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.

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.

Tech Tip: Drum Recording On a Budget

Tech Tip: Drum Recording On a Budget

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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: 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.

Tech Tip: 12 Essential Strategies to Improve Your Audio Mixes

Tech Tip: 12 Essential Strategies to Improve Your Audio Mixes

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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?”

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