Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Eddie Shaw: 1937 to 2018

Rest in peace, my friend.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

NAMM 2018: PLNIFY Tour Management Software Product Preview


Aloha!

On Friday I met with Victor from PLNIFY about his new software and app that allows easier coordination of all factors that are needed to run a successful tour. He is in the industry ad has worked with top-tier entertainers, so he knows exactly what is needed. He ran me through the software and I was impressed with the effort that went into making all of the details right. And though the software was just recently finished, it is already in use by around 100 major acts.


Please see the attached video to hear more about the PLNIFY, and for more information, please go to plnify.com.

Mahalo!


NAMM 2018: The Wire World Polaris Guitar Cable Product Preview


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I got to speak with David Wire World Cables about their newly introduced Polaris guitar cable, which is has to be one of the best quality cables in the market. I also had the chance to see Stu Hamm demo the cable, and he is a true believer in the product.


Please see the attached video to hear more about the Polaris cables. As this product is so new it is not on their website yet, but to learn a little more about the company head on over to wireworldcable.com.

Mahalo!


NAMM 2018: Day 4 Kick-off

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This is the final day of the 2018 Winter NAMM show in sunny Anaheim, California and it is about 25 degrees warmer now that the Santa Ana winds have come in. This has been a great show, and the exhibitors have all been great about making time to meet with me. The show seems a little less crowded this year, though it is hard to tell if it is because there are less people or because they have greatly expanded the exhibition halls.

I have a few more appointments today, and will be updating the blog as often as possible.

Mahalo!


NAMM 2018: Shure SM48 Microphone Field Test

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This is the final day of the 2018 Winter NAMM show; this year I shot a lot of video with my Zoom Q8, and I chose a Shure SM48-LC to record my dialogue. This microphone is similar in appearance to the venerable Shure SM58, but comes in at about half the price. Considering that I was going to be stuffing it into my bag repeatedly (and possibly dropping it a few times), I chose not to bring its more expensive sibling.

The SM48-LC looks almost identical to the SM58, with a nicely solid heft, and the instantly recognizable profile of the chromed steel mesh grill (that is maybe a touch bigger). It is available both with or without an ON/OFF switch, and mine is not equipped with one. The 48 is a dynamic mic with a different cartridge than the 58, and a frequency response of 55 to 14,000 Hz.

If you purchase one, you will get the mic, a nice vinyl carry bag, and a mic stand clip. These are made in Mexico, and you can expect to pay around $55 from online sellers. It is a good value, for sure.

It worked out very well for field recording, with no issues at all. To my ears, it is noticeably tinnier with less mids than an SM58, but the recordings were all clear, and its cardioid pattern did a fine job of isolating my voice from the terribly chaotic NAMM environment. Though I would not hesitate to buy another for this kind of use (or karaoke), I think that the reduced fidelity is not worth the cost savings to vocalists and bands, so I would advise them the save up another 50 bucks and buy the real thing, an SM58.

Mahalo!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

NAMM 2018: Latch Lake Music micKing Product Preview


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I had the opportunity to speak with Dave from Latch Lake Music about their beautiful micKing microphone stands. Their craftsmanship is amazing, and I have to say these are by far the nicest mic stands I have ever seen. They have to be seen to be believed!



Please see the attached video to hear more about the micKing, and for more information, please go to latchlakemusic.com.

Mahalo!


NAMM 2018: Cable Porter Product Preview


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I had the opportunity to speak with Carlo from Cable Porter about their innovative cable management system that keeps organizes and prevents your leads from tangling. They provided me with a sample and I am hooked – I will need to purchase some more of these!


Please see the attached video to hear more about the Amp Hook, and for more information, please go to cableporter.com .

Mahalo!