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Mother’s Day Gift – SIMPLE GIFTS album review

Mother’s Day Gift   BILLY CROCKETT & DIRJE CHILDS SIMPLE GIFTS Album Review Like a gentle spring rain after a long, hard winter, comes a sweet and unexpected surprise. Simple Gifts is a timely treasure of favorite hymns lovingly offered by master singer-songwriter, guitarist Billy Crockett and seasoned cellist Dirje Childs. These two well-respected musicians recently met and started recording for “the sheer joy of recording music”... 

Photographer JEFF FASANO – Behind the Photo – TOMMY EMMANUEL – Final Day of Kickstarter Campaign

JEFF FASANO Behind the Photos   TOMMY EMMANUEL   Today is the final day of Veteran photographer Jeff Fasano’s Kickstarter campaign—to publish his first fine-art book: AMERICANA PORTRAIT SESSIONS. For a $100 pledge, you can choose to get an autographed copy of his book and a choice of a signed B&W Silver Gelatin Print (one of six B&W photos). There are also options for one of three Color Fine Art Pigment Photo Prints. Today, we feature... 

Photographer JEFF FASANO – Behind the Photo – THE WAR AND TREATY – Kickstarter 1 Day to Go

JEFF FASANO Behind the Photos   THE WAR AND TREATY   Veteran photographer Jeff Fasano has 1 day to go for his Kickstarter campaign—to publish his first fine-art book: AMERICANA PORTRAIT SESSIONS. For a $100 pledge, you can choose to get an autographed copy of his book and a choice of a signed B&W Silver Gelatin Print (one of six B&W photos). There are also options for one of three Color Fine Art Pigment Photo Prints. Today, we feature... 

Photographer JEFF FASANO – Behind the Photo – SHERYL CROW – Kickstarter ends in 2 Days

JEFF FASANO Behind the Photos   SHERYL CROW   Veteran photographer Jeff Fasano has 2 days to go for his Kickstarter campaign—to publish his first fine-art book: AMERICANA PORTRAIT SESSIONS. For a $100 pledge, you can choose to get an autographed copy of his book and a choice of a signed B&W Silver Gelatin Print (one of six B&W photos). There are also options for one of three Color Fine Art Pigment Photo Prints. Today, we feature... 

Photographer JEFF FASANO – Behind the Photos – MARTY STUART – Kickstarter ends in 3 Days

JEFF FASANO Behind the Photos MARTY STUART    Veteran photographer Jeff Fasano has only 3 days left with his Kickstarter campaign—to publish his first fine-art book: AMERICANA PORTRAIT SESSIONS. For a $100 pledge, you can choose to get an autographed copy of his book and a choice of a signed B&W Silver Gelatin Print (one of six B&W photos). There are also options for one of three Color Fine Art Pigment Photo Prints. Today, we feature... 

Photographer JEFF FASANO – Behind the Photos – KRIS KRISTOFFERSON – Kickstarter Ends in 4 Days

JEFF FASANO Behind the Photos   KRIS KRISTOFFERSON   Veteran photographer Jeff Fasano’s Kickstarter campaign ends in 4 days. He is set to publish his first fine-art book: AMERICANA PORTRAIT SESSIONS. You can be a part of this groundbreaking, comprehensive view of Americana music and its history. For a $100 pledge, you can choose to get an autographed copy of his book and a choice of a signed B&W Silver Gelatin Print (one of six B&W... 

Photographer JEFF FASANO – Behind the Judy Collins & Stephen Stills Photo – Kickstarter 5 Days to Go

JEFF FASANO Behind the Photos   JUDY COLLINS & STEPHEN STILLS   Veteran photographer Jeff Fasano has 5 days to go for his Kickstarter campaign—to publish his first fine-art book: AMERICANA PORTRAIT SESSIONS. For a $100 pledge, you can choose to get an autographed copy of his book and a choice of a signed B&W Silver Gelatin Print (one of six B&W photos). There are also options for one of three Color Fine Art Pigment Photo Prints.... 

