Resources for Musicians - Page 10

What's a Good Guitar Amp for a Beginner?

Tech Tip: What's a Good Guitar Amp for a Beginner?

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How to find a great starter guitar combo amp that makes sense for your music and budget

History of the Channel Strip

History of the Channel Strip

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Find out how channel strips evolved from the clunky mixing desks of the '50s and 60s and what Abbey Road and Dark Side of the Moon have in common.

Gibson's Les Paul Custom: The Fretless Wonder

Gibson's Les Paul Custom: The Fretless Wonder

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Rich Robinson Interview: The Black Crowes Frontman Takes a Solo Flight

The Black Crowes Guitarist Takes a Solo Flight

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An exclusive interview in which Robinson talks about his new solo LP and reveals how the destruction of his prized guitar collection proved to be a turning point.

Recording Guitar and Bass: Reduce the Noise

Recording Guitar and Bass: Reduce the Noise

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Quiet is good—and these tips will help get you there

by Craig Anderton

Noise comes in many guises: there’s hiss from preamps, clicks and pops from digital clock mismatches, hum from bad shielding, and (unfortunately) a whole lot more. As a result, there’s no one way to get rid of noise—different problems require different solutions. The secret to a quiet recording is to find, then minimize, each noise source.

When you’re chasing down noise, wear headphones to hear more detail in the sound. Then, start from your final output and work backward. Turn up individual faders, enable/bypass EQ, vary the mic preamp gain, etc. to help isolate the main contributors of noise. Following are tips on reducing noise.

How to Choose the Right Guitar or Bass Amp Replacement Speakers

How to Choose the Right Guitar or Bass Amp Replacement Speakers

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A Musician’s Friend Buying Guide

The ins and outs of replacing and upgrading speakers in guitar and bass combo amps and speaker cabinets

How to Get Rid of Annoying Fret Buzz

Tech Tip: How to Get Rid of Annoying Fret Buzz

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Simple steps to find and eliminate the rattles and buzzes that wreck your sound

Ferrell/Smith Drum-Off Feud's Latest Target: Lars Ulrich

Ferrell/Smith Drum-Off Feud's Latest Target: Lars Ulrich

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Photo: NBC

Just when you thought the beef between lookalikes Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith had been settled with the recent drum-off on The Tonight Show, the feud has spilled over to include Metallica beatkeeper Lars Ulrich.

This Week in Music History: June 9

This Week in Music History: Undead Daltrey…Bye Bye Brian…Bitten Boa…Horse Meat Holiday

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The Events That Rocked Music—The Week of June 9

Today’s Les Paul’s 99th Birthday

Today’s Les Paul’s 99th Birthday

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Sadly, Les didn’t quite make it to 2014 in order to celebrate the milestone. But the electric guitar maestro and inventor did make it all the way to the ripe old age of 94 before heading to that big bandstand in the sky in 2009. And he continued to hold down a regular Monday-night gig at New York’s iridium club well into his nineties.

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