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  • Recording electric guitar - Tips and tricks
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    Recording electric guitar - Tips and tricks - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 77

    05/22/18

    This week I will reveal to you some very simple tricks that ought to allow you to get a guitar sound that is more "lively" or "produced," for lack of a better word.

  • The community's favorite battery-powered interfaces
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    The community's favorite battery-powered interfaces - The top audio interfaces running on batteries

    05/22/18

    Having an audio interface is very nice. Being able to use it anywhere is even better. Several manufacturers have introduced audio interfaces running on batteries to cater to the needs of nomad or wildlife-loving musicians who work only with a tablet, smartphone or laptop. With this in mind, we decided to ask our French community to tell us about t…

  • Historical and philosophical perspectives on modes
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    Historical and philosophical perspectives on modes - Harmony Basics - Part 47

    05/20/18

    In the previous article, I introduced you to modal harmony and recovered, with a slight change of perspective, the concepts of mode, scale and key you saw at the beginning of this series. Before continuing with technical explanations, I thought it would be interesting to put forth some brief historical and philosophical considerations about modes.

  • The community's favorite modeling combos
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    The community's favorite modeling combos - The top entry-level modeling combos for guitar

    05/19/18

    Whether you're just starting out with the guitar or you're simply looking for an affordable and practical tool, modeling combos are an attractive alternative to amplify your instrument. All major brands have their own models and the offer is huge, so it's not easy to choose one! That's why we asked our French community to vote for their favorites …

  • Recording electric guitar - Amps in a home studio
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    Recording electric guitar - Amps in a home studio - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 76

    05/16/18

    "S**t, I forgot that!" Have you ever had that feeling when you came out of a test or an important interview? I bet you have, surely at least the "s**t" part... Well that's exactly what I thought a couple of days ago regarding the chapter dedicated to electric guitar... Fortunately, the publication rhythm of the series gives me the opportunity to s…

  • Introduction to modes and modal harmony
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    Introduction to modes and modal harmony - Harmony Basics - Part 46

    05/14/18

    Today I invite you to continue on this harmonic trip with a completely new topic. But it's not just any topic! In fact, it might just shatter some of your most deeply entrenched beliefs and fundamental certainties regarding harmony! Let me introduce you to modes and modal harmony!

  • Sound designer Scott Gershin talks tools, techniques and trends
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    Sound designer Scott Gershin talks tools, techniques an… - From Hollywood to Virtual Reality

    05/07/18

    Scott Gershin is one of the top sound designers working today. He's been creating sounds for over 30 years and has a credit list a mile long, which includes films such as Nightcrawler, Pacific Rim, Hellboy 2, Star Trek, American Beauty, and Shrek, among many others. His game credits include Doom (2016), Resident Evil, Epic Mickey, Gears of War, Re…

  • Voicings for piano (end)
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    Voicings for piano (end) - Harmony Basics - Part 45

    05/04/18

    As you already saw, due to orchestration (delegating the root to the instrument carrying the bass line) or simplification (making voicings lighter), you can take away all sort of notes from your voicings, according to your needs. At the same time, in the last couple of articles, I have striven to present to you more concrete examples of the theore…

  • Voicings for piano (continued)
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    Voicings for piano (continued) - Harmony Basics - Part 44

    05/01/18

    In the previous article we started to discuss how to apply to the piano everything you've seen so far regarding voicings. Today we'll continue doing the same.

  • Recording electric guitar - DI Joe
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    Recording electric guitar - DI Joe - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 75

    04/29/18

    When you talk about electric guitar, it's inevitable to think about the instrument and an amp. To the point that when you mention "direct recording" to some guitar players, they cry "heresy!" and shun it as a sort of safety net for budding audio engineers. And yet, many legendary tracks include guitar parts recorded sending the guitar signal direc…