• High Shelving, Low Shelving... Is This Where I Organize My Extra Frequencies Part 2

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    High Shelving, Low Shelving... Is This Where I Organize My Extra Frequencies

    In Part 1 of this series we talked about frequencies of sound and some basic principles of equalization (EQ). Now let’s look at the most common types of EQs you are likely to encounter and how to use them to take control of your sound. Because each type of EQ has an application to which it is best suited many amp makers offer a combination EQ section to give you the best of each in a practical package. We’ll use the Carvin Audio BX700 bass amp combination EQ to explore each of these types but you’ll find these controls are quite universal once you know how they work and how to recognize them.

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  • High Shelving, Low Shelving... Is This Where I Organize My Extra Frequencies Part 1

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    High Shelving, Low Shelving Graphic EQ

    It is highly unusual to come across any sound system that lacks some form of equalization. While many features are only on the fanciest and most expensive systems, EQ is just about everywhere. Yet of all processing equipment equalization is one of the least understood and most underestimated by everyday musicians.

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  • Streamlining Your Band's Stage Setup: Tips and Tricks

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    Drummer view band

    Keeping your band’s onstage setup organized will not only make you look professional, but it can also help every band member focus on playing their best. Just like how a messy desk can reduce productivity and efficiency for an office worker, a messy stage can seriously throw a wrench into your band’s machine!

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  • Choosing the Right Tube Amp for the Gig

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    Choosing the Right Tube Amp for the Gig

    Many guitar players dream of standing in front of a massive audience at a sold out show, playing through a huge stack of tube amps. While countless guitarists have actually done this, it doesn’t make too much practical sense (sorry to burst your bubble!) Not that you shouldn’t have that dream, but even if you are playing in an arena, the soundman will mic up your amp and use a quality PA system like a Carvin Audio TRx 3000 Series system to make sure your guitar is heard everywhere in the venue. Whether you are playing in a small club or actually playing an arena, your guitar amp probably won't have to do the heavy lifting.  Instead, your amp will provide stage volume and monitoring, and put out the tone that will be picked up by the mic and sent to the front of house. You don't necessarily need high wattage and lots of speakers to be heard.

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  • Creative Stage Setups for Great Sound

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    Creative Stage Setups for Great Sound

    When it comes to live amplification for guitar and bass players, there is a critical balance between the sound requirements for the audience and the stage volume needed by the artist to comfortably perform.  While the same is true of any musician, it presents a particular challenge for guitar and bass since the amplifiers are designed to color the sound of the instrument, and many vintage designs don’t sound their best at lower volumes.  The refrigerator sized bass stacks and hundred watt non-master volume amps of the past are examples of amps with too much power to use effectively in any but the highest volume situations.

   

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