Photographer JEFF FASANO – Behind the JOHN OATES Photo – Kickstarter – 6 Days to Go

JEFF FASANO Behind the Photos JOHN OATES   Veteran photographer Jeff Fasano has six (6) days to go for his Kickstarter campaign—to publish his first fine-art book: AMERICANA PORTRAIT SESSIONS. For a $100 pledge, you can choose to get an autographed copy of his book and a choice of a signed B&W Silver Gelatin Print (one of six B&W photos). There are also options for one of three Color Fine Art Pigment Photo Prints. Today, we feature the... 

NAMM 2022 “BELIEVE IN MUSIC”

NAMM 2022 “BELIEVE IN MUSIC” — VIRTUAL EVENT NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) is both a cultural melting pot and an extended family for music lovers all over the world. Actively engaging in corporate goodwill, the NAMM Foundation supports Save the Music, which has put music instruments into the hands of countless students in public schools. The organization’s spirit of inclusiveness and diversity was clearly present during... 

Photographer JEFF FASANO – Behind the Photos – Kickstarter – 7 Days to Go

JEFF FASANO Behind the Photos   JEWEL Veteran photographer Jeff Fasano has 7 days to go for his Kickstarter campaign—to publish his first fine-art book: AMERICANA PORTRAIT SESSIONS. For a $100 pledge, you can choose to get an autographed copy of his book and a choice of a signed B&W Silver Gelatin Print of one of 6 B&W photos. There are also options for one of 3 Color Fine Art Pigment Photo Prints. Today, we feature the back story of... 

Photographer JEFF FASANO – Behind the Photos – Kickstarter – 8 days to go

JEFF FASANO Behind the Photos   CHRIS & RICH ROBINSON (of The Black Crowes):   Veteran photographer Jeff Fasano has 8 days to go for his Kickstarter campaign—to publish his first fine-art book: AMERICANA PORTRAIT SESSIONS. For as little as a $100 pledge, you can choose to get an autographed copy of his book and a choice of a signed B&W silver gelatin print of one of 6 B&W photos. There are also options for one of 3 Color Fine... 

Photographer JEFF FASANO “Americana Portrait Sessions” fine-art book Kickstarter Campaign

JEFF FASANO KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICANA PORTRAIT SESSIONS FINE-ART BOOK Veteran photographer Jeff Fasano is one of our main photographers here at M Music & Musicians magazine and he just launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish his first fine-art book: AMERICANA PORTRAIT SESSIONS. For every generation, a photographer emerges who captures the essence of the soul of the music that defines that generation. Jeff Fasano’s indelible images... 

CASIO Livestream Thursday, Jan 20 – NAMM’s Believe in Music

CASIO America – Livestream NAMM’s Believe in Music Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 10 AM Pacific Join CASIO America’s Livestream at NAMM’s Believe in Music this Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 10 AM Pacific. From the beginner to the seasoned professional, Casio’s portable keyboards and digital pianos are designed to meet and exceed the needs of any musician. For over 40 years, Casio has introduced ground-breaking instruments such as... 

CONCERT REVIEW – TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – by Rodeo Marie Hanson

CONCERT REVIEW OF TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA by Rodeo Marie Hanson TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA’S CHRISTMAS EVE AND OTHER STORIES 2021 TOUR Live performance of debut that raised the standard for concept albums, a feast for the auditory and visual senses on 25th anniversary of release Twenty-five years ago, lyricist, composer, producer and impresario Paul O’Neill had a dream to create great art that just might catch on if luck allowed. O’Neill... 

CONCERT REVIEW by Rodeo Marie Hanson

REVIEW OF THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2021 CONCERT by Rodeo Marie Hanson CHRISTMAS WITH LIZ LONGLEY, SCOTT MULVAHILL & BILLY CROCKETT AT BLUE ROCK—ALSO TONIGHT, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17 The Holidays have several thematic elements and reason for celebration—all of which are abundantly clear with Blue Rock Studio’s Christmas concert featuring singer-songwriters Liz Longley, Scott Mulvahill and Billy Crockett. From reminiscing about family to reflecting... 

