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: 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.

The Guitarist's Guide to Multiband Distortion

Tech Tip: The Guitarist's Guide to Multiband Distortion

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Don't Miss Out On The Next Big Thing In Guitar Distortion

How to Get Rid of Annoying Fret Buzz

Tech Tip: How to Get Rid of Annoying Fret Buzz

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Simple steps to find and eliminate the rattles and buzzes that wreck your sound

Tech Tip: What Do Direct Boxes Do?

Tech Tip: What Do Direct Boxes Do?

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Learn what direct boxes boxes do and why you might need a DI box onstage or in the studio.

Tech Tip: What is an Equalizer?

Tech Tip: What is an Equalizer?

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Learn how audio equalizers work and the differences between graphic and parametric equalization.

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.

What's a Good Guitar Amp for a Beginner?

Tech Tip: What's a Good Guitar Amp for a Beginner?

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How to find a great starter guitar combo amp that makes sense for your music and budget

Tech Tip: Audio Gear Specifications—What They Do and Don’t Tell You

Tech Tip: Audio Gear Specifications—What They Do and Don’t Tell You

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Specs can play an important role in shopping for mic and guitar preamps, PA power amps, monitor speakers, and audio recording and mixing equipment. But they must be viewed with caution and often with a grain of salt. In many cases, different manufacturers will present the same specs in different forms, which makes it very difficult to compare similar gear from different brands. You’ll also find specs that lack the proper qualifying information in order for them to have meaning. Read on to learn more about how to interpret and compare specs.

Tech Tip: Basic Guitar Maintenance Tips

Tech Tip: Basic Guitar Maintenance Tips

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Keep your guitar looking and sounding its best by following these simple steps and observing a few common-sense precautions.

Tech Tip: So High It Hertz

Tech Tip: So High It Hertz!

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The question: Why do preamps have frequency response levels way above the range of human hearing?

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