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Friday
Aug242018

The Curse Of The Golden Ear: In Search Of Headphones

There’s a reason the term starving artist applies to musicians more than any other creative group - mimes included. It’s a gift to be able to make music, and it takes an incredible amount of skill to get good at it. But those abilities come with a curse: As we advance in our careers the lust for better equipment grows stronger and stronger.

If you’ve ever skipped your car payment to get new gear, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

So it’s somewhat begrudgingly that I share my latest experience and list because I know many of you will whip that plastic out of your collective wallets faster than Johnny Rabb with two sticks. So here we go…

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Friday
Aug102018

4 Tips To Moving Your Band's Equipment To A New Storage Location

Band equipment can take up a large amount of space, and you understandably may not have a suitable amount of space in your home for all of your gear. This equipment is typically expensive, and it must be stored in the ideal location to avoid damage. Now that you have decided to relocate your band’s equipment to a different location, you need to follow a few steps to ensure that the process is completed properly.

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Tuesday
Jul242018

Tips To Buy A Digital Piano

In today’s post, I will give some clues to buy a digital (or electronic) piano. A series of tips and references that will help you to make your choice fit as much as possible to what you are looking for.

Due to the long experience that I have acquired over the years about this musical instrument, I will not deny that I have my own personal preferences and predilections in this of the digital pianos . Therefore, I will try to be neutral as far as possible without letting go the idea that in the end what you are looking for are precisely expert opinions and that you recommend specific models. Without further delay, I will explain.

 

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Tuesday
Jul102018

The Huge Growth In Electric Pianos - Modern Digital Pianos

The electric or digital piano has come so far in the last 10-15 years with the increase of technology. I still have an older Yamaha digital piano that I purchased 15 years ago and it is crazy to compare them to what is coming out now. These keyboards are used all over music from studio musicians all the way to live performers. The good thing about these instruments is that they come in at all different price ranges. You can find a keyboard that is fairly cheap that still will get the job done for you depending on what you’re trying to do. 

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Friday
Jul062018

On The Road: 5 Tips To Help Your Band Travel Light When On Tour

Getting your band’s name out there is not simple. One thing you might have to do is plan tours and commit to being on the road. One of the hardest things about being on the road is carrying a heavy load but you actually do not have to. The following are five tips for traveling light.

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Thursday
Jun282018

Tips For First-Time Instrument And Audio Equipment Buyers

When it comes to buying musical instruments or other equipment, many musicians struggle–including those who aren’t making a first-time purchase. Buying a new instrument or piece of equipment is stressful, to say the least. There are a lot of different factors to consider, and if you’re not careful, you can easily make a purchase that leaves you with a serious case of buyer’s remorse. Follow these tips to avoid feeling guilt or regret after your next purchase. 

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Thursday
Jun142018

Favorite Songs For Testing Headphones, Speakers

Guest post by the Soundfly Team. This article originally appeared on Soundfly’s Flypaper

Last week, we published a short playlist of songs curated by songwriter, performer, and author Evan Zwisler, featuring his “8 Favorite Songs to Use to Test Headphones and Speakers.” Since then, we’ve been pleasantly overwhelmed with your amazing suggestions of more songs that can be used for the same referencing purposes. Thanks so much for your input!

We’ve collected and added all of your suggestions into the following playlist, and below we’re highlighting some of songs and comments from the community that we found the most helpful. One piece of advice that came up a few times was that if you’re going to be using the headphones or speakers to mix your own music, you should test them using music that has a similar arrangement or production style to your own.

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Monday
May212018

5 Steps To Helping Your Band Relocate To A New Rehearsal Venue

Moving your band to a new rehearsal venue may seem overwhelming but it does not have to be. You can take steps to make the move less stressful. The following are some steps you can take to avoid some of the pitfalls of moving.

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Thursday
Dec142017

Not Experimenting With Instruments? You're Doing Things Wrong

When we think of the standard instrumentation we hear in bands and orchestras, we tend to stick to what we’re used to. I’m here to tell you times are a’changing, and whether you trade your viola for an electric violin or your guitar for a modular synthesizer, the world of opportunities can have a profound impact on your music, even when you return to your original instrument.

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Wednesday
Jul192017

Got Gear Or Skills? Here Are 8 Other Ways To Make Money With Them [Infographic]

If you haven’t made it big with your music yet but you’ve picked up some gear and some skills why not put them to other uses? Using the resources you already have you could create an additional income stream. Sure, it will take a bit of extra work but it can also help you make connections in the industry.

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Thursday
Jul062017

4 Pieces Of Equipment Every Inspired Indie Band Needs For Practice

The drum kit, synthesizer, speakers, and amplifiers are all essential pieces of equipment for your indie band. When you are planning on a live performance for a big crowd, there may also be other devices that you will need in order to achieve the desired effects. Consider these four pieces of equipment that your indie band could use during practices and rehearsals.

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Tuesday
Apr042017

Top Gear For Indie Artists

There are endless amounts of indie bands out there that all sound completely different because of one reason: they have a certain sound. Though all band’s sound different, they all rely on and cherish the one thing that makes them different, their gear. Gear gives bands a means of self-expression and individuality to their sound, which is what all bands strive for. Here’s the top gear for indie bands to experiment with to take their sound to nirvana.

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Wednesday
Feb222017

Things To Look Out For When Getting Your First Guitar

Buying a guitar can be a tough proposition especially if you would love to balance aspects such as sound quality, beauty, weight, brand preference, and size. For beginners, it is a norm to have the false perception that all guitars are the same. 
That may be the case since many beginners are overly concerned with the “playing session” aspect rather than having regard for important details such as the quality of sound that a guitar chord produces. For the intentions of simplifying your guitar buying guide, this article discusses some of the important things you must take into consideration. 

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Wednesday
Feb082017

Don't Scratch It! How To Safely Relocate Your Instruments During A Move

If you’re a musician, then there’s a good chance that your instruments mean more to you than words can describe. You play and care for them every single day, always making sure that they’re in tip-top condition. But what happens when it’s time for you and your instruments to move into new digs? Here are four tips to help you move your instruments safely without scratching, dinging or denting them. 

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