Unique Uses For Guitar Pedals

Unique Uses For Guitar Pedals

January 25, 2021

Guitar pedals. You have them for your guitar rig, right? Sure, but if you get bored or your calluses hurt – or if you don’t play the guitar – you can still put your pedal collection to work. Here are some wacky alternative ways you can use guitar pedals in the studio and on stage.

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Recording Acoustic Guitar

Recording Acoustic Guitar

January 22, 2021 4 Comments

There’s nothing quite so beautiful as well-recorded acoustic guitar. Whether it’s a 6 string, 12 string, nylon string, old and scruffy, or bright and shiny, acoustic guitar is an amazing instrument to put “on wax.” But it can be a little tricky to get right.

So here we’ll go over some basic guidelines that should help you on the way toward capturing that perfect acoustic track.

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Can You Play Gigs Without A Cabinet?

Can You Play Gigs Without A Cabinet?

January 12, 2021 3 Comments

If you’re a guitar player, you drag around an amp and cabinet. That’s just how it goes, right? Well, what would happen if your cabinet fell off a building or failed to get packed? Or, what if you simply got tired of lugging the heavy thing around? Could you still play gigs?

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How To Mic A Guitar Cabinet

How To Mic A Guitar Cabinet

January 08, 2021 3 Comments

Unless you’ve decided to try gigging with only a direct box and some pedals, you’re going to end up miking up a cabinet both on stage and in the studio. Of course, if you’re doing big gigs, the sound team will take care of it, and similarly in the studio, you may not have to think about it.

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New Gears Resolutions

New Gear’s Resolutions

January 07, 2021

Happy New Year from all of us at Carvin Audio! Now that we’re officially in a new year, many of us have probably spent some time making a list of New Year’s Resolutions. This isn’t such a bad idea, but we’d like to make a suggestion: how about making some New GEAR’S Resolutions?

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Learning Stage Presence

The “It” Factor: Learning Stage Presence

December 18, 2020 2 Comments

Some performers just exude a special something. Even if they’re not as virtuosic as some other musicians, they shine on stage and everyone in the room seems tethered to their every move. It may seem like this is an innate talent available to some and not to others, but it turns out it can be learned. And while some people are born with it or pick it up easily, even if you have to work to get it, almost anyone can have great stage presence.

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DI Boxes Why Every Guitarist Needs One

DI Boxes: Why Every Guitarist Needs One

December 16, 2020 2 Comments

I often find myself jealous of bassists. So many of them seem to be able to walk into almost ANY gig with just their instrument and a DI Box. Sadly, we guitarists can’t get away with this and because of it many don’t see the value in owning a DI Box. But we believe there is a TON of value in having a DI box in your gear toolbox. In this article we’ll show you some of the ways that you, as a guitarist, can get the most out of one. But first, let’s review what a DI box is:

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Quick Tips for Dealing with Stage Fright

Quick Tips for Dealing with Stage Fright

December 10, 2020 4 Comments

Stage fright, or performance anxiety, is so common it’s actually rare to find a person who doesn’t have at least a little of it. Even being a professional performer doesn’t necessarily cure a person of it, and believe it or not, it can come and go in even the most confident performers. The good news is, it’s something that most anyone can handle.

So, without dwelling too much on it, let’s jump right into some tips for dealing with and preventing stage fright.

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Do I Need A Direct Box?

Do I Need A Direct Box? Yep

December 07, 2020 1 Comment

Since guitarists use amps, and so do many keyboard players, you might overlook the need for a direct box. But a direct box is a tool along the lines of cables, pics, sustain pedals, and tuners – an essential accessory. If you don’t have one in your toolkit, you should probably find one. If you don’t know what a direct box is, we’ll talk about that first.

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Building A Compelling Set

Building A Compelling Set

October 28, 2020 4 Comments

When it comes to live music, there’s one sure way to make sure nobody listens, follows your social media, or buys merch and that’s to simply line up a random list of songs and play through them. Sure, a bar may be happy for you to play human jukebox, and that may be fine by you too. But if your goal is to really compel people, then you have to put on a show.

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Making the Most Out of Not Much Gear

Making the Most Out of Not Much Gear

September 28, 2020 2 Comments

Music is a funny business. It can be one of the toughest ways to make money, yet instruments, PA gear, and recording equipment can be notoriously expensive. Plus, it seems the amount of gear you need to put together a great record or an awesome show gets to be more and more every year.

Go into a typical commercial or home recording studio or band rehearsal space, and you’re liable to lay eyes on thousands upon thousands of dollars of value.

But what if you don’t have the scratch to accumulate that much gear? You’ll have to make the most of what you've got. It turns out this is very doable.

Here are a few tips for making the most out of not much gear.

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Writer’s Block 101 For Musicians

Writer’s Block 101 For Musicians

September 24, 2020 3 Comments

There are no artists who don’t suffer from writer’s block occasionally. It may seem that some don’t, because they consistently generate great work, but they’re human too. In reality, professional songwriters simply have tools they can use to get out of a slump, and to prevent writer’s block in the first place.

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