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Keep your silicon sweetie happy   by Craig Anderton   As musicians, we depend more and more on computers (and lots of hardware instruments have computers inside, too). If mine is down for a few hours, I’m in trouble—and if it’s down...
It's About More than Just Stereo Placement By Craig Anderton Panning controls affect the stereo placement of signals, allowing to create a soundstage with width - you can pan some instruments to the center, some left, some right, and anywhere in between. This...
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 ...
Event: Nashville Drum Show — 2014 A walk through drum heaven by Dendy Jarrett       INTRODUCTION   The Nashville Drum Show was held in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds on September 20th and 21st.  The off...
  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—...
Keep your silicon sweetie happy   by Craig Anderton   As musicians, we depend more and more on computers (and lots of hardware instruments have computers inside, too). If mine is down for a few hours, I’m in trouble—and if it’s down...
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...
If you don't know how to tweak your sounds, you're missing out on a lot of what multieffects have to offer - but they're easier to program than you might think   By Craig Anderton   Today’s multieffects are woefully underutilized, partly becaus...
  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...
New trial program helps major gear companies connect with unsigned artistsMusicians love gear, and it's no wonder why - without it, we're limited in what we can do from a musical standpoint. Musical instruments and equipment are the fundamental tools of our tr...
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...
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