A new platform for a web site certainly helps drive that point home...
This “Dear Musician” is being written before we’ll know whether the transition to “HC 3.0” worked or not. Right now, we all feel like we’ve moved into a new house, and the movers have unloaded the boxes—but we don’t know where the blender is, or the TV. Nor do we know if some of the boxes will have broken dishes inside. But, we have our air mattress and sheets, the heat is working, there’s some takeout in the kitchen, and we’re starting the process of settling in.
A working platform is just the start. We already know we’ll need to tweak the article layouts, some of the forum placements will need to move around, and we still have a few weeks to go before we can start running reviews again. But instead of being at the end of the past, as we were with the previous platform, we’re at the beginning of the future. We're hoping that IT can turn any needed changes around as expeditiously as possible.
So Harmony Central is changing, and this reminds us what change is all about: It’s wrenching, exciting, surprising, nerve-wracking . . . and inevitable. We invite you along on our wild ride, and hope you’ll check back frequently to see what the new house looks like after we paint the kitchen, put up the drapes, and replace those wretched tubular fluorescent lights. But feel free to drop by anytime; you’re invited to sit by the fireplace, have a hot chocolate with us, and most importantly . . . play some music, because nothing makes a house a home like the sound of music wafting through the rooms.
by Jon Chappell
Need more power in your current setup? A subwoofer could be just the ticket.
by Craig Anderton
If you can’t get bass to sit right in the mix, then you probably haven’t read this article.
by Craig Anderton
Use your iPad to create a reference source for all your gear—it’s easy, simple, and free!
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The Effects Forum is all astir about the just-announced 2013 Fender models. The new model that’s receiving the most accolades? You'll have to click on the link to find out which one it is . . .
|Seeking Acoustic Guitar Advice
If you’re thinking about acquiring a low-to-mid-priced acoustic guitar, you’ll have to decide on a body style and whether or not you want it electrified. This thread will help you sort through the many available options.
|Which Used Virtual Analog Synth Under $500?
From esoterica like the Oberheim-12 to the still-popular Alesis Ion, the Keys, Synths, & Samplers forum offers advice on the best VA bang for the buck.
|Guitar Recording Questions
Should you record your tracks all the way through, or in sections such as choruses and verses? Can guitar be tracked first, before everything else, or should it be done simultaneously? Or is an overdub best? The Recording forum has the answers.
|Recording, the Internet, and Dedicated Computers
It was once considered almost mandatory to keep your DAW computer completely off-line to avoid the possibility of virus infections—besides, dedicating a computer exclusively to DAW use supposedly resulted in better optimization and performance. Is this still true? The Recording forum weighs in.
|Tuning Stability and Old Strings
A forum member is having difficulties with tuning stability, and wants to know if old strings, string gauge, and downtuning could be the culprits—and more importantly, if there are any solutions.
|Fret-King Guitars Black Label Artist Model
Designed in cooperation with UK blues legend John Verity, this guitar features a two-piece, center-joined American alder body coupled to a Canadian hard rock maple neck and fingerboard.
|New Breedlove Premier Series Mandolins
Continuing the design and aesthetics inspired by Kim Breedlove and offering an excellent appointment package for devoted Mandolin players, the Oregon OO Premier Series mandolin is composed of the highest grades of Sitka Spruce for the top, and Western Big Leaf Maple for the back, sides and neck.
|Haywire Custom Guitars Combines Strat and Tele Elements
This Stratotelia’s design can accommodate either a 25-1/2" (Fender) or a 24-3/4" (Gibson) scale neck with no body or neck modifications; and with the flip of your 5-way switch and a Tele pickup in the bridge, it can sound like a Strat or Tele.
|Electro-Harmonix Introduces the H.O.G. 2
This second generation Harmonic Octave Generator / Guitar Synthesizer builds upon the legacy of the critically acclaimed H.O.G. The polyphonic H.O.G.2 still offers glitch-free tracking and complete control of up to 10 interval pitches without the need for special pickups.
|Steinberg UR22 Portable Audio Interface
The UR22 features 192 kHz audio quality, USB 2.0 connectivity, MIDI I/O, two combo inputs with D-PRE micr preamps, and line outputs. Its portable size and solid build make it ideal for mobile setups and small recording studios.
|ASG Amps Launches “Hybris” All-Tube Amplifier
Artist Series Guitar and CEC Amplification have teamed up to create ASG Amps. Their first offering, the Hybris, is a two-channel, 100 watt, high gain amp head that packs distinctive tone and broad-range versatility into a simple, user-friendly control set.
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