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How to Achieve Low Audio Latency While Recording

Updated: Studio Recording
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Let's say you're an accomplished guitarist who has been playing live for nearly a decade, ripping improvised solos alongside your band mates in your city's most celebrated cover band. You realize you don't want to pretend to be a member of Talking Heads for the rest of your life, so you bring it up to your crew and they all confess the same.  But rather […]

How to Sell Beats Online & Work Your Way Up to Pro Placements

Updated: Beat Production
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By virtue of being able to make beats, the instrumentalist in the rap and R&B community brings a boatload of skills to the table that provide a sharp advantage to being seen and earning an on-going passive income. The producer must do everything the vocalist does in order to gain success, but they get the compounding benefit of the vocalist doing it a second time […]

Go Global! Distribute Your Music Online

Updated: Careers & Marketing

Most musicians want an audience, and many people would love to hear their music (if only they knew it existed). Classically, that's where music distribution came into play, but in the new millennium, that means digital distribution across the internet. Let's look at reasons every musician should be distributing music online. Online distribution is easy to do: It's shockingly affordable It can make you money […]

Gain Staging - Levels are Everything for High-Resolution Recordings

Updated: Studio Recording
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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, from the preamplifier, equalizer, compressor, converters, and even when printing […]

Understanding Mix Bus Compression

Updated: Mixing & Mastering
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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 mixing technique.  It's not nearly as complicated once you understand […]

Instrument Miking Techniques & Tips to Capture Your Best Sound

Updated: Studio Recording
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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 you listen with your eyes instead of your ears.  It's […]

Guitar Inlays - All About Those Fretboard Markers

Updated: Guitar Guru
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“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 to follow the diamonds, vampire bats, roses and thorns, and even the […]

The Best Music Business Schools & Colleges to Launch Your Career

Updated: Careers & Marketing
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Lots of musicians take a strange path through this life of musical hardship. While they work their craft and attempt to gain exposure they fund their low income lifestyle by waiting tables and other measly day jobs.  That's not a judgement statement.  You've got to do what you've got to do and are willing to do. But why not play on easy mode and work […]

Music Business Jobs & Careers - Get Paid Doing What You Love!

Updated: Careers & Marketing
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Just because other people sell out to some corporation and are willing to hate their life for the off-chance they might retire one day doesn't mean we have to live like that. You can put off what you love until you're too old to do it, or you can live for the present.  Of course you'll need to be responsible enough to consider the future […]

Music Business Degree - Major & Masters to Industry Career

Updated: Careers & Marketing
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Have you ever wondered why musicians will hit the big time and immediately start their own record label?  They begin to arrange and market their own tours, hire a team to run their merchandise booths, and focus on the business itself as opposed to the art.  Why? Because trends come and go within the industry, but the industry stays the same.  And if you want […]

General Guitar Maintenance & Care

Updated: Guitar Guru
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Guitar maintenance is one of the most important, but also the most overlooked parts of guitar ownership. A properly maintained guitar will give you the best performance possible, no matter how cheap or expensive it is. On the other hand, lack of maintenance can severely limit what that guitar can give you. What many guitar players don't realize is just how complex this instrument really […]

Studio Subwoofers: All You Need to Know (and More…)

Updated: Mixing & Mastering
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There’s nothing that can match the mind-bending power of deep bass. Its sheer might is a big reason why we still shell out absurd amounts of money to see an action movie in the theater (which is crazy expensive now even if you don’t shell out the cash for popcorn and a soda!). It also manages to make any car ride infinitely cooler when the bass is cranked to […]

How to Use a Patchbay

Updated: Studio Recording
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So you finally got sick of climbing behind your desk or wiggling under your rack to change your audio signals' path through your now giant recording gear collection. I don't blame you. The dust, the spiders, the cat hair, and other surprises aren't worth the trouble, especially when there's an affordable and genius solution on the market. Take into account that most of us end […]

Bigsby vs. Fender: The Merle Travis Guitar Story

Updated: Guitar Guru
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Of the many American musicians known for writing country and western songs, none are as synonymous with the genre as the great song-crafting guitarist Merle Travis. Others come close but they don't come before this historical icon.  He gained popularity in a time and place that needed a voice for their experiences and emotions. His lyrics embodied the lives and struggles of his fellow Kentucky […]

How to Play Guitar – The Fool’s Gold Method for Beginners

Updated: Guitar Guru
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The first time I grabbed a guitar, 50 years of guitar gods from Jimi Hendrix to Jack White riffed, soloed, and whammy barred their way through my head. But the cavalcade of axe men quickly disappeared, replaced by a flood of doubtful thoughts. I was confused. I was intimidated. I wondered if my age and my “real world” responsibilities were too much to overcome. The […]