AuthorLuke Gutierrez

Local Flavor: Kitchen Woes

These of you who have been to the shop know that we reside in half of the creating and run the shop out of the other half. The shop side dates to the 1930s, we think, and the residence side is late 1800s. More than time we’ve carried out a lot of function to the location, but simply because of the excruciating amount of layers constructed-up by prior occupants, progress is usually slow.

Final week I destroyed a monster center-console counter and took four layers of linoleum-on-plywood up from our kitchen and excavated the original, layered pine floors. Regrettably, that particular patch of wood was smeared in black mastic (glue) from 1930s linoleum, so rather than shorten my life removing it (and then the two layers of lead-likely milk paint under it), we painted-more than instead.
As you can see, the rest of the floor (in the living-area) is jacked-up like the kitchen was, so that is hopefully anything I get to destroy in summer time. We have the original wood floors peeking out in all of the upstairs and so having the downstairs uglified the whole time we’ve been right here has been a sticking-point of aggravation. Standing on boards feels wonderful and possessing a new butcher-block counter feels even better, particularly since the function-flow is streamlined. There’s absolutely nothing worse than cooking and feeling like you’re stuck in a box.
So, bottom line? Progress is very good stuff for this gloomiest (climate-smart) time of the year. Tomorrow I guarantee to share instrument pics. I’ve got a beat-up old Oscar Schmidt accomplished and I am hoping to bang-out an old Fairbanks banjo, as well.

2016 by the numbers…

Starting with… how several quilts did some folks make?ct-stacy-iest-hsu-quilts

Folks.  The Moda Designers.  I asked them numerous questions – I’m a nosy sort.  I did it for you – I figured you’d be curious also.

This is what I asked – and no, they weren’t essential to answer all the questions:

  • How several quilts did you make in 2016?  (And if it was much more than 20, I anticipated affidavits verifying that their own fingers had stitched each and every single one particular.)
  • How numerous quilts did they make that had been not perform-connected – that were just for exciting?
  • Do they have any unfinished projects – WIPs, UFOs, PIGs, PIBs, etc.?  And do they feel they’ll ever finish them?
  • Did they learn a new sewing talent or method in 2016?
  • Is there a new ability or method they’d like to discover in 2017?
  • Do they do a year-finish/new-year clean-up or clear-out?  And if so, what do they do with what they’re clearing out?
  • And do they ever have a “word” for the year?  If so, what is their word for 2017?

Polly Minick was the first to reply due to the fact she had a really easy answer – No.

She does not make quilts – that’s her remarkable sister, Laurie.  But Polly hooked a entire bunch of rugs, developed a couple of fabric collections – Snowfall, Cottonworks and Grand Traverse Bay – and willed the University of Michigan football group to much more victories than have been anticipated.

And she completed this.


This is coming in April – Minick &amp Simpson – Blue &amp White.  I know I’m biased but I do not feel anybody does this classic color palette far better than Polly and Laurie do.

As for Laurie Simpson…

  • She didn’t count but she’s confident in saying ten quilts.  (I bet it’s more… or ought to count for a lot more because she produced a handful of that had been hand-pieced and/or hand-appliquéd.)
  • Laurie produced at least one that was just for exciting – and she has a couple of a lot more in the performs.  She does it for mental wellness causes – if she didn’t make factors just for herself, quilt-making would turn from something she loves into perform, and that wouldn’t be great.
  • Unfinished projects? Yes – four projects are in the functions and she does strategy on finishing them.  Having not too long ago moved into her studio, she did a “cleanse” and got rid of a handful of issues that she knew she’d in no way finished.
  • New skills?  Old dog, no new tricks.  That was Laurie’s reply.
  • Except… Laurie would like to find out darning – the creating do and visible repair that has been re-emerging the past couple of years.  She’s been intrigued by it for a handful of years.
  • Her word for 2017 is “stamina”.


This is the center of 1 of Laurie’s just-for-exciting project – the Rowdy Flats Library Quilt.

Shannon Gillman Orr.

  • Six quilts for her collection.
  • two pillows, 1 jumbo sewing kit bag, 2 Jedi costumes, 2 quilt tops and 2 sewing machine covers – just for exciting.  At least that is what she remembers.  (I’ve noticed her Instagram… I think she missed a handful of factors.)
  • She does have a number of UFOs and yes, she admits to providing up on a handful of of them.
  • She tackled English Paper Piecing this year and has began a Passacaglia quilt from Willyne Hammerstein’s Millefiori Quilts book and she’s completed three beautiful medallions – two of which are shown beneath.
  • Moving – from Arizona to the San Francisco Bay Region – and setting up a new studio took care of clearing out the projects she’d never ever finish and the fabric-stuff she’d never use.
  • Shannon constantly chooses a word and final year was “iterate”.  She hasn’t decided what her word for 2017 will be as it typically takes her many weeks into the new year to decide.


Jo Morton had a very prolific year and yes, she did supply affidavits.

