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A Conversation with Bob Heil

A Conversation with Bob Heil—the Master of Game-Changing Microphone Technology

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By Marty Paule

Highly opinionated and fiercely independent in his views about pro sound, Bob Heil builds mics and possesses a professional resume to back up his often out-of-the-box attitude. And speaking of boxes, it was Bob who invented one of the most memorable guitar effects of all time: the Heil Talk Box that made Peter Frampton a fixture on ‘70s album charts.

Studio Monitors Buying Guide

Studio Monitors Buying Guide

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How to choose the right monitor speakers to match your music and budget

Perfect Pedal Order Webinar with Steve Vai

Perfect Pedal Order Webinar with Steve Vai

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Missed the live webinar? You can still catch it online!

This Week in Music History: July 21

This Week in Music History: Troubled Tours…Curse of the Dead Keyboardists…Beyonce’s Blunders

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The Events That Rocked Music—The Week of July 21

Much More Than Merely Twang

Fender Custom Shop Double TV Jones Relic Telecaster—Much More Than Merely Twang

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A pair of TV Jones pups gives this Tele a whole lotta beef when you want it. Sure, it’s got that elemental Tele twang DNA, but the hum-free pickups add a layer of warmth and squish that, with the right amp, easily get into full-throated fur-covered territory. From rockabilly to jazz to blues to hard-driving rock, this is one Tele that can do it all while delivering the classic playability that makes the Telecaster the icon that it is.

Hands-On Review: A Designs HM2EQ Hammer Equalizer

Hands-On Review: A Designs HM2EQ Hammer Equalizer—The Path to Higher EQ

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By Barry Rivman
Musician’s Friend Senior Staff Writer

In the jargon of producers and recording engineers, equalizers fall into two general categories: "surgical" and "character." The surgical EQ is used correctively, e.g. when you wish to focus on a problem frequency without affecting the neighboring frequencies. Much like a surgeon, you want to go into a narrow band with a very precise cutting tool–an appropriate simile since we primarily "cut" or reduce problem frequencies. Examples would be taming harsh frequencies on cymbals; sibilance or plosives in vocals; fizz or wool on distorted guitars; or overly woofy bass.

RIP: Blues-Rock Maestro Johnny Winter Dies

RIP: Blues-Rock Maestro Johnny Winter Dies

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Winter onstage in 2007. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Chascar

Guitarist, singer, and producer Johnny Winter, known for his blistering playing technique, died on June 16 in Zurich, Switzerland. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Winter had been in ill health for some years. Despite faltering health, the Texas bluesman was a frequent performer on concert stages delivering high-energy performances that also underscored his often overlooked, deeply soulful vocal work.

New Blink-182 LP in the Works

New Blink-182 LP in the Works

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Photo: MTV

Three years can feel like a long time in the feverish world of pop-rockdom, but for Blink-182 fans the drought may be over soon. According to an Instagram post by Tom DeLonge, rehearsals began Monday.

Recording Gear Buying Guide

Recording Gear Buying Guide

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How to choose the right audio recording equipment to match your skills, music, and budget

Gibson Custom Shop LeGrande: The Pinnacle of Archtop Artistry

Gibson Custom Shop LeGrande: The Pinnacle of Archtop Artistry

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The Gibson Custom Shop LeGrande has a legacy that stretches back to 1961 when Gibson introduced the Johnny Smith archtop—a fitting tribute to the celebrated jazz guitarist. Some of Gibson’s best luthiers applied themselves to the task of creating this extraordinary jazz box that has since become a greatly sought-after instrument among collectors and jazz guitarists.

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