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.

Tech Tip: How to Choose the Right Mic for the Job

Tech Tip: How to Choose the Right Mic for the Job

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The crucial factors you need to know in deciding what microphones to use on your recordings.

Should New Guitarists Go Acoustic or Electric?

Should New Guitarists Go Acoustic or Electric?

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Four things to consider before you buy your first guitar

Home Setup of Your Acoustic Guitar

Tech Tip: Home Setup of Your Acoustic Guitar

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How to adjust that old beater acoustic guitar for the best balance between playability and sound

Tech Tip: Basic Audio Patch Bay Configurations

Tech Tip: Basic Audio Patch Bay Configurations

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In last week’s tech tip, How is an Audio Patch Bay Used, we talked about how patch bays can help clean up your home studio’s cabling and prevent premature connector wear. This week we address the various ways they can be set up to match your signal routing needs.

Tech Tip: Re-Amping Basics for Guitar

Tech Tip: Re-Amping Basics for Guitar

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Recording guru Craig Anderton spells out the ways and means of re-amping your guitar tracks using either hardware or software.

Recording Tech Tip: Capturing The Sound Of Eight Tiny Reindeer

Recording Tech Tip: Capturing the Sound of Eight Tiny Reindeer

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How to create the sounds of the season that evoke visions of Santa and his sleigh.

How to Kickstart Your Music Project with Crowdfunding

How to Kickstart Your Music Project with Crowdfunding

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Tips that’ll help turn your funding campaign into a winner

What’s the Deal with Active Guitar and Bass Pickups?

Tech Tip: What’s the Deal with Active Guitar and Bass Pickups?

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A quick explanation of the difference between active versus passive electric guitar and bass pickups.

How is an Audio Patch Bay Used?

Tech Tip: How is an Audio Patch Bay Used?

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A patch bay enables you to change the signal flow among the devices in your studio without having to crawl behind all your gear and unplug/replug your cables. In addition to eliminating that hassle, patch bays save wear and tear on the jacks of your equipment. Audio patch bays are switchboards for rerouting audio signals; there are also MIDI patch bays for—you guessed it—rerouting MIDI signals.

How to Tune Your Drum Kit

Tech Tip: How to Tune Your Drum Kit

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Veteran drummer Mike Fitch offers advice on how to choose the right drum heads and get your drum set in tune in five simple steps.

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