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NAMM 2014: Gear-Geekedness

by chckn8r from 01-28-2014

SousaphoneI'm a gear geek. I'll admit it.

 

When I was asked to cover NAMM for Best Buy Canada, I was on cloud nine. The show was busy and we had a lot of appointments with vendors with a focus to get a first look at the exciting gear that Best Buy will be offering you.

 

Along the way, I HAD to take a look at the gear that I'd love to take home to my studio. Here are some of the products I saw that had me checking my bank account.

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NAMM 2014: Things that made you go Hmmmm....

by chckn8r from 01-28-2014

26 string bass guitar.jpgThe trip to NAMM this year was packed! I thought I'd write a post of some things that personally caught my eye in a head-scratching way. My francophone counterpart, Marc-Andre and I walked dozens of kilometers over the past four days. 

 

Here's a few of the things that made me go hmmm ...

 

(including the 24 string bass guitar shown here!)

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NAMM 2014: ESP Guitars - Works of Art

by chckn8r from 01-26-2014

ESP Guitars - or are they?From what I understand, Best Buy and ESP are negotiating an exclusive model of their guitars that you can only get through Best Buy. Unfortunately, I can't share any details about that deal at this point in time.

 

However, I took a spin through the ESP booth today and was left speechless by what I saw. There are some beautifully crafted guitars hanging on the walls throughout the booth. The folks at ESP obviously like building guitars and are very creative .... to the extreme! To placate your interest, take a look at the photos of the models we found there...

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NAMM 2014: Gibson Les Paul Guitars

by chckn8r from 01-26-2014

Wall of Gibson GuitarsGibson showed us some truly beautiful guitars in the Melody Maker and SG lines. They are celebrating their 120th anniversary this year and have added some really tasteful extras to their lines to celebrate.

 

What I really found exciting was the Min-ETune feature hardware that Gibson demonstrated to us. Will this be the end of manual tuning?

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Your Best Sound: Learn about Audio Interfaces

by chckn8r from 04-15-2014

Interface CoverIf, like most home or project studio owners, you’ve opted to use a computer as the center of your studio, then you’ll most likely be hearing a lot about audio interfaces. 

 

For the typical home user, the sound card on your computer is just fine. Unfortunately, for a studio owner, you’ll very quickly find that the onboard sound system is inadequate for your needs. They’re typically noisy, they lack inputs and outputs you’ll most likely need and they can be inefficient in the way they translate analog and digital audio.

 

That’s where audio interfaces come into the picture. An audio interface is a piece of dedicated hardware that you connect to your computer. In the most basic sense, the interface is the audio middleman between you (the real world) and the computer. 

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Your Best Sound: Pick Your DAW

by chckn8r from 04-08-2014

DAW TornadoFor the vast majority of home studio owners, the DAW software is the control center of their studio. The DAW is the program that allows you to create, record, edit and arrange audio.

 

Picking one that fits your needs can be a confusing tornado of options, features and opinion. Which one do you chose? 

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Your Best Sound: What Studio Am I?

by chckn8r from 04-01-2014

What StudioHow are you going to be using your studio?

 

The answers to this question will set you on a path to figuring out what you might need to start your journey in recording. There are many, many different configurations of gear that can be assembled into a studio. Which configuration fits your needs best?

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Raise your Voice and the Roof with the Right Microphone

There’s something about a microphone that makes you feel like a superstar. Whether you’re bringing down the house with your killer vocals or inspiring audiences with a speech, microphones are necessary for projecting your voice to a crowd. Make your voice heard with Best Buy’s wide selection of mics from brands like Sony, Shure, Audio Technica, Samson, and Neutrik.

Dynamic Microphone

Dynamic mics are the most common type of microphones used in live sound environments. These mics are ruggedly built, don’t require a power supply or batteries, and produce excellent sound quality. They also have a limited frequency response so they can withstand high sound pressure levels, making them ideal for use with vocals, drums, guitar or any other kind of instrument.

Condenser Microphones

Condenser microphones are usually used in recording studios due to their sensitivity to loud sounds, but they are gaining popularity in live music settings as well. They offer a greater frequency and transient response, which is the ability to accurately reproduce the speed of a musical instrument or voice.

Wireless Microphones
 
Wireless mics use radio waves to transmit your sound to an audio receiver and give you the freedom to move around the stage. They are also great for performing dance routines while singing since you never have to worry about getting tangled up in wires.
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