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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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A New Way To Mic Pianos – Earthworks PianoMic System

By Tim Hemingway

Few instruments are more technically demanding than the piano when it comes to capturing its vast frequency range and complex acoustical nature. Earthworks PianoMicTM System is a high definition microphone system design to achieve extremely high quality results while miking a piano. Read on to learn more! The PianoMicTM System, mounts inside the piano with […]

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JBL EON 500 Series Powered Speakers

By Tim Hemingway

  Each of the three self-powered, full-range EON500 speakers from JBL has an on-board mini-mixer with loop-thru or mix-out capability, for greater control of the loudspeaker’s output. Other features of the series include: multiple suspension points; soft-grip handles and a full screened backed grille for extra component protection. The EON515 and EON510 are 2-way systems […]

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Vocal Mics—How Wide Is Too Wide?

By Tim Hemingway

A couple of years ago I was doing a gig attached to a pro audio trade show sponsored by a speaker manufacturer. it was a weird gig at a club across from the convention center with two bands—my 10-piece soul review and a very good Ozzy Osborne tribute. Oh, and it was a really loud […]

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Sing Like a Duck?!

By Tim Hemingway

Nasality is one of the most important yet misunderstood aspects of singing technique. The good news is excessive nasality is extremely easy to control. Nasality is the routing of air from vocal folds directly through the nose. In the human voice, it all starts with a complex, buzzy sound produced by the vocal folds, which […]

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Don't Get Ripped Off

By Tim Hemingway

The entertainment business has more than its fair share of unscrupulous people trying to take a buck from some idealistic young wannabe. There are so many frightening stories in the music business about people having their songs stolen or never getting their rightful earnings. There are managers running off with concert ticket proceeds and agents […]

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