About The Complete FOH Engineer | Robert Scovill

August 26, 2009

Robert is one of the best people to learn about live sound from!

About the Complete FOH Engineer

This course is much more than “knob turning.”

The Complete FOH Engineer is a dynamic seminar that updates and grows on a regular basis, but at it’s core is an emphasis on fundamental audio principles and techniques. I emphasize to students that solutions to audio challenges are based in first mastering your approach, and secondly mastering the technology.

You won’t find a paint-by-numbers approach here. Instead you’ll delve more into the why than the how and leave you confident in your ability to tackle challenges with speaker system management, source management, mixing techniques and live recording that are a part of any live sound workflow. Once done with this seminar, you’ll be on your way to becoming the complete front of house engineer.

Robert Scovill

Course Designer and Instructor

via About The Complete FOH Engineer | Robert Scovill.

LES PAUL, 1915-2009

August 13, 2009

LES PAUL, 1915-2009

The Associated Press is reporting that Les Paul died this morning at the age of 94…

From the Associated Press:

“Les Paul, the guitarist and inventor who changed the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording and had a string of hits, many with wife Mary Ford, died on Thursday. He was 94.

According to Gibson Guitar, Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital. His family and friends were by his side.

As an inventor, Paul helped bring about the rise of rock ‘n’ roll and multitrack recording, which enables artists to record different instruments at different times, sing harmony with themselves, and then carefully balance the “tracks” in the finished recording.”

For more on Paul’s unparalleled career and wide ranging influence, check out Jesse Gress’ excellent “10 Things You Gotta Do to Play Like Les Paul” from the June 2009 issue of Guitar Player. The article can be found here.

via LES PAUL, 1915-2009.

Les was a true innovator and all of us in the industry owe him so much. He will be sadly missed.

Harman To Sponsor Music-Oriented TV Series – 2009-08-06 12:59:16 EDT | TWICE

August 13, 2009

Harman To Sponsor Music-Oriented TV Series

By Joseph Palenchar — TWICE, August 6, 2009

Stamford, Conn. – Harman International will be the title sponsor of a new music-oriented TV, online and in-flight series produced in cooperation with National Geographic and other broadcast partners.

The Music Nomad series will feature live and in-studio performances as well as artist interviews across several continents to explore diverse music genres, the company said. The upcoming series will be hosted by Jacob Edgar, a leading international music producer and CEO of the independent record label Cumbancha. For the series, the ethnomusicologist traveled the globe to seek out exceptional songs and musical talent, Harman said.

The new series will air in November on the Nat Geo Music and Nat Geo Adventure channels in cooperation with various cable and satellite providers. Nat Geo Music is a 24-hour music channel that debuted in 2007 and is available in Latin America, parts of Europe and Africa. Nat Geo Adventure is available in about 40 countries outside the U.S.

via Harman To Sponsor Music-Oriented TV Series – 2009-08-06 12:59:16 EDT | TWICE.

Should be interesting both to see what they come up with and how useful moving beyond traditional MI / Pro audio media works.

Midas and Klark Teknik change up UK and US distribution

July 1, 2009

It seems that Bosch is making some interesting changes.  They are giving Midas and KT their own distribution. This should enable a much more focused effort to bring Midas back into the main stream of the digital console market.

As to what is says about Bosch’s plans for the their family of pro brands is less clear.  Bosch in the US seems to be making steady solid growth (even in tough times) by simply keeping a steady stream of good products coming and working their distribution / channel relationships.  They may see Midas / KT simply in need of more focus or they may be setting it up for an eventual spin-off.

US News from: Live Sound: Midas, Klark Teknik Appoint Midas Consoles North America As New Distributor – Pro Sound Web.

“This is a huge new chapter in our company history. It ensures that our present and future customer base in North America is offered dedicated, brand-orientated sales expertise and technical support.” – David Cooper, Midas/Klark Teknik

UK From Audio Pro: Midas and Klark Teknik bring UK distribution in house


“With the UK being one of the most influential markets in concert touring, it warrants direct access to the factory,” Hughes said. “With this move, UK customers will have the direct support of not only me, but also Karl Brant and his service team, technical sales manager Jason Kelly and brand development manager Richard Ferriday, plus the factory demo facilities.”Midas and Klark Teknik sales and marketing director David Cooper added: “This is a fascinating time for Midas and Klark Teknik, both in the UK and internationally, and the future for the brands looks very exciting.As Midas and KT are UK based, it makes sense for the Kidderminster HQ to run UK distribution. Given the ongoing success of the Midas XL8 and PRO6 digital systems and increasingly complex Klark Teknik products, it’s important that we maintain strong personal relationships with rental companies, sound engineers and end users, which the move will facilitate. This closer relationship with our customers will have the added benefit of providing useful feedback for both new and existing products.“Over the past couple of months we have worked in conjunction with Shuttlesound regarding the move, and by taking Midas and KT out of Shuttlesound, it will allow them to free up valuable resources and focus on the Electro-Voice brand, so customers win all round.”

