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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

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

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.

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.

When Rehearsal is Not An Option - A Drummer's Prep

When Rehearsal is Not An Option - A Drummer's Prep

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By Dendy Jarrett | June 19, 2014

INTRODUCTION

When you're a somewhat active drummer in Nashville, it inevitably happens — "Can you play a writer's showcase this Thursday? And by the way … there's no rehearsal."

Many times, it's all original music and you may get a rough-cut mp3. Typically, these are 20-45 minute sets with eight or so songs.

You don't have to be from Nashville for this to happen. It can be a local pub band or the like. So, what can you do to help avoid a drumming train wreck?

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!

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.

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.

Buffered vs True Bypass Switching

Buffered vs True Bypass Switching

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By Phil O'Keefe | June 20, 2014

Is One Really Better Than the Other?

If you've been hanging around on guitar forums for any length of time, or reading effects pedal ads online or in magazines, you've no doubt run across the term "true bypass", and maybe even seen references to pedals with "buffers" or "buffered bypass switching." Each switching method has its share of fans out there and the debate over the merits and disadvantages of each can sometimes be intense, and for those unfamiliar with the differences, it can be a bit overwhelming and confusing. In this article I'll try to keep it as simple as possible from a technical standpoint while pointing out some of the advantages and disadvantages of true bypass switching, as well as buffers.

Digital Audio Basics

Digital Audio Basics

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By Anderton | June 13, 2014

Not quite sure how digital audio works? Here's your refresher course

Digital technology—which brought us home computers, $5 calculators, cars you can't repair yourself, Netflix, and other modern miracles—has fundamentally re-shaped the way we record and listen to music. Yet there's still controversy over whether digital audio represents an improvement over analog audio. Is there some inherent aspect of digital audio that justifies this skepticism?

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