The Unexpected Cost of Doing It Yourself

We’ve recently had some service calls to address ongoing equipment failures in systems that we found were barely suitable for home use, much less for any commercial environment. How does this happen? You might ask. Well, sometimes the audio system for a commercial establishment is an afterthought, or in the very least something many small.. read more →

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The Anatomy of a Basic Commercial Sound System

The Anatomy of a Basic Commercial Sound System When you’re in the market for a commercial sound system, it helps to know what the individual components are. Here is a basic overview of what should be included, in a well equipped, commercial grade audio system. Use this as a foundation for your research and initial.. read more →

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Three Tips for Improving Sound System Performance Without Spending a Dime

The sound system in an establishment, even when designed and installed with the best intentions, can still seem to fall short of expectations. Often enough though, it’s just operator error that is at the root of the problem. Once your sound contractor sets up the system and calibrates it for optimum performance, if there is.. read more →

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NYC nightclubs: Better Days

Of the NYC nightclubs, the benchmark sound system (designed, installed and maintained by Richard Long and Alan Fierstein), was at The Paradise Garage but of course, there were other noteworthy systems and clubs. Among them: Better Days. Nightclubbing: New York City’s Better Days   read more →

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Despacio The 50,000-watt sound system designed for discerning audiophiles

Imagine: a 50,000-watt sound system designed for discerning audiophiles, set up at a nightclub, for vinyl playback only. Well, John Klett imagined it, then he built it… From the article: “…Klett started to sketch out some designs, referencing the sound system installed at New York club Paradise Garage, which operated in the 70s. It was important.. read more →

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Make it Last Forever #larrylevanway

Make it Last Forever #larrylevanway This was an amazing event! On Sunday May 11th, 2014, DJs Joey llanos, François Kevorkian and David DePino provided the soundtrack for an afternoon dedicated to supporting the effort to rename the block of 84 King Street to: Larry Levan Way (#larrylevanway). Thousands of Larry Levan fans gathered in front.. read more →

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Surge Protection In Action

Yesterday I received a call from a client, the owner of a great little bar/restaurant in Brooklyn, called Bijan’s (http://bijansbrooklyn.com/ ). He stated that although the sound system has been working fine, all of a sudden the amp (a Crown CE 1000 powering four JBL Control 28 full range speakers) went dead and showed no sign.. read more →

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Here’s primer on health insurance and how the Affordable Care Act may affect you

Here’s primer on health insurance and how the Affordable Care Act may affect you: The uninsured musicians guide to the affordable care act read more →

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You may not need as much bass as you think…

Many establishments make the error of over estimating their need for low frequency reproduction.The tendency is to use large 18″ subwoofers. Perhaps as much as one for each of the mid-high cabs. The larger the cone, the longer the wavelength it creates. A long wavelength usually extends far beyond the confines of the dance floor and the establishment. Thus potentially.. read more →

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