COOL NEW TOY ALERT……The Alesis IPad IO Dock…..

This is ultra cool…….finally a way to connect all you audio toys, gadgets, and equipment to your IPad……..the Alesis IPad IO Dock…….

https://www.alesis.com/iodock

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BLAKEWORLD on the IPad and IPad2….!!!

If you happen to be one of those cool individuals that happens to own an IPad or one of the lucky few like myself that was fortunate enough to get your hands on an IPad 2, then you should check out the new HTML 5 design of my BLAKEWORLD Blog by viewing it with your IPad tablet……it is super cool looking on the IPad thanks to the new HTML 5 code from my sites host at wordpress.com…….it gives it a magazine/Flipbook feel and look……..it gives it a completely different look and feel from when you look at the site on you normal PC or MAC browser…….rlit’s the BOMB…….

Check it out at:

https://blakeworld.wordpress.com/#!/cover

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Soundbridge???……..YEAH……SOUNDBRIDGE….!!!!!

After decades of live shows, tours, and using various speaker manufacturers various speaker designs from JBL Vertec to Turbosound….VDOSC to D&B, and just about everything in between and on either side, I of course have my favorites, and obviously systems that I am not a big fan of…….but recently back here in Texas, I have found some new speaker boxes that have really impressed me as of late…….they are from a Texas company called Soundbridge……..I first ran into them while freelancing for Tom Bohacek, Scott Powers, and Jade Fontenot at Bayou City Sound here in Houston, TX……

They are the Soundbridge Xyon-7208XY Compact Line Array boxes and the Soundbridge Quad-7218SWX sub boxes.

The top Compact Line Array boxes (Xyon-7208XY) are similar in size and weight to the Adamson
YT10 boxes…….I first used them in Port Arthur, TX at the city’s pre Mardi GRAS Gala about 4 weeks ago…….the 6 boxes per side were flown inside the city’s convention center…..a big room that holds about 5000……they were smooth and crisp sounding and filled the room nicely……very impressive…….

But, it was the bottom end that completely blew me away……the Soundbridge Quad-7218SWX sub boxes were unbelievable…….there were only two boxes per side (four 18’s per side) and not since the old Turbosound Flashlight 21″ subs have so few boxes pushed so much air……simply incredible……tight, punchy, and whammo……a big bottom end that makes that kick drum hit you hard right in the breast plate……bottom end you can feel as well as hear…….just what I like……..

Then, last week in Austin, TX at SXSW 2011 (the South by Southwest Music Festival), I ran into more of the same Soundbridge system boxes on a big outdoor parking lot stage and they sounded great…….(pics below)…….

Hopefully I will have some more chances to use this Soundbridge system and learn more about it……I urge you to got to the Soundbridge website and check them out……

http://www.soundbridge.com/index.html

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SXSW 2011 DAY SIX PRE-CAP…..

6 hours left here at SXSW 2011 in Austin, TX on the final night of the festival…….5 bands left……music stops at 2AM…….load out at 10 AM in the morning (Sunday)…….very tired…….official festival food was the very strange, yet very tasty I might add, chicken or fish waffle taco with syrup and salsa…….well you know what they say…..”Keep AUSTIN weird..!!”…….some guy is standing behind the monitor desk with a sign that says “Shitty Advice…..$1 dollar”……. Probably true……and probably worth a dollar also strangely enough…….

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SXSW 2011 DAY FIVE RECAP

Day five here in Austin, TX at SXSW 2011 was actually a pretty dull day at our venue…….of the bands really did anything for me…….rather lackluster……lots of tecno pop…….YAWN…….but we ended the night with a band called THE BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB that was really cool…….earlier in the evening though I was able to break away for several hours of the Digidesign guys took over at the monitor desk and I wondered over to The Continental Club on South Congress and caught THE FLESHTONES……..they are one of those bands I was very into in my college days……it was great seeing them live and band was tight and polished and the old hits brought a ton of memories from my days in Lawrence, KS…….

I also around some time to get away and catch some of the Kansas Jayhawks Basketball tournament game and the Hawks got it done and moved onto the second round……GO JAYHAWKS…….

I also spent some time with several of the Fender Guitar reps and got a cool new t-shirt from them…….

