AKG C214

AKG has a new mic out, the AKG C214. From the press release:

Based on one of the most successful studio mics released by AKG, the C 414 model, and using all the feedback that during 30 years they have received from its users (maybe they could release a new version earlier, but…), AKG has released the C 214 Condenser Recording Mic, that includes some of the features of the models which is based on and some improvements that does not make it a expensive mic affordable only for big studios.

The AKG C 214 Recording Mic is a single capsule model that features cardioid polar pattern, 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, from 12 to 52V phantom power, 1” edge-terminated large diaphragm, ultra low noise circuit (that includes a suspension to reduce the mechanical noise), rugged double mesh grill (to protect it from high radio-frequency signals), switchable bass cut filter, switchable pre-attenuation pad (up to -20 dB) and 3-pin XLR output.

This mic is specially good for vocals and miking instruments or amps, both in stage and studio, and comes with a shock mount and a carrying case. The AKG C 214 Recording Mic will be available after the AES show and its price will be $600.

I have two C414s (a ULS and an EB…..don’t ask why I need two, I just DO….or think I do). Honestly, I can’t think of the last time when I put them OUT of cardioid pattern.

Bob Florence Memorial Tribute Concert – 6/15/2008

This was send from Kim Richmond to the Finale list:
“This is to let you know about the Memorial Tribute concert to celebrate the life of the late composer/pianist Bob Florence.
WHAT: Bob Florence Tribute Memorial concert
WHEN: Sunday, June 15 (Fathers’ Day), 2008, 1 PM to 5 PM.
WHERE: CATALINAS Bar & Grill, 6725 WEST SUNSET BLVD, Hollywood, CA. telephone 323-466-2210
WHO: The Bob Florence Limited Edition big band, playing compositions and arrangements by Bob Florence; the Phil Norman Tentet playing music by Bob; a multi-media event about Bob’s life by his daughter Melanie, and various speakers.
All are invited. Parking in the adjoining garage.”

Bob Florence Dies

Legendary Big Band arranger, composer, pianist, and Finale user Bob Florence died today.
From: ALEX ILES
Date: May 15, 2008 6:51:24 PM CDT
Subject: [Trombone-l] Bob Florence

I am very sad to report the passing of pianist, composer, arranger
and bandleader Bob Florence. He died this afternoon after a long
illness. He was a brilliant and dedicated musician who never stopped
searching for ways to express emotions through music.

Those who knew him and his music have lost a great friend.

Best wishes,

Alex Iles”

Bob was a great guy, and I had numerous emails back and forth with him about notation and what not. He was also one of my favorite big band arrangers, with tunes like BBC and Carmello’s By The Freeway. He will be missed.
UPDATE: All About Jazz has an article about Bob’s untimely passing.
UPDATERemoved some guy’s posts about Bob who was impersonating someone else. So, if some of the comments reference it, you know why.