Audix om2 microphone

Audix om2 microphone

Making music isn’t just about guitars and drums, you also need to have your voice heard (although for some of us maybe that isn’t such a good idea). That means buying a good mike. Cheap microphones have a muddy distorted sound that rarely enhances the sound of your band. Choosing a good microphone can be tough, there are a lot of them our there and every music store claims to sell the best mikes at the best price, so which one to choose?

Studio or Live

This is a pretty important question. Are you planning to use the microphone for a studio or a live application? While you can sometimes get away with a somewhat lower quality microphone in live noisy applications, this is a very poor idea when you are in the studio. To be expected, studio microphones are usually much higher quality and come with a much higher price tag while. If you happen to have the budget for studion quality mikes you might consider leaving them at home for road trips where the higher quality will not be needed. Really no one is going to notice the difference in a crowded nightclub.

There are several good microphones that bridge the gap between studio and live. The Audix OM2 is a good example. The Audix OM2 is a Hypercardioid, daynamic microphone with a frequency responce of 50HZ to 16kHz. This means that is works well for a wide variety of applications like live recording and broadcast of lead and backing vocals. It also does a good job of reproducing instruments like the sax, brass instruments, string instruments like guitar and violin, wind instruments like the flute and percussion instruments like drums.

Audix OM2 Hypercardioid Microphone

Our review keys in on clear, accurate voice reproduction with resistance to background noise. Three of the Audix OM2 Microphones were purchased and installed to be used in a (more…)

 

Alright so you got your guitar. Its got all six strings(not necessarily a requirement, but definitely a plus). You got two hands, once again not necessarily a requirement, but definitely a plus(I’ve seen some guys do it with one hand or even their feet). You got a little time, so what’s next.

The fastest and best way of learning is through a trained guitar teacher or an experienced friend, but it is not the only way. You can also teach yourself, definitely not the quickest way, but with time and effort it can get the job done.

So once you got the basics what do you do next? Normally, it is start learning other people’s songs. One of the easiest ways of doing this is by using guitar tabs. Unlike written music, you can learn how to read tabs in about five minutes. If you need some help on reading tabs we have an article just for you. It goes over the basics of reading tabs. Click here to check it out.

Next step is to find the tablature you are looking for. Now if you are looking for tabs on the internet you will literally find 100’s of different websites claiming that they have the best and largest archive of tablature. So what we are going to do today is talk about some of the largest and most successful tablature sites.

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You got it down! You look good, you sound good, everyone says your hot (no counting your mom)! Now what? How do you start landing gigs? What’s the first step to getting that record deal?

Sell your Music Online – Digital Music

Likely by now you’ve recorded your band playing. If not, well,,,, Find a way.  You might be able to find a small studio that will allow you to record (for a small price), most towns have at least one. Get your songs on a disk and get it in a digital music format like the mp3 or mp4 format. Digital formats are they type you will use to promote your music on the internet.

Make a Band Site

Next make a website to start selling your songs on. By doing a Google search you will find software that allows you to easily use a wordpress blog or other style of website to sell your songs using Paypal to collect the payments. A blog works well because you can also talk about your band, add pictures, talk about your songs etc. and start gaining traffic directly from the search engines. Each person you get to come to your site is a potential fan and music buyer.

Likely you will want to use song clips so people can listen to part of the song to see if they want to buy it. You can link to these clips from Facebook, Twitter and a whole range of different sites to help promote your music.

Music Videos

Finally,  create a video. (more…)

 

Alright you have worked hard, saved a bunch of money. Now you are ready to buy your dream instrument, that $6,000 custom Les Paul guitar. Or maybe it is your new amp set up. You crank it up and you can over power all the stereos within a 10 block radius.

Or maybe, you like collecting instruments. In that collection could pianos, horns, stringed instruments, you name it. Whoever you are whether you make a money playing gigs, you’re a classical nut or you just like collecting. They all share a common denominator. It can all be gone in less than a half hour.
What!?!?! You might say, but think about it is not all that out of the question. How many people lost all of their belongings in New Orleans when Katrina hit, including their instruments? What about fires? Or thieves? And let’s not for get accidents. (more…)

 

It is really is amazing how the guitar has been mixed with technology in recent years to the point of creating a truly digital guitar. Some might say that the music industry reached that point as soon as the electric guitar came out which uses primarily magnetic vibrations for tone and sound instead of the natural sound an acoustic guitar produces.

Now technology has taken it a step farther. To the point that technology is just as essential as picks, strings and tuning pegs, sometimes even fazing out these natural elements of a guitar. No I am not talking about Guitar Hero. While how the game was produced is pretty amazing and it is definitely a lot of fun, we all know Guitar Hero has yet create a real musician. No we are talking about something much more real. (more…)

 

Imagine you living the good life. You’re playing two gigs every day. And in-between the gigs getting served at your beck and call whatever is your heart’s desire. With a shrimp cocktail in one hand and a fresh pina colada in the other hand. Lounging back taking in the Caribbean sun. Traveling the world.

Sounds pretty good, huh? Sounds like the life of a rock star, right? What is it, you may ask. Probably not what you are thinking, not too many people think of making this a part of their career as musician, but as you can see it definitely has a benefit or two.

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Let’s face it, it is not easy to make it as a musician. Sure it is every musician’s dream to make the big time. To go on world tours. To be a rock star. To sell a million copies of an album. Not trying to bust your dreams, but not that many make it.

It takes more than just being a very good musician. It also takes being at the right place at the right time. You could be an excellent guitarist and never quite make it because you were never at exactly the right place.

Hey, maybe some of you will make the big time, but it still could be 5, 10 years down the line. In the mean time are you happy living in you parents basement waiting for your big break until you’re 45 cause you don’t have a real job? Maybe you’re OK with that and your parents don’t mind having a 45 year old child living with them. If that is the case, more power to you.

But, if you’re not OK being jobless, living with your parents until you die, You might be happy to know there are ways of making money as a professional musician without making the big time. (more…)

 

Hawaii. A favorite vacation spot for many around the world and especially in the United States. You might ask what type of music you will find there? The music is classified as Polynesian and the music of Hawaii has had a large impact on the style of music in many other Polynesian Islands.

Whether you know it or not you have probably heard Hawaiian songs. When eating in Island themed restaurants you will more than likely hear Hawaiian music. While in Hawaiian restaurants you will probably hear music from artists such as Keola Beamer, Robi Kahakalau, and my personal favorite Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. If you are interested in some Hawaiian music I recommend listening to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Somewhere Over The Rainbow. (more…)

 

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About a year ago I found a video of a phenomenal Ukulele player. It was instantly one of my favorite videos on youtube.

It was of Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-BOOkoo-row) playing his version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”(The video is at the bottom of this post)

I was looking through the events for the next year at the Cascade Theatre (Redding, CA) and I saw that Jake was going to play there on April 1st of 2009. Tickets are $23-$32 dollars depending on the seat. If you want more information you can go to CascadeTheatre.org (more…)

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