As we all know, practice is the key to success (in pretty much all things), but sometimes we hit a rut, or just don't seem to be improving. It happens to the best of us! And that's when the passion for our drumming, the motivation, can sometimes dwindle. Frustration sets in and the idea of practice, because we feel it isn't working, just doesn't appeal.
So how about this for a morale booster when you find yourself in this situation? It's all about the difference between what your limbs might be feeling, and the sound your limbs are actually producing (well, the drums, if you get my drift!).
Digital pianos have come a tremendously long way in the last 25 years. Whereas a piano student of the 1990s would be hard pressed to find an affordable digital instrument bearing much resemblance to a real instrument, they are now very much a viable, and affordable alternative. Continue Reading
In the wake of the new Launchpad S Control Pack, the guys at Novation have released two more handy tutorial videos to add to their already extensive library of handy tips and tricks. The first video examines the performance side of things while the other concentrates on production.
Wow, what a clinic! I think it's fair to say that everyone who joined us in our Bournemouth pro-music superstore last Friday was absolutely blown away by Jojo's seemingly superhuman skills on the drums. However, behind the scenes, Jojo was also dishing out a special stick warm-up exercise with Mike Dolbear. Check it out below and get practising!
Moog have recently released a video showing how you can use the Moog Sub Phatty to create your own basic analogue kick, snare and hi-hat sounds. They've also provided a free pdf guide to creating your own percussion sounds. CLICK HERE to download it.
Check out the video below, which demonstrates that the Sub Phatty isn't just a bass and lead machine, but it's also more than capable of creating classic electronic percussion sounds, which you can then save as presets or sample for manipulation in your sampler of choice.
If you're new to the world of wireless microphones then the prospect of choosing the right system can be a very daunting one. If you're unsure about which wireless system would suit your needs then of course, the best thing to do would be to give us a call on 01202 597180 and speak to one of our experienced experts. However, for those that want some preliminary help, Shure have created a handy little video. Check it out below!
If you've experienced using effects pedals within your signal chain then you'll be well aware of how these otherwise enjoyable little boxes can sometimes have quite a negative effect on your tone when disengaged. An instrument's signal is a sensitive thing for sure & I'm here to tell you that anything & EVERYTHING placed between your guitar & amp will have an influence regardless of how insignificant it may seem. In a world where buzzwords such as 'True Bypass' etc. are often misunderstood & acted upon incorrectly, obtaining a pure & transparent tone can sometimes seem like a mystical & unattainable thing to all but the most experienced & obsessive of tone seekers. If you're interested in demystifying the jargon that surrounds this issue & coming to a sound understanding of the basic principles for obtaining the best tone possible then please do read on...
If you're new to the world of audio recording and production then the prospect of choosing an audio interface can often be a daunting one. What do all those specifications mean? How do you know which interface has the correct number of inputs and outputs for your needs? Indeed, what even is an audio interface? Thankfully, Focusrite have made comparing specifications a whole let easier in their handy reference chart: CLICK HERE to view it or read on to find out more about audio interfaces.
So, you've just upgraded to Pro Tools 11, you've loaded everything up, you're excited to get going but wait... what's this? None of your third-party plug-ins are working? What on earth is going on? Let our Pro Tools and HD expert Tom explain...
Croydon-based music production team Disclosure have achieved a rise in success of epic proportions in the past two years. In a short space of time they've gone from creating underground House music to hitting the UK charts at number 2 with 'White Noise' alongside AlunaGeorge.
Point Blank Online's Ski Oakenfull has taken it upon himself to deconstruct this tune in Ableton 9 and he gives a fantastic overview of how they got their sound, covering everything for root key location to programming of effects & sound design within Ableton's own soft synths.