- 06/30/16Getting started
The Top Electric Guitar Tuners - The Best Electric Guitar Tuners
Is there anything more annoying than a guitar that won't stay in tune? Most guitar lovers will say no. While there are several factors to consider, the quality of the tuning machines plays a crucial role to guarantee stability and comfort. But there are so many options out there that it's hard to make a decision. We polled 427 members of the Fre...
- 06/28/16Getting started
The Role of Cadence and Characteristic Notes in Modul... - Harmony Basics - Part 18
It's not uncommon for a composer/songwriter to feel the need to leave the original key of the song he's writing and go explore some other ones. There are many reasons for that: to change the mood (i.e. the key!) of the song, to catch the attention of the listener, to create surprises, etc. And this is where the principle of modulation, which we ...
- 06/25/16Getting started
Getting acquainted with harmonic distortion - A guide to mixing music - Part 94
This week we'll continue exploring harmonic distortion.
- 06/23/16Getting started
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 effects up to a point before you run out of space. Without having to buy a larger pedalboard, you can maximize the number of effects you have by addin...
- 06/22/16Getting started
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 pretty big differences in the approach you’ll take to rhythm-guitar arranging, depending on whether you’re arranging for the stage or studio. In this ...
- 06/21/16Getting started
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 speakers world.
- 06/19/16Getting started
Using Distortion During Mixdown - A guide to mixing music - Part 93
This time around, we'll focus on distortion.
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. The plug-in, which is officially endorsed by Fender, recreates a mid-‘50s-era Deluxe model 5E3, a vaunted amp that could deliver everything from warm cl...
- 06/15/16Getting started
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 impediment to sounding good is excessive stage volume. Yes, we all like to let it rip onstage, but by allowing our levels to get out of control, we can ruin...
- 06/14/16Getting started
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.