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The Events That Rocked Music—The Week of July 21
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
By Dendy Jarrett | June 19, 2014
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?
By Chris Loeffler | May 29, 2014
Dark tones for a bright future!
Orange amplifiers have been in production since 1968 and have earned a reputation as being the "other" English vintage amp for heavier rock tones. Combining the harmonic complexity of a classic Vox with the rude, saturated gain associated with early Marshalls, the hallmark of the Orange sound is a dark, almost fuzzy distortion created in higher gain settings and warm, edgy cleans. The last ten years have seen a significant expansion of the Orange amp line as designers supplement the legacy of the AD30 and Thunderverb with smaller wattage amps like the Tiny Terror and high wattage, multi-channel offerings like the new Dual Dark series amplifiers.