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The columns below represent the staples of our work and industry. They touch on the topics that can’t be ignored by successful musicians, but may be intimidating and overwhelming. Let our columnists simplify and share the info you need in an easily accessible manner so you can focus on your passion. Dig into specific columns on the right or view all of the most recent posts below.

Fletcher Munson Curve: The Equal Loudness Contour of Human Hearing

Wednesday - Nov 15, 2017 Mixing & Mastering

Working with studio headphones and monitors that feature the flattest frequency responses is important.  They reduce the possible variation our listener's will hear due to their own stereo systems, equalization preferences, and the influence of their listening rooms. Untold hours and billions of dollars have been spent in research and development in these industries alone. […]

How to Build Guitar Calluses: Take Care of Your Fingers!

Monday - Oct 30, 2017 Guitar Guru

Forget about the tall tales, the marketing schemes, and the urban legends.  Nobody wants their fingertips raw and wounded from playing guitar. Mainly because that means you have to stop playing until you heal. As a beginner, it's bad enough to need to restrict your practice time because your fingertips are tender and squishy. You […]

EQ Cheat Sheet? Frequency Charts for Mixing Hurt More Than Help!

Tuesday - Oct 17, 2017 Mixing & Mastering

They're designed well and make nice posters for a school classroom.  They get a lot of re-pins on Pinterest.  Halfway interested amateurs pass them around because they seem profound and packed full of useful information. Except they aren't. Your first clue that these abominations suck are the instrument frequency charts that purport to show the […]

What's the Difference Between Mixing and Mastering?

Monday - Oct 9, 2017 Studio Recording

We've all heard the difference between an amateur recording captured in your buddy's garage and a professional recording tracked in a recording studio equipped with all of the best gear available.  But that only affects the clarity of the song in general. Those differences in recording environments and access to gear is like the difference […]

The Best Guitar Tuners to Get You Back in Key Fast & Reliably

Friday - Oct 6, 2017 Gear Reviews

If there is one tool you will absolutely need as a guitar player, it's a guitar tuner. The importance of having your instrument in the right key can't be emphasized enough. Additionally, guitars going out of tune during use is something everyone has to deal with. So it's a non-negotiable skill; you will have to […]

What is Guitar Tone? Understanding & Dialing In Your Sound

Saturday - Sep 30, 2017 Guitar Guru

Depending on who you're talking to, you'll get various definitions on what tone is and where it comes from.  Many purists will even tell you where it should come from, too. The reality is that various genres of music and guitar playing are accepting of more and more layers of signal processing and effects, and […]