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Musicians & UFOs - 15 Close Encounters with Flying Saucers

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We've uncovered cave paintings, medieval and renaissance artwork, military radar videos, and have sightings of UFOs even up to this day.  It's no real surprise that some of our favorite musicians have had their own close encounters with unidentified flying objects.  What is surprising is that they've admitted to it, sometimes on national television, since that usually seals the deal on your career. That's how […]

Gain Staging Explanation Through Hardware & Software

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gain staging explanation

When we got this question, it was another in a string of emails asking for more information about gain staging.  It's something we've mentioned a lot in the Studio Recording column but hadn't dedicated a full article to it.  We since then have written a full investigation into the concept (linked below), but here's the shorter version of how we explained it to Hechter. We […]

Does All of This Info & Gear Apply to Podcasting?

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podcasting recording equipment

The world of studio recording equipment is confusing to the uninitiated trying to get a foothold, and with manufacturers marketing their gear differently to outsiders, it's no surprise that we received this week's question about podcasting... And thanks to Calvin, Justin, Jason, Andy, Doug, Shawn, Dominic, Daniel, Jamieson, Gabrielle, Anthony, Zaiden, and James for the positive comments.  There were too many to post here in full, […]

Russian Meme Music - Where Did We Go Wrong?

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russian meme music

Where did we lose our way?  At what point did we toss all care to the wind and start admitting that we like some of the most absurd music out there? I'd say the answer for most of us is around the time the internet was released to the public, but for the Russians, we have to dig deeper. Trololo Back in 1976, Eduard Khil sung […]

Mixing Saxophone for Perceived Power & Clarity

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saxophone mixing

We've been receiving a lot of emails from users lately, but not questions. Thankfully, several have been corrections for errors spotted in our articles, which we always appreciate.  But in the meantime we did collect several solid questions, one of which we want to share here for the benefit of everyone.  Let's get right to it! As always, a special thanks goes to Brigitta for correcting […]

8 Classic Video Game Songs From the Actual Golden Era

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classic video game songs

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 real video game culture of the late 80's to early 90's, […]

Aerosmith Earned More Money from Guitar Hero Than Their Albums

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guitar hero aerosmith money

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, on paper. Yet a funny thing happened on the way […]

Nanoguitar, the Guitar Smaller Than a Human Blood Cell!

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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 “nanoguitar;” a fully-functioning six-string that you can’t see without the […]

Top 10 Reasons Being a Pop Star Sucks

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being a pop star sucks

You thought this was something you wanted?  Do you dream about 100,000 raving fans a night, plus the few throwing water and lighters at you?  Well, guess again, because here are the Top 10 reasons being a pop star sucks... 1. Riders & Planes People think it's cute to make fun of us for this, but there's a reason for having a "rider" in our […]

Mozart & Music Piracy in 1770: The Vatican’s Miserere

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mozart music piracy

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is the most iconic classical composer of all time. It’s a status not just drawn from the fact that he’s behind some of the most recognizable pieces of music ever written, but also because of the prodigious nature of where these works came from. We’ve all heard the stories; he started composing at around the age of four, he completed his first […]

Did 50 Cent Throw the Worst First Pitch Ever on Purpose? (Yes)

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This is a strange post to find in here on the Ledger Note blog, but let me explain why it's here, not only from our perspective but 50 Cent's as well: "Never waste a good marketing opportunity." 50 Cent is a master marketer in terms of never letting the spotlight die if he doesn't want it to.  He'll fake beef with another rapper, he'll piss […]

How Do I Keep My Neighbor From Hearing My Subwoofer?

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subwoofer neighbor noise complaint

Ah, the classic concern of good music-loving neighbors everywhere: "Can I use a subwoofer without getting a noise complaint from my neighbors?" The fact that you're asking this first before you just start bumping the bass is fantastic, because it means you have a chance to be proactive about it.  If you live in an apartment, condominium, townhouse, duplex, or any other joined living space […]

Eminem Gets Pissy if You Claim Nothing Rhymes With "Orange"

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Will the real Slim shady please continue to defy the laws of the English language? There's a common belief that you can't rhyme anything with the word orange. It's one of those old wive's tales that isn't technically true, but it's fun to stump kids with. Many writers over the years have scratched their heads trying to figure it out, mostly just making up words […]

How Do We Calculate the First Reflection Panel Wall Position?

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acoustic treatment panel position

We received a fantastic question dealing with one of my own favorite topics, that of acoustic treatment.  Unfortunately, buying or building it isn't enough.  You have to know where to place it on the wall if you want it to do its job the best it can.  And that takes a little math... As always, we shout out some of our industry friends who've had […]

Where Should I Start Learning Music Theory?

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We received a great question from a decent producer, who like many of us started out in rhythm based genres that don't demand a ton of music theory knowledge.  But he's ready to expand his skill set... where should he start? In addition, we want to give mad props and say thanks to DonSuite, a composer who had this to say: Yours are the first […]