Tech Tips

Welcome to The HUB's Tech Tip center where you'll find musician-friendly advice about how to get the best out of your instruments, amps, and recording gear. If you don't know the difference between a balanced and unbalanced input or want to learn how to install premium Gibson pickups in your Epiphone guitar, you've arrived at the right place. In coming weeks we'll be posting expert advice on setting up your guitar for optimal playability, the ins and outs of using a mixer, effects pedal signal chains, getting single coil tone without the hum, and a whole lot more.

Ronan Chris Murphy’s Tips for Creating a Great Demo with a Hand-Held Recorder

Ronan Chris Murphy’s Tips for Creating a Great Demo with a Hand-Held Recorder

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Expert advice on how to produce a low- to no-cost demo that’ll get your band gigs and social media attention

Care and Maintenance of Orchestral Stringed Instruments

Tech Tip: Care and Maintenance of Orchestral Stringed Instruments

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Critical advice about how to keep your violin, viola, cello or bass in excellent condition while maintaining its playability

Tech Tip: Compressors Demystified

Tech Tip: Compressors Demystified

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How to harness the power of compression to give your recordings the punch and sheen of a professional audio production

Your Best Bets for Writing a #1 Song

Your Best Bets for Writing a #1 Song

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A songwriting veteran offers essential songwriting advice based on analyzing traits that top songs share.

Tech Tip: Effects Basics Part 3

Tech Tip: Effects Basics—Part 3

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Adding crunchy goodness to your guitar sound with distortion, overdrive, fuzz and boost effects.

Lucky 13 Vocal Processing Tips

Tech Tip: Lucky 13 Vocal Processing Tips

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A roundup of ideas to give your recorded vocals a professional, signature sound

The Care and Feeding of Your Acoustic Guitar

Tech Tip: The Care and Feeding of Your Acoustic Guitar

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Martin experts offer advice on how to keep your acoustic guitar in great condition, maintain playability and correctly install a new set of strings

Tech Tip: Polarity vs. Phase

Tech Tip: Polarity vs. Phase

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Learn the difference between these two critical concepts that are often confused with each other

Tech Tip: Effects Basics Part 4

Tech Tip: Effects Basics—Part 4

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Learn what compressors, limiters, expanders, noise gates and sustain effects do and how to use them to produce better sound onstage and in the studio

Tech Tip: Effects Basics Part 2

Tech Tip: Effects Basics—Part 2

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Learn how tremolo, phase shifters, flangers and chorus effects work and how to use them to give your guitar or bass a signature sound.

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