MAKE MUSIC WINTER RETURNS DECEMBER 21

MAKE MUSIC WINTER RETURNS DECEMBER 21 Free, Participatory Musical Celebration Welcomes All on the Winter Solstice Make Music Winter, a FREE outdoor musical celebration with exuberant and participatory parades, performances, and events throughout New York and in dozens of U.S. cities, will return on the Winter Solstice, TUESDAY, December 21. The annual event welcomes people of all ages and musical abilities to celebrate the joy of making music with... 

COOL NIGHTS 21 FROM BLUE ROCK STUDIO

COOL NIGHTS 21 FROM BLUE ROCK STUDIO—LIVE STREAMING CONCERTS EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT October 21 through December 16-17 at 7:30 PM CDT   Join LIVE Streaming Concerts from Blue Rock Studio every Thursday featuring national recording artists: Nobody’s Girl (BettySoo, Grace Pettis & Rebecca Loebe), Willy Porter, Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys, Ordinary Elephant, Eliza Gilkyson, Peter Mulvey, The Band of Heathens’ Ed Jurdi & Gordy... 

Cool Nights 2020

Cool Nights 2020 starts this THURSDAY (October 29). You can buy a Season Pass for only $105. Single concert tickets cost $25: https://bluerocktexas.com/events DARDEN SMITH kicks things off at 7:30 PM CDT. He’s co-founder and creative director of “SongwritingWith:Soldiers,” bringing songwriters together with active duty and veteran soldiers to create songs from their experiences of combat and returning home. “I used to think I didn’t wear... 

PALEY FRONT ROW SERIES: COACHELLA: 20 YEARS IN THE DESERT 

THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA ANNOUNCES NEW SELECTION TO ITS   PALEY FRONT ROW SERIES: COACHELLA: 20 YEARS IN THE DESERT  Paley Front Row Series is Part of Paley@Home Presented by Citi Get an insider’s view. The Paley Center for Media today announced a new selection to its Paley Front Row series: Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert. The conversation featuring the creative team behind the YouTube Originals documentary was made available for view on... 

Behind the Boards: Nashville

Book Review Behind the Boards: Nashville By Jake Brown [Music Square Media/Baker & Taylor] Intimate. In-depth. Superbly satisfying. Behind the Boards: Nashville is a treasure trove for aspiring engineers and producers. Anyone who loves Country music and the craft that has gone into making some of the greatest songs the world has ever known will find this book an undeniable must-have for their collection. Practical, as well as entertaining, award-winning... 

Blue Rock aLIVE!

Blue Rock aLIVE! – every Thursday night this Summer: Virtual Concert Series, July 9 – August 27 at 7:30 PM CDT Join Blue Rock Studio’s Virtual Concert Series featuring Austin’s own: Ruthie Foster, Matt the Electrician, Tina & Walt Wilkins, David Ramirez, Carrie Rodriguez, Billy Crockett, Danny Schmidt & Carrie Elkin, and Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines. For Blue Rock aLIVE! Virtual Concert Series Tickets and SEASON PASSES, go to:... 

Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Songwriting Retreat

Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio Songwriting Retreat If you’ve ever entertained the idea of attending a songwriting retreat, or perhaps recording your next album at a destination studio, you’re in for a treat. Nestled deep in the heart of Texas Hill Country is a precious, one-of-a-kind, hidden gem.  Imagine stumbling upon an ornate treasure box filled with rare and unexpected delights and wonders. That’s Texas Hill Country. Now picture yourself... 

NAMM MEDIA PREVIEW DAY 2019

The 2019 NAMM Show Media Preview Day – ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 23: Orianthi attends the 2019 NAMM Show Media Preview Day at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM) Photo Credit – Getty Images for NAMM Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Each evening of The 2019 NAMM Show, the NAMM PR team will be servicing photos and a selection of the next day’s events... 

