Finding the right plectrum, as it was originally called (and still is in the UK), is a very personal endeavor. The genre of music you play, as well as your individual playing style, are both factors to consider when selecting your pick. And, I would be remiss not to mention the most important criterion of all, which would be the intangible qualities of what sounds the best for your playing style, and what simply feels the best in your hand while playing. The following suggestions
If you’re a guitarist or bassist who spends time performing for live audiences, you’ve probably found your focus split between nailing your parts and entertaining the crowd. Since fans get a kick out of seeing musicians move around on stage, how about giving them what they want? Get a wireless instrument system, stop camping out at your pedalboard, and really explore the stage space! With options from brands like Boss, Line 6, Sennheiser, and Shure, there’s a solution for every budget and experience level, from budding rockers to veteran
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In the following video, Rob Rives demonstrates the Arturia AudioFuse Desktop USB Audio Interface, and how the device fits into an audio engineers or musician’s workflow. This video explores the functions, controls, and features of the AudioFuse, including the array of connections that allow you to record and play back up to 14 audio tracks. We showcase the Discrete/PRO microphone preamp, with its 75 dB of high-quality, low-noise gain and how to utilize
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In the conclusion of this three-part series, Justin Colletti talks with Vlad Holiday of Born Cages about great pieces of gear to use for silent practice around the house.
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In this video, Justin Colletti continues the discussion on recording guitar without the amplifier, this time eschewing software and focusing on the actual recording methods themselves. The process of “reamping”—as well as obtaining the classic, DI’ed tones used by the Beatles and Led Zeppelin to great effect—are a both covered. The Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 is a product you’ll see shown off here.
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Watch as Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti sits down with Born Cage’s Vlad Holiday to talk DI guitar recording. In this video, Colletti and Holiday sit down and dive into three different pieces of amplifier-simulation software: Guitar Rig 5 (offered in Komplete 11), AmpliTube 4, and
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Tips for getting better audio and video quality in a musical performance video without breaking the bank.
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Join Justin Colletti, from our Pro Audio partners, Sonic Scoop, as he sits down to talk shop with recording engineer Chris Zane at Gigantic Studios, in Manhattan. Known for his work with a variety of artists ranging from Passion Pit to Nelly Furtado, Miniature Tigers, Friendly Fires, and many more, Part 1 of this three-part video examines some of Zane’s recording philosophies, as well as his typical approach to tracking guitars and his trademark drum sound.
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In the following video, Rob Rives demonstrates Audio-Technica’s System 10 camera-mount digital wireless system, and how it can be integrated into your camera rig for wireless audio. The video explores some of the functionality of the system, as well as discusses its digital audio quality and operating range. Rives shows off both the lavalier and handheld microphone options, letting you hear their sound quality firsthand. We hope you enjoy the video,
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In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, discusses the Shure PG ALTA line of microphones. The microphones are designed to provide high-quality sound at an approachable price point for musicians and performers in a wide range of recording and live applications.
The video explores ten different microphones, as well as three different kits for various applications. Specifically, Rives looks at: the PGA27 Large Diaphragm Side-Address
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In the following video, Rob Rives takes a quick look at Apogee’s refresh of its Ensemble audio interface, the Ensemble Thunderbolt. The video touches upon its high-quality, 32-bit conversion, along with how it employs its Thunderbolt connectivity for extremely low roundtrip latency. Rives discusses how the Ensemble eases strain on your Mac’s processor, leaving you more power for plug-ins and effects. He also runs down
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In the following video, join B&H’s own Rob Rives as he examines the ProCast SST USB Mic & Audio Interface from MikTek. In the video, Rives examines some of the uses to which you can put this mic, including podcasting and home studio applications, and he reviews its build, as well as what kind of sound quality you can expect from this all-in-one unit. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of
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In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, overviews the new Presonus AudioBox iOne and iTwo audio interfaces for recording one or two tracks at up to 24-bit 96 kHz resolution into your Mac, PC, or iPad.
Rives explores the different methods of powering the interfaces, the input connectors, and features such as phantom power for
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In the following video, Rob Rives shows off the Resident Audio T4 Thunderbolt Audio Interface. Rives discusses the features of the interface, including how it provides four mic preamps with phantom power while being exclusively bus powered, its color LED gain indicators, and its master volume knob. Rives also shows you the unit's multiple output options and MIDI I/O. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide