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: 12 Essential Strategies to Improve Your Audio Mixes

Tech Tip: 12 Essential Strategies to Improve Your Audio Mixes

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Victor Grigas

When it’s time to mix a recording, you need some strategies

Tech Tip: Setting Up Your Solidbody Electric Guitar, Part II

Tech Tip: Setting Up Your Solidbody Electric Guitar, Part II

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Part 1 | Part 2

By Dr. Spot

Part II (If you didn't read Part I last week, click here and complete the steps described before you continue with Part II.)

Why Do I Need a Audio Interface?

Tech Tip: Why Do I Need an Audio Interface?

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Something we hear at Musician’s Friend all the time is, “My computer already has a sound card; can I use that to record?”

Tech Tip: What’s the Difference Between Overdrive and Distortion Effects Pedals?

Tech Tip: What’s the Difference Between Overdrive and Distortion Effects Pedals?

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Learn how they differ and what you need to get great guitar tone

Tech Tip: Sample Rate and Bit Depth

Tech Tip: Sample Rate and Bit Depth—An Introduction to Sampling

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By Dennis Kambury

If you've ever pondered the specs for digital audio and weren't quite sure what numbers like 16-bit/44.1kHz really mean, this tutorial will give you the information you need to understand the basics of digital audio.

Tech Tip: Drum Recording On a Budget

Tech Tip: Drum Recording On a Budget

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to tracking drums, nothing beats a well-equipped studio that has great acoustics and a big mic locker. But here are some tips to help get very respectable drum sounds in your project studio on a bare-bones budget.

How to Copyright Your Music

How to Copyright Your Music

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Copywriting your music is pretty simple, but things can get complicated if you have to enforce your rights

Tech Tip: Setting Up Your Solidbody Electric Guitar, Part I

Tech Tip: Setting Up Your Solidbody Electric Guitar, Part I

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Part 1 | Part 2

By Dr. Spot

So you've picked up a decent axe off a buddy for a great price. It looks cool and sounds cool, and when your buddy played it last Halloween it sounded GREAT. But when you get it home it doesn't quite fit you like a glove. If you have a few simple tools available and can overcome your fear of screwing something up, you can probably get it playing more comfortably without resorting to a professional repair guy.

Tech Tip: What is the “B.B. Box”?

Tech Tip: What is the “B.B. Box”?

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The so-called “B.B. Box” is a group of five notes connected to the first and second position minor pentatonic scales that was made famous by guess who…B. B. King. It’s sort of a "hot spot" in the scales that can be used to play entire blues leads. Many great blues players focus their lead lines around this box.

Tech Tip: Optimizing Windows for DAWs

Tech Tip: Optimizing Windows for DAWs

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As anyone who has struggled to get their Windows OS to play nice with DAW hardware and software knows, the process can be frustrating. The folks at Steinberg who make Cubase, Nuendo, and a vast range of hardware interfaces and controllers feel your pain. They’ve come up with an excellent checklist of things to do that’ll help get your computer talking to your DAW gear and applications without the glitches that can disrupt your recording sessions.

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