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The Best Electric Guitar to Keep Beginners Learning & Excited

Tuesday - Jun 13, 2017 Gear Reviews

Click here to jump straight to the reviews! Compared to acoustic guitars, electric ones have been around for a fairly short period of time. We are talking 60 to 70 years of active use. Even so, this instrument has completely changed the way we understand music. The electric guitar's almost unlimited flexibility is exactly why […]

Nervous Father Talks Non-Committal Son's Birthday Request

Wednesday - Jun 7, 2017 Satire

Don't get me wrong.  I love my son with all my heart.  It's just that I work two jobs, six days a week... His birthday was coming back around.  I quit trying long ago to surprise him or beat around the bush and sneak hints out of him about what he might want.  Now I […]

Gain Staging - Levels are Everything for High-Resolution Recordings

Wednesday - May 31, 2017 Studio Recording

It's hard to blame musicians for not having a perfect gain stage... Most have never even heard of this aspect of signal processing. Ignorance won't save you though.  It's either done right or you've compromised your ability to have the highest quality song at the end of the day. Your gain matters at every step, […]

8 Classic Video Game Songs From the Actual Golden Era

Tuesday - May 30, 2017 Culture

There's countless lists like these out there, where a ton of people who never played an hour of vidya their whole lives try to help you remember the Mario Bros theme or that one Tetris song.  I'm not going to do you like that.  I'm going to take you back to the true gems from the […]

Understanding Mix Bus Compression

Monday - May 29, 2017 Mixing & Mastering

There are very few topics and techniques that amateur mixing and mastering engineers will avoid out of the sheer complexity and thus confusion.  One of them is stereo bus compression and auxiliary bus compression. Today our goal is to remove this shroud of mystery so all of us can enjoy the fruits of this advanced […]

Aerosmith Earned More Money from Guitar Hero Than Their Albums

Sunday - May 28, 2017 Interesting

Aerosmith was one of the indisputable gods of American hard rock in the ‘70s. They also came back from the brink of drugs and despair to have a total renaissance in the late ‘80s. Add these eras together, and you’re looking at a band that made a ton of cash through album sales. At least, […]

Instrument Miking Techniques & Tips to Capture Your Best Sound

Sunday - May 28, 2017 Studio Recording

There's a danger to studio recording and mixing the results.  We all fall prey to using our eyes instead of our ears.  It's simply a part of how our brains are wired and how we survived all this time. But the beasts of the recording jungle, your clients and audience, will eat you alive if […]

The Best Acoustic Guitar for Gentle Weeps & Blazing Solos

Thursday - May 25, 2017 Gear Reviews

Click here to jump straight to the reviews! Starting to learn how to play guitar is one of the most exciting, but also most frustrating adventures you will encounter. There's so much stuff you need to pay attention to, techniques to learn, and theory to memorize. However, before you can even get to any of that, […]

Nanoguitar, the Guitar Smaller Than a Human Blood Cell!

Wednesday - May 24, 2017 Science

We’re practically trained to think of guitars as big, shiny instruments meant to capture the eye. Sometimes, a guitar can even call more attention than the person noodling on its neck. And while these weapons of musical extravagance do command attention when wielded upon the stage, the most attention-worthy guitar in existence may be the […]

Guitar Inlays - All About Those Fretboard Markers

Sunday - May 21, 2017 Guitar Guru

“Playing guitar is easy, just follow the dots!”  Playing the guitar is that easy, huh?  I guess that explains why my grandma shreds like Steve Vai, right?  I guess that's why nobody rage quits daily... There may be some truth to that "dot" statement, but we can’t always follow the dots these days.  Sometimes we have […]

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