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Summer NAMM 2017 - Show Report Hot city, warm people, cool gear   by Craig Anderton and Team HC     This year, the Summer NAMM show in Nashville woke up. Or maybe the industry woke up and NAMM was the beneficiary but either way, this was t...
Juke N' the Uke Ukelele Fundamentals with Mark Nelson   by Chris Loeffler   The Ukulele has enjoyed quite a resurgence over the last ten years, and has taken the place of the mandolin as the instrument guitar players pick up to add new col...
Juke N' the Uke Ukelele Fundamentals with Mark Nelson   by Chris Loeffler   The Ukulele has enjoyed quite a resurgence over the last ten years, and has taken the place of the mandolin as the instrument guitar players pick up to add new col...
Filter Effects - What Are They, and How Are They Used? Say wah? Filter effects, that's wah!   by Chris Loeffler     Filter effects are designed to add emphasis and animation to instruments. By limiting the frequency range and varying&...
Flatwound vs. Roundwound StringsDoes it make a difference which type of strings you use? by Phil O'Keefe The average person probably doesn't put much thought into musical instrument strings; to them, strings are strings and as long as you get the right s...
Guitar Pickups – What You Need to Know Looking for a good pickup line?     by Craig Anderton      They’re just wire and magnets, right? Well…yes, but there’s a lot more to the story than that. A pickup cha...
Summer NAMM 2017 - Show Report Hot city, warm people, cool gear   by Craig Anderton and Team HC     This year, the Summer NAMM show in Nashville woke up. Or maybe the industry woke up and NAMM was the beneficiary but either way, this was t...
Using Bus-Powered Hardware MIDI Controllers with iPad AppsConnecting and using external controllers with your iPad is easy - if you know the tricks by Phil O'KeefeThe Apple iPad is a surprisingly wonderful music-making tool. A quick search of the App Stor...
Microphone Miscellanea - Part 3Phase and polarity, and powering your microphones   by Phil O'Keefe     In Part 1 of this 3-part series we went over impedance levels and SPL, while in Part 2 we covered the basics about microphone s...
Making Music Matters- Why Mozart Won’t Help You   by Chris Loeffler     “Music makes you smarter”, is an idea that has been core to the lexicon of our society, especially by parents ready to raise the next generational g...
Craig’s List - 5 Terrific Tips for Newbie NAMMsters Like speed traps, Starbucks coffee shops, and muggers, the Winter NAMM supersized convention is just around the corner! Going for the first time? We’re here to help.   by ...
Rockin' the Boat  2000+ people. Over a dozen musical acts. It’s the kind of thing that floats your boat   by Craig Anderton   I’m not really a cruise guy or even a fan of 70s rock, so it seems like I wouldn’t be the target...
Flatwound vs. Roundwound StringsDoes it make a difference which type of strings you use? by Phil O'Keefe The average person probably doesn't put much thought into musical instrument strings; to them, strings are strings and as long as you get the right s...
Recording FM Synthesizers It's not the technology's fault that FM was overused in the 80s - and it deserves a second chance   by Craig Anderton     When FM synths came on the scene in the mid ’80s, their bright, digital sound s...
Chad Smith - Well ... Red Pepper The Getaway and beyond ...   by Elizabeth Lang       Red Hot Chili Peppers’ spicy blend of Funk-drenched Rock, high-voltage live shows, and their obvious joy for music-making have enthralled fans...
Recording FM Synthesizers It's not the technology's fault that FM was overused in the 80s - and it deserves a second chance   by Craig Anderton     When FM synths came on the scene in the mid ’80s, their bright, digital sound s...
The Power of Parallel Processing for Bass Think bass and most effects don't get along? Think again   by Craig Anderton   In basic effects setups, your bass goes to the input of an effect, whose output goes to another effect or your amp. But may...
VERELLEN TAKES FLIGHT   Hear the sound in your head ...     by Blake Wright - Gearphoria (adapted by Team HC)           MUCH LIKE HIS beloved Seattle Seahawks, Ben Verellen (shown below) isn’t afraid to shake...
How To Choose A SubwooferHow low can you go? by Phil O'KeefeEver thought about adding a subwoofer to your studio monitoring system? A lot of people can benefit from a sub in a variety of ways, but hesitate to add one due to acoustical concerns or jus...
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