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A unique glimpse inside a world-class recording studio By Phil O'Keefe Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall watching a recording session in a top-flight room? Do you enjoy checking out state of the art facilities and getting insights into the recording...
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
  as reported by Dendy Jarrett, Director of Harmony Central Summer NAMM 2014   Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 Tonight officially kicks off the 2014 Summer NAMM show in Nashville, and while it is typically HOT, HOT, HOT — we are experiencing below ...
Drum and Percussion
The cajon has become an immensely popular instrument in recent years. From its beginnings decades ago with the Afro-Caribbean diaspora in Peru, this box drum has found a home on modern stages and in recording studios. The instrument's new-found popularity is l...
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
  as reported by Dendy Jarrett, Director of Harmony Central Summer NAMM 2014   Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 Tonight officially kicks off the 2014 Summer NAMM show in Nashville, and while it is typically HOT, HOT, HOT — we are experiencing below ...
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
A unique glimpse inside a world-class recording studio By Phil O'Keefe Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall watching a recording session in a top-flight room? Do you enjoy checking out state of the art facilities and getting insights into the recording...
Guitars
Replace your pickup selector switch with a panpot   by Craig Anderton   I've tried several designs over the years to be able to do a continuous pan between the bridge and neck pickups, like how a mixer panpot sweeps between the left and right channel...
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
  Create ethereal, unusual reverb effects with phase reversal   by Craig Anderton   Reverb hasn’t changed a lot over the years: you emulate a gazillion sound waves bouncing off surfaces. But if you’re a gigging musician, one thing th...
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
Replace your pickup selector switch with a panpot   by Craig Anderton   I've tried several designs over the years to be able to do a continuous pan between the bridge and neck pickups, like how a mixer panpot sweeps between the left and right channel...
Misc
         Before I jump into this artist interview with Wayne, I must digress a bit about exactly what “A View From The Side” is all about.  Of all of the various series of articles and vignettes that I’ve underta...
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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