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Remembering Chris Cornell

Remembering Chris Cornell

Like most of us GenXers, I was shocked and saddened to learn of Chris' passing last week. There's not much to say that hasn't already been said at this point, but of the 90s Grunge pioneers that we've lost, Chris probably meant the most to me. While I miss the music of Kurt (Nirvana) and Layne (Alice in Chains), Chris was more than just Soundgarden, he was living proof of musical evolution and diversity. And I would dare say that he was a major influence on established and up and coming rockers. I remember reading an article way back in...

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Using Compressor Pedals - The Big Squeeze

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Using Compressor Pedals - The Big Squeeze

Of all the pedals that go on a pedal board, none are shrouded in mystery more than the compressor pedal. For some, it’s an essential element to their tone, for others, it controls their dynamics and sustain, for rest of us it might as well have a question mark screen-printed on it.  What we’re going to do in this blog entry is shed a little light on the compressor pedal, what it does, and how to use it properly to get the most out of it. Stick around, you might find it’s the pedal you been missing this whole time....

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Tax Tools and Tips for the Working Musician

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Tax Tools and Tips for the Working Musician

Rather than offer up a pedal related post this week, I thought it might be a good opportunity to bring up a subject that we all love to hate, taxes. April is a wonderful time of the year. Time to start putting away the cold weather clothes, dust off your exercise equipment, and start getting your music gear ready for the upcoming tour season. But there’s still that one day in April that looms over all Americans every year like a dark cloud, April 15th, Tax Day. This year is an exception, as Tax Day has been moved to April...

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Using Pedals with Synths Part Two

Using Pedals with Synths Part Two

Using Pedals with Synths Part 2- Creative Connections Welcome to the second video blog that delves into using pedals with synths. In this previous video, we took a synth with multiple outputs and routed them to different selections of pedals. In this example, I'm using the Arturia Minibrute analog synth, which has a single output. This synth has an amazing vibe and can easily integrate into anyone's synth rig. It even has an audio input essentially making it an FX processor for vocals or guitar. The easy solution here would be to route the single output to a chain of...

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Overdrive/Distortion/Fuzz - There is a Difference.

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Overdrive/Distortion/Fuzz - There is a Difference.

The sound of a distorted guitar or bass is so recognizable to anyone who either listens to or plays music, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone unfamiliar with that sweet sonic bliss, heavy crunch, or nuclear meltdown that comes from a great distortion pedal.  While the classifications overdrive, distortion, and fuzz tend to be used interchangeably, there is a true difference and use for each of these pedals.  Overdrive pedals can create both subtle warm tones at lower volumes and nasty harsh tones as the volume increases. You'll find overdrives used more commonly with blues and rock.  Distortion pedals create...

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