UAD SSL G Bus Compressor

Top 5 UAD Master Bus Plugins Sometimes you don’t have time to go through every single track with EQs, compressors and spatial effects to make a rough mix sparkle for yourself or your clients. You just need something quick. Here are five invaluable UAD plugins to help your roughs sound more like final mixes. You can even download them from UAD for a free trial before you buy. UAD SSL G Bus Compressor Flat-out awesome You may think: “I have compressors... 

UAD Precision-K Stereo

Top 5 UAD Master Bus Plugins Sometimes you don’t have time to go through every single track with EQs, compressors and spatial effects to make a rough mix sparkle for yourself or your clients. You just need something quick. Here are five invaluable UAD plugins to help your roughs sound more like final mixes. You can even download them from UAD for a free trial before you buy. UAD Precision-K Stereo It’s the secret sauce It is difficult to explain... 

UAD Precision Limiter

Top 5 UAD Master Bus Plugins Sometimes you don’t have time to go through every single track with EQs, compressors and spatial effects to make a rough mix sparkle for yourself or your clients. You just need something quick. Here are five invaluable UAD plugins to help your roughs sound more like final mixes. You can even download them from UAD for a free trial before you buy. UAD Precision Limiter Raise your level By now, we’re all familiar with... 

UAD Precision Equalizer

Top 5 UAD Master Bus Plugins Sometimes you don’t have time to go through every single track with EQs, compressors and spatial effects to make a rough mix sparkle for yourself or your clients. You just need something quick. Here are five invaluable UAD plugins to help your roughs sound more like final mixes. You can even download them from UAD for a free trial before you buy. UAD Precision Equalizer Subtle yet effective Sometimes rough mixes don’t... 

Manley Massive Passive MST

Top 5 UAD Master Bus Plugins Sometimes you don’t have time to go through every single track with EQs, compressors and spatial effects to make a rough mix sparkle for yourself or your clients. You just need something quick. Here are five invaluable UAD plugins to help your roughs sound more like final mixes. You can even download them from UAD for a free trial before you buy. Manley Massive Passive MST Make it shine While the non-“MST” instance... 

Sweetwater’s GearFest

Sweetwater’s GearFest 2017 Draws Record Crowds and Sales Free Music and Pro Audio Trade Show Continues to Grow GearFest completely takes over the Sweetwater campus with parking, camping sites, gear tents, a performance pavilion, the retail store, and the massive interior of the Sweetwater building. Sweetwater Sound announced that GearFest 2017 was a bigger success than ever, breaking every record established by previous GearFest events. Launched... 

Toontrack releases Singer-Songwriter EZkeys MIDI

Toontrack releases Singer-Songwriter EZkeys MIDI Toontrack announced the release of the Singer-Songwriter EZkeys MIDI pack, a collection of MIDI playing variations inspired by some of the most iconic singer-songwriters of the past few decades. This release marks the twenty-ninth individual title in Toontrack’s line of piano MIDI for EZkeys. About the Singer-Songwriter EZkeys MIDI pack For decades now, the piano has been a natural vehicle to help... 

ANALOG ALIEN JOE WALSH DOUBLE CLASSIC

ANALOG ALIEN JOE WALSH DOUBLE CLASSIC Essential classic rock tone This signature pedal offers independently selectable compression and tube amplifier emulation circuits that deliver stunning studio-inspired vintage guitar tones—worthy of the classic rock shredder. Divided into two color-coded sections—amp and compressor—the amp section is reminiscent of classic tweed models. The gain control runs from chiming clean to hairy distortion that responds... 

M-AUDIO AV42

M-AUDIO AV42 Value and quality-driven desktop monitors M-Audio’s AV42 powered speakers offer recording hobbyists a significant step up from conventional computer speakers in quality and value. We were surprised by the definition these near-field monitors achieve. Bass-reflex MDF cabinets account for the solidity of the AV42’s low end, whereas waveguide-controlled 1-inch silk-dome tweeters, like those found in high-end models, deliver clear highs... 

