Audio & music gear articles
Solutions to Keep Your Guitar Safe - How to Choose the Right Guitar Stand
The guitar hasn't quite followed the evolution of its creator ─ the homo sapien ─ and still cannot stand up straight on its own. So, after having to break that news to you, let's look at the different options to keep your guitar standing safely.
It Takes Tubes to Tango - Review of Mojave Audio MA-300
Mojave Audio, the company started by renowned microphone designer David Royer (also of Royer Labs), has built a reputation for making high-quality, reasonably priced mics. Here, we review the MA-300, a multi-pattern tube condenser.
What's Up, Dock? - Review of Alesis iO Dock II
The iO Dock II is the latest version of the Alesis all-in-one audio and MIDI interface for iPad, and includes mic preamps, monitoring facilities and more, making music production super easy. Let’s see what’s new in this version, and take it for a test drive.
Mastering at Home - Part 12 - EQ Automation When Mastering Music
Before moving on to the next processor in the mastering chain — the limiter/maximizer — it's appropriate to talk about a topic often overlooked by many people learning to master: Automation.
Choose the Right Pots for Your Electric Guitar - Help Picking the Right Pots for Your Electric Guitar
Most guitarists don't think too much about the pots (potentiometers) inside their guitars, unless they start going bad and making noise. But did you know there are different types of pots with different characteristics? So if you need to replace a pot because it's become noisy, or you just don't like the way it responds, here's some info to help...
Understanding the Specifics of a Guitar Neck - What Type of Guitar Neck to Choose
Guitar necks come in different shapes, sizes and finishes. So, how can you pick the right one for you? In this article we'll explore the different neck options available, in order to understand their basic characteristics in terms of comfort.
Studio in a Backpack - Part 2 - Advice on Interfaces, Microphones and Monitors for a Portable Studio
In part 1, we looked at choosing a bus-powered audio interface to use for connecting microphones, instruments and MIDI controllers to your iPad. In this second installment, we'll look at an alternative approach for equipping your studio for audio and MIDI input, as well as other components you'll need to complete your mobile setup.
Mastering at Home — Part 11 - Guide to Mid-Side Processing When Mastering
In this new installment of our article series dedicated to mastering at home, we will delve into the world of mid-side processing.
Studio in a Backpack — Part 1 - Interfaces to Help Build an Ultra-Portable, Battery-Powered iPad-based Music Studio
Did you ever dream of a totally mobile studio, a compact setup that can fit in a backpack? A rig that you can carry with you virtually anywhere, and record and produce music, even where there's no AC power? Now, thanks to the audio capabilities of the Apple iPad, that dream is both achievable and affordable.
Tubey or not Tubey, that is the question. - Electro-Harmonix EHX Tortion Review
Since the days of the original Big Muff Pi, Electro-Harmonix has been building distortion pedals, and one of its latest entries is the EHX Tortion ($179). Way more than just a distortion effect, it also offers a range of overdrive sounds, pleasing clean tones, a boost channel, and you even get amp simulation via its direct out.