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Mini-effects pedals make configuring your pedalboard a whole new ballgame

Let's Get Small

Mini-effects pedals make configuring your pedalboard a whole new ballgame

One of the great things about pedalboards is that they give you the freedom to choose the effects you want for your rig. There is one caveat: Your pedalboard is a finite size, and you can only add ...

Coordinate your rhythm guitar parts to avoid a chaotic-sounding mess

De-Clutter Your Rhythm Guitars

Coordinate your rhythm guitar parts to avoid a chaotic-sounding mess

Whenever you have more than one guitarist playing chords in a song, you risk a cluttered and muddy sounding result if the parts they’re playing are not coordinated in advance. That said, there are ...

The Operating Principles of Loudspeakers - Part 6

Electrostatic Loudspeakers

The Operating Principles of Loudspeakers - Part 6

After our previous discussion of electrodynamic speakers, we'll now move on to describing different categories of speaker transducers, starting with the equivalent of the condenser mic in the speak...

A guide to mixing music - Part 93

Using Distortion During Mixdown

A guide to mixing music - Part 93

This time around, we'll focus on distortion.

A review of the Universal Audio Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in

Tweed Indeed

A review of the Universal Audio Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in

Universal Audio has released plug-ins for quite a few guitar amps in the last couple of years, but its new Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe is its first foray into the Fender amp world, and it’s a doozy. Th...

How to keep excessive stage levels from ruining your band’s sound

The Enemy of the Good is Volume

How to keep excessive stage levels from ruining your band’s sound

Many factors can negatively impact your band’s sound, from lack of rehearsal to bad acoustics to feedback to malfunctioning gear to burnt-out sound engineers. But perhaps the most consistent impedi...

Setting Up Your Home Studio - Part 2

The Right Place for Your Home Studio

Setting Up Your Home Studio - Part 2

From the corner of a bedroom to the living room or a garage, the home studio always ends up adapting to the elements. As usual, it all boils down to your own needs, means and possibilities.

A review of the Auratone 5C Super Sound Cube

Mystical Aura

A review of the Auratone 5C Super Sound Cube

You just got your main monitor speakers and are already looking for a second pair? Boy are you a compulsive buyer! What's that you said? Auratone is back with its famous 5Cs? Okay, well maybe just ...

A guide to mixing music - Part 92

Using Buses to Make a Mix More Cohesive

A guide to mixing music - Part 92

In the coming weeks we'll discuss in detail the so-called "glue" effect, in other words how to make the mix more homogeneous using different procedures. Today we'll discuss a simple method to empha...

Review of the Lauten Audio LA-320 tube-condenser microphone

A Versatile and Affordable Tube Mic

Review of the Lauten Audio LA-320 tube-condenser microphone

The LA-320 is the first mic in Lauten Audio’s new "Series Black" line. Lauten, whose product line features many high-end mics as well, have put out a large-diaphragm tube condenser with a price poi...

The Operating Principles of Loudspeakers - Part 5

Unique Electrodynamic Speaker Designs

The Operating Principles of Loudspeakers - Part 5

In the last article of this series dedicated to electrodynamic speakers we'll talk about some unique and interesting designs. The biggest difference with these two examples compared to previous spe...

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