TC Helicon Harmony Singer 2

TC Helicon Harmony Singer 2

Today I’ll review the TC Helicon Harmony Singer 2 pedal. American Musical Supply  This second generation pedal is a great compliment to TC’s Mic Mechanic (to be reviewed), just like the original Harmony Singer, introduced with much acclaim several years ago.  Canadian based TC Helicon has been a leader in digital technology for many years and is the sister company of Danish TC Electronic, which are both owned by the Music Group of companies that include:  Behringer, Midas, DDA, Bugera, Lake, Tannoy and a few others.  Chances are you’ve used a TC product in a live sound rig or studio without knowing it.  But for now, we’ll discuss the Harmony Singer 2. Continue reading

What’s so cool about vintage gear?

What’s so cool about vintage gear?

Back in ’85, I accepted my first job for a consumer hi-fi equipment manufacturer called a/d/s/, based out of Wilmington, MA. My first position was that of Product Specialist for their Pro-Audio division, DeltaLab, who made digital time delays for live sound, commercial installation and recording studios. Back then, we were known for developing some of the first products in the new “digital era” that successfully combined good sound with low cost to these markets. The ability to have full bandwidth at maximum delay times was unheard of. Our chief competitors, like Lexicon, Roland and others, were amazed at our technical achievements, given our price point. But like so many other companies, we realized that our customer’s needs and the market had changed, so we quietly faded into the pro-audio graveyard with little to look back on. Continue reading

The Fall & Rise of Harley-Davidson

Well the title isn’t completely accurate but if you read this story, you’ll understand.

Once upon a time back in 2001, my company, Rooster AV Services, was providing equipment and technicians for a corporate event at  The Drake Hotel in Chicago.  The gear setup for the meeting consistedDrake Hotel.jpg of a sound system (wireless lav mic and podium mic), large projection screen and a brand new state-of-the-art, hi-res data projector setup for front-screen projection and placed on a cart in the center aisle.  The room was setup in rounds,seating eight people each, with a center aisle and a stage with podium at the room’s front.  Now, if you are at all familiar with the Drake and its grand ballroom, you remember that at that time, the room (and Hotel) were both 4-star, but very old.  The ballroom floor was hardwood with a huge carpet laying over the top, but not attached to the floor….more like a huge rug.  I think that the hotel staff figured the weight of this “rug”, the tables, chairs and attendees would be enough to secure the carpet in place when needed. Continue reading

QSC K12 Review & Road Test

QSC K12 Review & Road Test

Today, we’ll review and discuss the very popular QSC model K12 powered speaker.  American Musical Supply  As you may be aware, the K12 has been on the market for over 7 years and is regarded by many as today’s standard in powered speakers.  Since its introduction, many other manufacturers’ similar offerings have passed through dealer’s shelves, but none have stood the test of time like the K-Series.  Products in the series include the K8, K10, K12 and KSub.  But for now, we’ll concentrate on the K12.  Why?  I am a K12 user for over 2-years and a fan of most QSC products.  If you have time, checkout QSC K12 Info  and take a look at the many quality products they produce. Continue reading

Too Much Info…?

Too Much Info…?

 

For my first blog post, I was thinking about the information age, its availability to us and if all this virtual knowledge is a good thing.  For me, I like having the availability of YouTube to teach me how to do something.  But I’m often skeptical and careful of what I read and watch.  With each passing day, videos are uploaded on a multitude of topics. From a seemingly limitless amount of guitar method, performance, opinion and product review uploads, the “how-to” selections are what should concern all of us.  Do you think it’s wise to learn something like swimming or nasal surgery from watching Youtube?  I would doubt it. And what if the OP is wrong….ugh!  With that being said, there are many great and helpful videos from educated experts who want to help and can.  However, I continue to see well-intentioned individuals post wrong information and methodology.  It sure would suck trying to fix something from knowledge gained while watching a video with incorrect information.  It’s frustrating and can be very expensive if you screw up. Continue reading

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