Bass Recording Tips

Bass Recording Tips

September 22, 2021

Recording a bass guitar isn’t necessarily the hardest thing in the world – certainly not as hard as playing one - but it can be tricky to really dial it in. With that in mind, here are a few tips for consistently getting solid, reliable bass parts in the studio.

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Guitar Recording Tips

Guitar Recording Tips

September 15, 2021

Despite what it might seem if you listen to a lot of pop music, guitars are still central to a vast majority of music styles. So, if guitar has anything to do with your music, getting the most out of your sessions is crucial to getting the mix right in the end.

Here, we’ll cover a few of the easiest ways you can maximize your guitar session.

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Professionalism On Stage

Professionalism On Stage

August 27, 2021

Playing music is fun – a lot of fun – and it should be. But what’s not fun is never getting invited back to a venue. Exuding professionalism on stage can work wonders for a career, in more ways than one. 

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VLD1 Tube Preamp vs Vai Legacy 3 Tube Guitar Amp

August 16, 2021

VLD1 Tube Preamp vs Vai Legacy 3 Tube Guitar Amp

Compare the tone of the VLD1 Legacy Drive Preamp Pedal against the Legacy 3 Guitar Amplifier. This video explores the tonal differences between a direct out to PA connection of the VLD1 tube preamp and the traditional miking of a guitar cabinet using the Carvin Audio Legacy 3 100W tube head connected to a Carvin Audio C212T guitar cabinet.

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Acoustic Guitars on Stage

Acoustic Guitars on Stage

June 17, 2021

When it comes to strapping in for a live show, it’s relatively straight forward to dial in an electric guitar. After all, there are no acoustic resonances to worry about, and the instrument is designed to be reinforced and loud.

Acoustic guitars, on the other hand, are subtle creatures which can be a little harder to tame on stage. Here, we’ll go over some basics for using an acoustic on stage, which should be helpful if you haven’t done it before or if you’re having a hard time dialing in a good sound.

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Live Bass – Adjusting to Different Venues

Live Bass – Adjusting to Different Venues

May 11, 2021

In a previous post, we discussed adjusting your live act to different spaces – from the size and style of room to available sound to the kind of audience you’re playing for. Here, we’ll focus on the bass, because bass forms the foundation of most bands, so it can make or break how your sounds works in a given room.

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Keyboard Amps: Why or Why Not?

Keyboard Amps: Why or Why Not?

May 07, 2021

Now that quality PA systems are common and creating a stereo image in a live setting isn’t hard at all, there are probably some keyboardists out there who aren’t even aware that such a thing as a keyboard amp exists. Yet, there was once a time when keyboards were mostly treated just like guitars, with a stage amp a necessary part of the keyboard rig.

The question is – is a keyboard amp still necessary?

Here are a few reasons you might want a keyboard amp – and some you may not.

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Find Your Sound With Signature Gear

Find Your Sound With Signature Gear

April 02, 2021

Guitarists are an interesting bunch. Although we strive for individuality in our musicianship, style, and sound, we are shaped by the players and bands who inspire us. As a result, our gear choices lean towards using what our heroes used and, in some cases, purchasing the signature gear of our favorite guitarists. Not only do we buy it to show our love and support but often we believe the signature gear will get us THAT MUCH CLOSER to achieving the tones of our heroes.

Here we’ll give you some tips on getting YOUR sound from signature guitar gear.

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Music Marketing: State of the Business

Music Marketing: State of the Business

March 08, 2021

To say that the music business has changed in the last 50 years would be a gross understatement. Same goes for the last 20. Even in the past 10 years there have been such seismic changes to the way money is made with music that some have gone so far as to say the music industry is dead. Others claim that this is the best time in history to be a musician – especially an indie musician.

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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

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

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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