Monday, April 27, 2009

Wireless Mic Antennas

Sennheiser's vertically polarized log periodic antenna, AKA "flounder paddle" shown atop a mic stand, with the RG174 cable dangling down.

Antennas of this type have the advantage of very broad bandwidth and low VSWR, but at the expense of gain. You could of course orient the antenna horizontally if you like, which would then match the "flounder" description a little more closely, and it could hold a beer bottle or an ashtray that way, but it might not look as cool.

Expect to see a lot more wireless gear in the future and even into the studio as film and TV broadcast production techniques integrate more wireless and remote devices over time.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Curtain Society

Roger Lavallee's Tremolo Lounge looks like a very interesting studio indeed. Roger visited us a while back and made some kind remarks about what we were up to, and for some reason I did not catch that Roger also was part of The Curtain Society. I was delighted by it and will order it tomorrow.

In the meantime, click on the image to be transported to The Curtain Society's very smooth online player complete with fade ins. Put on your headphones. For a second I was in a Bruce Brown film, then Charlie Brown walked in as I enjoyed the - yikes, it's gone! But hear their own theme song, here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Jill Cunniff - City Beach

This is playing in the lab right now. Jill Cunniff is known for her music in Luscious Jackson who are now disbanded.

City Beach still has the NY/indie/hip hop eclecticism that I found so interesting in LJ, but now with a more laid back, contemplative approach.

Here it is on amazon, in case you want to check it out.
An old GAP commercial with LJ.

Reflecting Surfaces

Of course you probably already know that glare screens such as the one you see are becoming the norm, despite many cries in favor of antireflective screens.

Why? you ask.

It is more expensive to apply a durable antireflective screen. That extra $11.09 is important to the manufacturers.

Sounds reflect too and that's why people can put a lot of effort into room treatments for their studios. Carpets, furniture, and bass traps. Bass traps are interesting because they can fix resonances caused by too-low ceilings, for instance, and reduce unwanted boomy effects that ruin the definition and balance at the low end.

Optical antireflective coatings, and acoustic antireflective surfaces, both often use impedance matching schemes to reduce resonances. Camera lenses have a colorful surface that is a very thin optical impedance matching coating. Uncoated lenses went out before WWII.

So why are we getting glare screens on our macs? Is it a way to improve touch typing, or maybe to keep an eye on that person behind you at Starbucks?


From a distance she looks like Diana Rigg, ready to blast Patrick MCNee with several hundred Watts of Kasino Power.

Just surfing around and found which was very entertaining. The entire site is in Frames, which is one of the earliest html formats. You have to click around a lot in Frames. Maybe AOL should go back to it so they can get their impressions up.

As I recall, blog reader BloozMan has a Kustom.and a red painted strat.

When was the last time you saw The Nauga???


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Lifeboat Foundation

Some of you know about my loose association with the Lifeboat Foundation which is involved in the discussion of lots of "next generation" things such as nanotech, life extension, existential risk mitigation, and more.

Here is a link to a blog on some nano ink applications that seems to have some connection to Lifeboat Foundation.

And here is a link to a page on Lifeboat discussing the redirection or attenuation of cellphones.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Shure Acquires Crowley and Tripp Ribbon Microphones


Niles, IL, and Ashland, MA, April 6, 2009 – Shure Incorporated, the venerable manufacturer of microphone legends like the SM57 and SM58®, today announced the acquisition of Crowley and Tripp Ribbon Microphones from Soundwave Research Laboratories of Ashland, Massachusetts. Under a definitive agreement, Shure now owns all intellectual property, microphone process equipment, product designs, and other important assets related to the Crowley and Tripp line. Shure will manufacture ribbon microphones in its Wheeling, Illinois, facility using the revolutionary Roswellite™ shape-memory acoustic ribbon material developed by Soundwave Research.

“Ribbon microphones have always been prized for their warm sound quality, but older designs are delicate, which has limited their applications,” said Scott Sullivan, Shure’s Senior Director of Global Product Management. “With the acquisition of the Crowley and Tripp product line and their Roswellite ribbon technology, Shure is extending the use of ribbon microphones to the stage in addition to their use in the studio.”

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the leading manufacturer of microphones to further the development and commercialization of improved ribbon microphones,” said Soundwave Research President Robert J. Crowley.

“Bringing new technologies like Roswellite into the marketplace is an important goal for our company,” added Sandy LaMantia, Shure’s President and CEO. “Our customers expect continuous improvement. For more than 84 years, Shure has been dedicated to manufacturing the finest microphones in the world and developing innovative audio technologies for our customers.”

“This new ribbon technology enables us to combine the characteristic ribbon sound with the durability for which Shure products are famous,” said Chad Wiggins, Shure’s Wired Microphone Products Category Manager. “Our customers know they can use their Shure microphones in every conceivable scenario, from the most subtle vocal performance to high-SPL instruments, like a kick drum. Now they can take advantage of the unique sound signature of a ribbon microphone no matter what their application is.”

Shure will manufacture ribbon microphones exclusively in the U.S. Shure will also assume responsibility for ongoing service and support for existing owners of Crowley and Tripp ribbon microphone products.

About Shure Incorporated

Founded in 1925, Shure Incorporated ( is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics. Over the years, the Company has designed and produced many high-quality professional and consumer audio products that have become legendary for performance, reliability, and value. Shure’s diverse product line includes world-class wired microphones and wireless microphone systems for performers and presenters, award-winning earphones and headsets for MP3 players and smartphones, and top-rated phonograph cartridges for professional DJs. Today, Shure products are the first choice whenever audio performance is a top priority.

Shure Incorporated corporate headquarters is located in Niles, Illinois, in the United States. The Company has additional manufacturing facilities and regional sales offices in China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, The United Kingdom, and the United States.

About Soundwave Research Laboratories

Soundwave Research Laboratories, Inc. is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high quality ribbon microphones and of transducers used in industry, music recording, and medicine. The company maintains an R&D facility and manufacturing unit in Ashland, Massachusetts, and is the maker of the Naked Eye ribbon microphone, which has achieved a cult status among users, and of Proscenium, Soundstage Image, Studio Vocalist, Recordist Ensemble, and El Diablo professional recording microphones.

Soundwave Medical is a division of Soundwave Research Laboratories, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of innovative acoustic devices, transducers, sensors, and precision microphones used in a variety of health, entertainment, industrial, and scientific fields.


Mike Lohman

Shure Incorporated


Greg DeTogne

Gregory A. DeTogne Public Relations