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  • Monday, February 02, 2009
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    Keith Clark 02/02/09 08:31 AM, 1 Comment
    A recent post by Mike Keller on the “Geek Tech” blog (located at the PC World website) introduced me to a product called Microsoft Songsmith. For the uninitiated, it’s a software program that, well, let’s see how Microsoft describes it: “Songsmith generates musical accompaniment to match a singer’s voice. Just choose a musical style, sing into your PC’s microphone, and Songsmith will create backing music for you.” A computer software program that “creates” music based upon the vocal stylings of… View this post
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  • Friday, January 30, 2009
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    Keith Clark 01/30/09 12:11 PM, 0 Comments
    Last week, I noted that there was the possibility of a delay in the switch-off of analog TV, long slated for this coming February 17. (Read it here.) Looks like, perhaps, this was much ado about nothing, because Congress this week voted against a bill that was calling for the postponement of the switch-off until June 2009. As stated in my previous post on this topic, I am not talking about the political angle; I’m just sharing what’s happening because… View this post
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  • Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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    Dave Dermont 01/28/09 03:30 PM, 2 Comments
    I just scored an incredible deal on eBay. Three Yorkville Elite EX350M loudspeakers. They are primarily a monitor wedge, but they also have a pole cup and can be used as a speaker-on-a-stick. They are a B&C loaded 12” x 1”, and have a nice shallow (as in closer to horizontal) angle that works best with the monitor up close and personal, the way a lot of people like their monitors. How incredible a deal? Try three of them for… View this post
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  • Friday, January 23, 2009
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    Keith Clark 01/23/09 12:01 PM, 0 Comments
    There are times when the optimistic fervor (and a certain downright silliness) that are staples of the annual Winter NAMM Show get a bit tiresome. Not this year - spending a few days immersed in the “what me worry?” vibe proved a welcome diversion in this uncertain economic time. It’s not that the more serious issues of the day weren’t on the minds of many of the people I had the opportunity to talk with over the course of the… View this post
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  • Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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    Keith Clark 01/21/09 10:06 AM, 0 Comments
    I was doing some quick web surfing yesterday when I ran across this article in the Washington Examiner. I’m reading the first two paragraphs, thinking “politics as usual, blah, blah…” But the third paragraph got my attention: “By pushing to delay the long-scheduled transition of television broadcasting from analog signals to digital signals, president-elect (now president, kc) Obama is directly aiding Sprint and its partner Clearwire while hurting Verizon.” Again, to be clear, I’m not referring to alleged political alliances… View this post
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  • Friday, January 09, 2009
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    Keith Clark 01/09/09 04:40 PM, 0 Comments
    Earlier this week at Macworld, Apple made a stir by announcing that its iTunes Store will soon be selling content without DRM (digital rights management) restrictions, and further, will be altering its uniform 99-cent price structure. DRM is technology that controls the usage of digital media or devices that, for example, limits viewings or copies of media files. Dropping this restriction can be seen as good news for music consumers, except perhaps those who have already compiled large DRM-protected collections… View this post
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  • Thursday, January 08, 2009
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    Keith Clark 01/08/09 11:30 AM, 0 Comments
    It doesn’t seem quite right not to point out that today (January 8) is the birthday of Elvis Presley, who would have been 74. So much still written and so much still said about Elvis, and that’s as it should be - he was the first true superstar of modern rock pop music, and for the very best of reasons: the man possessed huge, undeniable talent. According to Billboard magazine, he had more songs in the Top 100 than any… View this post
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  • Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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    Keith Clark 12/31/08 01:34 PM, 1 Comment
    I ran across an interesting article in today’s (Dec 31, 2008) online edition of the Boston Globe. Correspondent Marc Hirsh points out “four chords that underpin a song’s verse, circling from yearning to triumph and back again, four chords that were inescapable in 2008.” Hirsh has decided to call this phenomenon the “Sensitive Female Chord Progression”. Yikes, this guy’s looking for trouble… :>) He explains that this four-chard progression comes up a lot in the songs of well-known female pop… View this post
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  • Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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    Dave Dermont 12/24/08 08:43 AM, 1 Comment
    Greetings and welcome to my new ProSoundWeb Blog. My name is Dave Dermont. Some of you may know me as one of the moderators on the ProSoundWeb forums and author of the occasional article in Live Sound International. This is a blog of the day-to-day trials and tribulations of someone working in the sound reinforcement jungle of night clubs, street fairs, festivals, and corner bars, with an occasional peek at some higher profile gigs from the viewpoint of a lowly… View this post
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  • Monday, December 22, 2008
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    Keith Clark 12/22/08 05:03 PM, 0 Comments
    A new study by the chief economist of the MCPS-PRS Alliance, a not-for-profit royalty collection society, found that sales of music via the Internet are highly limited to a relatively small share of total files available online. In fact, the study notes that “of the 1.23 million albums available (online), only 173,000 were bought, meaning 85 per cent did not sell at all.” The findings were reported in by The Telegraph newspaper of the U.K., which states that the study… View this post
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