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Line 6 JM4 Looper: First Impressions September 17, 2008

Posted by Ben Rivet in : Digital home recording studios, Editing, Live Sound, Preamp, Reviews , 4comments

Hey all,

Your man about town here with a first (second) look at the Line 6 JM4 Looper.

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Line 6 JM4 Looper: Fresh-out-the-Box!!! September 16, 2008

Posted by Ben Rivet in : Digital home recording studios, Live Sound, Reviews , 1 comment so far

Hey All,

Your man about town here with some new gear! I just got the Line 6 JM4 Looper and I’m pumped to get to know this jam-packed station. Line 6 recently released this product to compete with the other popular looping stations made by Boss and DigiTech. Line 6 has a great reputation for producing sturdy, high-quality pedals so I am sure this looper will be no exception.

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The second I got home, I opened the box… (more…)

Mix Engineering: A lost art? May 14, 2008

Posted by Damon Sink in : Digital home recording studios, Live Sound, Mixing, Reviews , 1 comment so far

Just got finished watching a special guest return performance by Fantasia on American Idol. The most entertaining moment was watching Simon Cowell’s reaction: utter, unadulterated disbelief! I had to agree. It was pretty much a train wreck.

But the most amazingly amateurish performance on display was not behind a microphone, it was apparently behind a mixing board. The mix for live broadcast was stunningly bad. The (obviously pre-recorded) background singers were WAY out in front. The rapper (appearing Romeo-style from the set balcony) was barely audible as well. (more…)

Use a backup when doing live recording! February 21, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Live Sound, Studio Setup, Troubleshooting , 3comments

Today I answered 2 posts in different forums. Both were from unfortunate engineers who didn’t have a backup for their live recordings.

Their systems crashed, corrupted what audio they did have, and now they have nothing. Apparently these were both for paid jobs, and now the client will have no product.

Never, never, never, ever do any sort of live recording (paid or unpaid) without at least one backup. If possible, I would suggest always having a “duplicate” backup (some sort of exact copy) as well as an additional stereo backup (such as a handheld recorder or extra pair of mics). Here are some ideas on how to make backups:

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