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.

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

How is an Audio Patch Bay Used?

What is an Audio Patch Bay and How Do You Use It?

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Trying to understand what a patch bay is and how to integrate it into your recording studio? Read on!

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.

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: 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.

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

How to Tune Your Drum Kit

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: 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.)

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: True Bypass Pedals and Buffers

Understanding True Bypass Pedals and Buffers

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Tone guru Peter Janis of Radial Engineering explains true bypass, and how to alleviate the noise and tone-sucking impact of effects signal chains and long cable runs. He also addresses buffers, what they do, and how to feed and switch between multiple amps without adding noise.

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