Back to Vegas…..

After 2 years in the Houston, Texas humidity……on August 12th, I will leave the Lone Star State (again) and make my way back relocating once again to Las Vegas…….I could not be more pleased……..


By blakeworld Posted in Work

Midas gets their iPad on…….

MIDAS Mixtender iPad App

MIDAS Mixtender iPad app. provides wireless remote control for key functions of the MIDAS PRO2, PRO2C, PRO3 ,PRO6 ,PRO9 and XL8 consoles.

MIDAS Mixtender automatically selects the right console type so there is no difficult setup procedure.

With the MIDAS Mixtender app. you can monitor ALL input and output metering simultaneously in real time.

The MIDAS Mixtender app. provides simple, fast local stage mix adjustment by accessing the consoles’ amazing MCA (Mix Control Association) feature right by the artist or wedge! You can use multiple iPads simultaneously and lock each one to a single mix so the artistés can’t change any other console settings. Use the iPad to remotely EQ any speaker mix with one of the console’s on-board KT DN370 GEQs.

The MIDAS Mixtender iPad app. is free to download from Apple’s App Store.

Please search for Mixtender on the Apple App Store in order to download and install it on your iPad.


FINALLY…….A Worthy Replacement Set of Headphones…….

For Decades, myself and just about every Audio Engineer I know or have ever run across has been using the Sony MDR-7506 Studio Monitor Headphones……they always had a good flat frequency response, folded up nicely and were fairly portable, and had decent isolation and a nice affordable $99 price tag…….but in the last many years, the quality of the build of these tried and true headphones has really went down hill……the black ear cushion foam covering always flakes off all over your face if you are not clean shaven, and worse yet, if you remove the headphones from one side quickly, the entire ear cushion comes off the far side of the headphones and then is a HUGE pain in the ass to get it back on…….and once you do they will never stay on again for very long ever again……..thus I have been on a search for a worthy replacement for a set of headphones that has all, if not more, of the features that I am all of us Audio People always liked about our old trusted Sony Headphones with none of the pitfalls that they now seem to have (Shame on you SONY)……

For more than a year I looked and sampled and tried several Brands and types of Headphones, and NONE of them passed my tests and abuse and Criteria……..

BUT……then recently, I think I finally found the Worthy Replacement for the Old Sony Standby’s……

THEY ARE…….The HEIL Sound Pro Set 3 Headphones……

The HEIL Pro Set 3 features high quality 40 mm neodymium magnets and voice coils, lightweight, ergonomically designed cushioned headband adjustable for maximum comfort while significantly reducing outside noise. Supplied with three detachable cables. 1.8 M flexible straight cable. 1.8 M straight cord with mating iPhone/iPod compatible 3.5mm plug. 3 M coil cord – all twist lock terminating in a 1/8″ (3.5 mm) professional gold plated screw-on 1/4″ (6.3mm) adapter.

HEIL PRO SET 3 Features:

  • 10 Hz. – 22 kHz extended frequency response for exceptional clear, balanced sound reproduction
  • Convenient folding construction for compact transport and storage
  • Ergonomic design with soft, adjustable cushioned headband.
  • Serious acoustical outside noise reduction
  • Mid size design with internal steel headband
  • Soft padded, replaceable ear cushions
  • Three twist lock detachable cables
  • Gold-plated stereo and screw-on 1/4″ adapter

HEIL PRO SET 3 Specifications:

  • Driver Diameter: 40 mm
  • Rare Earth Neodymium magnets
  • Aluminum Inlay Ear Cup
  • Sensitivity: 102 dB
  • Extended Frequency Response: 10 Hz-22 kHz
  • Maximum Input Power: 1,000 mW at 1 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms

All for $109.00

You can find out more about them and find a dealer where you can pick up a pair at the Heil Sound Website at

AND THE BEST PART……..They do NOT have that Stupid Low End OOMPH internal Boost that so many of those “So Called” quality headphones out there these days have……like the completely stupid and over priced BEATS by Dr. Dre piles of Crap Headphones do…….

Monitors For DRAKE this Summer?

Friday I got a text message from Todd at MSI asking me if I was interested in possibly Doing Stage Monitors for DRAKE for his Summer U.S. Tour……..Of course I fired off my Resume as fast as I could………Here is keeping my fingers crossed anyway…….and even if I do not get the Position, it sure was nice to be Nominated and have Todd and MSI think of me……..I am of course more than ready to hit the road again this Summer with someone……..and of Course today I got my copy of Live Design Magazine in the mail and low and behold…..who is on the cover?…..DRAKE……….Will it be the DRAKE and BLAKE Show this summer?………


Doing the hurry up and wait…..

It’s Wednesday, and I am back in Houston after spending most of last week in Austin, TX at the TAF&E convention doing monitors for all the showcase acts (10 acts to be exact) on a 24 channel Presonus Studiolive digital console with my iPad….I must say it worked really well….. Ate some great food while I was there too….but today I find myself sitting presently on a cold cement bench outside of the Houston, TX House of Blues with my iPhone where I am doing the hurry up and wait for the load-in with SKYROCKET…. We are here on the main stage tonight for a private party and then back here Friday and Saturday as well…..I arrived early with the hopes of getting my hands on the Soundcraft Vi6 digital console at FOH a little early….but alas I am the first one here……….guess I will just have to chill until the scheduled 3PM load-in…..

Who Needs Sound Systems For SXSW This Year ???

Who Needs Sound Systems for SXSW this year…???

Myself along with Bayou City Sound…….Last year at SXSW we had the rocking Turbosound rig with all the Digidesign Consoles inside the Club LATITUDE 30 there in Austin for the British Music Embassy Shows. We have that same system available as well as smaller systems with either analog mixing consoles or the new Presonus digital consoles with the iPad Mixing interfaces (so there would be no need for a FOH position or pulling a snake) and we also have larger SoundBridge and JBL Vertec Line Array systems available for larger indoor or outdoor events as well…….Consoles, Monitor Systems, whatever you need to make your acts at this years SXSW sound GREAT !! Contact me/us here or you can e-mail me at or call me at (702) 480-6932……

We will also be in Austin January 12th thru the 15th for gigs if you want to come talk to us in person….


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

“.. almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”


Steve Jobs gave these quotes I have posted above several years ago at a college graduation speech he made…….In my opinion, they are easily some of the most profound, honest, important and enlightening words ever spoken by just about anyone….

Sent from my iPad 2….

Blake Norris
Houston, Texas



Last week i found myself at FOH with Bayou City Sound at the Bon Ton Festival in Stafford, Texas…….6 bands in total with COWBOY MOUTH headlining…..What a fun band COWBOY MOUTH is……They really know how to get the crowd going and behind them and to participate in being part of the show and the fun…….I was VERY Impressed having never seen them live before……..

By blakeworld Posted in Work


I have several local shows over the next two weeks that I really have very few details about as of this moment…..two days in Stafford, TX this weekend and then back here in Houston next weekend……but for the last week of May and over the Memorial Day Weekend, I will be in Louisville, KY for nearly 10 days for the ABBEY ROAD ON THE RIVER Festival which is celebrating their 10th year anniversary as the World’s largest Beatles band festival…….Beatles Tribute acts from all over the world will be appearing for 7 days straight and I will be there working for LP Productions doing audio on several of the stages mixing FOH and Monitors throughout the week long event….