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Make Better Music with Harmony Central | View Online | V17.14

Welcome to Make Better Music!

If you missed Sweetwater’s GearFest, you missed over 15,000 musicians salivating over a cornucopia of gear. But fear not – Harmony Central was there, so check out Craig Anderton’s report and catch the GearFest vibe. While on the road, Craig goes mobile with IK Multimedia's new iRig Pro I/O, and then the always-snarky Craig’s List steps into the wayback machine to discover the roots of electronic music in…ancient Greece? Back in the present, Chris oozes the blues as he reviews the Gibson Memphis Freddie King 1960 ES-345, and also gives the scoop (and peaks) on effects filters. Dendy explains why effects aren't just for guitarists as he reviews Sabian's 2017 additions to their effect cymbal line-up, and Phil does a deep dive on the MXL DX-2 microphone. Guest contributor Elizabeth Lang sits down with Red Hot Chili Pepper drummer Chad Smith as he talks about The Getaway Tour and beyond, while guest contributor David Himes (aka the Gig Kahuna) gives his usual pull-no-punches take on what exposure for your band really means.

Finally, this past week The Washington Post presented an article stating that the electric guitar is dead (funny, they didn’t mention anything about newspapers). Much of the blame was placed on the lack of guitar heroes for today’s youth. True? False? We'd like to know your thoughts, so follow the link in the Cool Threads section below, and join the discussion.

Celebrate With Music

As those in the USA get ready to celebrate the 4th of July (Independence Day), preparations are underway all over major cities for huge fireworks extravaganzas. But what's really interesting is that virtually all of these celebrations include some tie to music - which isn't surprising, because music has been an integral part of celebrations since mankind first started hitting sticks together instead of simply hitting each other with them…


Sweetwater GearFest

Special Feature Article: Sweetwater's GearFest 2017
by Craig Anderton

Sweetwater sure knows how to throw a party for musicians ...

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Craigs List Deities

Craig's List: Music Deities of the Ancients
by Craig Anderton

Is it true that Casiopeia was the goddess of musical instruments and calculator watches?

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Gibson ES345

Expert Review: Gibson Memphis Freddie King 1960 ES-345 Sixties Cherry VOS
by Chris Loeffler

Hide Away with this beauty... ...

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Sabian Effects Cymbals

Expert Review: Sabian Effects Cymbals
by Dendy Jarrett

Effects aren't just for guitarists – and they aren’t all electronic

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Chad Smith

Feature Article: Chad Smith - Well ... Red Pepper
by Elizabeth Lang

Smith reveals why writing for the new album was different, challenging, and creative ...

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Effect Filters

Feature Article: Filter Effects - What Are They, and How Are They Used?
by Chris Loeffler

Say wha? Filter effects, that’s wha!

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IK Multimedia iRig PRO IO

Expert Review: IK Multimedia iRig Pro I/O Universal Audio Interface
by Craig Anderton

Multi-platform mobile just got easier

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Expert Review: MXL DX-2 Dual Capsule Dynamic Microphone
by Phil O'Keefe

This guitar amp mic has a split personality

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Think Event

Feature Article: Don’t Think “Gig.” Think “Event.”
By David Himes - "The Gig Kahuna"

Over-exposure is not better than exposure - here's why ...

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Rock Rewind

Feature Article: HC's Rock Rewind - June 19th-July 3rd
by Team HC

The Safaris Wipe Out, David Bowie takes an odyssey in space, and SuperTramp has Breakfast in America ...

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Dendy Jarrett  Executive Director
Craig Anderton  Editorial Director
Phil O'Keefe  Senior Editor
Chris Loeffler  Senior Editor
Elizabeth Lang  Contributor
David Himes  Contributor
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