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Acoustic EQ for Stage: Part 2

January 1, 2010
The next step in optimizing acoustic sound is explored: strings.
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Interview: Dann Huff, part 2: On Studio Preparedness and Recording Tips

December 30, 2009
Award-winning producer Dann Huff shares his studio tips
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Interview: Dann Huff, part 1: On Being a Producer and Keith Urban

December 23, 2009
In the first installment of our two-part interview, Dann Huff discusses Keith Urban’s guitar work on Defying Gravity, how he defines his role as a producer, and the pros and cons of plug-ins and effects.
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A DIY Tool for Tuning in Loud Environments

December 22, 2009
Stress no more about tuning acoustic guitars in loud venues. You can make this tool with extra parts you have lying around.
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Secrets of the Masters: "Dirty White Boy” by Foreigner

December 21, 2009
Foreigner''s "Dirty White Boy" master tracks reveal a state-of-the-art late-''70s recording process
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Situational Awareness: Does it Work Onstage?

December 17, 2009
What is situational awareness, and how can you use it to help a gig go smoother?
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Things You Gotta Do to Land the Saturday Night Live Gig

December 17, 2009
Connections, preparedness and confidence lead to the gig of a lifetime.
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Want Reverb? Your Choices Are Plenty

December 17, 2009
Using impulse response/convolution reverbs to help smooth out your sound.
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Two Letters about … Well, Twins!

December 17, 2009
Two Fender Twin Reverb owners pose questions about their speakers
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Your Tone Formula

December 17, 2009
How understanding why speakers distort can make all the difference in crafting your tone.
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The (In)famous Stratocaster Kill Switch, Part II

December 17, 2009
The benefits of setting up a momentary kill switch on a Stratocaster, and how to do it.
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Gearing Up For Europe

December 17, 2009
How Rick Eckhardt plans his rig for a European tour
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Secrets of the Masters: "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple

December 17, 2009
The sound engineers at OEM Inc. have spent thousands of hours with the original masters of the most famous songs ever recorded. In a new monthly feature, we''ll be bringing you their findings. This month, they share the stories behind Deep Purple''s "Smoke on the Water."
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Spray and Bake: Minor Restoration on a Taylor 814C

December 17, 2009
Fixing light wear on a Taylor acoustic requires precision
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Acoustic EQ for Stage: Part 1

December 3, 2009
Things to consider when optimizing your acoustic sound on stage, beginning with your tonal space, your style of music and how you pick
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Three Days Later with Jim Weider

November 18, 2009
Jim Weider talks recording at Allire Studios
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Getting Lazy with Susan and a ’59 Fender Telecaster

November 18, 2009
Different tools that help you achieve an even coat of finish
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Turn The Amp OFF… Or Else

November 18, 2009
When a business traveler leaves his amp on at home for a month, can Jeff save his once-glorious tone?
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Sharing the Stage with Brian Wooten

November 18, 2009
Rich talks with Trace Adkins guitarist Brian Wooten
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The Start of Something New

November 18, 2009
Introducing new columnist Jared Scharff, guitarist for Saturday Night Live
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