SE ELECTRONICS GUITARF

SE ELECTRONICS GUITARF Superior guitar cab isolation The sE Electronics guitaRF allows you to obtain isolated guitar cabinet sounds without the hassle or expense of building an isolation booth. It features a moveable arm, which accommodates side-address condenser or ribbon microphones, and a special port holds an SM57 or similar dynamic instrument microphone. A flat base slips under amps, for extremely close miking. The result is clean, clear sound... 

SLATE MEDIA TECHNOLOGY RAVEN MTI

SLATE MEDIA TECHNOLOGY RAVEN MTI Revolutionary touch-screen control In a world inundated with multitouch devices and apps, the Slate Media Technology RAVEN MTi control surface offers a connection to most popular DAW software that’s nothing short of refreshing. Most striking about this 27-inch touch-display control surface isn’t just the novelty of manipulating multiple virtual faders at once, it’s the speed and accuracy with which the RAVEN... 

WESTONE AM PRO SERIES AMBIENT EARPHONES

GEAR SPOTLIGHT WESTONE AM PRO SERIES AMBIENT EARPHONES In-ear Monitors with Passive Ambience The Westone AM PRO Series ambient earphones are the on-stage solution performing musicians have been waiting for. In the past, musicians have used in-ear monitors but have not felt as connected with the crowd, or even other things onstage—mainly the other musicians. The AM PRO series has found a way to maintain low frequencies so that your monitor signal... 

ULTIMATE GOPRO PROTECTION

ULTIMATE GOPRO PROTECTION Since GoPro cameras were released, these miniature cameras have shown up on stages and video shoots everywhere. While the cameras can be mounted in tough, waterproof housings, added protection for these cameras can go a long way. That’s why SKB created a special set of waterproof, impact-resistant iSeries GoPro cases designed to keep one or two GoPro cameras and their accessories safe from the elements. Whether subjected... 

PINT-SIZED POWERHOUSE SYNTH

PINT-SIZED POWERHOUSE SYNTH Roland’s JD-Xi analog/digital crossover synthesizer offers a compressive music creation toolset that’s perfect for today’s electronic musicians. In addition to a four-part sound engine, which combines a monophonic analog oscillator, two SuperNATURAL synths, and drum sounds, the JD-Xi comes fully equipped with a pattern sequencer, a vocoder, and an amazing set of effects. A set of 37 velocity-sensitive mini keys provide... 

MIGHTY GUITAR PROCESSOR

MIGHTY GUITAR PROCESSOR Line 6’s Helix multieffects processor combines next-gen effects modeling and advanced stereo signal routing into a refreshingly easy-to-use pedalboard processor. At the core of the Helix is Line 6’s new HX dual DSP modeling engine, which offers 45 amps, 30 cabs, 16 mics and 70 effects, each rendered with impeccable detail. What’s more, the Helix supports up to 32 effects at once, including up to four amp emulations,... 

AMPLITUBE COMES TO ANDROID

AMPLITUBE COMES TO ANDROID Android-toting guitarists looking for a way to jam with their tablets or phones are sure to appreciate IK Multimedia’s iRig UA, a DSP-driven device that brings AmpliTube effects to a whole new user base. By loading the DSP on the hardware itself, IK Multimedia was able to circumvent latency issues inherent with Android devices. The AmpliTube UA controller app—available from the app store—provides a detailed user interface... 

VINTAGE TWANG

  VINTAGE TWANG PRS introduced the S2 Vela as part of their 30th anniversary. An unusual design for PRS, the S2 Vela is built around an asymmetrical double-cutaway mahogany body and features a combination of tried-and-true techniques and hardware innovations. Joining the PRS Starla humbucker at the bridge is a Type-D single-coil at the neck, which invokes the sound and spirit of classic 1950s twang. And while a set of S2 locking tuners offer... 

