musician's guide

how to buy a MicYou’ve found your band and you’ve learned a few tunes. You’ve also played in your bedroom for hours on hours. You are ready to try recording some tunes. But, you need to buy your first mic. What microphone should you buy as your first mic? We are going to give you four suggestions that you should buy. Each mic recommended will be under 100 bucks(cheap in mic standards) but these mics will also never be outgrown as you progress musically.

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Turn off- If you are on stage, please turn off/mute the sound feed going to the audience. The audience does not want to hear you tune.

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1. Take a look at this chart, it represents the circle of 5ths (open in new window). The outside letters represent the major keys and the inside letters represent their relative minors. If you don't understand what that means, thats okay for now, keep reading.

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Live Sound: an Indie Band Guide

We have all been there, you are a musician and you are trying to play a show and do your own sound. When you are a band playing in bars that don’t provide their own sound guy, the duties of musician AND sound guy fall on you. Let’s face it though; you spent most of your time practicing your songs and instrument, not on how to run sound. Here are a few things that will help you get started. This is just a quick down and dirty overview so you can get a PA working without much experience.

What is Phase?

When we talk about live sound or recording with mics, we hear a lot about phase cancellation. We know it is bad, but what is it really? Let’s not confused phase with the guitar effect known as phaser(that is different). Phase becomes something we have to worry about when we have two microphones recording the same sound (one mic can also have phase issues but is not as common). Phase cancellation is when the same sound is played out of a speaker at a slightly delayed time.This causes the speakers to play nothing or distorted sound. We will try to keep this a pretty high level overview. With that said, please keep in mind that some of the descriptions we provide will not be 100% “technically” accurate but used to demonstrate the principles at work; Don’t worry we will tell you if we are making stuff up.

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