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Can We Mix the Kick Drum & Bass in Stereo?

Monday - Feb 12, 2018 Q & A

A fantastic email came in today that was so good that I dropped everything else I was doing to address the question at hand. The question involves the information found in one of our most popular and earliest articles called Mixing Bass and Kick for Low-End Balance. With nearly every genre now emphasizing the low-end […]

How to Set Up Your Audio Interface to Record Audio

Saturday - Feb 10, 2018 Q & A

Our most recent question that was generalizable enough to benefit the entire community is a very fundamental hurdle that nearly everyone runs into.   Being a musician usually involves learning an instrument and some music theory, but rarely do we anticipate needing to learn our way around computers to enhance our hobby.  But that's what […]

How MTV’s TRL Met Its Slow, But Inevitable Demise

Tuesday - Jan 30, 2018 Interesting

You couldn’t get away from Total Request Live at the turn of the 20th century. Their formula of counting down the day's top videos was the anchor of MTV's programming for years, even if said videos skewed immensely heavy toward throwaway bubblegum pop or rap-rock/nu-metal that in retrospect hasn't aged too well. By the time […]

High-Level Song Arrangement Tips: From 'Meh' to Masterpiece

Monday - Jan 22, 2018 Music Theory

So you've written a great song. Now what? Most songs call for more than simply the original skeleton of voice and piano or guitar. But just how do you arrange when you're starting with these bare bones? What do you add to the orchestration and where do you add this to the song? Here we'll […]

Managing Stage Fright: Does Practice Make Perfect?

Monday - Jan 15, 2018 Gigs & Live Performance

Anxious music students and seasoned performers are often asked, “How long do you practice every day?” Having treated many performers with stage fright, it is important to take a closer look at this question. The answer is not a simple number of hours (or, in some cases, minutes) that one practices, or even how carefully […]

Beginner Jazz Guitar for Non-Jazz Guitarists

Thursday - Jan 11, 2018 Guitar Guru

Learning to play jazz guitar might seem like rocket science to some, and while there is a world of information and approaches out there, taking things in small steps will yield the best results. Remember that music is not a competition.  It is art for its own sake. In this lesson, I'll attempt to give […]

A School Boy's Yearbook Ambition to Sell a Million Records

Tuesday - Jan 2, 2018 Life

This is one of those stories that has a surprise ending, so stick around for the reveal! Strange and interesting things are happening around us all the time.  It used to be that you'd hear about some story that happened to your friend's cousin's neighbor's dad and you'd dismiss it with a chuckle because it […]

Musical Anhedonia: Deriving No Pleasure From Music

Thursday - Dec 21, 2017 Interesting

For most people, music is an exercise in catharsis. A snappy tune by The Beatles may bring a smile on our face. Spinning Adele’s “21” after a breakup provides a layer of empathy to our distress. Note that we said, "most people." That's because there are some people that don't like music regardless of artist, […]

The TheoryBoard Cracks Music Theory Wide Open

Tuesday - Dec 12, 2017 Industry News

I've spent countless nights laying in bed trying to dream up a brand new type of music instrument. It all seemed to be covered though.  We already vibrate wind, reeds, membranes, and strings.  No matter what kind of new percussion instrument you invent, it's still just another way to bang on something so it makes […]

What Do Speaker Spikes Actually Do & Do I Need Them?

Wednesday - Dec 6, 2017 Q & A

We received a question recently that nearly drove me bonkers as I started to think more about it.  I had formulated and sent my own answer back before reading some opinions on a few audiophile forums.  Let's just say I'm not surprised to have read professionals in that crew stating the exact opposite conclusions from […]

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