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If you’re an aspiring musician, music engineer, or music producer, there’s a good chance that you suffer from some form of gear addiction. There’s really no way around it, nor is there a good way to explain this to your non-musically inclined friends and family. The temptation to make that next gear purchase looms over you like a giant Grammy-shaped cloud—kind of like the uncontrollable urge you...
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Nothing ruins a video faster than a bad audio track. Thankfully, Beachtek offers specialized audio adapters designed for the connection of professional audio recording equipment and microphones to HDSLR and camcorder cameras. Without the need for a separate recorder, the adapters provide exceptional audio quality directly to your camera, in perfect sync with the video. Beachtek employs high-...
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If you’re a singer/songwriter, the reasons for owning a loop pedal are numerous. A basic looper will let you lay down an accompaniment for the solo break of a tune. A feature rich looper, on the other hand, can provide effectual madness for your impromptu arrangements, adding sudden glissandos or pitch freezes. Heck, with dual-track loopers, you can progressively arrange a song in real time,...
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When I started getting into MIDI-based music production in the early 2000s, most people agreed that hardware still had a clear edge over software-based setups. Back then, most serious urban and dance producers were making music with hardware drum machines and keyboard workstations, then tracking everything to a computer running a DAW. Like many others, I started with an Akai MPC 2000xl, which was...
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I’ve spent the past decade producing events and DJ’ing in a variety of environments. From boat parties to the high desert, I’ve learned some valuable lessons along the way. It doesn’t matter what type of equipment you use, or how experienced you are. If you are heading out to play a gig, make sure you have everything you need. There’s nothing worse than showing up to an event only to find that...
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Yes, pop music has migrated away from the guitar in the last few years. But you know what hasn’t changed? The laws of attraction—especially on the college quad. Let’s face it, if you’re heading to campus this fall, you probably want to make friends. In fact, you might want to make more than friends. Playing an acoustic guitar is still a great way to succeed in this endeavor, enough so that iconic...
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Any seasoned sound pro will testify to the importance of organization; in an industry where each second quite literally costs money, you should not  be fumbling through your bag to change a setting on your recorder or grab a cable. I'll admit it may just be the over-sensitive audio guy in me, but it seems too often audio on set plays second fiddle to the visual.  I understand the visual aspect...
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There is no shortage of audio interfaces currently available. It seems that there is a new device being released every other week. When I was asked to put together a list of five of the best interfaces for less than $500, it took some careful research and consideration. With so many options, it was difficult to choose. I compiled the following list, based on overall sound quality, performance,...
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There’s no shortage of MIDI controllers on the market, most of which come in the form of keyboards, drum pads, and mixer emulations with faders and knobs. In fact, you’ve probably already noticed the abundance of all-in-one keyboard controllers with drum pads, faders, and knobs.  With so many options, I thought it might be useful to look at some MIDI controllers that shy away from the norm and...
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The synthesizer quandary—every guitar player-turned-producer comes face to face with it sooner or later. On the one hand, that song you’re working on could really use a synth part. On the other hand, you’re a guitar player, not a pianist; those lessons your parents made you suffer through so long ago have been thoroughly wiped from the annals of your memory. No keyboard skills? No problem. We at...
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If there’s a king of recording equipment, there’s no doubt it would be the microphone. Arguably providing the most significant impact on your recorded sound (at least within the realm of gear), finding a mic that complements your voice can pay more dividends than almost any other purchase. Sure, the studio classics and vintage condenser mics run thousands upon thousands of dollars, but for the...
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Who knows how it happened? Maybe the band chose you to record their DIY releases. Maybe you’ve been sketching demos out your whole life. Maybe you inherited a panoply of gear from your quirky uncle Alfred. Whatever the case, you’ve already got the bases covered (the interface, the computer, the MIDI-controller, etc.), but now you’ve got a real problem: you’ve been bitten by the bug—the...
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Whether it is rooftops, backyards, block parties, or the gallery of a museum, night clubs above and below ground, and every happening, get together, and hang-out in between, one of the joys of living in New York City is being able to experience the thriving cultural scenes surrounding art, live music, and dancing. We live in what we call "the present moment” for a reason, because life is a gift....
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What you have Upgrade qualifications If you qualify, you'll need What you get Price Pro Tools LE Any version of Pro Tools LE, except:  Digi001 or original Mbox versions of LE Upgrade from Pro Tools LE • Pro Tools 10 and 12 Perpetual (you own it) Licenses...
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My love affair with synthesizers began in the mid 1990s. With a number of electronic musicians flooding the airwaves with incredible synthesized music, I was drawn into this world and have been obsessing over it ever since. My very first synthesizer was a vintage Roland SH-09, which I still own today. At the time, computer-based synthesizers were in their infancy, so hardware was the only real...
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