I also found a big outdoor stage with a huge Soundbridge Line Array on it off of west 5th street…….talked to the local sound company and they let me check out their Soundbridge Slice powered Monitor wedges and Drum Fill…….pretty cool……

I fear I am running out of steam and we still have day 6 (the final day of the festival tomorrow) on
Saturday and the load out of the gear on Sunday morning and then the long drive home……

I am gonna need serious sleep next week…….

More tomorrow……

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SXSW 2011 DAY FOUR (ST. PATRICK’S DAY)

Day four yesterday here in Austin, TX brought, the packed festival, and St. Patrick’s Day, and the start of the NCAA Basketball tourney and brought a whole new meaning to the phrase “March Madness”……how about starting the morning with green bloody mary’s laced with Texas salsa…??

At the venue we started the live music with 6th streets morning show at 10:30 AM with a band called THE FEATURES…….they were incredible…….so it was gonna be a good day I just knew after such a strong performance to start the day off……the third act of the morning was also really strong….JIMI’S PARADE…….check these bands out online….just remember they are all from the UK…….BUT the best act of the day happened around 7:00 PM last night with DINOSAUR PILEUP…….a heavy guitar driven power pop trio with great vocal harmonies and rippin guitar and pounding bass and creative pop hooks……they had stage presence and lots of energy…..it was like Nirvana from England….it was really cool and the crowd ate it up…….

In the early afternoon I found some free time to retreat to a nearby sports bar to eat lunch and catch some the days basketball games…….some good games and a few cool upsets………the only thing that sucked was somehow I managed to find quite possibly the worst nachos in Austin……Champions Sports Bar at the Downtown Marriott……BAD FOOD……

By the time the evening was about half over, the crowds on then street were huge and the St. Patrick’s Day mayhem was in full effect…….the street smelled like sweat, vomit, hot stale beer, and hot food all at the same time……reminded me of Mardi Gras……only with lots more music and less parades…….

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SXSW 2011 DAY THREE

Day three at SXSW 2011 (Wednesday) was the first really long day…….showed up at the venue (Latitude 30) at 10AM as the first band was scheduled to kick off at 12 Noon……..but first, yesterday (Tuesday), the hands down winner of the best band award at out venue was a group called PULLED APART BY HORSES…….fantastic…….look them up online……..OMD……not so great…….YAWN………Anyway…..day three highlights……4 bands…….then the old Crown amp running the drum fill let go and smoked one of the drivers in the drum box……..no one even flinched……Turbosound and their reps had left us a couple of powered boxes so we hooked this up to mix 7 and off we went like nothing had happened……then muffins and coffee……..then four more bands in the afternoon…….then blackened chicken sandwich and fries…….then 5 more bands in the evening…….the crowds on 6th street and at most of the venues including ours have quadrupled in size since Monday and are now spilling out onto the now closed off streets…….no place to park and lacking public transportation…..lots of walking about…….also lots of swag……yesterday, it was British Music Embassy t-shirts and today Digidesign Venue t-shirts…….but the favorite shirt on the streets that most of the women seem to be wearing simply says, “I am on a drug, and it’s called Charlie Sheen”……NICE……..all the bands were really good on this day but none of them really blew my skirt up you might say……..we will have to see what tomorrow will bring……..tomorrow is going to be nuts…….SXSW 2011, St. Patrick’s Day, and the start of the NCAA March Madness Basketball all on the same day…….OUCH…….is gonna be a full day…..especially since we have a breakfast show that starts in our venue at 10:30 AM with for bands……..so Thursday…..10:30 AM to 2AM……so roughly an 18 hour day, 16 basketball games to watch, 13 bands to mix/babysit at out venue, probably a thousand or so others bands to try and see at other venues, and a keg of green beer……WHEW…..it’s gonna be a full day tomorrow…….but first a lap dance from a 5 foot tall, 98 pound, mostly unclothed Asian hard body female and one more beer before heading back to the hotel to rest up for tomorrow…… Life is good…….Rock and Roll…….