  • She made 31 quilts.  But she wants it emphasized that most of them are tiny quilts.
  • She also “moved along” six extended-term projects – two of which are hand-pieced, yet another is appliquéing the handles for modest basket blocks.  She also has blocks from exchanges that require sewing.
  • As for UFOs and never finishing them… Jo was in a position to cease laughing long adequate to report that she has several she will finish and several that will be “moved along” to someone or someplace else.
  • Jo does a year-end clean-up and she donates what she’s clearing out to close friends, guilds, and so forth.
  • Jo’s word is “simplify” – take time to smell the roses.


Pat Sloan.  Twenty quilts?  In her sleep.

  • Pat completed at least 20 projects for books, magazines, mysteries, patterns, and so on.  Okay, perhaps not 20 quilts… she did pressure the “project” portion of that – they were pillows to bed-sized quilts.
  • As for “just for fun” projects, she began a few but didn’t finish something.  (But.)
  • Pat brought in a legal team to question the legality – and wisdom – of asking a designer about UFOs.  She’s certain she has more than the permitted limit and no, she will never ever finish some of them.  But she’s also hosted a number of UFO-busting weekends, anything that will certainly continue.
  • As for new expertise, Pat “attempted” English Paper Piecing this past year and she that outcomes had been “less than stellar”.  So for this coming year, her objective is to increase her EPP abilities.
  • Yes, she clears out her studio and offers it to quilters in her Friendship group who either use the products or take them to their guilds to spread the enjoy.


Kate Spain offered the funniest reply.

  • Whilst she developed several quilts this past year, Kate did not finish any herself.  The quilts showcasing her many beautiful collections have been pieced by other folks – her stunt-sewists.  And no, we don’t judge!  Simply because she created all sorts of wonderful artwork for a selection of other items.


Kate produced this rug.  Okay… possibly not but she did design it.  (And everyone in the office desires one.)

  • Any UFOs?  This is why I love Kate.  She admits to not having completed a Block of the Month she began in 2010.  It was produced with 1 of her fabric collections and she’s completed 3 blocks.  She noted that the same year, Bonnie Olaveson made at least seven of the same BOM quilt for members of her family.  Kate confesses that she possibly will not ever finish hers… not with out a Christmas miracle.
  • She did find out to make continuous Prairie Points making use of a single piece of fabric by means of YouTube.
  • Even though she doesn’t normally do a word of the year, she’s feeling like she may require to for 2017.  Her word would be “harmony”.  As she wrote, “I like the notion that harmony of all sorts is anything that can be seen, located and felt even in brief, isolated moments of everyday life.  I hope that by actively looking for those moments, I’ll be much more capable to discover them in areas that surprise me.”


Kate might not have made these quilts but she made the birds, birdhouses, eggs, hoops, leaves and the birdbath for her booth.  (That seals it – Kate ROCKS.)

Finally… Stacy Iest Hsu.  That’s her stack of quilts at the top.

  • Stacy had to go back and check a few times but she’s fairly sure she made fifteen – 15 – quilts this year.  Even even though she desires to make certain you know that some are little and some are beginner quilts, that’s a quite impressive tally for a relatively new quilter.
  • 1 of the quilts she made was for her new child niece – she created it utilizing her Lil’ Red collection.  That was “just for fun” but genuinely specific.
  • Fortunately for the rest of us, Stacy does have a few unfinished projects that she’s not confident she’ll ever finish because she’s not in really like with how they turned out.
  • New technique or talent?  Stacy wrote – “This year was a large understanding curve for me because I started learning how to make quilts.  I have learned a lot but my most current understanding knowledge was that I should trim my half-triangle squares to get them to all be the same size.  Now they fit completely.”


Excellent.  Farm Exciting – Stacy’s quilt.

  • For 2017, Stacy would like to add appliqué to her ability set so she can add it to her quilts.
  • The Makers Space at her children’s school benefited from a sewing space clean-up by obtaining a whole lot of scraps and some sewing supplies.  Now she’s seeking forward to seeing what the children develop.
  • “Keep going” is Stacy’s word for the year.  Her son has a drum teacher and for the duration of practice, if her son makes a mistake, the teacher will say “keep going”.  Stacy wrote that “it’s so true in the quilting and style world… when you get stuck or a block or row doesn’t perform, you frequently just want to stop and throw it in the trash.  But you have to preserve going simply because you never ever know what may come out of it.”

While I would love to maintain going, this is a ideal stopping point.  Yes, there are nevertheless many designers to get to but this is lengthy adequate for right now.


A single final image – this is anything Stacy is functioning on.  It far better not be a UFO because this really looks good so far.

Satisfied Wednesday!



What to count on from 2017’s 1st wave of new music gear

Content New Year? Not yet. In the universe of music gear, the NAMM show in California is a sort of unspoken new year’s holiday – residence to the greatest wave of music tech announcements of the year. It doesn’t cover every thing, as numerous music producer-distinct makers have fled the pricey trade show booths for far more focused events. But there’s nevertheless rather a lot. Here’s a appear at what to anticipate.

