The Hammond organ has earned its place in music history, and here are five examples of why it spans genre and time to endure. Read More.
The Hammond organ is the most commonly heard type of organ in popular music. It can be a complicated and challenging instrument, so here are some tips to help you get started. Read More.
A recent show by The Vijay Iyer Trio inspired me as they pushed the limits when it came to creating new musical sounds and organic sonic textures. You can too! Read More.
In our August Disc Makers Twitter chat (#DMchat), Graham Cochrane, mixing engineer and founder of The Recording Revolution, gave us an overview of audio mixing fundamentals for musicians of all genres. Read More.
Other than cost, which is one obvious reason headphones are a worthwhile option, here are three advantages to mixing on headphones in your home studio. Read More.
Each of the basic effects pedals we covered in Part 1 is still made today, by a variety of manufacturers. That’s one of the things that makes the pedal world so fascinating. New takes on classic effects come out continuously, each offering some sort of variation or wrinkle that can help you further refine your own special sound. Read more.
In part one, we rewind some of the history of these interesting devices, including links to product pages and demos of effects pedals in action. In part two, we identify some of the current stomp boxes and multi effects units that can help you create signature sounds. Read more.
If you focus too much of your work on a single instrument in a complex arrangement, you likely will miss the fact that even if you have improved the sound of that one instrument, everything else may have been impacted negatively. Get the mix you want, mix down to a stereo file, and then perform mastering as a separate last step. Read more.
Backstage is a new program from Disc Makers that offers exclusive deals on music gear and provides member-only access to discounts on services such as gig booking and post-production mastering, plus plenty of other special offers created for the independent musician. Read more.
So you want a killer home recording studio that can deliver great sounding tracks and not break the bank? Graham Cochrane lets you know exactly how to do that in this rundown of the five essential pieces of recording equipment you need in your home studio setup. Read more.
Disc Makers announces the return of our bi-annual sweepstakes — with a twist. This time around we’ve got three separate giveaways: one for guitarists, one for drummers, and one targeted to home recording enthusiasts. Co-sponsored by CD Baby, Sweetwater, Cakewalk, TASCAM, Auralex, Audio-Technica, Godin Guitars, Roland, Taylor Guitars, Bold Face, and Ernie Ball, these giveaways each feature over $4,000 in prizes. Deadline for entries is November 30, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random for each giveaway on or before December 10, 2014. Read more.
If you’ve never been the victim of music instrument theft, chances are you know someone who has or you’ve seen at least one Facebook post about someone’s stolen music instrument. We’re sharing five simple things you can do to prevent theft and set yourself up for recovery in case it happens to you! Read more.
Disc Makers, CD Baby, and Sweetwater have partnered with Yamaha, PreSonus, Ibanez, Fender, Line 6, Shure, and Ultimate Support to create the Independent Musician Sweepstakes – our biggest home recording sweepstakes ever. The Grand Prize, worth over $20,000, features everything an independent musician needs to record, mix, manufacture, and sell your next CD. Read more.
The Independent Musician Sweepstakes includes a prize package worth over $15,000 in audio recording equipment, prizes, and more from Disc Makers, CD Baby, HostBaby, Antares, iZotope, Apogee, Gobbler, Aphex, Sonic Reality, MAGIX, Rain Computers, Audio-Technica, AVID, and Auralex. Read more.
The dividing line between what used to be referred to as “home studio” vs. “professional” recording gear is barely discernable – and the performance and specs of nearly all of the contenders in the home recording marketplace are now near parity. As a result, the differences that distinguish one model from another are often the user interface, the quality of tech support, and whether or not there’s an established user base that can offer ideas and tips for how best to use any particular system. Read more.