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4th Edition Of Recording Engineer’s Handbook Now Available

By Robert Lindquist

BOMG Publishing has announced the release of the fully updated fourth edition of Bobby Owsinski’s The Recording Engineer’s Handbook. Supplementing the treasure trove of information from previous versions of the book, this new edition adds sections on immersive audio recording, electric guitar recording tricks, and DIY microphone and mic preamp kits. The information is presented […]

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Recycled Instruments: Wind Instruments

By jakekelly

Continued from here.   Wind Instruments   The earliest flute was nothing more than a hollow stick with a few holes drilled into it.  But there’s no law that requires the flute to be made of wood or metal (clay flutes are not uncommon).  Here a carrot (!) is hollowed out to create an instrument […]

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Recycled Instruments: Wash Tub Bass

By jakekelly

Continued from here.   Wash Tub Bass   The wash tub bass, often called a gut bucket bass, is the poor boy alternative to the upright bass.  Once again, a metal container…this time a old fashioned 12 gallon…comes to the rescue providing about a soundboard and a resonator.   www.youtube.com/watch?v=xshrk9O_jw8   The inverted tub has […]

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Recycled Instruments: Diddley Bow

By jakekelly

Continued from here.   Diddley Bow   If you happen to have some spare parts, such an electric guitar pickup and an amp, you can forget about your instrument needing acoustic properties.   Jack White shows how a diddley bow (single string slide guitar) can be thrown together in just minutes – and then proceeds […]

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Recycled Instruments: Gas Can Guitar

By jakekelly

Continued from here.   Gas Can Guitar   If the twenty or so bucks it might cost to put together, here’s another route.  This one goes back to using a gasoline can, but the can is kept fully in tact (well, maybe minus the lid).  As with the cigarbox instruments, using pre-existing structure makes the […]

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Recycled Instruments: Cigarbox Guitar

By jakekelly

Continued from here.   Cigarbox Guitar   In the American South, slaves (and former slaves after emancipation), soldiers, and poorer rural citizens would construct instruments that resembled their most expensive counterparts, namely fiddles and banjos.  Some commonly discarded items of the day, such as cigarboxes, provided a fairly good starting point for the instrument.  Keep […]

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Recycled Instruments: Kalimba

By jakekelly

Continued from here.   Kalimba   www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3kEEyLKUvw   Take, for example, the humble kalimba or thumb piano.  On this recycled version of the instrument, the lid from a small tin box is used for the soundboard.  The rest of the box is made of wood, which may or may not add resonance to the instrument […]

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Recycled Instruments: Steel Drums

By jakekelly

Continued from here.   Steel Drums   Steel drums are constructed from discarded 55 gallon oil drums that are relatively thick (more an 1/4”) and heavy compared to the 1 gallon gasoline can that can used to form a violin.  Part of the construction process for the steel drum appears to be more akin to […]

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