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Author: Robert Scovill

Change Vs Evolution (Or, Life IS Change)

  If you’re a regular follower of my blogs, then you know I’ve been on hiatus for some time now with regard to my blogging efforts. My apologies … a certain manufacturer of live sound mixing consoles has dominated my focus over the past few months. It’s good to be back though! I hope these words are worth the wait. It’s funny what inspires me to open up my laptop and start typing. I’m just on my way to Buenos Aires after a lively few days at the AES show where this blog on the concept of “change” finally...

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Courtney Love, Jenga and a Hangover

Image by Amanda Farah (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons By Robert Scovill   Okay, so normally this not my M.O. I don’t usually take this tack toward subject matter or even people with regard to blogs or posting. Meaning: I don’t regularly feel compelled to call someone out. Now, I’m not totally above the temptation. I’ve—from time to time—called out my share of network news anchors and politicians and even rebuked a few energetic Facebook posters.   With regard to the Net, we’ve all had lapses in judgment – you know, the hangover moment where you...

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Generation ConteXt

One of my favorite jokes of all time is from the bone-dry delivery of comedian Steven Wright. It goes like this; “I was looking out my window the other night and I saw a Martian. So, I say “Hey Martian, why are you so small?” To which he replied, “I’m not small, I’m really far away.”   Today’s topic: Perspective and context   When I was just starting out in pro audio many years ago, full of good intentions but no actual experiences to back them up, one of the hardest things to get my head around was context....

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Welcome to Choice Fatigue

By ROBERT SCOVILL It’s a phrase born of the new millennium and I assure you it is most definitely real. We live in a world where the fantasy is to live with no boundaries. It seems like it would be nirvana doesn’t it? A world with no rules, a world with no limits and no boundaries, a world with information that is not filtered with interpretation and agenda but only offers facts, a world where all products work. It’s just up to us to make a personalized choice that is perfect for our situation or ourselves. The art world...

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Too Loud? It’s Complicated

 Oh boy, “how loud is too loud” is one sticky wicket. What seems like such a simple concept is actually quite complex in nature. With regard to government agencies regulating concert sound pressure levels; If you think the government won’t take the time to legislate it, consider that today’s Congress and Senate are currently working on legislation mandating the variance in audio when moving from program material to commercials on television. At the heart of the debate is whether the volume at which the commercial is created and presented is a function of creativity or not. i.e. Is volume...

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