Year of the drum machine

The monosynth has produced its comeback now it may well be the drum machine’s turn. Behringer and Akai are likely to join current product launches from Arturia, Native Instruments, Elektron, and others, not to mention the surprise entry of Pioneer into the marketplace.

The massive player at NAMM is likely to be Akai Pro, with what is nearly certainly the unveiling of the standalone MPCs that leaked in November. We count on that will also incorporate an embedded Windows operating method.

What you may possibly not expect is that Akai is taunting Ableton and Native Instruments a bit. Whereas these two have kept their Push and Maschine, respectively, tethered to computers, Akai is anticipated to make their application run with or without having your laptop. So it is a bit cheeky that you can virtually see NI’s Berlin headquarters in this video:

For their portion, Behringer are ultimately shipping the DeepMind synth they’ve been relentlessly teasing (and I do imply relentlessly) for considerably of final year. But that hasn’t stopped them from teasing vague plans for a far-off drum machine, going so far as to encourage consumers to become “involved in this enjoyable style method.” (No, I have no concept what that signifies, either.)

So, will we get some new thought for drum machines? Erm… no. Behringer says they’re taking inspiration from the TR-808 and TR-909. Now, a business known as, I consider I have this correct, “Roland” has currently built a machine that combines 808 and 909 sounds with and interface and sequencer – that’ll be the AIRA TR-8, precisely. But Behringer is touting analog sounds. (Just maintain in thoughts, the original 909 was primarily based partly on digital sample playback.)

I would anticipate other makers to get involved, as well. Roland could add a sample-primarily based groovebox to their AIRA line, for example. And I would think about some other drum machine hardware may crop up here and there.


Roland haven’t told me something about their NAMM lineup, even under NDA, so I’m free to speculate here. The group that has developed AIRA, AIRA modular, and the most current Boutique line have been really prolific. I envision they’ve got something up their sleeves for NAMM. Maybe we’ll get a new generation of AIRA items. Or possibly we’ll see yet another vintage piece resurrected as a Boutique model.

Somebody also suggested to me wanting some thing like the SP-404 sample groovebox. That would to me be a excellent candidate for an AIRA-style reboot – and surely I would wait a couple of weeks just before rushing out and getting anything.

A mixer also seems achievable. Roland this week at the Consumer Electronics Show released an entry-level, mobile-friendly mixer (far more on that quickly), but 1 that far better complements AIRA and Boutique seems like it’d make a whole lot of sense.

What ever they’re performing, it is going to be in 3D.

Uh… for some reason. I’ve been physically at Roland press conferences prior to, in, like, actual three dimensions, and I’m not really sure how this will work. But it’s taking place. Although you could also go see Star Wars once again.


And then there’s KORG. Once again, I genuinely haven’t heard any gossip here. It appears like KORG are reaching the end of what they can do with the volca series product format, clever as it is if they maintain the volca line going, it seems it’s time for a new housing and some new tips. It’s not that there’s something wrong with the present volca, it is just that their designers may well come up with some ideas that didn’t match inside that certain rectangle of pastic. But then again, that didn’t stop them from performing the volca kick last year.

KORG have also confirmed adept at surprising us with reboots of vintage classics they’ve a massive back catalog on which to draw, so we could see something there.

The Minilogue (and then its sibling the Monologue) was 1 of the very best synths of 2016, so the bar is higher.

Teenage Engineering

The Swedish “teenagers” have lengthy been a favored for unexpected invention at the NAMM show, and I suspect this year will be no various. I could think about them creating on and extending the Pocket Operator line. But I’m keen to see some thing closer to a production-prepared OP-Z.


You can also count on the Eurorack format to see some action. Part of this is just timing – even though Berlin’s Superbooth has rapidly grow to be as essential a neighborhood gathering as NAMM, the bulk of makers are now in the USA and NAMM falls neatly at the beginning of the year. That is meant that makers are liable to at least preview their most current stuff at NAMM, even if they show it once again (or in much more completed form) by Berlin in spring.


Elektron are one to watch, it seems. They threw a curveball at us with the interesting but unexpected Analog Heat. 2017 feels like it might get a new flagship. In my dream globe, that’d be a new generation of Octatrack, but… it could wind up getting just a minor Overbridge software update. My rumor mill is quiet on this one particular. Offered their item cadence, Elektron is a single I could think about creating an announcement at Musikmesse.

DJ products

It looks like the large DJ reveal at NAMM is going to wind up being Denon’s CDJ rival. DJ TechTools reports on the leaks, somewhat surprisingly, offered they had been provided a preview and are presumably beneath NDA.

There’s some prospective here: Denon are emphasizing overall performance functions (in maintaining with parent InMusic, who also personal Akai), and they could effectively undercut Pioneer on value. But given the saturation of the CDJ, it’s challenging to picture their “#changeyourrider” campaign as a lot more than wishful pondering. Component of what has produced Pioneer an industry regular is not just the player hardware itself, but also the Rekordbox workflow for preparing tracks.


