Sunday, January 8, 2017

Le Studio Continues To Die A Slow, Painful Death!!!!

Just found a newer video of the completely extreme death and deterioration of the former Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec. It is so sad to see such a historic, Canadian institution slowing dying a horrible death in the forests of Morin Heights.
Thank you to the person who posted this video published on Sept. 18, 2016 showcasing all the current and newer damage since the last videos posted from the year before. Whoever the owners are, they need to seriously consider how much longer this building will be standing and the loss of such a great piece of Canadian musical history this place really is!






A Message Of Mercy to the current owners of Le Studio:

Why are you not doing anything with the former Le Studio building and property?
You bought the property to do something with it and now you leave it rotting away in the forests of Morin Heights! Why are letting this building die????!!!!!

If you never plan on fixing or renovating the studio building then, PLEASE sell the property to someone who has a plan to make use of the property for good. By keeping the building and not fixing it, you are just letting it die a horrible, unnecessary death!!!

You should just sell the building/property to a person or persons who have some vision for the future of the property. STOP HOLDING LE STUDIO FOR RANSOM!!!!! Please let someone else buy the building to begin the rebuilding of an icon Canadian music landmark. There are some excellent ideas of how and what to do with the building even its currents state. Please let someone buy the building and begin the plans of renovating Le Studio Morin Heights. Please don't be property hoarders anymore!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Great Engineer Interviews: Martin Frey






















Sound Instruction.net has an interview featuring Audio Engineering Veteran, Martin Frey.
Click the link to read the interview on the web site:
http://www.soundinstruction.net/the-blog/great-engineer-interviews-martin-frey


Back in the mid 90s I was working as the Head Theatre Technician at the Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia, ON. I first met Martin Frey when he came to town with touring artists. Many years had gone by since my VPP days and thanks to Facebook, I was able to connect with Martin Frey once again.

These days I work as a freelance sound tech around my regular day job. I look up to guys like Martin because, I get to tap into their many years of experience and knowledge and a put things to use for my owns gigs. Martin always has the best answers for any professional audio question I have ever asked. Martin has no problem passing on his knowledge to anyone willing to learn and better themselves in the field.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

HOC Dance Club - Sarnia and Forest, Ontario



















Welcome To The HOC Dance Club with two locations in Sarnia, ON. and Forest, ON.

My friend Hana owns and operates this local dance studio which is open to participants ages 2 1/2 to adult.

Group Dance Classes are offered for the following programs:



















At the end of each dance class session, participants get to perform in a ballet/dance recital show that is held at the Sarnia Library Theatre. That is I where I come in. My job is as sound and lighting technician for each recital show. Recital shows are usually held on Sunday afternoons to allow all the parents and grandparents and friends of the students to attend the show. The next ballet/dance recital show is scheduled for Sunday, December 11th. at the Sarnia Library Theatre in downtown Sarnia. I have worked a few, previous shows and I am looking forward to once again helping out my friend Hana with her upcoming show.













Hope to see you all there!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Recording A Live Show - How To Get A Great Gig Recording by Matt Houghton



















I came across this article from November 2011 on Sound On Sound web site. The author is Matt Houghton and he illustrates all the considerations necessary when attempting to Record A Live Show at a gig. Click on link below to read the complete article:


http://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/recording-live-show



Friday, September 23, 2016

20 Ways To Make Cash From Your Audio Gear and Skills

Here is a great article from Sound On Sound magazine that was published back in 2007 and the information is still viable. I have been thinking of ways to use my sound tech skills to make a little extra cash and this article has given a number of great ideas.

The article is entitled: "20 Ways To Make Cash From Your Audio Gear & Skills". The article features numerous industry professionals providing us with their input on the subject.
Click here to read the article:




















Within the article, audio professional Mike Thornton provides a point-form list of good practices for all freelancer technicians just like me. See below:
















As for me personally, I have made some extra cash doing freelance sound work on fashions shows. The director of the fashion show wanted someone to handle all the sound related jobs so that she could concentrate of running the show itself. I did music playback for all the fashion sets and I also mixed sound for a solo acoustic artist playing acoustic guitar before the show and during the intermission.

Coming up, I will be mixing sound for a wedding ceremony for some friends who have hired me to be sound technician/DJ for their big day. Along with the music playback, I will also be mixing a vocalist singing one song with backing tracks. With the ceremony, dinner/reception and dance/party happening all inside the same venue, I am going to be busy making sure everything goes off without a hitch.

Cheers from Soundtechguy!



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

DIY Press Mult - A Simple and Inexpensive Design

Here is an article written by Mike Sokol and how he created a DIY Press Mult from a few DI boxes and cables. The idea is genius! Read the following article to see how Mike Sokol came up with the design.

























Monday, August 15, 2016

Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons - Stage Plot - 2016

As a sound technician, I have always been curious about the stage plots for all kinds of bands and artists. So, when I was visiting the updated web site for the band "The Rippingtons" one of my favourite jazz groups, I noticed a link for a downloadable version of the band's 2016 Stage Plot. This stage plot is NOT your typical 4 piece rock band setup! Many more instrument mics and monitor mixes than your typical band. My dream as a sound technician would be to have the opportunity to work on show for a jazz group like The Rippingtons. 

Click on this link to view a PDF version of The Rippingtons 2016 Stage Plot;

The Rippingtons have been a band since 1985 and they have a large discography of great work.