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The Grammy Awards are the biggest night in music - here's how to make the show more interesting The Grammy Awards show is one of the music industry's biggest nights, but it is not without its problems. The show's ratings/share has been dropping for the past fi...
Regardless of whether you are on the entry, mid, or upper-level of your local music scene, the thought of opening for a national touring band seems like a dream come true. On the surface, it appears you’ve been bestowed the honor of sharing the stage wit...
  Crunching The Nashville Number System   When I moved to Nashville in the 80’s and had my first opportunity to participate in a recording session, I was abruptly introduced to a notation system called the Nashville Number System.  Imagin...
Style , Substance, and Snake Oil in the Electronic World A Conversation with Matt Reinhardt of MJR Effects by Chris Loeffler   The Reverb community has morphed from an "ebay for musicians" to a vibrant starting ground for artisans and upstart boutiqu...
  Familiarize yourself with the different types of bass strings and find the sound you’re after. Gauge, material, type of winding, coated or uncoated...shopping online for strings or at your local music store can be a daunting task for the uninitiat...
Steve Spalding enjoys a reputation of successfully working on fretted instruments since the 1980s, running a one-man shop from a relatively rural area on the west coast. Located in Ashland, Oregon, Steve works out of a small second-story shop full of various e...
“Too many bands and artists give up when they don’t end up with a record deal, thinking there is no other reason for them to exist. F##k that! I love playing this music, and therefore I will!” – Nameless Local Musician The above stateme...
The more interesting the synth sound, the better   By Craig Anderton   One of the great advantages of virtual instruments is that many parameters are automatable, so you can introduce dynamic changes as you do with other elements of a mix. But which ...
It's not only "the right mic for the right job"—you also need to choose the right polar pattern   By Phil O'Keefe   I often like to draw analogies between photography and recording. In particular, I often compare microphones to a photographer's...
 Important Players in the History of the Saxophone Woodwind & Brasswind Contributing Writer – Greg Vail   There are so many names we could mention in classical and jazz, but I am going to focus on the big name, popular saxophonists of their...
“Too many bands and artists give up when they don’t end up with a record deal, thinking there is no other reason for them to exist. F##k that! I love playing this music, and therefore I will!” – Nameless Local Musician The above stateme...
Sometimes simple changes can lead to big results   by Craig Anderton   Want a bigger sound from your guitar? Consider using medium gauge strings (.011 top instead of .010). Sure, you won’t be able to fly around them as fast as lighter-gauge strings...
                         We’ve covered songwriting over a series of Harmony Central articles that outlined a variety of writing aspects including technique and even interviewed a couple of ...
I've yet to meet a drummer whose eyes don't light up when the conversation turns to cymbals. A fine cymbal is a beautiful thing, a piece of art as well as a unique musical instrument. There is a huge sound spectrum in the world of ride cymbals and finding the ...
  Make quantization work for you, not against you   by Craig Anderton   Quantization was controversial enough when it was limited to MIDI, but now that you can quantize audio, it’s even more of an issue. Although some genres of music work ...
Steve Spalding enjoys a reputation of successfully working on fretted instruments since the 1980s, running a one-man shop from a relatively rural area on the west coast. Located in Ashland, Oregon, Steve works out of a small second-story shop full of various e...
It's easy to add imaging to bass -- just do it virtually     By Craig Anderton   It is not true Congress passed a law in 1957 forbidding the use of bass in stereo; that’s just a vicious internet rumor. You can do anything you please—...
The Grammy Awards are the biggest night in music - here's how to make the show more interesting The Grammy Awards show is one of the music industry's biggest nights, but it is not without its problems. The show's ratings/share has been dropping for the past fi...
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