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A Brief History of Time-Based Effects (Part 1) By Chris Loeffler   The electrification and amplification of instruments in the 1930’s originally came about out of the need for instruments to be louder in pre-PA days, but an unintentional outcom...
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
Take control of your sound and add expressiveness By Craig AndertonIn ancient times, patch cords connected synthesis modules together to create sounds. But many people didn’t like patch cord clutter, nor various reliability issues (oxidized jacks, loose ...
Drum and Percussion
Webster's defines 'dynamics' to mean, in the musical sense of the word,  "variation and contrast in force or intensity." In the freelance drummer-for-hire world, the ability to play with dynamics opens up a lot of gigging opportunities, perhaps even more ...
Modules and MIDI
  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 ...
Bass Guitars
                                                             VFTS – Wayne Nelson – LRB Years ...
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
Adding dirt doesn’t have to destroy dynamics   by Craig Anderton Saturation can help beef up sounds, but I find that with percussive audio like drums, the “flattening” of the waveform and general muddiness can reduce dynamics dramaticall...
Guitars
Those two screws on the side of your pickup aren’t just there for decoration   by Craig Anderton   Spoiler alert: The correct answer is “it depends.” Pickup height trades off level, sustain, and attack transient, so you need to deci...
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
A Brief History of Time-Based Effects (Part 1) By Chris Loeffler   The electrification and amplification of instruments in the 1930’s originally came about out of the need for instruments to be louder in pre-PA days, but an unintentional outcom...
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
Those two screws on the side of your pickup aren’t just there for decoration   by Craig Anderton   Spoiler alert: The correct answer is “it depends.” Pickup height trades off level, sustain, and attack transient, so you need to deci...
Misc
You regular readers might look at this title and think that I’ve finally run out of topics to cover.  How does health of any sort have anything to do with the business of rock and roll?  I will admit that health ranks much higher in importance...
Controllers
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 ...
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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