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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How To Mic A Guitar Cabinet

How To Mic A Guitar Cabinet

January 08, 2021

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

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

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

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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