How To Find A Qualified Electrician For A Music Studio

Finding a qualified electrician for work you need done in your music studio is an extremely important endeavor.

There are a lot of shady characters out there, and stories of scams and overcharges are commonplace. Furthermore, you want to make sure to hire the most qualified company for the job – this is your music studio, and the last thing you want are the risks that come along with substandard work. Faulty wiring and poor workmanship pose fire hazards and can cause damage to your amplifiers, sound boards and other musical equipment.

These are some guidelines for how to find a qualified electrician (and these apply to most other types of contractors as well).

Make sure they are a licensed electrician.

The very first thing you want to make sure of before choosing an electrical contractor in Perth for example, is to make sure they are licensed. There are tests that must be taken, and minimum experience is required before someone can be called a master electrician or be licensed. This licensing means they understand national and local codes, keep up to dates with any changes, and changes in technology, and that they are qualified to repair, design, and maintain electrical systems. Even a journeyman electrician (one who is otherwise qualified, but not yet licensed as a master electrician) can’t install wiring and equipment.

Make sure they are bonded and insured.

If something goes wrong – and sometimes things do, you want to make sure that the electrician you hire is bonded and insured. If they have a habit of doing bad work, they won’t be able to afford to have those qualifications, and you want to make sure that they can pay for any damages caused.

Make sure they have all relevant permits.

Make sure they have all applicable permits before hiring any contractor at all. If they have the permits – which means that their work has been checked by building inspectors), it’s a good indication that you have a solid candidate for your business.

Choose the right electrician for the Job.

You probably don’t want to choose an electrician who specializes in new construction to work on your old studio. The same goes for if you’re looking for an electrician to wire your sound room who usually just handles remodels. Each type of work has specific techniques and very specialized knowledge and experience required. If you’re looking to make your studio more ‘green,’ make sure to find an electrician who specializes in that, as that’s an area that requires constant knowledge upkeep as technology progresses.

Ask friends, neighbors, and other contractors for recommendations.

Any electrician that provides great work and great service will have a following. Contractors that you trust – people who have done other work on other studio’s before and have done it well – make great resources for finding other contractors. High-quality businesses only associate with other high-quality businesses. It’s simply common sense. Your colleagues may have had work done and were pleased with who they had, and you should ask around for their opinions as well.


Avenues For Music, Fun, News and More

Here are some cool websites which I found very useful for music, system, news, fun and blogging.

Music: Laziness is blamed for a lot of humanity’s problems. If you think about it though laziness has inspired us to invent some great things such as the recliner chair, twist cap beer bottles and Last.fm (www.last.fm). Gone are the days, when you have to open your huge music library that has collected for decades and sift through it to then manually create a playlist. Replace this with Last.fm, which manages your favorites and even notes which songs you play the most and which artists you listen to the most as well. This is because the Last.fm has a concept called “scrobbling” which sends the name of the artist and the song to the Last.fm database, which keeps a track of it on your Last.fm page and they can automatically update your iPod or PC with this data. With this information, Last.fm actually recommends music to you based on your library. The site is very neat and well organized and keeps a track of your most recent visits as well as a huge selection of artists which can rival almost any music database.

Even the rarest bands get a mention here and a lot of well known artists are prominently featured here. Last.fm catalogues each artist and has a variety of music, videos, biography, tour dates and events as well as other similar artists. Last.fm is what brings the music you want to you and it is all just a few clicks away.

System: Computers can scare even the smartest people. Sometimes you might not know what’s wrong and you immediately decide to call for help. This can be time-consuming and costly and may not even be necessary. Before calling the professionals, try giving www.bleepingcomputer.com a shot. All you have to do is follow the instructions that greet you on the homepage and you are on your way to better PC experience. The Bleeping Computer forums are not always easy for novices but they have a vast array of brilliant members contributing knowledge ranging from system performance to browser issues. The other guides are also very helpful and can really boost your performance and help you with improving your startup time and so on. The Startup programs database is especially useful to figuring out why the computer seems so slow. It is good to go ahead and register on the site and familiarize yourself with the various sections so that in the future when you really are stuck in a mess you can locate solutions for the problem easily. It is very rare to find a website that has such a rich pool of talented contributors. The members of this website actively share all kinds of information and you can even have a unique problem answered by uploading your specifications and your problem details on the forum. If all else fails, you always have Bleeping Computer to turn to

