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With so many keyboard synthesizers and modules available today, what’s the best synthesizer for a beginner in 2023? The answer will vary depending on how you plan to use it.
If you’re an acoustic guitar player searching for effects pedals to expand your creative palette, you soon realize there aren’t many options for effects pedals for acoustic guitar. If you’ve ever plugged your acoustic guitar into a pedal designed for electric guitar in the spirit of sonic exploration, you know that it destroys your core acoustic guitar tone. Electric guitar effects pedals aren’t designed for the expanded dynamic range and frequency spectrum that your acoustic guitar delivers. Thankfully, Fishman AFX Mini acoustic guitar effects pedals are designed to offer creative and inspiring effects that maintain the integrity of your acoustic guitar tone, in a compact and affordable series of mini pedals.
image of a home studio and the main image for the article CAN YOU MAKE GREAT SOUNDING PRODUCTIONS WITH A CHEAP AUDIO INTERFACE?
With such a wide range of audio interfaces available, it’s normal to be suspicious when you’re looking at the cheap end of the spectrum. What are you missing out on? Will a cheap audio interface sound bad compared to something more expensive? Which is the best cheap audio interface to get?
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While headphones are great for private practice sessions, nothing beats the feeling of playing your electronic drum kit through a drum amp. Hearing a drum amp deliver the weight of your bass drum, the thump of your toms, and the crack of your snare drum creates an immersive experience that will propel your drumming to a new level, no matter what style of electronic drum kit you play.
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If you want to record audio on your computer or portable device with an external microphone, you have a lot of options. And the solution can be as simple as a single XLR to USB cable — but that may actually limit the quality of your recordings instead of enhance it, depending on what your production goals are. After all, if you want to connect a microphone to your computer to record vocals and produce music, you have some very different needs than an independent journalist that needs to record voice memos and narration in loud environments. But the thing we have in common is the need to connect a microphone’s XLR output to the USB port on our computer, smartphone, or tablet, so let’s take a look at solutions that allow you to do exactly that.
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You don’t have to be a veteran recording engineer to capture great audio for your video productions. With some basic understanding of your microphone and recorder options, when to choose different microphone types, and how to manage sounds in your environment, you’ll have a clear path to guide you when recording audio for video. Let’s take a look at some of the gear you’ll be using, and how you can optimize your audio recording for your video productions.
We’ll get into all the different types of modulation effects in this article: the thing to know is that a modulation pedal will change a property of your guitar tone (like volume or pitch) over time.
man using TASCAM CA-XLR2D DSLR camera microphone and sound recorder
When it comes to choosing a DSLR camera microphone, there are many factors to consider that will impact your microphone choice. Are you shooting in an acoustically-controlled studio, or out in the noise of the real world?
Finding great gifts for guitar players can be a struggle. This is especially true under the $50 limit we’ve set here. Guitarists are a famously picky bunch. Each of them has their own preferences in tone, feel, and style. This translates to fierce gear loyalties. So, unless you know exactly what a guitarist uses, good luck shopping for them. But...
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Knowing how to use reverb on vocals can give you a real edge. Let's take a look at 10 reverb tips that will put you on the fast track to stellar-sounding vocals.
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