Why Don’t Musicians Use Expensive Studio Microphones When Playing Live?

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Studio and Stage

Re-posting one of my articles from Quora. The question: “Why don’t musicians use expensive studio microphones when playing live?”

My Answer

Because a typical studio microphone would feed back.

Many studio mics have a pickup pattern that is very generous; a circular area around the microphone, as if viewed from above the mic, showing the primary area of pickup … almost like a radio station coverage area …

ALL stage microphones have a significantly different pattern. They’re designed NOT to pick up sound from behind Continue reading “Why Don’t Musicians Use Expensive Studio Microphones When Playing Live?”

Tennessee Whiskey and Its Effect on the iPhone 6 Video Performance, Featuring Malaena and Duke Robillard!

DJI Osmo Pocket Gimbal
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DJI OM-5 with iPhone 6

Here we have a fine local group in Connecticut that goes by the name “Malaena.” It’s a six-piece act and you’ll see they have a team of strong vocalists, including a bass player who sounds just like Van Morrison!

This was a casual outing, where I tested a DJI OM-5 gimbal arm that holds an iPhone. As a result, I was shooting this video in 1080p with my iPhone 6, which is actually software upgraded to an iPhone 7.

But that didn’t help!

The video performance of the older iPhones is poor in comparison to the DJI Osmo camera, and the Osmo will go to 4k and do even better. The iPhone footage is grainy, with no color depth Continue reading “Tennessee Whiskey and Its Effect on the iPhone 6 Video Performance, Featuring Malaena and Duke Robillard!”

Video Fix – Malaena (5 Song Set)

This Too Shall Pass!

The Friday night music scene is alive in the Westerly and Stonington area (RI/CT), where a good variety of musical acts are lined up right through the Columbus Day weekend. At Phoenix Dining and Entertainment in Pawcatuck, CT, the 6-piece pop cover band Malaena took the stage and I was there to capture a few songs.

Pentalogy

Buttercup
Play That Funky Music
Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Again
Keep Your Hands to Yourself
Louie, Louie Continue reading “Video Fix – Malaena (5 Song Set)”

Blog Returns / New Videos

Hacker Party Time!

After a week of downtime caused by an aggressive hacker bot, here I am back in your living room! It’s good to be back!

Here’s the newest four videos I’ve published:

Easton Corbin @ Washington County Fair | Good Time (Cowbells Mashup with Intros)

Easton Corbin @ Richmond, RI | A Girl Like You

Sugar @ Phoenix | Bang Bang

Franklin Brothers Band @ Phoenix | Ain’t Nobody

Please let me know how the viewing is going on your end, Continue reading “Blog Returns / New Videos”

Walking The Dog, Searching For Rufus! Blues Caravan Party in New London Featuring Duke Robillard and Joe Beard

Four New Music Videos Today!

Duke Robillard and Joe Beard took the stage at the Hygienic in New London, Connecticut Saturday night. Joe Beard’s son, Chris, also brought his band for a well-rounded assortment of rock and blues.

But the night opened with Chris Leigh. The event was organized by Leigh’s drummer, Bobby Christina. On the technical side of things, during the song “Walking The Dog,” the keyboard player tried to hide under his keyboard, but my tracking skills were invincible!

You can’t hide from me, Rufus! Continue reading “Walking The Dog, Searching For Rufus! Blues Caravan Party in New London Featuring Duke Robillard and Joe Beard”

New London Comes Alive for 9-11; Duke Robillard Graces the Stage at the Hygienic

Chris Beard Band, Joe Beard, Bobby Christina, Duke Robillard, Live on September 11, 2021 at Hygienic Art Park in New London, CT

New Englanders remembered September 11th with a wide variety of parades and special events. Westerly, Rhode Island hosted its annual Summer Pops concert in Wilcox Park, there were parades in many communities, and the music menu was very full of events!

In New London, CT, session drummer Bob Christina hosted “Bobby Christina’s Blues Caravan,” with musical legends Joe Beard and Duke Robillard, at the indoor/outdoor Hygienic Art Park on Bank Street.

Here’s Robillard and Beard, with Christina on drums and Tommy Reed (bass). An Eddie Taylor tune called “Train Fare Home.”

I’ve got more with Duke and Joe. Robillard told me he hand-painted the Epiphone guitar he’s playing; it’s pretty fabulous! He actually does commissions for his artwork painted on guitars!

Overall, a great night to experience the essence of blues performed by the greatest musicians around!

Hygienic Art is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to creating an enriching cultural experience in the city of New London Connecticut.

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Mark Urso
mark@markursoblog.wpcomstaging.com
@MusicVidNet

Triple Play Sunday! Franklin Brothers Band, Roomful of Blues and Easton Corbin

Triple Play! Three New Music Videos!

A great variety of new 2021 videos for you today! Last night the popular Franklin Brothers Band from New London, CT mixed up some originals, new material and classic pop covers, bringing a very entertaining, well done show to Pawcatuck, CT’s Phoenix nightclub. I’ll have more footage with some nice camera flyarounds in the next few days from this show. For now, here’s a Franklin Brothers original, 100 Days, 100 Nights, featuring Nichelle Rollins on lead vocals, to start today’s musical feast! Continue reading “Triple Play Sunday! Franklin Brothers Band, Roomful of Blues and Easton Corbin”

20th C. Kids, Bobby Christina, Easton Corbin

Music Video Overload

Another onslaught of fun! You asked for it!

Well, indirectly, by being a viewer of my blog. It’s going to continue to happen, as well. We’re just getting started! Today’s features include three new videos prepped and published during the recent dark ages, during an Internet outage at the studio.

First, our favorite new kids on the block, who’ve been around forever … the 20th-Century Kids, an outstanding band from eastern CT. Continue reading “20th C. Kids, Bobby Christina, Easton Corbin”

Chris Bandi – Sweet Home Alabama Mashup (Washington County Fair, RI, 2021)

Country star Chris Bandi graced the stage Saturday night at the Washington County Fair in Richmond, Rhode Island. He brought an impressively small band and made some impressively big sounds! Bandi even explained to the crowd his usual guitarist got COVID so this guitarist was a stand-in who learned the songs in a week! With only himself (vocal, guitar) and a guitarist and drummer (no bass), Bandi’s sound was actually an improvement over many much larger bands I’ve heard! (Let’s not mention the night before, when Easton Corbin made the fair audience wait a full 1-1/2 hours before taking the stage!)

Here’s Bandi having fun with an old Skynyrd track about Alabama! Continue reading “Chris Bandi – Sweet Home Alabama Mashup (Washington County Fair, RI, 2021)”

Are You With Me, Easton Corbin at the Washington County Fair, Richmond RI

Country music star Easton Corbin thrilled a big crowd Friday night at the Washington County Fair in Richmond, RI. The outdoor show on the featured main stage, the same stage where legends like Tricia Yearwood have performed, was delayed for an hour-and-a-half with no explanation, but the crowd was settled in, and appreciative! Continue reading “Are You With Me, Easton Corbin at the Washington County Fair, Richmond RI”