And that all leaves the query of what Pioneer may have next. Given their aggressive move into new markets, from turntables to samplers, I anticipate 2017 could be a huge year. They may possibly choose to focus at the NAMM show much more on entry-level items for DJs, with higher-end gear launched elsewhere (as with the sampler at Musikmesse final year). But one particular reason not to underestimate Pioneer is their outstanding push for emerging markets. Even though the USA, Japan, and the Eurozone stay the big markets for now, there’s huge growth in the international south – South America, Africa, and south Asia, which are also the youngest parts of the globe. In truth, the genuine query might not be what takes place at NAMM, but when we have a big DJ event someplace like India or Kenya. It is coming.


It is been years since Apple exhibited at NAMM. But they have usually shown new versions of Logic privately at the show. And I count on a new version of Logic Pro that is optimized for the new MacBook Pro, with Touch Bar assistance as located in Final Reduce Pro. It is not difficult to guess what that would appear like: Logic has context-sensitive tools just like Final Cut does, plus the macro controls that have been mapped to the iPad.

USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 and mobile

Brace oneself for a bunch of audio interfaces.

On the entry level side, makers have lastly worked out that delivering class-compliant USB implies the capability to make serious audio interfaces that work with both your mobile device and your laptop.

At the pro level, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 are lastly coming into their own. Apple has offered that a boost by eliminating all but the USB-C connector on their MacBook line. But do not overlook the Pc, either: right after years of lagging in pro audio connectivity, the Pc platform now has roundly embraced USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. That is meant makers like Universal Audio can lastly help both platforms through a single interconnect, and give trustworthy low-latency efficiency.

Ironically, the improved specialization of the laptop in the post-Pc era appears to have created Computer vendors much more most likely, not significantly less most likely, to court pro users. So specifically right after hunting at CES, we’re seeing lots of computers aimed at creators, and offering high-spec functionality to match.

What you will not see

There are some issues that I think won’t be making an look at the show.

Mobile music is nevertheless a point, but the days of creating specialized accessories seem largely gone.

Companies like Native Instruments and Ableton have, as I mentioned, largely abandoned the trade show as a format for making product launches. That is not to say we will not see anything from them in January, just that you shouldn’t anticipate a splashy NAMM launch.

I think in the age of social media, there’s a general resistance to doing all your item launches at trade shows, and acquiring lost in the avalanche of news. These shows are remaining just as vital in terms of networking, but less so when it comes to telling the story of a item.

On the other hand, searching back at NAMM 2016, a lot of 2016’s tone was set at the show. The most essential synths – KORG’s Minilogue and volca FM, Arturia’s MatrixBrute, the MakeNoise -Coast, the Dave Smith/Oberheim OB-six, to name a few – all created their debut. All the largest modular stuff showed up, also.

In truth, back here in Germany, the only massive news at Musikmesse was genuinely Pioneer’s Toraiz SP-16.

So, we’ll be reporting from this a single. Hold an eye out.

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Assisting Hands: The Generosity of Quilters

nhh2016retreat-1Quilters are generous, no question about it. Probably it’s not surprising that men and women who pick to develop items of warmth, beauty, and comfort are the exact same people who share those products, and their time and talents, with those in require.

A single group that’s benefitted from the generosity of quilters is NICU Assisting Hands, an organization founded in 2010 by Lisa Grubbs and her neonatologist husband Randy Grubbs. The Grubbs knew that babies at the Fort Worth medical center where Randy performs received good medical care, but wanted to give more emotional and educational support. The system has grown to consist of education and mentoring for NICU families, 1-on-1 mentoring, a financial assistance program for NICU households, and NICU Mom CONNECT, a post-NICU support group.


The Gordons, with their twins born at 24 weeks gestation. They are now 7 years old and Natalie Gordon is the plan facilitator for NICU Helping Hands.

In 2013 the Angel Gown® system was added, and that’s exactly where the generosity of quilters (and other talented sewists) comes in. The program supplies gowns and wraps to families experiencing infant loss. These lovingly constructed garments are stitched from donated wedding gowns. The practically 200 volunteers have stitched around 5,000 gowns and wraps (for babies smaller sized than 1 pound) for families experiencing infant loss.

One particular of these who sews for the Angel Gown® system is Michelle Patrella of Florida. “Some in our group are quilters, some are expert seamstresses, other people sew costumes for productions or are certified trainers in sewing strategies,” says Michelle, who discovered about the program by means of an on the internet post and has been sewing for Angel Gowns® for 2 ½ years. “I don’t feel anyone doesn’t know someone—a sister or mom or best friend—who’s been impacted by prematurity or an ill youngster. No one likes to talk about it, but it takes place. It’s wonderful to make anything useful at the exact same time I’m carrying out one thing I enjoy.”


Wraps and gowns sewn by Michelle Patrella

Although sewing may be entertaining, creating the gowns is an exacting method. “The items we gift to families are beautifully constructed and go by way of a strict high quality handle approach,” says Lisa. “We know when households open the package they want it to be specific and excellent for their baby.” To that finish, the Angel Gown plan holds an annual sewing retreat to teach the abilities and methods for producing the gowns. This year, 65 ladies came to the Dallas-Fort Worth region for lectures, participatory sessions, and camaraderie. “The gowns may be tiny, but the precision needed and the seriousness of the goal, these can be difficult,” says Michelle. “It’s fantastic to be capable to share guidelines and pictures.”


