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.

Upgrading Your Electric Guitar Gear

Upgrading Your Electric Guitar Gear

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Essential tips on updating your rig with a new guitar, amp or effects that will help you show off those hard-earned licks

What’s the Difference Between Major and Minor Chords?

What’s the Difference Between Major and Minor Chords?

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We hear this question from new guitarists all the time.

The Gig Survival Checklist

The Gig Survival Checklist

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Don’t play another date without this lifesaving list of gear and tools that could save your butt!

How To Set A Compressor For Voice and Instruments

Tech Tip: How to Set a Compressor for Voice and Instruments

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The rundown on various compressor types and the best ways to use them to give your music professional punch

To B3 or Not to B3: In Pursuit of the Hammond B3 Organ Sound

Tech Tip: To B3 or Not to B3: In Pursuit of the Hammond B3 Organ Sound

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With all the realistic hardware and software options available today, there’s no longer a need to haul a hernia-inducing B3 and Leslie cabinets.

Reasons to Video Your Practices, Performances and Recording Sessions

Great Reasons to Video Your Practices, Performances and Recording Sessions

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DIY video can help you smooth out performance wrinkles, catch musical mistakes and deliver footage to build your fanbase and fill seats at your next show.

What’s Better: Dedicated Stompboxes or Multi-effects Pedals?

What’s Better: Dedicated Stompboxes or Multi-effects Pedals?

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Where should you put your money? Into specialized, single-effect pedals? Or go for a versatile guitar multi-processor with a huge range of effects, editing and patch-saving capabilities?

Transform Your Standard Strat Into a Stinging Blues Beast

Tech Tip: Transform Your Standard Strat Into a Stinging Blues Beast

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Whether you’ve got a U.S.-built Standard or an imported Strat, this game-changing pickup upgrade will have you rockin’ the blues like never before!

Fix Vocals Without Using Pitch Correction Software

Tech Tip: Using Pitch Correction Software to Fix Vocals Without Using Pitch Correction Software to Fix Vocals

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Producer Ronan Chris Murphy reveals how he gets better vocal intonation using software, but without applying it to finished tracks.

Replacing Your Conga or Bongo Heads

Tech Tip: Replacing Your Conga or Bongo Heads

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How to install new skin heads on your hand drums.

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