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Is Your Music Making You Dumb?

By themingway

There are no dumb questions, just dumb people… That’s how the saying goes, right? I’m constantly researching music data, music interests, music trends, etc. on the internet.  My interest in music research started several years ago when I wrote my graduate thesis on the psychological motivation behind playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band.  Long story short, the #1 […]

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Nostalgia's Role In Music

By themingway

Nostalgia is a funny thing.  It’s what keeps acts like The Rolling Stones selling out shows worldwide, and on a less fortunate end of the spectrum, keeps Axl Rose employed.  I started thinking about nostalgia after reading a recent article about Fleetwood Mac.  After an extended absence, keyboardist/vocalist Christine McVie is back to complete the […]

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DIY Ikea Shelf Pedal Board

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To begin with, I’m not going to take credit for this idea.  The concept of using Ikea shelves as pedal boards has been floating around the internet for several years.  I simply took the design and added a few improvements to it. Honestly, you could add self-adhesive velcro to the shelf and that quick, you’d […]

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DIY Briefcase/Hardcase Pedal Board

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This is a pedal board design I came up with a few years back when I was playing venues much more frequently.  I wanted something to keep my pedals safe and secure while in transit, but didn’t really have the cash to buy a professional case.     To complete this DIY project, you’re going […]

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Monthly DIY Project – Pedal Boards!

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Guitarists are an interesting breed. No matter how perfect our tone is, we’re always looking, or rather listening for the next piece of gear to make our tone even perfecter. To this day, whenever I buy a new guitar my Dad loves to remind me of a statement I made when I came home with […]

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Hands-On Review of the iKlip Xpand & iRig Midi 2

By themingway

Over the past week I’ve had the pleasure of testing out not one, but two new gadgets from IK Multimedia.  Not only are they new, but they’re both second generation/updates to previous models.  Today we’re going to discuss the pros and cons of each device in relation to the originals.   iKlip Xpand I tried out […]

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Audix Microboom High Output Cardioid – Real World Review

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Before we get into today’s review, a little history on my studio background is probably applicable.  My first job in the pro-audio world was being a studio-tech for a local university.  My job consisted of setting up mics, running cable, supplying blank CD’s to the engineer, etc.  The bulk of our work was recording recitals […]

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Home Studios on a Budget – It's DIY Time!

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Working in a professional studio for several years spoiled me.   Because the studio was owned by a local university and then leased out for local projects, we had a substantial budget, and only worked with top-of-the-line gear.  I learned to mic vocals using a Neumann U87, which was running into a SSL console, and […]

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DIY Monitor Stands

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Monitor stands are one of those necessary evils in the studio.  They’re probably the boringest thing in the world to buy, but if you don’t have a good, solid stand for your monitors, you’ll have excessive vibration that will color your sound.     There two really important things to consider when looking into monitor […]

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Cable Recycling – DIY Cable Projects

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I had probably played guitar for a good 10+ years before it occurred to me that instead of tossing broken cables, I could either fix them or repurpose them.  The lightbulb came on shortly after I took my first job in the audio world.  One of the mic cables I had pulled out had a […]

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