The 2014 NICU Assisting Hands retreat

Attendees traveled from California, Minnesota, Florida, Arkansas and Alabama on their own dime. In addition to travel costs for the retreat, sewists donate their personal thread and tools, the expense of sustaining their machines, and the postage to ship their completed gowns to Fort Worth, where the top quality manage team inspects and packages them. A silent auction was held at the retreat and even those who couldn’t attend were capable to participate (Moda donated considerably-appreciated precuts to the auction). The proceeds went to defray an additional expense—the expense of shipping the gowns and wraps to the hospitals and households who request them.

The Angel Gown plan supplies gowns and wraps to hospitals, folks, and funeral properties in 48 states. “When you do anything like this, I think you should do it with excellence and our seamstresses do,” says Lisa. “They are committed, type, and generous females (and a single man). It is awesome.”


Some of the 200 gowns and wraps, sewn from donated wedding dresses, by Michelle Patrella of Florida.

Michelle Patrella, who has sewn around 200 gowns and wraps, enjoys volunteering for Angel Gowns simply because she can function at her personal pace. “I work complete time and so my involvement varies—I may invest two hours soon after work or 12 hours on the weekend,” she says. But there’s a lot far more than comfort at play here. “When you hear stories from people with individual expertise of infant loss you comprehend how much you’ve created a difference. We do not do it for thanks, we do it for comfort, but to know that you personally touched somebody implies a lot.”


For much more details about NICU Helping Hands, including details on their applications and volunteer opportunities, pay a visit to their website (The organization is working through a backlog of wedding gowns and not accepting extra gowns until additional notice.)


MQA Amplifies Hi-Res Audio Activity at CES 2017

The following is a press release issued by MQA.

Las Vegas/London | 5 January 2017: MQA is an official supporter of the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion at CES, and will be participating in the DEG-led initiative to showcase studio top quality music and premium streaming solutions.  Occupying a special position as an enabling technology for music solutions, record labels and device manufacturers, MQA will help the activities of companion organizations who are primarily based on the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion, as properly as these exhibiting elsewhere at CES.

Eric Boulanger, founder and award-winning mastering engineer at The Bakery in Los Angeles, will be taking component in a live demonstration at 1pm on Thursday five January at the Pavilion. “MQA will be the 1st chance, in the history of recorded music, to straight hyperlink the music listener to the mastering studio, revolutionising my job and its value,” says Boulanger of the MQA format.

Music services update
International music and entertainment platform, TIDAL, has launched a new ‘master’ audio function and is supplying MQA music to all TIDAL HiFi subscribers.

TIDAL is committed to bringing members closer to their favourite musicians and offering MQA sound top quality will enable subscribers to hear music just as it was recorded in the studio,” stated a TIDAL representative.

Hi-res download store, HIGHRESAUDIO, is also expanding its MQA providing with releases from chosen Warner Music artists now accessible for download.

New companion announcements from Technics, AudioQuest and Audirvana
Technics are announcing the implementation of MQA into their Grand Class SU-G30 Network Player Amplifier in Spring 2017.

Michiko Ogawa, Director of Technics &amp Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation, had the following to say in support of MQA: “The rapidly increasing music streaming industry demands important audio technologies like MQA to provide an authentic music knowledge to a mass audience. We are delighted to be operating with MQA to assist obtain this objective.”

AudioQuest, are also announcing MQA implementation in their USB DAC merchandise, DragonFly Red and Black. MQA will be accessible to AudioQuest clients later this month through a totally free software update. Steve Silberman, VP of Development, commented: “AudioQuest aims to provide amazing sound top quality and MQA implementation in our goods demonstrates this commitment. We’re quite excited to offer you AudioQuest consumers the best attainable audio knowledge.” MQA demonstrations will be in the AudioQuest Venetian suites 30-105 and 30-106, and at the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion.

Audirvana, creator of Audirvana Plus, the Higher-Fidelity software player for macOS, announced that MQA decoding will be obtainable in the upcoming Audirvana Plus three, which is due for release early 2017.  “The integration of MQA technology is a main step towards enabling all Mac users to hear their favourite artists as if they had been appropriate there in front of them,” commented Audirvana founder Damien Plisson.

MQA partner updates
Mytek has launched the Mytek Clef, a strong higher fidelity headphone amplifier and DAC that is MQA-enabled.  The new Mytek Clef will be on display at the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion in Central Hall and will be shipping in the second quarter of 2017.

NAD Electronics and Bluesound will be providing demonstrations of a number of MQA-enabled merchandise at The Venetian, Suite 30-235.  Products include the PULSE SOUNDBAR, the first soundbar to support MQA.

