Chris Parkinson

Chris Parkinson

Chris Parkinson Broadcaster. It is with deep regret we have to announce the passing of Chris Parkinson one of the pioneer’s of private radio in New Zealand. Chris was was a founding member of Radio Hauraki a pirate radio station on board the Tiri in the Colville channel in 1966. Chris Parkinson born 30-4-41 Wairoa […]

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A live Performance


A good live performance another article by Paul Johansen of Stage Sound Having done live sound engineering for bands for over 30 years I have at least some insight into what makes a good live performance from the audiences point of view. Some very good talent is coming through at present and there is little […]

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Finding work as a sound engineer

sound engineer

Sound Engineer work prospects Sound engineers are generally divided into two groups and they are either full time employees or part time free-lancers who may work for all manner of different live acts and or event managers. Often these free-lancers are picked off by the sound companies who realise they have a very capable person […]

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Audio Engineers and Sound Technicians

audio engineer

Audio Engineers An article written by Paul Johansen of Stage Sound Ltd. Both these terms are bandied around the audio industry with so much dubious veracity that their meaning has become clouded and confused. There are numerous other derivatives as well that are equally meaningless such as sound engineer and soundman. Unless you know what […]

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Glyn Johns’ Interview

Glyn Johns

Glyn Johns Interview     Glyn Johns produced and engineered a huge body of work, recording music that fans of all ages have loved for decades. To this day he still prefers his tape-recorders rather than digital recorders, and he is a strong believer in recording with the whole “band” in the studio together. If […]

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Hank Marvin reviews Gray Bartlett

Hank Marvin

Hank Marvin says great things about Gray Bartlett. Gray Bartlett is an icon in New Zealand, he is probably our most well known guitarist and has had incredible success around the world, particularly in Japan. Gray has just completed his latest Album called Private Conversations and he is currently on tour in New Zealand. Here […]

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Connecting Your Amp to a Multi-effects Pedal

Boss pedal

Connecting Your Amp to a Multi-effects Pedal. This “four-cable method” shows you the best way to connect a compatible guitar multi-effects pedal to a guitar amplifier. Some digital multi-effects pedals have multiple inputs and outputs, and allow you to route different effects to those different outputs. This allows you send effects to both the guitar […]

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How did David Bowie get that sound?

David Bowie

David Bowie Sound Let us trip back to 1977. David Bowie is recording the lead vocal for the title track of his Heroes album in Berlin’s Hansa Studios, with producer Tony Visconti behind the board. Seeking to highlight the drama of Bowie’s voice, Visconti sets up three mics – one for David Bowie to sing […]

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Direct Boxes for Guitar and Instruments

Pro DI Box

Direct Boxes Often abbreviated DI (for direct insertion), a device commonly used to convert high impedance unbalanced signals from a stage instrument (like a guitar, bass or keyboard) into low impedance balanced signals. This puts the signal at the proper voltage level for the mixer and prevents the instrument from becoming loaded down with too […]

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Large Diaphragm Dynamic Microphones

dynamic microphone

Dynamic Microphones One of the last things you may think of when hearing the term “broadcast mic” is an actual broadcast application. I have never done a podcast or worked at a radio station. Broadcast microphones are typically large-diaphragm dynamic mics, tailor-made for announcers and DJs. They have extra shielding and are typically cardioid or […]

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