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Author: Bill Evans

On the Road With Lenny Kravitz

OK, gotta admit it. I had 100% forgotten about these videos. Until, out of nowhere I saw some of them mentioned on freaking Twitter and then I started to get notification emails about comments on the YouTube channel. And what the heck did Lenny Kravitz and Lady Gaga have in common? It got even weirder when one of the notifications was from someone saying they were from Entertainment Tonight. And weirder still when that proved to actually be true. Without getting into the gossip rag side of all of this, suffice to say that when an audio engineer starts dating the talent, some folks take notice. These videos were recorded back in 2012. My wife, Linda, had been hired by the late, great PR maven (and my managing editor back in the GIG days) Diane Gershuny to shoot some pics of the Lenny Kravitz crew for a press release she was doing for DiGiCo. And I tagged along to do some video interviews. It was not a good day. The scheduled Vegas date at the MGM Grand Garden Arena (back then, the biggest arena in Las Vegas) had been proceeded the night before by an unscheduled “surprise” private gig in Los Angeles. Which meant that trucks and gear were late and everyone was stressed trying to get ready. Plus, Laurie may be even more of a curmudgeon than I...

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Scott Pearlman With Dickey Betts: “Those 90 Minutes At the Desk Make It All Worthwhile”

By Fred De Vries I am personally an unabashed “anything ALLMAN BROTHERS related” fan. Forget any pretense. I just straight up lurve the ABB, their music, legend, and the family that continues to perform their music.  AT FILLMORE EAST blew me away when I first heard it. I mean look at that album cover! Listen to those songs! Feel the stage and the heat and the “Mojo”. The pure magical jams. The fierce bluesiness of Gregg Allman’s voice. TWO DRUMMER’s!!!??? A thunderous bass player laying down a foundation you could build a house on And those guitars…Those tones, at the...

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Road Test: Digico S21 Digital Mixing Console

By Rick Camp at Master Mix Live Las Vegas, NV. Dec. 20th, 2016 Digico has supplied Master Mix Live with their S21 mixing console for our evaluation. The console is fitted with a 64-channel DMI-Dante card and accompanied by the D-Rack stage rack with 32 input channels and 8 line outputs @ 96K. At first glance the console appears very streamlined with its two large touchscreen displays and six rotary knobs and two LED meters positioned to the right side of the displays above the main surface with 20 channel faders and one master fader. The rear panel of...

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Las Vegas Sound Guy Lunch (Episode 1?)

OK, this took way too long to get edited and up online. The Rev. sucks. Happy? A full eight freaking weeks ago, we finally were able to do a video interview thingie that we hope will be the first of a bunch. Las Vegas Sound Guy Lunch. We tried this two years ago and crap audio made it unusable. My fault, I set it up in a noisy restaurant. This year it was the same basic script less the noisy restaurant. We did this during the day on New Year’s Eve. The idea is that there are so many...

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Road Test: Shure KSM8 Dualdyne Dynamic Handheld Vocal Mic

By RevBill As we all get over yet another round of NAMM madness, let me tell you how the weeks prior to a show work for us in what still passes for the pro audio press. The embargoed press releases start coming in about three weeks before the show. (For those unfamiliar with the term, embargoed means that the info is not to be publicly released before a specific date. In the case of NAMM it’s always the morning of the first day of the show.) Once upon a time, we could look at these embargoed releases and get an idea of...

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