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Achieving BIG Sound in a Home Studio

Technology has a done a lot for the home recording artist. However, it still requires both patience and persistence to accomplish a studio quality sound. Here are a few tips to help point you in the right direction: #1 Take Your Time In order to achieve optimal sound it’s important to take a moment to dial in your tone. The settings you use when playing live are rarely the same ones you want to use when recording. Take a few minutes to adjust the levels on your amp and pedals in order to get that perfect tone. #2 Adjust your Microphone When recording with an external microphone try adjusting both the distance and angle from your amplifier. This can make...

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Creating the ESO Strap.

I was an apparel designer for years before deciding to create and market a product of my own. It always felt odd to put my heart into a creative concept only to give it to the company I worked for, in return for a paycheck… Art is such a personal endeavor to have it owned by someone else. However, the silver lining was that I was fortunate enough to work for companies both large and small, which enabled me to build an eclectic portfolio of design work.  One of the companies I worked for designed high end camera straps. I found this to be one of the best jobs I had because it was fun to design products that enhance...

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Company Spotlight: Prisma Guitars

  This year at NAMM we were fortunate enough to meet guitar builder, Nick Pourfard from San Francisco, CA. I have been playing guitar for a long time and consider myself a gear nerd, but had never heard of his product. His company Prisma builds premium guitars out of recycled skateboard decks! Many people think that skateboards are made from plywood… The truth is they are manufactured from exotic woods like hard rock maple. This is the perfect specie for a premium guitar. Nick draws the inspiration and direction for each piece, from the colors that begin to come through during the reclaiming process. Once the patterns and colors show their character, he decides which route to take from there....

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Cheap vs. Expensive Gear? When to Spend the Money…?

Spending money on a lifestyle or hobby is an easy purchase because it makes you feel good. However, the amount you spend is up to you, and expensive gear is not necessary at first for two reasons: Cheap gear can get you pretty far You may not know yourself as an artist yet. Musicians go through life cycles when it comes to their art. Any interest typically starts out as a simple goal or desire to emulate something you have always wanted to do or become. For me it was Nirvana in the late 90’s. Being from Seattle, I found their story to be elusive, and the music was dirty, rebellious and iconic. My interest in Nirvana made me want...

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Pedals or Band Members..?

People start bands every day, and the first thought is usually to find members. Two guitarists, a bass player, drummer, vocals, and keys etc… Why all these people? Less really can be more. The less people needed to make a decision the better. I have been in both 4 and 5 piece bands, as well worked with large teams in business. It can be a nightmare… A few years ago my buddy and I started a 3-piece band. Me (guitar & vocals) him drums, and one other friend playing bass. It was simple from a collaborative perspective but lacking in sound. To solve this problem we had to get creative. The solution was integrating 2 Boss RC-2 loop stations. Each one...

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