ProToolerBlog → Post » Dave Lebolt and Peter Gorges has left Avid

June 28, 2009

ProToolerBlog → Post » Dave Lebolt and Peter Gorges has left Avid.

You can check out the link above to read about the details but there is clearly a brain drain at Avid’s audio group that can only be the result of Avid’s decision to virtually eliminate the Digi brand and consolidate around Avid (professional products) and M-Audio (Retail Products).

David Lebolt is one of the brightest people I have meet in this industry, his understanding of how  business / channel / technology intersect is truly unique. His departure from Avid will create a void that will be hard if not impossible to replace.

I can see how this makes sense from a purely B-School financial perspective but I don’t think they realize how hard a transition this could be and their ability to execute this plan without serious damage to their portion in the audio industry is something I would not bet on.

Interestingly is you look at their first quarter numbers:

Three Months Ended March 31,

2009       2008


Video                                             $  87,502  $ 125,027

Audio                                                    64,127     73,239

Total revenues  (a)                       $ 151,629  $ 198,266

Contribution Margin:

Video                                             $  21,280  $  28,470

Audio                                                22,730     26,325

Segment contribution margin      44,010     54,795

It would look to me like the video group is in free fall and the Audio group is fairing much better. Why you would consolidate under a legacy brand like Avid instead of a segment leader like Digi does not make sense so me.

To keep this in perspective Avid has a new management team including some very successful smart people from Autodesk and  HP at the helm and their ultimate plan (which I obviously don’t know) may be a winner. Only time will tell.

Pro Sound News Europe – A further flourish of Frankfurt highlights

June 28, 2009

Pro Sound News Europe – A further flourish of Frankfurt highlights.

he attendance figures issued by show organisers at the conclusion of the event reinforced the impression of an overwhelmingly upbeat show. Collectively, the (MI-oriented and simultaneous) 30th Musikmesse and the 15th Prolight + Sound attracted 111,000 visitors from 125 countries – an increase of approximately 1,300 over last year. Specifically, PL + S received 33,631 visitors – 7.5% more than in 2008 – with Germany leading the way in visitor numbers, followed by The Netherlands, Austria, Italy and Belgium.

From my perspective, as a quick visitor to the Frankfurt show (in for less than 24 hours for meetings) – it was busy but a much smaller show.

They did a good job of making smaller so it seemed to be busy and happening despite the reduced visitors (official visitor numbers are always over stated – they are badges bought many of which are bought before the show and do not reflect if they deiced not to come).

Unlike the recent NAB show where many parts just seemed like dead space and the bars at the Hilton were empty – not only did it seem like 50% less people, but the people at NAB all seemed to be told don’t spend any money – felt sorry for Vegas if that is possible.

M-Audio introduced the new Studiophile CX8 and CX5 studio monitors
NEXO – celebrating its 30th anniversary throughout the show.
Optocore presented its new converter devices, X6R and V3R.
Trantec showed its new S6 wireless system
Yamaha announced a Version 2 update for its M7CL digital mixing console.
JBL announced that the new LSR2300 Series Studio Monitor System.
HME publicised its WS200 Wireless Speaker station and CL200 Call Light Actuator.
HK AUDIO announced special limited edition versions of its ConTour Array systems.

Wallmart: Mass Merchant Enthusiasm For Music Products Wanes

June 28, 2009

From http://www.musictrades.com

…the toy department to display musical instruments and accessories. The selection will include a child-sized acoustic guitar, a full-sized electric and acoustic guitar, and a small selection of accessories. At the trend’s peak in 2006, musical instrument displays in Wal-Mart occupied 16 feet of shelf space with more than 35 discrete items. Arch competitor Target has similarly reduced its musical instrument display to six linear feet from a peak of 16 feet last year. Some of the reductions can be attributed to the current recession. However, one rep who sells to Wal-Mart noted, “They are driven by numerical analysis. The reduction in display space reflects the fact that musical instruments didn’t generate the turn they were looking for.”

The era of MI products moving to the mass market may be weaning and is this good or bad?  The Walmarkts, Targets, and Best Buys of the world may have taken the low end / entry section of the market away from the tradtaionl MI dealers but it also brought millions of new players intot he market many of whom eventualy will graduate to better instruments and products that will drive more traffic to the speciality channel.