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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
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingBlogAudio PunditOpinion

  • 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
    Filed in: Live SoundChurch SoundBlogLizard's LoungeOpinionEngineerTechnician

  • Monday, December 22, 2008
    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
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingChurch SoundBlogAudio PunditOpinionPoll

  • Thursday, December 18, 2008
    Keith Clark 12/18/08 03:19 PM, 0 Comments
    Mick Jagger turned 65 this year, and now, so has fellow Rolling Stones mate Keith Richards. Or, as the AFP puts it, “famously drug-addled Rolling Stone Keith Richards turns 65 this week.” The man is a miracle of modern science.  Although this recent photo isn’t all that flattering… Still, we hope Keith “keeps on keepin’ on” because if a guy who’s lived that hard for decades continues the chase well into his “senior” years, then there’s hope for the rest… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingChurch SoundBlogAudio PunditOpinion

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    Keith Clark 12/18/08 12:45 PM, 4 Comments
    My inbox is bombarded with hundreds of press releases each week, and a few invariably deliver a chuckle. Unintentionally, of course. Here’s the latest “press release of the week”— Are you looking for a way to kick up your home theater a notch…or two?  The (product name/model number withheld) tower speakers will provide you that TRUE home theater experience with two 15-inch subwoofers per tower! The leader in professional audio has finally brought their experience into the home. These speakers… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingChurch SoundBlogAudio PunditOpinion

  • Wednesday, December 17, 2008
    Keith Clark 12/17/08 01:57 PM, 0 Comments
    I just ran across a report today on the BBC News website: “Users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw has been fixed.” The next paragraph mentions “internal experts” - an upgrade in “expert” hierarchy, no? :>) Anyway, this seems legit. Click here to read the full report. For the record, I switched to Firefox several years ago and haven’t looked back. Far superior to IE. View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingChurch SoundBlogAudio PunditOpinionBusiness

  • Tuesday, December 16, 2008
    Keith Clark 12/16/08 03:55 PM, 1 Comment
    Pardon our dust as we continue to put the finishing touches on the new ProSoundWeb. I’ve been calling this “version 3.0” but as some of our logos through the years show (below), maybe I’m a bit low on the version count. But over the years, this site has evolved in a significant way three different times. There were the startup/formation years, followed by a transition as the site moved to a much more open, flexible format, and now, what you… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundBlogAudio PunditOpinionSound ReinforcementAudio

  • Wednesday, December 10, 2008
    Fletcher 12/10/08 11:02 AM, 0 Comments
    After 15 years, the analog television in my living room gave up its will to keep on living and required replacement. Via some careful shopping on the Internet, I settled on one of the new-fangled “Hi Def” plasma screen creations, which arrived just in time for the Super Bowl earlier this year. (Great game, lousy ending… can you tell my office is in Foxboro, MA? But I digress…) This new TV is a great space saver, and allowed me to… View this post
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  • Wednesday, October 22, 2008
    Bennett Prescott 10/22/08 02:16 PM, 0 Comments
    This explosion of the digital sound reinforcement product sector over the last half-decade or so has produced a tempting array of solutions. I’ve watched these developments carefully, worked with most of the offerings, and seen other companies utilize these powerful tools to great benefit. My sound company recently started looking for a set of new consoles to support our expanding activities, so I began talking in earnest with manufacturers over what they could offer me in return for my money.… View this post
    Filed in: Live SoundOpinionAnalogDigital

  • Thursday, September 25, 2008
    D. Scott Kramer 09/25/08 12:31 PM, 2 Comments
    If we were to conduct a poll regarding audio recording among churches, I think we would find that a large percentage of churches record their services. The reasons vary: some churches may simply want to archive their weekly sermons, while others may make available recorded copies of their services on CD, tape, or some other recordable medium. Some churches may even go beyond the simple duplication of their service and offer their programs on radio, television, and even Internet-based broadcasts.… View this post
    Filed in: Church SoundOpinionMicrophoneAudio

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