Survival Tips For The Recording Studio First Timer

Don’t take it for granted – this is your chance to create history So you’re heading into the studio to lay down your first single, EP or, if you’re lucky, a debut album. With the rise of the home studio artist and the copious amounts of completely affordable portable studio equipment available, the recording studio… Read More

The Evolution And History Of DJ Equipment

Two turntables and a microphone DJing has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the 1940’s. As music was introduced into radio stations as a way of breaking up the talking, there grew a requirement for specialist equipment on which the radio presenters could play their tunes. As the musical element grew in… Read More

How To Record A Full Band With Ableton Live

Tips for full band recording Ableton Live is well known for its suitability with regards to electronic music. With its unique clip-launching functionality, and tonnes of instantly changeable instruments and plugins, Live has long been seen as the go-to choice of producers and DJs. What a lot of people don’t realise though is that it also excels… Read More

How To Become A Session Drummer

Making a passion into a profession Session work is a hugely alluring area of the music industry to work in. It’s become increasingly visible in this day and age, both in the studio and on stage, with many aspiring musicians setting their sights on a session career over traditional rock stardom. Factors such as technological advancement and decreasing label budgets are however… Read More

What Is Open Handed Drumming?

Open handed playing techniques to consider The art of drumming is often looked upon as still being in its infancy. However, in recent years, with the help of the internet and the ever-increasing access to information, we have become more exposed to innovators and can aspire to follow in their footsteps. One fundamental playing style that… Read More

Finding A Drum Kit Set-up To Suit You

Demystifying the drum kit selection process When it comes to setting up drums, whether you are unboxing your first kit, or victim to the 15 minute change-over as you take the stage of your local gigging spot, you need to have a firm grasp of the equipment you’re dealing with and the set-up to suit you. The… Read More

What Is A Dynamic Microphone

A closer look at the most commonly used microphone type Within the world of microphones, each variety has benefits and drawbacks depending on the application. Condenser microphones often work best in a studio setting on account of their sensitivity to a wide range of musical frequencies, however they require a power source and are often more fragile than other mics… Read More

10 First Gig Essentials For Guitarists

You will definitely need these… When the time comes for you to move out of your practice room/garage/mums front room (we’ve all been there) and on to a stage for the first time wielding your guitar, chances are you’re going to be feeling a little anxious, a little excited and probably a little bit sick. Nerves… Read More

Acoustic Treatment Basics

Tame those wild frequencies For those of us who have home studio setups, or a recording rig at their band room, the issue of acoustic treatment is one which perhaps goes under the radar slightly. Sure, we’ve all seen those pictures of high end studios with obscurely shaped pieces of foam on the walls and muttered… Read More

10 Essential Drum Rudiments

Getting your drum rudiments in order Drum rudiments are essential for any drummer looking to develop and apply patterns. Rudiments are the foundation of playing drums, yet some players develop a stigma towards the practice of the 40 rudiments (the Percussive Arts Society took the ‘essential’ rudiment count from 26 to 40 in 1984) that are… Read More