Use Pandora to Build Your Audience

At the recent IBMA conference, streaming services were a popular subject; Anna Frick hosted a panel on leveraging streaming for audience development. Rachel Whitney of Pandora Media showed Leadership Bluegrass alumni  how to interact with the service and get the greatest benefit of its features. Here’s Anna’s tutorial. Pandora was founded in 2000, making it […]

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Dave’s Words on Tape

This year we’ve had a lot of analog tape pass through the studio, so I figured it’s a good time to spread some info on the ins and outs of tape, and the capabilities at Airshow for transferring, archiving, and mastering from analog tape. We see new recordings that are mixed to analog tape, transferred […]

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New technology, research, software for better media archiving, Part One

In PART ONE of her report, Anna overviews new approaches to sticky shed syndrome and optical transfer technology, and azimuth adjustment. among other topics. Anna Frick and David Glasser attended the International AES Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation & Restoration. The June event was held at the National Audiovisual Conservation Center in Culpeper VA, operated […]

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New technology, research, software for better media archiving, Part Two

In PART TWO of her report, Anna has a change of perspective on parallel transfer, reports on error-detection software and fixity, and other topics. Anna Frick and David Glasser attended the International AES Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation & Restoration. The June event was held at the National Audiovisual Conservation Center in Culpeper VA, operated […]

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“The Storyteller’s Dilemma” – AVID CEO tells us what’s wrong with the creative economy and how we can fix it

The subtitle of “The Storyteller’s Dilemma” by Louis Hernandez Jr. (Hal Leonard Books 2017) is “Overcoming the Challenges In the Digital Media Age.” What Mr. Hernandez refers to as challenges are existential threats to middle-class musicians and creators across media, and he illustrates them clearly in these statistics: Between 2005 and 2015, the annual rate […]

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I found cool ways to use archival audio in new recordings at Folk Alliance

It’s almost impossible to sum up all that makes up Folk Alliance International. If you’ve been there before, you understand. It was my first year attending, and after years of hearing stories, I thought I was prepared. Folk Alliance is part family reunion, part party, part education, and an exploration of every nook and cranny […]

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What the NAMM Show tells me about our industry

A couple weeks ago I attended my very first NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show. It won’t be my last. I’ve been faithfully going to AES Conventions since I joined in 1975, but not to NAMM. In the audio production community, we’ve gotten used to the AES shows – along with the rest of […]

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Meet your music heroes in the NAMM Oral History Project

A visit to Leon Russell’s home studio led Lenise Bent to abandon film and become a recording engineer, starting at Village Recorders in the mid-70s. George Gruhn’s interest in the way old guitars were built led to his landmark “Guide to Vintage Guitars” and the transformation of used instruments into vintage guitars of great value. […]

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