When I used to mix bands full time, and lived the strangely nomadic, semi-nocturnal life of the working sound engineer, casual acquaintances would often ask me, “What do you do for a living?” If I replied that I worked in the Live Sound industry and did the sound for bands, their reaction was usually...Read more ?
Imagine if the car industry were the music industry. Vehicles could be downloaded for free, copied, test driven and replaced at the click of a button. Fewer and fewer people would own cars yet more and more would be driving brand new ones. Doesn’t make much sense does it? Welcome to the music...Read more ?
The $20,000 accelerated depreciation provision in the 2015 Federal Budget is a dream come true for many CX readers who buy equipment. The provision allows you to buy as much as you like, provided no one item of equipment is valued at more than $20,000. With most moving lights, line array elements and screens...Read more ?
Sound and Lighting Technicians: what should they know? By Julius Grafton What skills should an entry level entertainment technology worker possess once ‘trained’? Last month we had over 400 experienced crew complete a lengthy survey, and now we have a draft set of skills – one for audio;...Read more ?
A Celebration of Australian Creativity and Ingenuity Initially, and for sentimental reasons, this was a story I wished I didn’t have to write, however on reflection it was an opportunity and privilege to honour an individual who made his mark and to also celebrate the innate creativity and ingenuity...Read more ?
“Sugar Cane ate my brain, when I drove on the Bamboo Train…” (Apologies to Robbie Robertson from The Band for the misheard lyrics from his song ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’) After a couple of weeks holiday in Vietnam, my gf and I organised to go to Phnom Penh, in neighboring...Read more ?
This is the story of two of my prized possessions: a Neumann U47 FET and valve U67. But no, this is not just another story of how good old Neumann microphones sound. It’s a meaningless rave about how they’ve accompanied me throughout at least half my recording career. I guess it was about...Read more ?
‘Hanoi rocks, scooters roll, pedestrians just try to cross the road’ Regular readers of this column (who they, Dunk? Ed) may remember me writing a few years ago about how I’d never been to Vietnam, despite the offer of an all-expenses paid trip from the government back in the early 70s. As luck...Read more ?
To say ‘it’s all happening’ down here at The Mill would be an understatement of momentous proportions. I’ve been burning the candle at both ends lately, as well as trying to get the thing to light in the middle. Between the several album projects I have on the go – not to mention the mastering...Read more ?
ENTECH show manager Stephen Dallimore has departed Exhitions Trade Fairs (ETF) after steering the show for four years. He took the role when the show was in deep trouble after the GFC, and under siege from rival trade show Integrate. Integrate in turn was founded by former ENTECH director Louise Brooks. Dallimore...Read more ?