- 12/13/17Getting started
Best brands for acoustic-electric amps - Top acoustic-electric guitar amp brands
We sometimes have the tendency to forget that amps are not the prerogative of electric guitar lovers. Acoustic instruments have lots of advantages, but it's hard to play music for large audiences in big music halls with them. What can you do? Use an acoustic-electric guitar with its corresponding amp, duh! However, as usual, it's not easy to pic...
- 12/08/17Getting started
Recording bass guitar - Alternatives - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 57
When you begin recording in a home studio, the first thing you realize is that your main limitation are the room acoustics. And yet, with certain instruments you can forget completely about this issue. And why do I bring this up right now? Well, because it just so happens that the bass guitar is one of such instruments. So, here's a non-exhausti...
Legends: The history of the great fuzz pedals - A rundown of the most mythical fuzz pedals
Fuzzzzz! This onomatopoeia used to describe the first distorted sounds of an amp is hardly a stranger to any guitar player. The fuzz is obviously a distortion effect, but it's a also a culture in its own right. It actually defines a whole category of rock by itself and symbolizes the desire for emancipation and renewal of an entire generation. A...
- 12/01/17Getting started
The pedal point and the sus4 chord - Harmony Basics - Part 29
In the previous articles we dealt basically with dissonances and consonances and how they alternate following the different harmonic motions.
Plugged into the Mix - Mix engineer David Tolomei takes in-the-box mixing to the next level
David Tolomei is one of the top mix engineers and producers on the indie and underground scenes. He cut his teeth as an assistant at New York's Avatar studios, which, at the time, was one of the most prestigious commercial facilities in the country. He later opened a studio in NYC's East Village, where he recorded, produced, and mixed client pro...
- 11/27/17Getting started
Recording bass guitar - With or without effects? - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 56
In this new episode dedicated to recording bass guitar, we'll deal with a somewhat thorny issue: should you record the bass with or without effects?
- 11/23/17Getting started
Harmonic anticipation and appoggiatura - Harmony Basics - Part 28
Welcome to today's article, where we will keep on discussing motion in the harmonic domain. Last time we talked about suspension, so today we'll talk about its flip side: anticipation and its very close relative, the appoggiatura.
- 11/21/17Getting started
Recording bass guitar - Putting the perfect sound tog... - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 55
Okay, now that we've settled once and for all the question of phase correlation, the time has come to mix our bass tracks.
Everyday is Black Friday this week at Sweetwater - Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sales at Sweetwater
Fort Wayne-based retailer Sweetwater is launching a giant week-long Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale. As partners, we are listing the best offers you’ll get online on music instruments and audio gear during this special week. Offers are sorted by categories so you’ll easily find what you’re looking to spend your hard-earned money for.
- 11/18/17Getting started
Top 8-inch active monitor speaker sets for 700€ - The best 8-inch powered monitor speakers for less than 700€ per pair
Sometimes you need a couple of big speakers, but can't necessarily afford them. Don't panic! There are some speakers with an 8-inch woofer that can manage the low end quite decently without setting you back more than 700€ (about $800). We haven't tested all of them, but you probably have had (or have) the chance to listen to most of them.