Tag Archives: Live Sound

This Day In Music History: November 7

elton1967   Pianist and singer Reginald Dwight (Elton John) and his future songwriting partner, lyricist Bernie Taupin, sign on to DJM publishing. Their parents have to witness the boys’ signatures, because they’re both under 21. It’s the start of a legendary partnership. Taupin  and John go on to collaborate on more than 30 albums.

Both John and Taupin had answered an ad for musicians and lyricists placed in the magazine “New Musical Express.” Although neither one of them passed the audition for Liberty Records, the label’s Artists and Repertoire agent recognized their potential, and introduced the boys.

For years, the two have an unusual songwriting style. Rather than creating songs together, Taupin would write the lyric and then pass it on to John, who would set it to music. Their — Read more

This Day In Music History: November 5

|#0|#1933   Mary Louise Cecila “Texas” Guinan, American singer, actress, emcee, and speakeasy owner, dies, and it’s the end of an era. She set the iconic look and style of the tough-girl saloon owner for generations to come.

Born in Waco, Texas in 1884, Miss Guinan would move to New York in 1904. Her fine voice and witty Wild West patter make her a hit in Vaudeville. In 1917, she stars in a silent movie called “The Wildcat,” where she becomes American film’s first movie cowgirl. She’s known to the public as the “Queen of the West.”

Texas Guinan is also a smart businesswoman. Like many others, she sees prohibition as an opportunity, and opens a speakeasy called the 300 Club in 1920. The place quickly becomes a hangout for the rich and famous—Pola Negri, Al Jolson, Clara Bow, Irving Berlin, and Rudolph Valentino, to name a few. George Gershwin plays there regularly. Texas greets her guests with “Hello, suckers!” and ends the risque stage acts with “Give the little ladies a great big hand.” She’s credited — Read more

BEHRINGER Transforms Community Theater In PA

The marquis of the Geyer Performing Art Center (as seen on Geyerpac.com)

The marquis of the Geyer Performing Art Center (as seen on Geyerpac.com)

A small community theater in western Pennsylvania is seeing a big improvement in its productions -  and even its bottom line – after a local sound production company installed BEHRINGER sound equipment.

Geyer Performing Art Center in Scottsdale, PA, southeast of Pittsburgh, was built in 1900 as an opera house that later served as a movie theater, — Read more

This Day In Music History: November 4

beatles1963   The Beatles play the Royal Command Performance, also called the Royal Variety Performance; the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret are in attendance. The Beatles are 7th on the 19-act bill, but they’re arguably the most anticipated.

The Fab Four plays “From Me To You,” “She Loves You,” and “Till There Was You.” Then John Lennon makes a cheeky announcement that would be in the headlines the next day:

“For our last number I’d like to ask your help. The people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. And the rest of you, if you’d just rattle your jewelry. We’d like to sing a song called “Twist And — Read more

This Day In Music History: November 1st.

ParentalAdvisory1985   The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) agrees to demands made by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), headed by Tipper Gore, Susan Baker, Pam Howar, and Sally Nevius (aka the Washington Wives).

As a result, the RIAA  agrees to slap offending albums with the now-famous “Parental Advisory” labels. Some mainstream stores like Wal-Mart refuse to sell albums that carry the label, but overall, record sales remain the same.

Other PMRC actions include forcing record stores to stock albums with explicit covers under the counter, and pressuring TV stations not to broadcast explicit songs or videos.

The PMRC had brought their concerns before the senate in August, producing examples of explicit songs. Their — Read more

This Day In Music History: October 30th

2008   Harmonix Music Systems, makers of the game “Rock Band”, obtain the rights to produce “Beatles Rock Band”, the first-ever music game based on the band.

beatles.jpg“Beatles Rock Band” is the third major release in the Rock Band Series, but it’s a stand-alone game, not an expansion pack. The gameplay is a little different from other Rock Band titles, including the new element of 3-part vocal harmonies.

The game features 45 songs from — Read more

Coal Chamber Depends on BEHRINGER X32 Digital Mixing Console

Band chooses consistent and superb performance for their tour — and their fans 

10/29/2013 Seattle, WA — The BEHRINGER X32 was key to the success of American nu metal band Coal Chamber’s recent tour, proving the award-winning digital console is just as reliable and capable on the road as in fixed-install applications.

Coal Chamber sound engineer, Leonard Contreras, decided to take the X32 on the road after experiencing its benefits and features firsthand at LA’s famed Whisky a Go Go, where he is the club’s production — Read more

BEHRINGER’s ELX Line Array Elevates Rivalry Clash Tailgate Party

BEHRINGER provided its new ELX-42 Line Array loudspeakers and complete X32 mixing and monitoring solution for this year’s Rivalry Clash 5 and 10K races so it’s massive tailgate party had massive sound.

The tailgate party featured performances from Fox and the Law, Whiskey Syndicate, Panama Gold and NTNT on its main stage, which was completely decked out with state-of-the-art live sound reinforcement equipment.

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Beginner Tips: The Language Of Guitar Amplifiers


What Does a Guitar Amp Do?

Everyone knows that guitars and amps go together – just like rock & roll and loud! We’ve all seen musicians onstage, with their guitars plugged into amps or stacks of amps. But why did he/she choose that particular amp – and what does an amp do other than make your guitar sound louder?

A guitar amp has two main functions. First, it allows you to “shape” the signal going from your guitar into the amp. Second, it takes that custom-tailored signal and drives it through the power amp, which then boosts the signal level and sends it to the speaker, so you can get face-melting volume (or at least — Read more

This Day In Music History, October 28

2011   Metallica postpones their first-ever concert in India after a security barrier in front of the stage collapses. Angry fans subsequently tear up the stage and equipment, doing $200,000 in damage, and causing the show to be permanently canceled.

metallica.jpgThe band releases a statement saying “It is most regrettable that we were forced to take such measures. We were looking forward to meeting our fans and sharing our music live for the first time in India.” Read the full statement here.

Four of the — Read more