YAMAHA JOHN PATITUCCI TRBJP2

YAMAHA JOHN PATITUCCI TRBJP2 Versatile bass designed by one of the greats The way the maple-topped ash and alder body of the Yamaha John Patitucci signature TRBJP2 model six-string bass springs to life with the lightest touch speaks volumes about the quality of this instrument. From body construction to pickup design and its voiced electronics—it reflects the demanding standards of its master bassist creator. While the brass tailpiece is totally... 

INTUITIVE CONTROL

INTUITIVE CONTROL Yamaha’s innovative TouchFlow Operation makes their TF Series digital mixing consoles among the most intuitive and user-friendly models available. Each model comes equipped with a touchscreen-based editing channel complemented by a series of logically laid-out encoders and a Touch & Turn knob, which allows the user to instantly control any onscreen parameter. Simplified setups such as Vocal Mode take the guesswork out of setting... 

YAMAHA AG06

YAMAHA AG06 Quick, quality and versatile mixing Yamaha released a pair of powerful small-format mixers/USB audio-interfaces for 2015, the three-channel AG03 and the six-channel AG06. We recently got our hands on the AG06 and were impressed by the feature set Yamaha managed to pack into such a portable unit. Class-compliant USB connectivity makes the AG06 well suited for traditional music recording, but there are also onboard options for recording... 

BEEFED-UP BILLY BASS

BEEFED-UP BILLY BASS Few bass players are as discerning about tone as Billy Sheehan—one of the reasons his signature line of Yamaha basses keeps evolving. The Billy Sheehan Attitude Limited 3 bass model doles out a bold low end, clear highs, and midrange articulation that’s second to none. A spline-jointed body and redesigned neck joint serve up tight response and fast action. At the neck, a Yamaha woofer pickup offers plenty of body, and the... 

MIX MASTERS

MIX MASTERS Yamaha unleashed a revitalized line of 10 new MG Series mixers, ranging from six to 20 inputs. On the basic end, there’s the MG06, which sports a pair of preamps and two stereo channels. The fully loaded MG20XU comes with 16 mic pres, three-band parametric EQs, four aux buses, and Yamaha’s acclaimed SPX digital multieffect processor. Regardless of the channel count or the feature set, all these mixers deliver serious bang for the... 

AGED TO PERFECTION

AGED TO PERFECTION This year Yamaha revised their popular L Series acoustic guitars, introducing a full lineup of A.R.E. models (A.R.E. stands for Acoustic Resonance Enhancement, the company’s patented process for aging their tops). Combined with a modified, non-scalloped bracing design, these heat- and pressure-treated solid spruce tops provide discerning players with the broken-in sound coveted by vintage guitar collectors. The new series also... 

In The Mix

In The Mix Studio wiz Russ Long reveals his secrets to maximize your mix All the instruments and vocals have been recorded, and now it’s time to turn those tracks into a finished record: You’re ready for the mixing process. But you know the mix can make or break even the best recordings. How do you ensure you’re crafting the perfect mix? Mixing is as much art as science, and the pros rely on hard-earned experience to transform great tracks... 

Talking Synth

Talking Synth Ace musician Michael Bearden shares his tips on finding the right synth for your sound Synthesizers open up entire new worlds of music. With today’s technology, synths—digital and analog, software and hardware—offer nearly limitless options when it comes to creating sounds and textures. Synths allow musicians of all stripes to generate music from scratch or completely shape existing material to taste. But how to best harness the... 

Magic Mic

Magic Mic A Grammy-winning producer shares his insights to finding the perfect studio mic  Getting clean, pristine sound begins at the source: the microphone. Designed to capture both nuance and ferocity of a performance, these devices are specialized for the studio. Some work well for specific duties, such as vocals, and others are able to handle multiple applications. But making sense of the seemingly endless varieties available is a dizzying... 

Amped Up

  Amped Up Find the right amplifier with sound advice from guitar master Steve Lukather  When it comes to crafting the perfect sound, the amplifier is every bit as important as the guitar itself. And with the countless variations available—from monster stacks to boutique boxes—there are seemingly endless choices when it comes to selecting the right amp. We turned to five-time Grammy-winning guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Steve Lukather... 
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