Rust-Busting Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

October 8, 2012
Got an unused instrument lurking in your closet? Take it out, dust it off, restring if necessary, and then go hunting for new sounds. The extra effort will often
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Meet My Tele Choir

September 5, 2012
Ah, the good old Telecaster. Yes, it’s hard to play—at least in comparison to some guitars—but I view it as one of the most flexible recording and gigging guitars around.
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Pros and Cons of Real Amps VS. Software Amps

August 10, 2012
I’ve amassed a small but very useful amp collection that actually has a lot to do with plug-ins.
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Panning Your Guitar in the Mix

July 9, 2012
Universal Audio’s EP-34 Tape Echo plug-in (based on the original Echoplex tape delay units) simulates a vintage tape delay and offers opportunities for creative panning. If you want your
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Emergency Truss-Rod Tweaks

June 8, 2012
Within a short period of time, my guitar went from its comfy, climate-controlled home into freezing temperatures hovering around zero, and then directly down into the heat and humidity of the Caribbean.
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Power and Protection for your Studio

May 11, 2012
It’s time to think about taking steps to not only clean up your power, but to protect your valuable gear.
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Session Dos and Don'ts

April 6, 2012
These simple ideas can help you achieve better tracks and a more rewarding end result.
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Keeping it Simple in the Studio

March 9, 2012
On “When the Levee Breaks” from Led Zeppelin IV, Jimmy Page’s guitar parts are panned left and right, and mixed quite dry with some deep flange. Conversely, the drums
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Play to Your Strengths

February 10, 2012
It’s worth taking a moment to think about what it means to play to our individual strengths and the strengths of our selected instruments.
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Grooving To A Virtual Drummer

January 10, 2012
Aside from using the loops in my TV productions, I like jamming to them. It’s a great way to practice locking into a real drummer’s beats.
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Sonic Secrets From The Clubhouse

December 20, 2011
At Clubhouse recording studio in Rhinebeck, New York, owner and engineer Paul Antonell has a collection of more than 50 new and vintage amps, and guitarists from around the world seek out his studio and personal expertise to deliver memorable tones.
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Dealing With Delay

November 15, 2011
To give yourself—and your mix engineer—the greatest flexibility in the final stages of production, consider splitting your signal before it hits the delay and capturing two guitar tracks, one clean and one effected.
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Exploring Impulse Response Reverb

October 18, 2011
While the sound of amp simulators gets better each year, to my ears the Achilles heel has always been reverb.
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Al Di Meola on Total Focus

September 20, 2011
So why is it that so many of us are still drawn to stuff from the past—things like classic songs and albums?
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Secrets of Compression, Pt. 2

August 16, 2011
This month, we’ll explore compression for guitar as it relates to guitar pedals
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Secrets of Compression, Pt. 1

July 19, 2011
Compression in the studio and how you can apply it to your tracks during mixdown.
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Mixing—It's All in the Details

June 14, 2011
Mixing can be the most frustrating part of any project. The pressure is on you or whomever is mixing the music to get the kick to be heard with the bass, every vocal level balanced with just the right amount of EQ, every guitar lick punched through, and every reverb just right.
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Home Studio Ergonomics

May 17, 2011
LEFT: In a studio, position your chair and monitors so your head forms an equilateral triangle with the tweeters. This “sweet spot” provides the ideal listening position for mixing
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Guitar Orchestration: Orchestration Maneuvers in the DAW

May 17, 2011
Add depth, dimension, and emotion to your recordings using techniques gleaned from masters like Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Jimmy Page.
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Pocket Power Tools

April 19, 2011
Four apps that Rich relies on: Cleartune Chromatic Tuner, Sonoma Wire Works FourTrack, Guitar Jam Tracks--Acoustic Blues, iReal Book, AOL Radio, and Voice Memos.
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