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Take Your Sound Quality Up Another Notch without Busting Your Budget Too Badly   By Craig Anderton   We all know the usual litany of ways to improve your sound: "Buy a better mic," "buy a better preamp," "buy a better..." Yeah, you get the idea. (My...
Live Sound
The Art of Putting on a Show Part 3—Can You Hear Me Now? by Chris Marion   You have chosen the material for the show and you’ve formulated a plan as to how you are going to stage your band to leave a lasting visual impression on attendees. Now...
Strings
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...
Keyboards and Pianos
The Beatles were not just a guitar band - they made extensive use of keyboards too! By Phil O'Keefe   While they are often thought of as a "guitar band", the Beatles also used keyboards regularly on their recordings. Both John Lennon and Paul McCartney pl...
Drum and Percussion
  Insuring Your Gear    By Craig Vecchione   So you landed that sweet gig at the local venue. Hours before the show you load your rig into your personal vehicle, make the drive, and set up. There’s time before downbeat, and you’...
Modules and MIDI
Take Your Sound Quality Up Another Notch without Busting Your Budget Too Badly   By Craig Anderton   We all know the usual litany of ways to improve your sound: "Buy a better mic," "buy a better preamp," "buy a better..." Yeah, you get the idea. (My...
Bass Guitars
By Craig Anderton     Touch: It’s what separates the great from the almost-great. It’s what every bass player wants, and some manage to find . . . but few have ever really defined. Nonetheless, in addition to the unquantifiable, there is ...
Guitar and Bass Amps
Reduce Amp Sim Harshness with De-Essing by Craig Anderton     Feeding too much treble into an amp sim set for a distorted sound can lead to a harsh, brittle timbre due to distorting the high frequencies. Although pulling back on your guitar’s t...
Recording
Take Your Sound Quality Up Another Notch without Busting Your Budget Too Badly   By Craig Anderton   We all know the usual litany of ways to improve your sound: "Buy a better mic," "buy a better preamp," "buy a better..." Yeah, you get the idea. (My...
Guitars
 A look back at the Strat as this legendary design celebrates its diamond anniversary  by Phil O'Keefe   Just a few years after Fender had released the first Esquires and Broadcasters / Telecasters - the first commercially successful electric-sp...
Bluegrass and Folk Instruments
A Do-It-Yourself Tone Frame for Mandolin & Ukulele Enhance Tone and Projection by Getting your Mando or Uke Away from Your Body By Jon Chappell   There are usually two reasons to do something yourself rather than to pay for it to be done by someone el...
Effects
Samplers and keyboards make it easy to come up with FX: load a file, punch up a preset, and hit a key. Yet electric guitar, in conjunction with a good multieffects processor or amp sim, can make sounds that are more organic and complex than what you can obtain...
Bass Accessories
By Craig Anderton     Touch: It’s what separates the great from the almost-great. It’s what every bass player wants, and some manage to find . . . but few have ever really defined. Nonetheless, in addition to the unquantifiable, there is ...
Guitar Accessories
When you're new to guitar, there are many mysteries that you solve the longer you play, the more gear you're exposed to and the more you practice. The subject of pickups is one you should be well versed in from the start, as your guitar's pickups are arguably ...
Misc
The Art of Putting on a Show Part 3—Can You Hear Me Now? by Chris Marion   You have chosen the material for the show and you’ve formulated a plan as to how you are going to stage your band to leave a lasting visual impression on attendees. Now...
Controllers
By Craig Anderton   Cakewalk’s cross-platform, step-sequencing-oriented synthesizer has a ton of hidden features and shortcuts. Here are some favorites; the numbers correspond to the numbers in the screen shot.     1   BETTER SO...
Microphones
Take Your Sound Quality Up Another Notch without Busting Your Budget Too Badly   By Craig Anderton   We all know the usual litany of ways to improve your sound: "Buy a better mic," "buy a better preamp," "buy a better..." Yeah, you get the idea. (My...
Band and Orchestra Instruments
Using a Volume Pedal for that Violin Technique — without the Fancy Footwork by Jon Chappell     Many guitarists, from Eddie Van Halen to Adrian Belew, are masters at dipping and raising their volume pot as the play lead lines, which buries, or mas...
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