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Tim Hemingway

I want to be a rockstar when I grow up, at least that is what I have been putting down as my career goal ever since I was first introduced to the Beatles at 11 or 12 years old. Shortly after my introduction to the Fab Four, I picked up an old classical guitar and started learning every Beatles song I could. It was right around that time that the nickname "GuitarGuy" Tim originated. While I don't remember the exact origin, it was basically how kids at school differentiated me from the other 4 or 5 Tims in our class. Starting in Jr. High, with an arsenal of Weezer and Green Day covers, my friends and I began "performing". Over the next 10 years I played guitar or bass in various alternative, punk and acoustic bands. Somewhere mid-way through college I realized that although I had the desire to be a rockstar, maybe I didn't have the songwriting abilities, so I moved my passion for music behind the console. I then spent several years working in a studio by day, and at night running everything from local concerts to community musicals. Without all of the boring details, my studio work eventually led me into advertising and marketing which is what I now do during the day. But when I come home at night, I still pull out my guitar and put on concerts for my kiddos (I’m raising up the next generation of Guitar Gods). I met up with the Rev while I was in grad school and was working on my thesis: Turn it up to Eleven: A Study of Guitar Hero and Rockband gamers. Why they play and how marketers can use this information. Yes, it is true. I have several academic publications about Guitar Hero. At that time in my life I had decided to pursue a career in marketing within the music industry, but the Rev had a better idea. He gave me a shot at reviewing gear, and ever since then I have been a regular here as part of the Live2playNetwork dysfunctional-family. When it comes to music, I'm a jack of all trades. While I'm not an expert at anything, in a pinch I can play guitar, bass, drums, sing, or I can mic up the drum kit, edit in Pro Tools, or solder up a new patch cable.

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Nostalgia’s Role In Music

By Tim Hemingway

Nostalgia is a funny thing.  It’s what keeps acts like The Rolling Stones selling out shows worldwide, and on a less fortunate end of the spectrum, keeps Axl Rose employed.

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Top 10 Android Apps For Musicians

By Tim Hemingway

The following blog does not reflect the opinions of Live2PlayNetwork’s management (primarily because they’re all Apple fanboys) Android.  It is now the most commonly used mobile OS, and is far superior to the competition in all but a few areas.  One of the biggest setbacks to Android is the lack of apps for mobile musicians. […]

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The StudioLive AI Speakers Get Family-Friendly

By Tim Hemingway

My successful journey with the PreSonus StudioLive AI – Series PA speakers has been fascinating! Day 1 proved to be an interesting day for the speakers and for me. We got an early start to be ready for a celebration scheduled that evening; 350 guests were expected to enjoy food and entertainment with a talented family […]

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What Tom Chianti Thinks Of The Eurodesk SX4882

By Tim Hemingway

Hello. It’s Tom Chianti again. We haven’t seen each other since I scootered my way thru last year’s AES convention in NY. It was a fun and fruitful day. Looking at all of the digital opulence started me thinking that it’s time to go back to the future. To be that retro-renegade guy. So I […]

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45th Songwriter's Hall Of Fame Inductions & Awards

By Tim Hemingway

The Songwriters Hall of Fame is a night full of unforgettable moments celebrating the art of songwriting. At the recent 2014 SHOF 45th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner (6/12) Chairman Jimmy Webb and President/CEO Linda Moran recognized and celebrated some of the best songwriting legends of our time. icons Ray Davies, Donovan, Graham Gouldman, Mark […]

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The Truth About Vocal Style

By Tim Hemingway

Vocal style is one of the most powerful tools we have to help us express our hearts through song. Style is the palette of colors that we use to express emotion. When style is used at its best, we capture the essence of a song, connect our hearts to what we are singing, and find […]

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On The Road With The Presonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI

By Tim Hemingway

The Presonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI blurs the line between live and studio mixers. Interfaced with a computer it functions as a multi-track recording console.  You also get SMAART integration   By Paul Overson   It may not be fair for me to review the new PreSonus SL32 AI console.  After all, I’m already a fan of […]

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NAMM 2014: John Moyer Of Disturbed Does BandFuse

By Tim Hemingway

This year, I’m sure there were several of those items, I just had a hard time finding one.   BY JIM ROESE   Every year when I attend NAMM I always try to find something that “pops” to me.  This year, I’m sure there were several of those items, I just had a hard time […]

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GEAR REVIEW: PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI

By Tim Hemingway

By Paul Overson   It may not be fair for me to review the new PreSonus SL32 AI console.  After all, I’m already a fan of their predecessor the SL24, and actually own two.  Still, checking out new gear is what we do (it’s a dirty job), and who better than someone who knows the […]

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