Headphone Advice From One of Denver's Best Sound Engineers

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Rick Ramirez works at Larimer Lounge roughly three times per week.
Headphone shopping can be a chore. The options (and price range) have no limit, and it can be hard to tell whether you're paying for the brand or the quality. So we decided to ask an expert: Rick Ramirez, who works as a live-sound engineer, primarily at the Larimer Lounge. He didn't give us the advice we expected.

As a sound engineer, Ramirez is constantly listening to music. He's the guy in the back of the venue who is in charge of everything coming through the speakers that face the audience. It's a critically important job, because a bad sound engineer can ruin a show. Ramirez is a particularly good one, but he didn't start out behind the sound board. He started out at the door, in fact.

See also: Eight of the Best Live Sound Engineers in Denver


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KUVO in Denver named among the best jazz and soul radio stations in the world

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The public radio jazz station, KUVO 89.7 FM -- part of Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network -- has been named best "Jazz & Soul Internet Radio Stations" worldwide by The Daily Telegraph in the UK.

"I stumbled upon this award-winning music station by accident recently - and have been kicking myself for not finding it sooner," The Daily Telegraph writer Pete Naughton said.

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Introducing WaveMod, the DIY mastering platform created by Tommy Metz of Iuengliss

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It took him four years and a massive amount of work, but Tommy Metz finally came up with a convenient, completely automated means for burgeoning acts to have their music mastered without having to break the bank. On the heels of introducing WaveMod, his DIY online mastering website, we recently spoke with the webmaster and Iuengliss mastermind to find out just how much work went into development of the platform and how it compares to traditional mastering.

See also:
- Welcome to the magnificent (and unpronounceable) world of Iuengliss
- Tommy Metz explains the difference between Iuengliss and Tommy Metz
- Review: Iuengliss - Wake Up Time, 10/25/07


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Coverville Records successfully funds its passion project: jazz renditions of video game tunes

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Brian Ibbott signing copies of Smooth Federation, the debut release on Coverville Records.

Nerds of a feather flock together, as they say. Brian Ibbott and jazz composer Andrew Allen have once again proven this adage to be entirely true. The two have paired up to produce another passion project that is sure to appeal to the dorkiest dweebs you know, Free Play, an album of traditional jazz renditions of video game songs. Their first Kickstarter-funded project was even geekier than that: Smooth Federation, an all jazz tribute to Star Trek. The new one, which has surpassed its Kickstarter goal, is slated to be the second release on Ibbott's Coverville Records imprint.

See also:
- Five noteworthy examples of how Kickstarter is helping make the scene more vibrant
- Save the Tank: Musicians unite to preserve an acoustic marvel
- YTCracker on the virtues of Nerdcore and the finer points of hacking


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The Lumineers worked with AEG to implement paperless ticketing for their show at the Ogden

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The Lumineers are virtually inescapable these days -- in the world of music, obviously, but also in the realm of pop culture: From being in constant radio rotation across the nation to being name-dropped as a part of incidental plot lines on TV shows like Nashville, the Denver-based, Grammy-nominated act has received an enormous amount of exposure since its album was released last spring. As a result, the band is now in extremely high demand, and so are tickets to its shows, particularly when they're sold out. So it was odd not to see a single scalper hawking tickets on Colfax outside the group's recent shows at the Ogden Theatre -- odd, but not a coincidence, we've discovered.

See also:
- What New Year's weekend looked like in Denver
- The Lumineers shed light on life in Denver and their evolving sound
- The Lumineers' self-titled Dualtone debut goes gold and gets nominated for a pair of Grammys


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What does Google think of your band name?

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At what point does a band become famous enough that they begin to surpass the nouns they've co-opted? How does Google know you want Cake the band, not cake the dessert, if you only search for "cake" and no other words? Is there a band name that is un-Googleable? These are the questions that weighed heavily on our minds -- and, no, there wasn't much else going on. A few e-mails and a phone call to Google HQ later, we got some answers.

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Ticketfly launches app to buy tickets within Facebook

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Since Ticketfly straddles both the ticketing and social marketing worlds, it makes perfect since for the company to introduce its Facebook Purchase App, which allows people to purchase tickets within Facebook instead of leaving the network to log onto an external system to complete the transaction. So when fans hear about an artist's show on Facebook, they can share it with friends and buy tickets instantly using their Facebook identities. The app has been beta tested by venues San Francisco, New York and the New Parish in Oakland, which is now seeing close 25 percent of advanced sales coming from Facebook alone.

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Beatport's new Baseware Distribution aims to spread electronic music to the masses

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Late last month, Beatport announced its newest venture, Baseware Distribution, a service geared toward helping the electronic musicians who already use Beatport to get their music to more outlets, including iTunes, Spotify, Rdio and Stompy.

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From Red Rocks to Emo's, re-create the exact acoustics of the country's hottest venues

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When Matt Finn was able to finally quit his job as an e-mail server technician thanks to the success of his ClearTune guitar-tuning application for smartphones, his world changed forever. From a humble office located on Denver's 16th Street Mall, Finn and his fellow innovators at BitCount have come out with another life-changing application, one that makes listening to music like nothing you have ever experienced: It re-creates the exact sound and acoustics of the venue of your choice.

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Apps of the week: Google Music hits iOS and a location-based album for Central Park

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We're slowly getting to the point where music apps are bridging the gap between useful and cool. While plenty allow you to share music from device to device, others, such as the Central Park app, gives you a soundtrack to stroll around Central Park to, should you need one. Overall, it's making for an interesting era, where your smartphone can do practically anything.

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