Finding the right instrument microphone

Choosing the Right Instrument Mic

November 05, 2015

Finding the right instrument microphone

Purchasing the right microphone for your needs is not a simple task. Mics come in a variety of shapes and technologies, each suited for a particular purpose. There are also mics on the market, which can be used for a wide range of applications, but you still need to ensure they fit the bill for your specific situation. Two important factors when selecting a mic are the type of environment and the equipment with which the mic will be used.

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Corporate Gig

Gig etiquette: Do's and Dont's of playing a corporate show

October 29, 2015

Corporate Gig

Getting a big gig is always fun when you are playing in a band. Every gig is different and can require different things. You need to consider each type of show separately without grouping them all as the same. You cannot expect to act the same way at a corporate gig as you would playing a show for a club. When preparing for your gig, you want to consider the environment in determining how to approach it. Some shows may require that you turn them down. If you feel that the place of the show is constraining and requires you to act different than who you are, you want to politely refuse it rather than compromising yourself. Should you decide to accept the gig for a corporate show, there are some etiquette rules you need to consider.

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Gig Bag Essentials

Gig Bag Essentials

October 28, 2015

Gig bags come in all shapes and sizes to accommodate your instrument, in a format that is easy to carry and, if constructed well, offers real protection for your investment. Over the years the trend of new bags is toward tougher water-resistant materials, comfortable padded shoulder straps, and “lots and lots” of pockets to store stuff in. Overall they have made the life of a working musician easier.

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Sick Band Member

Gig etiquette - Sick band member - do I cancel or get a substitute?

October 21, 2015

Sick Band Member
You set up a gig and prepare for your big day, when all of a sudden you get a phone call saying one of your band members is sick. The saying is that the show must go on, but this is not always the case if you are struggling with half a band. Finding a band member to substitute your sick member is not as easy as putting up a help wanted poster. Instead, you have to audition new recruits, talk to people, and maybe even cancel your gig. A sick band member right before a show is daunting, but it doesn’t mean all hope is lost. In fact, there are ways to handle the loss of one member. Here are some things to consider.

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How to mic a guitar amp

How to Mic a Guitar Cab

October 15, 2015

How to mic a guitar amp

Whether feeding a live mix or laying it down in the studio, an important part of your guitar sound usually involves placing a mic or mics in front of your combo or stack. You may have your technique dialed in or, like most of us, are still searching for that signature sound. That tone is ringing in your head, but not coming out in the mix.

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Challenges of booking shows in today's live music scene

The challenges of booking shows in today's live music scene

October 05, 2015

Challenges of booking shows in today's live music scene
When you first go into music, you think that your main job is just playing your music. Quickly, you learn that you have many other jobs when it comes to fulfilling your dream of becoming a musician. Booking a show can be a tough task. In fact, it can be a lot of work if you have no experience handling the management part of the business.

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Gig Etiquette - The pre-gig checklist for the guitar and bass player

Gig Etiquette - The pre-gig checklist for the guitar and bass player

September 30, 2015

Gig Etiquette - The pre-gig checklist for the guitar and bass player

Even if your organizational skill matches your amazing musical skill, there eventually will be a gig that was predestined to humble you. We’ve all been there looking frantically through a gig bag hoping that the “one” thing that is desperately needed will magically appear, that another musician will have it in their bag or a music store is right next door. Either way, you either have to make do, succumb to failure or forever owe someone for saving the night.

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The Anatomy of a Guitar Amplifier

The Anatomy of a Guitar Amplifier

August 12, 2015

Having a basic understanding of the anatomy of your guitar amplifier will go a long way towards getting the most out of your system. While designs vary and there are a lot of model-specific features available, all guitar amplifiers have the same basic components, with additional optional components adding features to the more complex models.

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Creative Stage Setups for Great Sound

Creative Stage Setups for Great Sound

July 17, 2015

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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Who Messed With My Tone Controls?

Who Messed With My Tone Controls?

July 17, 2015

Have you ever been frustrated because you worked very hard to get a certain sound perfectly dialed in, but then something changed and it seemed like you were playing through a different amplifier? Maybe you took your cool new amp to a show and it didn’t sound the same live as it did in rehearsal, or perhaps you sound-checked for a gig but when the show started your channel levels seemed out of balance? It can even happen in the middle of your set for no apparent reason (and you’re 20 feet from your amplifier)!

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