Mino Christante has been in the audio industry since 2004. For over 15 years, Mino acted as a technical assistant to Caelin Gabriel of Shunyata Research, audiophile manufacturer of power distribution systems and audio cables. In that time, Mino became a member of a team of evaluation of audio components that aided in the continuous improvement of products and technology.

Mino Christante is also a gifted musician, teacher, and singer/songwriter, as well as audio recording professional, in addition to being a professional performer. Because of his special perspective in diverse approaches to musical appreciation, from aesthetics to the technical, Mino brings to evaluation and understanding of music and musical technology a valuable voice for anyone interested in a better musical experience.

The Speaker that took 4,000 years to build


Around 4000 years ago, an invention swept across Asia from somewhere in Tibet or Burma (modern-day Myanmar) that revolutionized communications technology forever. By 600 AD in western China, it had reduced communication latency from days to minutes and relayed important information across hundreds of miles, from one locality to another as many as 50 miles apart. Without telephones, radio waves or fiberoptic cables, this extremely efficient information delivery system warned of invasion, declared governmental edicts, announced royal births, and the coronation of emperors. It is said that some devices could influence the weather and bring about rain in times of drought; even engender healing in the human body.

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The Elephant in the Room: Choosing speakers


View an informal discussion about speakers, rooms, and some of the important issues to consider when selecting the speaker system that works for you. We discuss some of the characteristics of the Aluminous Audio Gravitas Speaker system and why they matter. Designer Luke Zitterkopf joins the discussion with Mino Christante of Aluminous Audio as they delve ever deeper into questions about speaker design and the relevance of room in audiophile listening enjoyment.

Here is the link.

Some topics discussed are:

  • Mino's background in the audio industry
  • Luke Zitterkopf's background in audio
  • Some qualities of good speaker design
  • Important considerations for rooms and speaker placement
  • Why Gravitas speakers are in aluminum
  • Porting versus sealed speaker enclosures
  • How Aluminous can visit a client for an in-room demonstration
  • Tuning the room with a speaker design that is versatile
  • Why heavy speakers don't necessarily mean good sound

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hidden talents don't fit in the box of your LinkedIn Profile

Dan Schmalle of Bottlehead Electronics - Photo courtesy of Steve Keller of Keller Photographic

Dan Schmalle, highly successful manufacturer of headphone amplifiers as well as class-a amplifiers in general, recorded me in Febrary of 2020 at "Bottlehead Studios," aka Bottlehead Electronics (Bottlehead.com). What is hidden is that, even though his talents are proven to lie in tube amplification, yet another passion that is unfolding for Dan is in the mystical realm of microphone development. In this recording we used a prototype that he created. Is it a coincidence that this is about the best live recording ever made of one of my songs? I don't think so.

In the world of LInkedin, if your profile does not point to one narrow slice of your abilities, you just don't fit in. "Distractions" in your profile, such as passions or abilities that would seem incompatible need to be avoided. You can really only have one career area. If you seek to describe yourself more fully, that just won't do. This is one of many areas in which 'linkedin profiling" will always come up short, and never fully explain the whole story in the career capabilities of an individual. So, here is a link to a passion I have that does not fit in with my professional profile: a song I wrote "One More Time" (working title).

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found myself on spotify

It's Just a CD - Mino Chrstante

Here is a song I recorded around 2004 under the band name, Nick Blue. It was a beautiful time. And, back in the day I began my collaboration with Franco Bertucci. Although this recording was done on a frazzled shoe string, including many adverntures. We could only afford a few takes and go with what we had...Not like today when you can just run endlessly in production in the privacy of your own ego.

It was an honor to work with Dan Ford, perhaps the most gifted percussionist I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Here is a link to the album: "It's Just a CD: below. If you want an actual CD...you can email me at mino-at-tante.us ...

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Visit our new PodCast: Monday Nights With Mino

Franco Bertucci has created yet another cool way for us to share our music in its naturally, live, raw and unrehearsed form: Monday Nights with Mino on Podbean. Here is the url:  http monday nights with mino - availalbe on most podcast platforms as well!

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Vintage Sound Stage Pro Audio Company available

I am selling as one entire lot a vintage pro audio stage collection: mixers, amps, speakers, microphones and lots of other gear in one package including 20 foot Wells-Cargo trailer. I have attached a product list. This gear is going for a fraction of its value as the business owner is retiring for health reasons. With Covid, the prospect of larger outdoor performance venues for what used to be in-house performance is becoming, ironically, more attractive, as nothing seems to deter many people from seeking entertainment, as long as they have plenty of room to move around. List is below. Reach out to me at 360-860-0949 if you are interested. It makes more sense if you are in the Seattle area, but hey - have trailer, will travel!

