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Sometimes it doesn't pay to try to do it all yourself With all the advances in personal computers and home recording equipment over the past twenty years, many people can now afford the gear needed to do some very impressive and fully professional sounding rec...
What your audience hears is in the hands of the soundman - so don't make these common mistakes The soundman's (or soundwoman's) importance cannot be overstated, so it’s important not to annoy them. You want to be on the same team, striving for the s...
  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...
Style , Substance, and Snake Oil in the Electronic World A Conversation with Matt Reinhardt of MJR Effects by Chris Loeffler   The Reverb community has morphed from an "ebay for musicians" to a vibrant starting ground for artisans and upstart boutiqu...
  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...
“Too many bands and artists give up when they don’t end up with a record deal, thinking there is no other reason for them to exist. F##k that! I love playing this music, and therefore I will!” – Nameless Local Musician The above stateme...
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...
Where you place the microphone can have a significant effect on the sound   While it may sound like a simple task - grab a mic and point it at the amp, recording electric guitar can seem like a daunting task for the neophyte. Where is the best place to pu...
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...
The Grammy Awards are the biggest night in music - here's how to make the show more interesting The Grammy Awards show is one of the music industry's biggest nights, but it is not without its problems. The show's ratings/share has been dropping for the past fi...
The Grammy Awards are the biggest night in music - here's how to make the show more interesting The Grammy Awards show is one of the music industry's biggest nights, but it is not without its problems. The show's ratings/share has been dropping for the past fi...
  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 ...
What your audience hears is in the hands of the soundman - so don't make these common mistakes The soundman's (or soundwoman's) importance cannot be overstated, so it’s important not to annoy them. You want to be on the same team, striving for the s...
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—...
Sometimes it doesn't pay to try to do it all yourself With all the advances in personal computers and home recording equipment over the past twenty years, many people can now afford the gear needed to do some very impressive and fully professional sounding rec...
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