Pioneer’s subsequent-generation XDP-300R digital audio player will be demonstrated along with a sneak-peek of its new entry-level DAP.  Onkyo will be displaying the next iteration of its award-winning digital audio player with the DP-X1A alongside its new entry-level model.  Joining the digital audio players will be a preview of Onkyo’s new hi-res smartphone.  All items include MQA implementation and will be demonstrated in the Venetian at suite 29-309.

Beneficial details
– MQA has a base on the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion, Booth #14546 in Central Hall of LVCC.

– MQA will be present at the DEG press conference, area S228 of the LVCC, 12-1.30pm on Thursday 5 January.

– Other MQA partners demonstrating at the Venetian contain:

  • Bel Canto suite 29-318
  • Brinkmann suite 29-201 (Vandersteen area)
  • MSB suite 29-211
  • Aurender (Martin Logan area) 30-118

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Bluesound to Showcase at CES 2017 Hi-Res Audio Pavilion

The following is a press release issued by Bluesound.

CES 2017, Las Vegas, NV | January 4, 2017BLUESOUND, the world’s initial wireless multi-space music technique to support hi-res audio, has partnered with DEG, The Digital Entertainment Group, to sponsor a special Hi-Res Audio Pavilion at CES 2017.

The pavilion, located in the Central Hall (Booth #14546) of the Las Vegas Convention Center, is made to highlight the essential listening rewards of hi-res music and showcase the finish-to-end process of generating the music we listen to, from recording to production to storage and to playback. In addition to the presence of pick device producers like Bluesound, the pavilion is also supported by a quantity of hi-res music retailers and streaming solutions the certifying physique for Hi-Res Audio merchandise globally, Japan Audio Society recording market representatives from the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) MQA Ltd. and the Customer Technologies Association (CTA).

“We’re honoured to be selected to join such an elite class of audio makers and music pros at CES this year,” stated John Banks, Bluesound’s Chief Brand Officer.

“Bluesound’s roots are in hi-fi and so taking an end-to-finish strategy to acoustic design and style has often been our aim. The music that plays from a Bluesound player needs to sound as close as possible to what was recorded due to the fact that is the sound that the artist and the producers intended for the end user to hear,” said Greg Stidsen, Bluesound Director of Technology and Product Arranging. “We recognize, style for, and optimize the signal path that music takes from source to speaker to develop the truest attainable sound reproduction for our customers to appreciate at property, every single time.”

The pavilion will also function a completely functioning replica of the legendary Capital Studios Handle Space A exactly where The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, and other significant artists recorded some of their greatest hits. A number of hi-res recordings representing dozens of major and independent labels like Universal Music Group and Warner Music will be demonstrated for visitors interested in hearing the hi-res difference.

“At Universal Music Group, we are focused on delivering the highest-top quality music experiences to fans around the planet,” said Ty Roberts, Chief Technology Officer at Universal Music Group. “At CES we will showcase subsequent-generation premium features that are increasingly in high demand by shoppers such as studio-good quality sound and a treasure trove of high-definition album art and other photos.”

In addition to Bluesound’s presence at the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion, the company’s complete line of hires wireless speakers and digital music players will also be on display at CES 2017 at The Venetian, Suite 30-235. The suite will be open to CES attendees on January five, 6, and 7, to expertise hi-res audio on Bluesound items. Bluesound is a intelligent music system of audiophile-grade wireless speakers and digital players, that enable you to stream music from a library stored on your house network and a lot of popular music streaming solutions. All controlled with a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, users can knowledge accurate higher-resolution music in any space of the house, wirelessly. Bluesound is obtainable at authorized audio retailers in nations all more than the world or direct from Bluesound at

About Bluesound
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I have a tendency to be a spontaneous blog writer. Snap some pictures, hammer at the keyboard, slap the laptop shut, take my dog out for a stroll – job accomplished. But for some cause, I was struggling to encapsulate precisely what I believed about a future year’s inventive organizing.

Thank goodness for Instagram and Fortunate Lucille‘s #2017makenine.

This is an initiative to make nine items over the coming year. I believe we’re meant to share an Instagram collage of nine things we plan to sew.

I’m not quite ready to do that but. I’d like to make nine capsule products that create a coordinated wardrobe, but I need to have more considering time.


How to plan coordination? Very first, I looked at garments I’ve currently created. There are typically widespread themes when it comes to colour.


All I require to do is choose out some colours, so that new items coordinate with existing makes. But why not push the envelope a small, taking colour inspiration from a piece of fabric in my stash.


Isn’t this gorgeous? I genuinely like the thought of functioning that mustard into my wardrobe. It’s a colour I’m constantly drawn to, and yet fear.

So, I just want to decide on some simple things to sew. I wondered if you could aid me. What are your go-to items for a capsule wardrobe? Would you be prepared to answer my genuinely fast questionnaire to give me a steer? You can tick a lot more than one particular box, and if you want to go into much more detail, leave a comment under. I’m intrigued to know what things of clothes actually operate for us.

Go on! Ticking a handful of boxes will give you anything to do whilst the champagne chills.

Pleased New Year’s Eve, everyone!

Did You Make That?

