Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sarnia First Friday - August 1, 2014

This Friday, August 1, 2014 is the next Sarnia First Friday event in the downtown core. Sarnia First Friday is a downtown, cultural walkabout with plenty of entertainment for the entire family. Music, arts, books, all featured throughout the downtown with many vendors participating in the fun.

Click on the link to view the Event Map for Sarnia First Friday - August 1st, 2014

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Canadian Musician Mackie PA Sweepstakes

Today, I was alerted to a new sweepstakes by Canadian Musician magazine. CM is giving you a chance to win a Mackie PA System worth total value of $2850.00. The PA System consists of the new Mackie 1604-VLZ4 16 channel mixer and the new Mackie DLM-12 12", 2000 watt, powered loudspeakers. Last day to enter contest is August 31, 2014.

To Enter, Like the CM Facebook page, Click on the Sweepstakes Tab, and fill out the entry form.

Good Luck Everyone!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Iron Groove at Sarnia Artwalk 2011: Revisited

Okay folks, here are a couple videos that I am revisiting from Sarnia Artwalk 2011. I was mixing sound at the small stage during Artwalk weekend and working for local sound company Great Big Sound. It was a fun weekend and I had a blast mixing this band. Enjoy!

See Spot Run At Bridge Bash 2014 Point Edward, ON.

Alright! This past Thursday night, my wife and I attended "Bridge Bash 2014" in Sarnia at Point Edward. It was a great performance by See Spot Run. Found this great quality video of their song "Lucy" posted. Here it is: Enjoy!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Going Direct: The Ins and Outs of DI Boxes

Today, I found this great article on talking about direct boxes. As a sound tech I have always had my questions about direct boxes and which types to use in live sound setups. This article is a great guide letting you know which type of DI box to use for all types of instrument hookups.

Here is the link to the article:

Over the years, I have used a number of brands of DI boxes for all kinds of audio hookups. One of my favourite brands is Radial Engineering. They are made in Canada out west and used my hundreds of audio professionals across the country.

Direct boxes come in two types: passive and active. Each type has its advantages and uses. (Note: the article has comments from seasoned audio professionals on the types of DI boxes they use.)

Here are some of the Direct Boxes that I have used over the years on stages:

BSS AR-133 Active Direct Box

 Countryman Type 85 Active Direct Box

 Radial JDI Passive Direct Box

 Whirlwind IMP 2 Passive Direct Box

 Yorkville Sound YDI-1P Passive Direct Box

This is just handful of all direct boxes available on the market. Many of them are built tough to withstand the use and abuse on the concert stages of the world. Check out the manufacturer web sites for the complete lines of direct boxes available.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

See Spot Run Appearing At Bridge Bash 2014

Coming up July 10-12, 2014, the Point Edward Optimist are getting ready for the annual "Bridge Bash" under the Bluewater Bridges. This year the band "See Spot Run" will be the closing performers on Thursday, July 10th. Opening for See Spot Run will be local bands: "The Barnburners" and "Squeeze Left". The evening entertainment kicks off at 7pm.

Here is the video of "Weightless" by See Spot Run:

 Here is the video of "Terrified" by See Spot Run

Here is the video of "My iPod Killed My Girlfriend" by See Spot Run

Here is the lineup for Bridge Bash 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7:00pm

  • The Barnburners
  • Squeeze Left
  • See Spot Run
Friday, July 11, 2014 at 6:00pm

  • Corner Stone
  • The Ropers
  • Powerhouse
  • Rock Ridje
  • Rumblefish
Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 6:00pm

  • Painkiller Jane
  • Retrospect
  • Bling Dog Molly
  • The Room
  • 3rd Wave
Admission is $5.00 for everyone and all proceeds go towards the building of a new splash pad in Point Edward. There will be a beer garden for 19+ on all 3 nights along with a family area with food and merchandise vendors onsite.

Bridge Bash is always a great time so, why not bring the family down for a few nights of great, local entertainment under the Bluewater Bridges in Point Edward.

I Am An Audio Engineer - T-Shirt

Okay, today I was browsing around on Facebook and I saw a picture of this great T-Shirt for all Audio Engineers. Check it out. Maybe there should be a "Canadian" version also.