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Composing at the Speed of Inspiration Tame that technology, and make it work for you...   by Craig Anderton     Is "writing in the studio" an oxymoron? It seems that writing a song and recording it are two totally different activities, and...
A Lesson in Sequence and Rhythmic Variation Because sometimes it's good to mix it up!   by James Rosocha         In the last lesson, we covered the various shapes or permutations that occur on the neck of our instrument by simply...
CITES Regulations - What Guitarists Need to Know How to avoid hidden surprises ...     by Dave Hunter Rosewood has a long history in guitar making. With its appealing dark-brown hue that occasionally reveals a subtly exotic grain. Rosewood, cou...
Dusky Electronics - A Tone Seeker By Night One of these things is not like the others...   by Blake Wright   Chris Rossi is a freelance software developer by day and a tone seeker by night. He started Dusky Electronics over three years ago when...
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...
Komet Amps - A Factory Visit Lighting Up The Sky...   by Blake Wright       KOMET AMPS’ first Winter NAMM show was just a few years back. Mike Kennedy and Holger Notzel set up shop in the back corner of Hall E — the bas...
Dear Musician - Take a Music Chill Pill Music is a container for our emotions. How are you going to fill that container?   by Dendy Jarrett     In recent months and weeks—heck, even days—it’s hard to get onto any soc...
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...
Five Microphones Under $500 That You Need In Your StudioA microphone doesn't have to cost thousands of dollars in order to be a professional tool  by Phil O'Keefe Let's face it - if money was no object, most home studio owners would have no problem q...
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 ...
Improving the Sound of Your Room with Acoustic Treatment Great gear is only part of what you need for great sound!   by Terry Hearn     In recent years, the rise of the home studio has democratized the process of creating music through tech...
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...
How Electronic Drums Are Changing The Drumming World You may be assimilated!   by Ian R.       We live in a very interesting time in the history of drumming.   Electronic drum sets are flooding the market more and more each yea...
5 Tips for 5 Pins: Make the Most out of MIDI May is MIDI Month!   Story by: Craig Anderton     Granted, the 5-pin DIN connector is becoming less common for MIDI as MIDI-over-USB becomes the norm. But it's important to remember where we cam...
A Lesson in Sequence and Rhythmic Variation Because sometimes it's good to mix it up!   by James Rosocha         In the last lesson, we covered the various shapes or permutations that occur on the neck of our instrument by simply...
Komet Amps - A Factory Visit Lighting Up The Sky...   by Blake Wright       KOMET AMPS’ first Winter NAMM show was just a few years back. Mike Kennedy and Holger Notzel set up shop in the back corner of Hall E — the bas...
Composing at the Speed of Inspiration Tame that technology, and make it work for you...   by Craig Anderton     Is "writing in the studio" an oxymoron? It seems that writing a song and recording it are two totally different activities, and...
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