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Strings Attached - A Guide to Acoustic Guitar Strings

Strings Attached - A Guide to Acoustic Guitar Strings

It's important to choose the right kind of strings for your guitar. This guide is intended to help you understand the different types of strings so you can get your instrument sounding its absolute best while improving playability. Read More Comments

Acoustic Guitars 101

Acoustic Guitars 101

Many guitar-making pioneers got their start in the cabinet-making business, raiding old furniture for their materials, and while you aren't likely to find old teacups rattling around inside, an acoustic guitar body is akin to a sealed wooden dish cabinet.  Read More Comments

Sound: The Foundation of Music

Sound: The Foundation of Music

How do we produce a sound?  How do we move air to generate a musical sound?  Depending on the instrument, we breathe in, breathe out – vibrating our vocal cords; hitting resonant surfaces; plucking strings; or drawing a bow across strings. Read More Comments

NAMM 2016: Soundcraft Digital and Analog Mixers

NAMM 2016: Soundcraft Digital and Analog Mixers

Soundcraft's latest SI-series 32 x 32 USB interface/digital mixer • Signature Series 10, 12, 16, and 22 analog consoles. This article is from our Namm Show series, where we focus on new and upcoming products in the world of music. Read More Comments

Sounding Your Best on Stage: A Guide for Singers

Sounding Your Best on Stage: A Guide for Singers

When you’re singing on stage, you want the audience to hear you at your best. It’s not just a matter of having a great voice: how that voice gets translated into amplified sound is vital to creating a polished, pleasing and professional performance. Here are a few things every singer should keep in mind. Read More Comments

Mixing with Clarity

Mixing with Clarity

Learn a few tricks to bring out those missing details in your mix, without destroying the balance, warmth and punch you've spent hours achieving. Read More Comments

The NAMM Show 2019: Day 3

The NAMM Show 2019: Day 3

We're at the winter NAMM show again this year! On Day 3, we're taking a look at new products from Cerwin-Vega, Yorkville Sound, Dynaudio, Hughes & Kettner, HK Audio, ART, IK Multimedia, Native Instruments, KRK, Stanton DJ, Allen & Heath, Radial, Tonebone, Warm Audio, Universal Audio, Cranborne Audio, Audient, Nord, Vox, Korg and Novation. Read More Comments

Who Are You? (Finding Your Own Sound)

Who Are You? (Finding Your Own Sound)

Your sound is your trademark. Here’s how four musical pros have developed theirs. Read More Comments

The NAMM Show 2020: Day 1

The NAMM Show 2020: Day 1

We're at the 2020 winter NAMM show! On Day 1, we're taking a look at new products from ART, Yorkville, Mackie, Godin, KRK, Fender, Shure, Avantone, Radial, Warm Audio, Presonus, Aston, Tascam, ESP, Focusrite and Universal Audio. Read More Comments

Drum Muffling Part 1:  Gels and Rings and Tape, Oh MY!

Drum Muffling Part 1: Gels and Rings and Tape, Oh MY!

Muffling is used to eliminate unwanted overtones or to focus and/or fatten a drum's sound. In this blog, we guide you through different products and methods you can use to muffle your kit to get the best tone. Read More Comments