News: In this day and age of instant information dissemination and worldwide networks, news travels so fast that it gets old within minutes. The time that news takes to reach you from the news event is almost minimal but you want more than just one source that you can trust. This problem is solved by the innovative people at Newsnow. The site itself resembles an index (www.newsnow.co.uk) which contains many topics that cover world events. You can check out the latest world news or what is the latest in the business world. Sports fans have a comprehensive number of options for their favorite sports and sports teams. This site is so special because it has hyperlinks to all the stories which are relevant to the topic. This news indexing feature essentially brings all the news to the reader, saving a lot of time and dead ends for people to deal with. Many of the world’s most trusted sources of news are used by simply accessing their websites and providing links to them in the topics pages  throughout Newsnow. You merely have to leave the topic page which you are interested in, open and the page refreshes itself in order to constantly provide stories from the list of select sites, which it looks into. So you can now view The Guardian’s view on a cricket match without looking through their site! This new and unique approach to online journalism is a step in the right direction for all concerned

Fun: Life can get really boring but don’t worry the Internet saves the day yet again with Bored.com (www.bored.com). Bored. com is set up to entertain you with a generous selection of games, videos, jokes, quizzes, how-to videos and so on. These applications are fantastic because they tend to cover a vast array of activities, so if you don’t feel like playing any games you can still visit the site and look up a few new jokes or perhaps read a comic or two. While other sites have more content than Bored.com, they tend to be specialized towards categories such as games, but Bored.com has a unique balance that can entertain even the pickiest visitor. You can solve crossword puzzles, play browser MMOs or even pour through the various links which claim to give you opportunities to earn some easy money (we doubt that, but it’s an option). The browser MMOs are quite interesting and seem to be more than your standard fare of fantasy games, there is even a mobster MMO! One really unique section is the the “Funny Pranks” section, which lists thousands of pranks for you to have a go at. There is a “Music” section which has song lyrics and virtual instruments for you to try your hand at the drums for instance. There are guides to music, funny song titles and parodies as well as music facts. The how-to videos are interesting as well and you do a lot things you’ve always wondered about. Whatever it is that tickles your fancy, you ought to find it at Bored.com.

Blogs: Do you love blogging so much that you want to just blog for the rest of your life? It might seem far-fetched but this is a reality now. Blogging has grown so much that a really popular blog can get more hits than many large commercial websites. This is why advertisers seriously consider sponsoring blogs and who knows? It could even be yours. If you want to know more you can check out www.problogger.com and learn how to set up your blog to earn some money. The website is run by Darren Rowse, who has been a professional blogger for many years and he wants to share his expertise and experience. Many of his posts dominate the site with articles that start from the most fundamental and simple blog creation topics such as the “About Me” space to more complex lessons in the use of Adsense and other advertising programs as well as other important revenue streams. A lot of people visit this site trying to learn more about blogging much like you and interacting with them is also enriching. There is also a large number of guest bloggers, who contribute to the blog and add a lot of perspective to the goals of the blog. This smart and open approach to blogging can really benefit your blogging skills, even if you don’t want to use your blog to make money.

Article Source: http://hubpages.com/technology/musicfunststemblogg

Author: Cleanclover

 


Leonard Cohen Passes Away At 82

Today, the world mourns the passing on of Leonard Cohen, a famous Canadian poet, musician and songwriter who died at the age of 82. Coincidentally, this news comes just a few days after the release of You Want It Darker, his latest album.

The real cause of his death is not yet clear, however the influential Canadian singer/song writer was described by journalists as “in poor health” during the launch of his latest album on 21st October.

The news was announced by his official Facebook earlier today. Tributes for the late talented musician has been pouring in, with Justin Truedeau, Canadian prime minister saying that Cohen will be fondly remembered for his self-deprecating humor, his haunting lyrics and his gruff vocals that made his music perennial favorite of many generations across the world.

John Lissauer, the Hallelujah producer told BBC radio 4 that Cohen was a hardworking musician who made himself an iconic figure. He further added that the singer’s duration was so amazing and he was always devoted and consistent to his work and this made him leave behind a legacy of devotion in performance and recording.

In a statement sent to newsrooms, recording Label Sony Music said that Cohen was unparalleled musician whose amazing body of original work was embraced all over the world by generation of artists and fans alike. Sony Music Canada family joins the family, friends and the world at large in mourning the fallen artist.

Elsewhere in other nwo information alternative news in the United Kingdom, the Takamine Guitars will be hitting the road in a few coming days with a series of master-classes across Ireland and the United Kingdom featuring Stuart Ryan.

Stuart is regarded as one of the finest finger style guitarists in the world. He has shared stage with the world’s greatest acoustic players including martin Taylor and Jon Gomm.

In addition to several media outlets round the globe, his music has featured on BBC and channel 4 television. Ryan is known by guitarist around the world thanks to his Guitarist Presents Acoustic magazines and his regular column in Guitar Techniques.

Ryan will use these exclusive master-classes for Takamine Guitar to guide you through the approaches to warm-ups and practice, getting familiar to altered turnings and DADGAD as well as building and developing arrangements for a solo guitar, and also some thrilling performance pieces that cover a wide range of stales from across the world.

All those who show up will be given a free gift pack of goodies that include a KORG turner, Takamine wearable among others.