Yamaha PM1800 40.8 Mixer (used)
Soundcraft Spirit 8, 24.8 Mixer
Allan Heath 24.8 Mixer (used)
Mackie 1604 VLZ Mixer
Behringer PMP980S Powered Mixer
Ashly GQX-3102 Graphic Equalizer
Sabine GRQ-3102 Graphic Equalizer
TC Electronics D-Two Multitap
Goldline LM27P-5 Spectrum Analyzer
Ashly XR-1001 2-way stereo / 3-way Mono Active Crossover
1100-3-QQ-D8 Power Distribution
Furman PL-8 Power Conditioner and Light Module
Furman PL-8II Power Conditioner and Light Module
Furman AR-117 Power Conditioner
CD and Tape Players
Denon DN-T620 Combination CD/Cassette Deck
Marantz PMD 511O Dual Well Cassett Deck
Audio Technica 2000 Series Combo Wireless System
Audio Technica Lapel Microphone
CAD Variable Pattern 1.1" Condensor Microphone
Shure SM-57 Microphones
Shure SM-58 Microphones
Shure Beta 57A Microphones
EVI-ND468 Instrument Mic
CRO-CM700 Crown Mic
CRO-CM311 Crown Head-Worn Mic
AKG-D112 Kick Drum Mic
SQ-1001 Sabine Reference Mic
Audix D-1 Hypercardioid
Audix D-3 Hypercardioid
Whilrwind Director Premium Direct Boxes Stereo
Whilrwind Hotbox Active Reference Direct Boxes
UHF Ant.Dist.Sys. 655-680 MHZ
1-Pair Audio Technica UHF Ground Plane Antenna
1-Pair Audio Technica UHF Ground Plane Antenna
Shure SM-58 Microphones with Switch
Matrix 24ch DMX Controller
Matrix DMX Pro 4ch Dimmer Pack
Chauvet DMX 4ch Dimmer Pack
O-Clamp 1.5" x 2"
Par 56 Silver Reflector Lights
Par 46
Pig Bags for snakes
Universal Mic Holder
Drum Shock Mounts
Custom Cable Ties
HumFree Rack Tabs
LightWeight Reel W/18" Hub
Hanny Reel W/Slotted Divider Disc
Bags For TS-99B Ultimate Tripods
Gator 3 Space Shallow Rack
Raxes 2 Space Rack Drawer
4' Light Bars
All Cables
Whirlwind 50' Heavy duty Microphone Cables
Patch Cord TRS/TRS 30"
Whirlwind 3' Instrument Leader Cord
Feet 6/4 SEOW 90C 600V Cable
9' 12-gauge 4-conductor Speaker Cable
3' 12-gauge 4-conductor Speaker Cable
Racks & Hardware
Anvil 10-Space Rack Rail (pair)
Gator 10 Space Equipment Rack
18 Space Rack Rail (pair)
Fan Panel, 3-Space
Rack Cooling Fans
2 Space Vent Panel
Middle Atlantic EB-2 2-Space blank panels
Middle Atlantic UNI-1 1-Space universal connector panels
Middle Atlantic RC-2 2-Space Clamping rack shelf
Rack Adaptor Kit DCP200 Power Supply
3 Space Rack Drawer
8 Space Pop Up Rack
18 Space Shock Mount Rack
20 Space Shock Mount Rack
12 Space Amplifier Rack
Shock Mount Case for Mackie16
Custom Mixer Case for Spirit 8
ATA Mini Case W/Foam
All Stands
Mic Stand/Desk Adj.
Ultimate 9' TeleLock Tripod Stands
K&B Tripod Mic Stand 35" - 63"
K&B 22" to 38" Telescoping Boom
Custom Snakes
Whirlwind 150' 16x8 Snake with 30' Split
Whirlwind 150' 24x8 Snake with 30' Split
Main Loudspeakers & Monitors
Klipsch 15" 3-way Loud Speakers Model KI-362
Klipsch 15" 3-way Loud Speakers Model KI-362
Klipsch Dual 18" Subwoofers Model KP-682
Klipsch 15" 3-way Loud Speakers Model KP-301-II-A
Klipsch Single 18" Subwoofer Model KP-480-AX
Klipsch 15" 2-way Monitors Model KSM-15-C
Klipsch 15" 2-way Monitors Model KSM-15
Community 12" 3-way Loud Speakers Model S-3294
Crown K2 Power Amplifier
Crown Macro-Tech 2400 Power Amplifier
QSC GX7 Power Amplifier
QSC RMX-1450 Amplifier
QSC RMX-2450 Amplifier
QSC 1200 Amplifier

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