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The Quick and Dirty Guide to Cables for Musicians

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The rule of thumb for the importance of components in your signal chain is pretty much an upside-down pyramid. The closer you are to the source, the greater the part quality tends to play. There is one common element that links all these components, however: cables.

4 Smart Tips to Save Your Dying Music Gear

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We all have music gear lying around that we're not entirely happy with or we think is "on its way out." Whether your gear is actually dying or just dead to you, it may be time to take some inventory. Before it winds up forever shoved to the back of a closet, on eBay, or becomes part of a trade-in deal in conjunction with your firstborn child and soul at your favorite chain music store, here's some food for thought. Like Johnnie Taylor says, sometimes it's "cheaper to keep her."

4 of the Most Common Misconceptions About In-Ear Monitors

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Lately, in-ear monitors (herein referred to as IEMs) have been a hot topic in the music world. As the technology becomes cheaper and consumer (and the ever loved/despised "prosumer") offerings become more prevalent in the market, everyone seems to be jonesing to make the jump.

Yes, there can be a number of benefits of moving to IEMs rather than a more traditional monitor wedge/loudspeaker setup. However, IEMs are not a magic-bullet, fix-all solution. Sure, they may give you a professional appearance, but there are a number of drawbacks and misconceptions that need to be managed and addressed when trying to enter into the IEM world, especially at a "budget" price point. Here are four of the most common ones.

The Essential Guide to Microphone Pickup Patterns: What Every Musician Needs to Know

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In the world of audio, not all microphones are created equal. For the most part, all microphones do the same thing: take a physical sound and translate it into something that we can control electrically. The way in which they go about doing it, however, can make all the difference in having the best sound you can onstage and in the studio. I thoroughly encourage musicians to get to know microphones, find out which ones work best for them, and own their own mics for that purpose. 

Angry Sound Guy

Jan 14, 2015 08:00 AM

Aaron Staniulis

How to Create a Stage Plot and Input List That Sound Techs Will Love

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The key to any good performance is being prepared. This doesn't just mean you should know your songs, though – another part of this process is making sure the venue knows what to expect from you. When you give a venue and its staff a heads up on what you need, the better prepared they can be and the less chance of turning someone into an "Angry Sound Guy." Many festivals request a stage plot and input list ahead of time, but it doesn't hurt to send them whenever you advance a show. This is especially true if you have specific requirements for your physical setup.