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SXSW 2011 DAY TWO

So…..day two here in Austin, TX got underway with me headed to Lowe’s Hardware Store for an 8′ 2X4 and 4 ratchet straps in order to put a downward tilt on the top boxes of the Turbosound speaker system……and since the boxes are a bit top heavy, of course I decided that they needed to be strapped down to avoid any disasters that might occur…….chopped the 8 foot long 2X4 into foot long audio logs, shoved them under the backs ends of the top Turbosound boxes and then strapped the top boxes to the subs and was good to go……..Monday night (day one) was all acoustic acts at the meet and greet, but I knew we were gonna get finally all cranked up Tuesday night and I was going to be ready for whatever no matter what…….the first act Tuesday was BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT……really cool British Techno Pop……slot of keyboards but really interesting…..reminded me slot of Thomas Dolby…….but the second act was a guitar driven really loud act……and that’s when the first issue of the week reared it ugly head…..the old club Latitude 30’s power was just not up to the task…..and when we loaded in last Sunday and I looked at the power situation, I do remember telling myself that it might be an issue……another one of those moments when, I told you so just doesn’t quite say it…….and of course I am usually “that guy”…… And sure enough when the band cranked up during the second song, circuit number 4 to the stage power in the building tripped…….so I fought my way through the ultra packed house of people, found the breaker box and reset it……..FOH backed down the volume and the load on the buildings lacking power and we continued until the break before the next band when I re-routed some of the power to any additional power circuits I could find in the club…….after I did that, we cranked the rig back up to full tilt and we were good to go……no more issues and the rest of the night of British acts went off without a hitch………we rocked the house from 8PM until 2AM and then called it a night…….

Pictures I have taken from the first two days of SXSW 2011 can be seen here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/116756449881218244535/SXSW2011

ENJOY…….more tomorrow on day three to come……..

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SXSW 2011 DAY ONE

Sunday of course we got all loaded in and set up and then I was off to the hotel to sleep for the first time in nearly 36 hours…..
Crashed hard……

Got up Monday morning and went to the band and took care of a few personal matters to start the morning…….by noon I was at Latitude 30 (the venue) to check on all the Avid/Digidesign guys only to discover that they had already gotten all the Backline on the stage and had already put the mics on everything……

So I wondered down to the corner of 6th street and Congress Avenue, and discovered that Apple had opened a temporary pop-up store front for this week only especially for SXSW…….But there was something strange about this store as i looked into the windows……….all the product on display was iPad2’s…..no MacBook…..no iPhones, …..just iPad2’s……there was no one inside so I walked up to the door and a security guy came out and said “they don’t open until 12 noon”…….. Now knowing that the new iPad2’s had entirely sold out nationwide last Friday, I asked anyway, any iPad’s?……..and i got a surprising reply…..”yep…..SXSW is the place to be……this will be then only store in the country that will have them this week”….. So I looked around, and there was no line…..I guess no one knew apple was opening this store as they had kept it wrapped up the day prior where you could not see in…..so I asked…….”what, no line?”……and the reply I got back is, “I guess you will have to start one”…..SO I DID…….mind you the time right then was 10:22 AM…….so I stood there for 90 minutes and was first in line and at 12 noon the line behind me after serving as the appointed information booth was nearly 3 blocks long…….but low and behold, right at 12 noon I was the first person in the door and the first person out the door with a brand new iPad 2……AMAZING…….my luck is NEVER that good……
So I returned to the Hotel and fired it up…….

By 4PM I was back at the venue……opening night was mostly a British DJ spinning tunes and a Meet and Greet social gathering for all the British music people having cocktails…….it when late into the night though right up to 2AM…….6th street was a zoo…….tons of people……live music everywhere….spent most of my evening entertaining Robb Allan and Chant Peck for Avid/Digidesign………..the guys were very happy with the Turbosound rig and it sounded great……everything worked and came off without a hitch or any issues at all……I will be meeting them down there today (Tuesday) for today’s soundcheck at 3PM…….I also talked to a guy named Mitch Marcum that has a company called DRM EARZ…..(custom fitted IEM’s and earplugs)…..says he is very reasonable on his prices…

So day one of SXSW is in the books…….I am getting an early start today and headed down to the convention center and going to weezle my way into the trade show floor where the gear manufacturers are and see what’s going on before tonight’s festivities…….Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark is performing across the street from the venue where we have the gear at, so I am also going to check that out…….

Sent from my iPad2….

Blake Norris<

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