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How Soundmen Can Keep Me Happy

By jakekelly

(continued from here)   4. Make Me Louder   Okay, this is easy…and it is the single most important element of your job: make me louder!   And, of course, I want that without feedback.   And, of course, that’s just during soundcheck…when we’re doing a show I’m going to want even more.   I’ve […]

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How Soundmen Can Keep Me Happy

By jakekelly

(continued from here)   3. Stop Ringing Out the P.A. with Steely Dan.   Surely, there has been another great record that has been made in the past 40 years that you can use to do whatever the hell it is you do when listening to Steely Dan.   Wait…   You know who makes […]

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How Soundmen Can Keep Me Happy

By jakekelly

(continued from here)   2. Man Up and Take the Blame…   Because it’s your fault anyway.   A man wiser than myself (ha! what a funny saying), said that an artist never has a bad show, it’s always someone else’s fault.   That is so true!   I know my worse nights performing were […]

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How Soundmen Can Keep Me Happy

By jakekelly

(continued from here)   1. Get Your Priorities In Order.   I don’t know why, but this seems to be the most difficult for the dozens and dozens (if not hundreds) of soundmen I have worked with.   Okay, here is how you make a list of priorities:   The artist comes first. Everything else […]

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The Fender Stratocaster Turns 60

By jakekelly

2014 makes the 60th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster, perhaps the instrument most associated with rock n’ roll.    And certainly the Stratocaster (often the name is shortened to just “Strat’), looks the part.  To use automotive hyperbole of the era in which the instrument was created, the Strat looked like it was going a […]

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Best of NAMM 2014: Part 4

By jakekelly

The Anaheim Convention Center which hosted NAMM 2014 is huge, yet it was hardly able to contain all the cool gear on display.  We continue our search for the finest the show has to offer.   (return to Best of NAMM 2014 Part 1 , Best of NAMM 2014 Part 2 or Best of NAMM […]

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Best of NAMM 2014: Part 3

By jakekelly

(return to Best of NAMM 2014 Part 1 or Best of NAMM 2014 Part 2)   Roli Seaboard Controller     Perhaps the most innovative product ot NAMM 2014 is the new Seaboard keyboard controller: maybe “keyboard-like” controller would be a better term.   The Seaboard has a ridged silicone pad that has the familiar […]

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Best of NAMM 2014: Part 2

By jakekelly

We continue our search for the finest, most intriguing gear that NAMM 2014 has to offer.   (Click Here for Best of NAMM 2014 Part 1)   ESP Will Adler Warbird DB       Some people like their gear shiny and new.  Fender’s custom shop a while back figured out people will pay a […]

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Best of NAMM 2014: Part 1

By jakekelly

As the rest of the nation was seemingly gripped in a cold snap, Southern California was having typical postcard weather.  Perhaps that was one of the reasons for the smiling faces of the attendees of the Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) 2014 Show.   Or perhaps it is because of all the shiny […]

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Product Review: Elixir HD Light Guitar Strings

By jakekelly

Gore Technology arguably made the last great string innovation with their introduction of their Elixir coated strings.  New for 2014, Gore is releasing a HD Light set of their Nanoweb coated strings.   Essentially, this is a slightly modified set of their standard light gauge phosphor bronze strings, with the same Nanoweb coating which greatly […]

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