At almost half the cost, the Shure SM48 may seem like an attractive alternative to the Shure SM58. While the SM48 shares very similar specifications, the SM58 boasts industry best build quality, and, as I discovered, the SM48 may cost you more down the road.
Both mics come equipped with a protective grill designed to crumple and protect the element. Gigging musicians will eventually dent these screens. and they meant to be replaced.
Outdoor concerts are a fun experience for both bands and audiences. Outdoor venues, however, raise their own challenges. Extreme heat is one of them.
Here are our five takeaways from playing in 90+ degree heat earlier this summer.
Plan ahead, don’t expect the venue to provide shaded storage for your gear. Guitars left in the sun will face constant tuning issues. Metal gear may become dangerously hot to the touch. Most worrying of all is the potential heat-related failure of amplifiers, the PA, or other essential electronics.
Since you’ll be tuning often — likely under bright conditions — be certain that your tuner’s display is visible under bright daytime conditions.
In extreme heat conditions, it’s important to proactively hydrate. Remember, if you’re feeling thirsty, then you’re already dehydrated.
Bring extra towels and bandannas to wipe sweat from your hands, brow, and strings. Drummers should consider additional stick wax, and guitar players should consider strings with higher friction.
PRO TIP FROM SWEDBERG GROVE “Black guitars may radiate more heat than white guitars; guitars made of ice may be best for first set (before guitar melts)”
If you’re hot, the audience is hot too. Use this as an opportunity to connect, and make it a memorable part of the show.
We’ll be playing outdoors at the Hamley Steakhouse in Pendleton, Oregon this Saturday (9/5/15) at 6 PM (where a chance of rain is in the forecast).Tweet
When we released our new EP last July, I was hesitant to jump on the iTunes/Spotify bandwagon. Not only is digital distribution a bit of a buzzkill for anyone who prefers analog formats, but most of the models just didn’t fit our needs.
Tunecore charges $49.99/year to keep your music online (after a low introductory-offer). This basically ensures that once sales of album fall below a certain number, it doesn’t make financial sense to keep the music available online.
CD Baby charges a $59 one-time fee to distribute an album. While this feels like a better deal than Tunecore — since the music is available in perpetuity — sixty bucks is enough to make you think twice about what to distribute and when.
In the end, I decided to use Distrokid. For $19.99/year, we can distribute unlimited tracks to all the major retailers. Even if we released something every other year, we’d still be ahead of CD Baby’s more expensive model.
Distrokid’s list of retailers is significantly shorter than the competition, but frankly, I’ve never heard of any of the hundreds of other partners listed on the competition’s marketing materials.
Previously only available at our online store, and at live performances, you can now download or stream our album from:Tweet
How can talented songwriters build a following that they can build upon in a world of heavily marketed pop music?
While many potential venues would love to support aspiring artists, many venues who just can’t compete with established venues and their national acts.
Open mics provide an opportunity to reach a broader audience, while allowing small venues to draw a regular crowd.
I’ll be hosting an open mic at Papa’s Mexican Grill in Everett on Saturday, October 18th. Our goal is to bring more diverse elements to Everett’s burgeoning music scene. We could use your support, and hope to see you there.Tweet
We’ve been back for a week, and before it gets on too long, I wanted express how much we appreciated the hospitality and support from the people in both Wyoming and Eastern Oregon. A special thanks to the Coal Creek Coffee House for hosting an impromptu concert in Laramie.