1987 Guild JF65-12E Jumbo 12-String Flattop Guitar

The JF65-12 is a latter-era Westerly Guild version of the F412 model — what I consider of as the “most well-known” massive old maple Guild 12-string. This certain guitar is up to the task and sounds, effectively, just like a 70s F412, albeit possibly a bit much more steady in service as it hasn’t had require of a neck reset as far as I know. The flamed maple on the back, sides, and neck appears excellent and the spruce top has remained crack totally free. The “E” designation, I am assuming, relates to the onboard electronics.
I worked on this for a customer and it received a bunch of consideration. It got a bridge reglue and slight modification to the bridge, a new compensated bone saddle, fret level/dress, replacement binding for a lot more than half of the headstock’s outline, a replacement pearl inlay (1st fret position — 1 of the pearl slabs was missing), and a excellent setup. The owner runs the guitar tuned down a step, too, so I boosted a few of the gauges up from a common 46w-ten “12 string light” set — but not by significantly.

The headstock has 12 individual sealed mini tuners. The wound G-string tuner has a damaged threaded ferrule but it nevertheless functions. Note the lighter cream binding — this is my replacement stuff. The job wasn’t perfect but it turned out better than I anticipated. I had to make the new binding from 3 layers to replicate the appear, much more or significantly less, of the original stuff.
The simple portion, of course, was this straight section.
The challenging portion was the “cloud” headstock top — which I didn’t nail — particularly contemplating that my produced-up layers have been different plastics that wanted to fight 1 one more a bit when gluing down. The original material seems to have been molded as one particular strip to begin with. Did I ever mention that trying to match binding drives me nuts?
It’s a workmanly job that suits the workmanly abuse the guitar has had (see the cigarette burn?).

The abalone darts subsequent to the large blocks of white pearl has often been a great appear, I consider.

The original bridge was nevertheless in excellent shape after removing it from the guitar, but the guitar’s best itself was a bit curled-up under the bridge. It took some clever clamping to get it back down and flat efficiently.

I nonetheless have to make a second, taller saddle for the guitar, even though I am waiting overnight to see what deflection the top adds. I’ve added string ramps to help back-angle on the saddle from the farther-aft bridge pin holes and replaced a hodge-podge set of pins with new, ebony ones.

The neck maple on 80s Guilds is always very first-price. It really is beautiful stuff — and the double truss rods in this neck have kept it straight, straight, straight.

content new year!

Content New Year! I always enjoy hunting back at the past year and setting objectives for the year ahead. It is a great time to take stock and evaluate items!

This mosaic features the top nine most popular pictures from my Instagram feed from 2016.

2016 was one more scrappy year! I finished writing my book (which is available for pre-order!), I made a small mountain of pincushions, I worked on some long term scrap quilts and did some stash busting, too. I finished a total of 22 quilts! It was a very good year!

In July, I did a one-a-day pincushion challenge, which was really enjoyable, but also a fantastic learning expertise. In the course of that challenge, I discovered that I genuinely love operating in a series. I enjoyed having definite parameters to operate inside and the concentrate that it brought was outstanding. I also learned that it really is excellent to make something, even when on the days that you don’t feel like it….and that creativity never ever runs out!

In September, I began tracking how considerably fabric I used each month, compared to how considerably fabric I purchased. I know a lot of individuals believe that notion is crazy, but what a fantastic eye-opener that was! It kept me on track and reeled in my fabric purchases many times. It’s a extremely good issue! Starting to track it right as the youngsters went back to school was wonderful timing, since that is my most productive sewing time in the entire year. 🙂

My one and only crafty purpose was to knit a sweater for myself. Whilst I didn’t finish my sweater ahead of the end of the year, I truly committed and bought the yarn, which was possibly one particular of the hardest components of the whole method so far! I am over half done with the body of the sweater. Of course, I still have to knit the arms, but it really is coming along! I really do really like the colour and the pattern and it fits me, so these are all fantastic issues.

Hunting ahead….

My book, No Scrap Left Behind, is scheduled to be released in February! Promoting the book will be at the leading of my list this year. I have a bunch of dates scheduled in the upcoming year to speak and teach from the book, which I am very excited about.

If all goes according to strategy, my new fabric line should be released this year, also!

I hope to do some designing and collaborating with my daughter. She’s only 10, but I consider it would be entertaining to start off operating with her and investing in her in a far more focused manner. That girl has suggestions and I consider she almost certainly loves colour even more than I do!

I want to function in a series where I discover choices, considerably like my pincushion challenge. I am not confident what that looks like but, but I hope to come up with a strategy quickly.


I am starting off the year with only 9 functions in progress, which feels outstanding! I appear forward to a excellent year of finishing ahead!

I also want to crochet a giant rag rug for my front entryway. I’ve been kicking about that idea for years, so I believe it really is ultimately time to do it! It will be the ultimate scrap buster. Ha!

Do you make crafty objectives or resolutions for the year? If so, I’d enjoy to hear about it!

I’d like to take the time to say a massive THANK YOU for reading my blog. It wouldn’t be the same without you! To these of you who take the time to leave comments, they are quite significantly appreciated! Here’s to a wonderful New Year!

