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Signal processing and cool effects aren't just for electric guitars   by Craig Anderton   Although the goal with acoustic guitar is often to create the most realistic, organic sound possible, a little electric-type processing can enhance an acoustic&...
Live Sound
By Chris Loeffler   Going Direct As an amp purist, I have to admit I’ve often been intrigued by the potential direct amp-in-a-box pedals as an alternative to lugging around heavy gear and having to dial in the sound to every room. Not enough to have...
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
 Dynamics control isn’t just for vocals and physical instruments   by Craig Anderton   Adding dynamics control after a synthesizer can be extremely helpful. This isn’t just about controlling levels, but also adding an effect, or comp...
Drum and Percussion
The recording of a snare drum is the focal point of every modern recording. It sits right in the center of the mix, below or above the vocals depending on the style of the music. In this article, I’ve outlined some mic placement techniques that will help...
Modules and MIDI
 Looking for a more swirling, brighter chorus sound? You've  come to the right place.   By Craig Anderton   Avid’s Eleven Rack, a guitar-friendly computer interface as well as a live performance rack unit, is having a well-deserved co...
Bass Guitars
Prevent "tone suckage" with this simple test procedure   by Craig Anderton   Is your guitar sounding run down? Tired? Dull and anemic? It may not have the flu, but be feeding the wrong kind of input. A guitar pickup puts out relatively weak signals, ...
Guitar and Bass Amps
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...
Recording
Signal processing and cool effects aren't just for electric guitars   by Craig Anderton   Although the goal with acoustic guitar is often to create the most realistic, organic sound possible, a little electric-type processing can enhance an acoustic&...
Guitars
Prevent "tone suckage" with this simple test procedure   by Craig Anderton   Is your guitar sounding run down? Tired? Dull and anemic? It may not have the flu, but be feeding the wrong kind of input. A guitar pickup puts out relatively weak signals, ...
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
Signal processing and cool effects aren't just for electric guitars   by Craig Anderton   Although the goal with acoustic guitar is often to create the most realistic, organic sound possible, a little electric-type processing can enhance an acoustic&...
Bass Accessories
  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...
Guitar Accessories
Help protect your acoustic guitar from damage with these easy to make humidifiers By Phil O'Keefe   Probably the number one cause of expensive damage to acoustic guitars is from lack of humidity. This is especially prevalent in the winter months when cent...
Misc
  Last week we profiled Ashley Gorley in Songwriting 201 – Profile of a Hit Songwriter.  In the long and short of it, Ashley has penned 14 No. 1 songs for various country artists, was the 2013 ASCAP and Billboard Writer of the Year respectivel...
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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