car / Do You Want To Know A Secret / We Can Work It Out / I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You're Going To Lose That Girl / Stars On 45
Congratulations to this this week's winner, the only person to answer correctly, Mr. Dennis McFall! Dennis takes home a copy of Guitar And Drum Trainer courtesy of Ryan Smith over at RenegadeMinds.com. See you next week!
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Mon, 2 October 2006
News, a Celebrity Interview, a Cat Box segment and Viewer Mail!
MOTU Now Shipping Universal Binary Drivers
The Missing â��aâ�� From Neil Armstrong
FREE Synth Plugin - FXpansion ORCA
Big Al Featured On NextCat.com!
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We had an opportunity to chat with Slau, of Slau.net on the topic of acoustic treatments for your studio, no matter what size it is. Slau went through his own conundrum trying to find a reasonably-priced solution for this. He's owned and operated a studio in New York City since 1990 and has been a regular contributor to Sound On Sound magazine.
Shane Hendricks submits Feline Demise.
David "SpoonZ" Spooner from Down Under
Q: In 1996, this artist's self-titled second album was dropped from Wal-Mart shelves because one of the songs contained an unflattering comment about their gun sales policy.
A: Sheryl Crow! This week's winner is Vern in Los Angeles! He takes home a copy Guitar and Drum Trainer courtesy of Ryan Smith over at RenegadeMinds.com.
Also answering correctly was Christopher Neal, Andy Bullock, Bill Camarata, Rev. Mark C. Chauvin, John Demetre and Adam Smith. Congratulations all!
See you next week!
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