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10 Microphones That Haven’t Changed In Ages

Sennheiser MD441

I was reading an excellent article on the Sweetwater blog about 10 music products that haven’t changed in a long time, and it got me to thinking about microphones that haven’t changed in at least 20 years. After a little research, here’s what I came up with Shure SM57 – Introduced in 1965, it’s been […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Fender EOB Sustainer Stratocaster

Fender EOB Sustainer Stratocaster

I usually don’t post on new guitars in this slot, but the new Fender EOB Sustainer Stratocaster is just different enough that it deserves a mention. This is the signature guitar from Radiohead’s Ed O’Brian, but it features the inclusion of a Fernandez Sustainer circuit that gives guitarists the ability to create those long ethereal […]

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Gibson Kills Cakewalk

Gibson Brands (formerly Gibson Guitars) has announced that it decided to cease development of Cakewalk products. Cakewalk Sonar has a dedicated following and was one of the DAWs that PC users loved, although the company has recently fielded some Mac products as well. Here’s the company’s official statement: Gibson Brands announced today that it is ceasing […]

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Good Things Can Happen With Alternate Tunings

Alternate tunings

I’ve been producing a project where the guitar player has been using a lot of alternate tunings in order to get the overdubbed layers to sound different, so I thought it was time revisit the subject again in a post. Sometimes changing the tuning of a guitar from standard to some alternate tuning can create […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Owow Wiggle Kit Singer Effects Control

Owow Woggle Kit

I remember watching Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Ferrell manipulate his own echo effects on stage by manually controlling a Roland Space Echo. It was pretty cool sounding, but a bit clunky looking, and he it did it like that for his entire career. If you’re a singer that wants the ability to control your own […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Mastering The Mix Expose Mix Quality Control App

Mastering The Mix Expose

As I’ve written before, there’s no need to do specific mixes for streaming services like Spotify, since most labels and aggregators like TuneCore will submit a 44.1kHz/16 bit file anyway. Plus, the streaming services do their own encoding and normalization, so there’s no benefit in doing it yourself. That said, it’s always good to know what […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Audified Synergy R1 Reverb 500 Series Module

Synergy R1

about everyone has a 500 series rack these days, but we usually load them with the same three categories of modules – preamps, EQs, and compressors. Audified might change your mind about what else you can load into your rack with the release of its new Synergy R1 500 series reverb module. The R1 is […]

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6 Things I Bring To Every Recording Session

Etymotic ER20

Over the years I’ve learned that there are a number of very simple items that I must bring to every recording session I go to just to be sure that my time in the studio is productive and comfortable. These items aren’t expensive, and while they may not be quite as important as your favorite mics […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Eventide H9000 Effects Processor

Eventide H9000

Plugin effects processors have come a long way, offering a wide range of features for a surprising little amount of money. That said, there are times when the typical desktop or laptop computer just doesn’t have the horsepower required for sophisticated processing tasks. And then there are those cases where you need a real outboard […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Updated Mackie Big Knob Monitor Controller

Mackie Big Knob Studio+

One of the things that every DAW-based studio needs is a monitor controller, and the Mackie Big Knob has been one of the best sellers in the category for about a decade now. The series now gets an update with new electronics and a few new features. The thing about Big Knob controllers is that […]

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