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The Art of Putting on a Show: Part 4—Me, Me Media by Chris Marion You might have a killer repertoire for your show, phenomenal staging, and the PA that will make you sound like a million bucks, but you still need to put people in the room or it’s a...
Live Sound
The Art of Putting on a Show: Part 4—Me, Me Media by Chris Marion You might have a killer repertoire for your show, phenomenal staging, and the PA that will make you sound like a million bucks, but you still need to put people in the room or it’s a...
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 Art of Putting on a Show: Part 4—Me, Me Media by Chris Marion You might have a killer repertoire for your show, phenomenal staging, and the PA that will make you sound like a million bucks, but you still need to put people in the room or it’s a...
Drum and Percussion
The Art of Putting on a Show: Part 4—Me, Me Media by Chris Marion You might have a killer repertoire for your show, phenomenal staging, and the PA that will make you sound like a million bucks, but you still need to put people in the room or it’s a...
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
Here’s how to make your phaser sound more dramatic   by Craig Anderton   Today’s software allows for techniques that, while possible to implement with hardware effects, would be a hassle to do—like turbocharging any ordinary phase s...
Guitars
The Art of Putting on a Show: Part 4—Me, Me Media by Chris Marion You might have a killer repertoire for your show, phenomenal staging, and the PA that will make you sound like a million bucks, but you still need to put people in the room or it’s a...
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
Here’s how to make your phaser sound more dramatic   by Craig Anderton   Today’s software allows for techniques that, while possible to implement with hardware effects, would be a hassle to do—like turbocharging any ordinary phase s...
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 4—Me, Me Media by Chris Marion You might have a killer repertoire for your show, phenomenal staging, and the PA that will make you sound like a million bucks, but you still need to put people in the room or it’s a...
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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