What Are EQ Pedals (Guitar/Bass) & How Do They Work?
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What Are EQ Pedals (Guitar/Bass) & How Do They Work?

Equalization (EQ) is one of the most important and commonly used processes in audio. It makes perfect sense, then, that the market would produce EQ pedals for our guitars and bass guitars. What are EQ pedals, and how do they work? EQ pedals adjust the relative amplitudes of the frequencies within a guitar or bass…

What Are Compressor Pedals (Guitar/Bass) & How Do They Work?
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What Are Compressor Pedals (Guitar/Bass) & How Do They Work?

Compression is one of the most important and popular processes in audio, so it stands to reason that a compressor pedal in a board/rig would be fitting. What are compressor pedals, and how do they work? Compressors pedals reduce the dynamic range of the input guitar/bass signal. A compressor pedal will reduce the amplitude of…

What Are Synth Pedals (Guitar/Bass FX) & How Do They Work?
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What Are Synth Pedals (Guitar/Bass FX) & How Do They Work?

Whether you’re looking to expand the sonic capabilities of your guitar, want a synth but can’t afford one, or trying to kick the synth player out of your band, a synth pedal could be for you! What are synth pedals, and how do they work? A synth pedal is an audio synthesizer in a stompbox format…

What Are Reverb Pedals (Guitar Effects) & How Do They Work?
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What Are Reverb Pedals (Guitar Effects) & How Do They Work?

Reverb is one of the most popular effects for guitarists to have in a pedal. In fact, it’s one of the most common effects in music, period. We can find reverb units on pedalboards around the world. What are reverb pedals, and how do they work? Reverb pedals are [typically] digital and are designed to…

What Are Delay Pedals (Guitar Effects) & How Do They Work?
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What Are Delay Pedals (Guitar Effects) & How Do They Work?

A single delay pedal in a guitarist’s rig can add numerous dimensions to his or her playing. It’s no wonder why delay pedals are so popular on pedalboards around the globe, spanning across nearly all genres of music. What are delay pedals, and how do they work? Delay pedals are stompbox effects units that cause…

How To Order Guitar/Bass Pedals (Ultimate Signal Flow Guide)
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How To Order Guitar/Bass Pedals (Ultimate Signal Flow Guide)

So you’ve picked up some awesome effects pedals for your rig and want to get the most out of them. Understanding signal flow and placing pedals in the proper order will lead to optimal performance. So how should we order our guitar (or bass) pedals for optimal signal flow? Though there are no hard rules…

Guitar Pedals: Boost Vs. Overdrive Vs. Distortion Vs. Fuzz
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Guitar Pedals: Boost Vs. Overdrive Vs. Distortion Vs. Fuzz

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different guitar effect pedals on that market. Boost, overdrive, distortion and fuzz are some of the most common for getting that aggressive sound for your 6 string (or 7… or 8… or 9 and so forth). Knowing the differences between these pedal types will help tremendously in narrowing…

How Do Auto-Tune Microphones Work? (Auto-Tuned Vocals Live)
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How Do Auto-Tune Microphones Work? (Auto-Tuned Vocals Live)

Love it or hate it, the “auto-tune” effect is a pretty cool technological advancement in the field of audio, allowing vocalists to sing into a microphone and have their voices transformed into pitch-perfect notes. How do auto-tune microphones work? Well, there is really no such thing as an “auto-tune microphone.” Rather, the microphone outputs a…

What Is A Microphone High-Pass Filter And Why Use One?
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What Is A Microphone High-Pass Filter And Why Use One?

Some microphones come with switchable options, including various polar patterns, attenuation pads, and, as the title of this article suggests, high-pass filters! The microphone high-pass filter (HPF) proves to be a useful option for many microphone applications. Let’s talk about HPFs and how they relate to microphones. So what is a microphone high-pass filter, and…

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5 Essential Hardware Pieces For The Bedroom Studio

As a follow-up to my blog post titled Making Music With What You’ve Got, I figure I should discuss the gear that makes up the foundation of a studio. Everyone’s workflow is a bit different, but these 5 essential hardware pieces for the bedroom studio are what I believe to be the fundamentals of a good home music studio….

5 Essential Mixing Tools In Your Digital Audio Workstation
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5 Essential Mixing Tools In Your Digital Audio Workstation

As with most jobs, we need tools in order to do them correctly. Mixing requires mixing tools. This can be outboard hardware or ‘in the box’ software. This article focuses on software Digital Audio Workstations and their mixing tools, most of which are called plugins. There are plenty of plugins out there, both free and paid….