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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...
Battle of the bands, or battle of the scams? When it comes to this type of event, opinions can vary wildly.   The big question here is whether or not to participate. My answer depends on several factors including the terms and conditions of the party host...
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...
Series, parallel, and series-parallel, and their effect on impedance By Phil O'Keefe   Every so often someone will ask a question on the forums regarding wiring guitar speaker cabinets, and rather than repeating myself in multiple forum posts, I thought a...
  Ignorance of the law is no excuse—in this case, panning laws     By Craig Anderton   The idea of panning seems pretty obvious, right? You turn a panpot (real or virtual) to place a sound somewhere in the stereo field. However, the e...
                         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 ...
  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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