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Taylor

Taylor
November 25, 2011

Holiday Buying Guide: Electronic Drum Kit Bundles

If you’re a drummer, you know how hard it is to be able to practice or jam on your kit without making the whole neighborhood file a petition to stop the noise. You need a way to hear and feel the power of a drum kit while remaining quiet. The best way to do that is with an electronic drum kit. Now while these kits do provide an alternative to noisy acoustic drums, they also have incredible features that allow for more than just a muted practice/jam experience. They have built in sounds, training tools, and connectivity to your personal computer so you can download more sounds or start recording. There are a plethora of kits out there so we decided to help you pick the best one for your Little Drummer Boy (or Girl) this holiday season.

 

STARTER KIT: Alesis DM6

Maybe the person you are giving the gift of …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
November 25, 2011

Holiday Buying Guide: Home Recording Studio Bundle

Home recording studios allow you to have the freedom to write and record your music whenever you want, without having to travel to a studio. With the amount of choices and almost endless combinations, we decided to put together these home recording studio bundles. Each bundle includes an interface, microphone with accessories, and a way to monitor your recordings. Check it out.

STARTER PACKAGE – M-Audio Fast Track, CAD GXL3000 condenser mic with mic stand, pop filter, and Samson HP-10 headphones

The Fast Track Pro delivers all the mobile recording flexibility of the Fast Track USB, plus even more professional features.  You get 2 front-panel mic/line inputs complete with phantom power for condenser microphones, inserts for outboard effects balanced and unbalanced analog outputs, S/PDIF digital I/O, MIDI I/O, and more.  Fast Track Pro also features near-zero latency direct hardware monitoring and low-latency ASIO software monitoring, plus an A/B source switch …

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Taylor

Taylor
November 25, 2011

Holiday Buying Guide: DJ Bundle

With so many DJ controllers available on the market, it’s hard to figure out which one to select for the holidays. Deciding between 2-Deck and 4-Deck controllers is tough, then there’s the decision whether to get a controller that works with Traktor, Serato, or Virtual DJ. The options are abundant and no controller is the same as another. We’ve put together these three bundles to help make your decision easier.  They are divided into three categories, starter, bang for you buck, and our editor’s choice. Check it out.

STARTER PACKAGE – Hercules MK4 with  Dennon HP500 Headphones

For those of you just starting out in DJing, you need not look further than Hercules and their MK4 DJ controller.  Hercules is credited with creating the first DJ controller and they are absolute experts in controller creation as this controller has all the features you would need.

The Hercules MK4 controller is great for …

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
November 16, 2011

What’s a preamp? And why do I need one?

When I used to think of preamps, I used to think of them as a lifeless utility device. I suppose they are, ultimately – I’ve never had a conversation with one and they do serve a function. But, preamps also have their own personalities. Let’s go back to how I first really knew they existed.

Way back in time (a land before the laptop computer) I owned an acoustic guitar and bought a pickup to put in the guitar because I was too broke to own both an acoustic and an electric. But, recording the guitar was always awful because I captured a ton of noise and it was always so darned quiet. I don’t even want to tell you what I was recording on, it’s too dark, I can’t go back there – just know that there were about 10 people recording audio on the computer back then and …

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
September 12, 2011

What’s the right DAW Software for me?

It is time for the masses to rise and say, “enough!” Are you like me? Are you sick of reading product reviews, spec sheets and talking to professionals about which interface may be right for you? If so, this is the article for you.

Who are the best people to ask?

First of all, if you are blessed with an uncle who never married, squeezes into his Kia, works part-time as a security guard at Walgreens and is secretly smarter than everyone else alive – consider yourself lucky. This is just the type of person that you need to approach with this quandary. Even if your personal expert never completed a song after using their favorite DAW for the past seven years, they know an awful lot. The person who has used Sonar for years and once used Cubase may still be an expert at Cubase. So, don’t discount their …