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Mixing Evolution: Key Steps In The Journey To The Digital

Console Platform February 18, 2020 Andy Coules Andy Coules Considering the current capabilities of digital consoles, how we got here, and what the future of mixing may hold.  Recently I was asked to mix a live show on a console that could only be controlled via a tablet, and I found myself arguing quite strongly…
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“It was 20 Years Ago Today…”

Terry Lowe • February 2020Publishers Note • February 9, 2020 With PLSN’s 20-year milestone in mind, NAMM invited Lowe to participate in the association’s Oral History program and share his reminiscences and perspective on the businesses of music and publishing. Well, it might not be exactly today, but February of 2000 saw the first issue…
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A Lil Nostalgia….. 47 Years Of Flaming Guitars, Levitating Drums & Pyro: KISS Touring Nears The End

Friday, 2/14/2020 By: Deborah Speer A couple of restless kids from Queens, N.Y., realized they weren’t getting what they wanted from the bands they were seeing in concert and instead created their own in 1972. The band, Wicked Lester, even got a look from Epic Records, which signed the group but shelved its album debut. …
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Nominations Now Open For Pollstar’s ‘Women Of Live,” Celebrating Women Transforming Live Music Biz

By: Pollstar Staff Pollstar today announced its inaugural Women of Live franchise, honoring women who are transforming the concert business in meaningful ways. We will celebrate 25 honorees, with one executive named Woman Of The Year. While the music industry is still grappling with issues of equality and diversity, women are rising to positions of leadership and having…
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Ladysmith Black Mambazo Founder Joseph Shabalala Dies At 78

11:36 AM, Tuesday, 2/11/2020 By: Associated Press AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, FileJoseph ShabalalaIn this Sunday Jan. 20, 2008 file photo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo founding member Joseph Shabalala gestures to the audience during the groupThe founder of the South African multi-Grammy-Award-winning music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, has died at age 78, the group and the…
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Lyle Mays, Evocative Pianist Who Helped Define The Pat Metheny Group, Is Dead at 66

By NATE CHINEN • 23 HOURS AGO Photo of Lyle Mays, center, with Steve Rodby and Pat Metheny, around 1981.RALPH QUINKE /  ECM RECORDS Lyle Mays, a keyboardist, composer and orchestrator who helped carve a new channel for contemporary jazz with The Pat Metheny Group, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 66. He also performed…
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EV At 90: Powering The Passion Of Performance For Nine Decades (And Counting)

PSW Staff writer 2017 A look at the history of one of the most storied brands in professional audio, as well as where the company is going today and what’s planned for the future.  The year was 1927, and the global professional audio industry didn’t exist. But things were about to change. It was the…
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All Wrapped Up: A Treasure Trove Of Advice About Cable & Interconnect

PSW Staff Veteran engineers and techs offer hard-earned tips, nuggets, and tidbits regarding cable care, use, storage, and more that they’ve cultivated over the years. Here’s a example of what can happen when best cabling practices aren’t followed. Thanks to Carl Stewart for the image! We’ve featured numerous articles over the years looking at both…
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David 5-1 Norman. Photo by Tyrone T-Money Holmes

David “5-1” Norman

Mike Wharton • January 2020 PLSN Interview • January 12, 2020 David Norman is a big fan of music, and has been since, as a small child, he would hear his mother playing the piano, his father spinning a vastly broad spectrum record collection, and a sister who also played piano and drums. Small wonder…
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The Invention Of The Phonograph: From Early Recordings To Modern Time

May 18, 2017  By Tom Lubin The storied history of a device that has significantly shaped modern culture For the purposes of introduction, the gramophone and the phonograph have been considered a single invention since the former evolved out of the latter to eventually replace it. Both were inscribing, groove based systems. The gramophone/phonograph was…
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