Optoma NuForce STA200 Power Amplifier

A good energy amplifier design and style is a good power amplifier style no matter whether it was created in 1950, 1960, 1970, or anytime thereafter. Given how lengthy audio has been around, you can expect any list of all-time wonderful amplifiers to have 100 entries and there would be nevertheless some worthy examples that would not make the roster. Based on whom you ask, and who answers, the Goldmund job 225 power amplifier ($ 1499) could really well be 1 of the amps that would make it onto that list. Recently Optoma NuForce (along with Goldmund’s understanding), introduced a new amplifier that is primarily based on the Goldmund job 225 amplifier, named the STA200 ($ 1299).

How did collaboration among Goldmund and Optoma NuForce come about? According to Optoma NuForce, years ago Goldmund used to offer its consumers Optoma projectors. When merger discussions amongst Optoma and NuForce started, the leaders of the emerging company-to-be deemed how to move forward and how to expand or refresh the NuForce portfolio. At the exact same time Goldmund was curious to see no matter whether younger audiophiles and audio enthusiasts would be interested in reasonably priced high-efficiency equipment, and regardless of whether its personal brand awareness could be expanded by way of NuForce. For Optoma NuForce, introducing a Class AB amplifier was a way to test the marketplace and see whether or not this was a path the firm should pursue. So the STA200 energy amplifier is an experiment for both firms.

Technical Tour
Although the STA200 has many similarities to the Goldmund job 225 energy amplifier, it is not identical. The major difference is the power output specification. The job 225 puts out 125 watts into eight ohms while the STA200 has only 80 watts of output into 8 ohms. This difference in energy output was instituted so that the STA200 would not be a direct competitor for the job 225 (it could even be argued that for the $ 200 difference the job 225’s further power gives a greater value). Yet another difference among the job 225 and the STA200 is the latter has a slightly decrease gain (34.4dB) that is closer to a more standard figure, as opposed to the job’s 36dB acquire.

According to a assessment by Brent Butterworth of the job 225, that amp’s Class AB design “was taken from an amplification circuit originally used in a Tektronix oscilloscope in the late 1960s.” Michel Reverchon, Goldmund’s CEO, said that the circuit has since been refined by nine generations of Goldmund engineers, and variations on the circuit had been used on all of that company’s amplifiers.

The STA200 has the identical wide bandwidth as the job 225, spanning the variety from 10Hz to 100kHz. The STA200 also extends its high-frequency response up to 900kHz (at 3dB down). The reasoning behind such a wide bandwidth style is to eliminate phase shifts brought on by the high-frequency roll-off effects.

The STA200 has all the controls you generally discover on a basic energy amplifier, which are not a lot of. The only input alternative is a pair of single-ended RCA connections. For output the STA200 has 1 pair of 5-way binding posts. The only other features on the back panel are the IEC AC line connection, a heatsink that requires up 3-quarters of the back panel, a 115/230V AC switch, and a power output connector that can provide energy to the Optoma NuForce WDC200 streamer. The STA200’s front panel is an unadorned expanse populated by a single power on/off button located on the right side subsequent to a small red power indicator LED.

Dimensionally the STA200 ranks as a ¾-sized cabinet. It’s 14 inches wide, only eight inches deep, and 3¼ inches high. Even when it’s left on 24/7 the chassis only gets warm to the touch—the heatsink on the back does a very good job handling all the serious heat dissipation duties.

I employed the STA200 extensively during a two-month period whilst I was listening to and reviewing the Mytek Brooklyn DAC/preamp. The STA200 was installed in each my nearfield desktop monitoring method where it was connected to the Audience 1+1, Dali Opticon 1, ATC SCM7 II, Part Audio Sampan FTL, and Function Kayak and in my room-based method exactly where it drove the Spatial M3 Turbo SE loudspeakers. I did not connect the STA200 to any specifically challenging-to-drive loudspeakers given that I do not currently have something with a sensitivity of less than 87dB on hand. I did discover with the high-sensitivity Spatial M3 loudspeakers that the STA200 did not produce any far more hiss from the tweeters than the much more standard 27dB achieve specification of the Bel Canto REF M600 power amplifier.

Given STA200’s incredibly wide bandwidth specification I was curious if there would be any noise troubles. As mentioned, for the duration of the review    period I had the amplifier in two systems, and neither displayed any noise concerns that could be attributed to amplifier instability or to RFI/EMI concerns affecting the amp’s performance.

An additional prospective sonic concern was the STA200’s larger than usual acquire specification. With some preamplifiers, the STA200’s larger acquire could mean that the preamplifier could be operating in a much less than optimal obtain range. With the Brooklyn DAC/pre I seldom got above -45 on the Brooklyn volume scale of -one hundred to -). The final potential downside of an amplifier with larger achieve is it can amplify the basic noise levels in an audio signal chain from inaudibility to unfortunate audibility. When the sound was muted, I had no problems with added noise from my loudspeakers in either of the systems exactly where I utilised the STA200.

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