Tag: advice

Beginners Electric Guitar Pack Advice

Well it’s that time of year again, hopefully you’ve landed on this page looking for a good value Electric Guitar or Starter pack. I’ll be honest, as a guitar teacher I’m always asked what’s the best guitar to start on and how much should I spend. I always respond that you pay what you can […]

Electric Guitars 2009: Budget and Beginners

Getting ready for this years Christmas? Looking for the ideal guitar for the complete beginner? Hopefully this article on what is available this year and what I personally recommend will help point you  in the right direction. The guitars in this article will be budget/beginners style guitars so the scores out of 10 will reflect […]

Free Drum VST: CM-505 well almost.

Another great reason to get Computer Music magazine is the CM-505. ‘The CM-505 is a 24 note-polyphonic VST drum synthesizer. The instrument is designed specifically for creating synthetic drum sounds; no samples are used to create its sounds, not even a single cycle. The sounds created by the CM-505 have their roots in classic analogue drum […]

Songwriting and Composition primer

Before I launch into this I should explain that although I’m not an expert I do have a small amount of critical success with my own songwriting. Success in songwriting for me is not represented by how much a song makes in monetary returns or how many back slaps I get. Success for me is […]

Testing Enviroment

Recently I’ve been checking out mini amps and doing audio reviews. The following list is the equipment used when testing. Recording Equipment: Studio Projects – C1 Condenser Microphone t.bone SC-300 Session Master SCM 300 Condenser Microphone Trakstar Pen Condenser Microphone Joe Meek VC3 Compressor AKG N62E PhantomPower Unit Behringer Xenyx 1622FX Guitars Used: Fender 1990 […]

Acoustic Guitar – Buying Advice – Beginner

Buying your first acoustic guitar can be quite a daunting task. Especially as a birthday or christmas present. As a guitar teacher I get asked a lot about the best acoustic guitar to start on. My advice goes like so, Spend no more than £150-£200 and no less than you can afford. The Guitars listed […]

Home Recording Tips – Drums

Recording at home is hard – as a musician I find myself having to be producer, sound engineer, arranger, mastering engineer and IT department. That said it is a lot of fun and does bring it’s own rewards, even if they’re not financial. Let’s face it most project studios are potential money pits ha ha. […]

EQ – Jargon Busting – Graphic EQ

Graphic EQ – Basically as above picture shows the ‘graphic’ eq is a series of sliders. These sliders are preset values/frequencies – the curve is created by moving the sliders up and down. A cut would mean pulling a slider down and a boost would mean moving the slider up. Other Graphic EQ’s include these […]

Midi and Vst setup – Sonar

Click on the midi track number, As shown below. It it will turn yellow To assign the ‘Vst instrument’ Left Click the box the arrow is pointing at. Choose Vst instrument. For Vst Instruments that have several instruments assigned to different channels. If you have setup your VST to have multiple instruments on channels 1-16 […]