Seattle, WA – May 2015… Many of today’s music producers and DJs create great work in their home or project studios, and rarely get to show off their music live. Seattle’s annual Laptop Battle provides an opportunity to compete with their fellow artists in a single-elimination tournament in front of a loud, appreciative crowd. The battle, which lasts about four hours, features 16 contestants, each of whom gets three minutes to do their magic using a laptop and one MIDI controller, and try to advance to the next level of competition. Originality in musical performance, technical ability…
Today, many a drummer’s role has evolved from that of basic timekeeper to multi-tasking production manager. This shift has largely resulted from the pressure on feature acts to try and faithfully reproduce their oftentimes loop-, sequence- and sample-heavy recordings live. No longer playing basic acoustic drum kits, drummers must manage a wide array of electronics, samples, loops and sequenced tracks during a live show, on the fly.
Christopher Patrick Bounds, drummer for pop singer/ songwriter ZZ Ward has found a simple and versatile solution to this challenge. Whether it’s…
A bad mixer hurts everyone. What’s the only thing to do when your band’s sound has hit rock bottom? – Or maybe bottom is what’s missing. If that’s the case, a”fixtervention” is in order. Watch as the Mackie VLZ4 Mixer puts Dave and his band get back on top.
Letting go is hard to do, but the Mackie VLZ4 is just the mixer to get you on the road to recovery.
Hey Marseilles is everything a great indie band should be – a bit different, slightly quirky, left-of-center, with irresistible songs that burrow their way into your brain, set up camp, and refuse to leave. The band’s decidedly unconventional mix of folk and classical – or, as they themselves describe it, “folkestral” – has gained them an enthusiastic following from coast to coast and well beyond.
The band has been maintaining a busy touring schedule in support of their sophomore release, Lines We Trace. With a different venue in a different…
Blowtorches? Out-of-control after parties? Lead singer tantrums?
Just how much can one mixer take?
We know the VLZ4 Series is tough. That’s why it’s a road warrior for live sound. In the latest Mixbuster mashup, the mad scientists here at Mackie bring back the competition to go up against the all-new VLZ4 to see if it remains the cream of the crop.
Who will prevail? Watch the video to find out.