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How to Automate Patches for Live Performances

Whether you're a guitarist, keyboard player, or other type of electronic musician, automating your gear to change presets along with your performance is a huge help. Mitch Gallagher shares expert advice on... Read more »

How to Use a Click Track to Maximize Live Performance

Performing along with a click track is a smart way to tighten up your playing, and it doesn't have to be complicated. Veteran performer Nick D'Virgilio shares some expert advice on using a click track for live... Read more »

Live Monitoring 101: How to Use In-ear Monitors

Being able to hear yourself is critical for a great live performance, and in-ear monitors are a smart solution. Nick D'Virgilio shares some expert advice on getting the most out of your in-ear monitoring system at... Read more »

DIs and Other Essential Live Sound Gadgets

DIs, Splitters, and More When people think about sound-reinforcement gear, usually it's mixers, PA speakers, monitor systems, and other highly visible equipment that comes to mind. However, many critical tasks fall... Read more »

How to Incorporate a Digital Mixer into Your Live Sound System

Mitch Gallagher shares expert advice on integrating a digital mixer into your live sound system. For this video Mitch is using a Behringer X Air X18 digital mixer, connected to a pair of QSC K12 powered... Read more »

Live Vocal Processors: Add Studio Magic to Your Live Show

For many singers, one of the most thrilling developments in music technology to take hold over the past decade is the widespread availability of live vocal processing. What started off as a handful of harmonizers... Read more »

Going Wireless: Solutions for Cutting the Cord

There are many reasons to embrace the wonderful wireless technologies available to modern live sound production, from the freedom to move around the stage to the ability to significantly drop stage volume. In many... Read more »

How to Choose PA Speakers

Whether you're running a venue or putting together a mobile rig, you need a sound-reinforcement system that can meet your needs, both today and in years to come. We can comfortably categorize these systems into... Read more »

Great Microphone Stands & Accessories You Should Know About

Consider the humble microphone stand — an often overlooked yet essential part of any live sound-reinforcement system. There are many kinds of stands to choose from, and it's important that you invest in the stands... Read more »

Best Live Sound Mic Placement Techniques

Getting great live sound is as much an art as it is a science, and much of that has to do with basic engineering techniques. Mic placement is one of the biggest factors of good live sound — nothing you do at... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates KOMPLETE CONTROL Software

Native Instruments has released a new version of their KOMPLETE KONTROL software to control their KOMPLETE KONTROL S-series keyboard controllers. In addition to assorted bug fixes, KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.8 offers an... Read more »

Innovative New Effects with Eventide Fission

Eventide has released a new plug-in, Fission, that brings new capabilities to the world of audio processing based on innovative Structural Effects technology. Structural Effects is a patent-pending technology that... Read more »

Free QMix-UC App for PreSonus StudioLive and Studio 192

PreSonus has released a new version of the QMix-UC app, which allows for remote control over StudioLive Series III and StudioLive AI mixers asw well as Studio 192-series audio interfaces. The free app allows up to... Read more »

How to Control Delay with a Noise Gate

Adding delay and echo effects in a mix is a time-tested and great-sounding way to add depth and texture to a song. But if you're not careful, delays can make a mix sound messy and cluttered. Here's a cool mix trick... Read more »

How Richard Chycki Recorded Drums and Keyboards for Dream Theater

Mitch Gallagher sits down with acclaimed Engineer, Mixer, and Producer Richard Chycki. He talks with Mitch about the microphones used to record the drums and piano/organ for the latest Dream Theater album, The... Read more »

LR Baggs Synapse Personal PA System at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the LR Baggs booth at NAMM to check out the Synapse personal PA system. With 500-watt Class D amplification and a compression woofer and tweeter with matched sound propagation for seamless... Read more »

Everywhere with Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash. This article could end right there. Few names in music pack a bigger wallop than the Man in Black himself – and today is his birthday. With Spring Break coming, it might be interesting to get a few... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE 2.6.1 Hotfix

Native Instruments has released the following statement: "Today we are releasing a hotfix for the MASCHINE 2.6 software update. We noticed an issue that prevents new users from accessing the library properly. While... Read more »

Nick Bowcott Interviewed by Sweetwater

Mitch Gallagher interviews the one and only Nick Bowcott, the newest member of Sweetwater's Marketing Team. Known for his aggressive guitar antics with British metal band Grim Reaper, and more recently as Director... Read more »

Avid Releases Pro Tools 12.7.1

Avid has updated Pro Tools and Pro Tools HD to version 12.7.1. The new version includes a new HD Driver and includes a host of fixes and enhancements: Editing Deleting automation on a frozen track no longer deletes... Read more »

TC Helicon Releases Perform-VK App

TC Helicon has released the Perform-VK app, which allows for easy control over the mic-stand mount Perform-VK vocal processor. The app contains more than 1,000 presets; provides new styles, including Doubling... Read more »

Steinberg Teases Upcoming Nuendo 8 Release

Steinberg is previewing the upcoming release of Nuendo 8 at the GDC (Game Developers Conference) in San Francisco. The new version is said to offer game composers enhanced connection to the Audiokinetic Wwise audio... Read more »

How to Add Dynamics to Your Songs

"Dynamics," as we're using the term here, means the difference in volume between the softest part of your song and the loudest. Dynamics give your song peaks and valleys. The quiet moments make the louder moments... Read more »

Pittsburg Modular Lifeforms Foundation Evo Synthesizer Demo

Perry Willig from Pittsburgh Modular presents the Lifeforms Foundation Evo modular analog synthesizer. With 15 Eurorack modules pre-loaded in a sturdy case, the Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Foundation Evo is a... Read more »

Tech Tip of the Day

03/01/2017
Native Instruments Updates KOMPLETE CONTROL Software

Native Instruments has released a new version of their KOMPLETE KONTROL software to control their KOMPLETE KONTROL S-series keyboard controllers. In addition to assorted bug fixes, KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.8 offers an improved Smart Play scale engine with over 100 new scales and modes, as well as a new Chord Position parameter. When set to Auto, Chord Position automatically selects voicings for natural transitions between chords. Finally, when running in stand-alone mode, Komplete Kontrol transport controls can now be used to start, stop, restart, or adjust the tempo of clock-based instruments, such as REAKTOR blocks.

KOMPLETE KONTOL 1.8 is free to all owners of S-series controllers, and can be downloaded via the Native Instruments Native Access app.

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Word for the Day

03/01/2017
Woodwind Instrument

Woodwind instruments are a family of musical instruments within the more general category of wind instruments. There are two main types of woodwind instruments: flutes and reed instruments, depending on how they produce their sound. Flutes produce sound by directing a focused stream of air below the edge of a hole in a cylindrical tube. The flute family can be divided into two sub-families: open flutes and closed flutes. To produce a sound with an open flute, the player blows a stream of air across a sharp edge that then splits the airstream. This split airstream then acts upon the air column contained within the flute's hollow tube, causing it to vibrate and produce sound.

Reed instruments produce sound by focusing air into a mouthpiece that then causes a reed or reeds, to vibrate. Reed instruments are also divided into two types: single reed and double reed. Single-reed woodwinds produce sound by placing a reed onto the opening of a mouthpiece (using a ligature). When air is forced between the reed and the mouthpiece, the reed causes the air column in the instrument to vibrate and produce sound. Single-reed instruments include the clarinet, saxophone, and others such as the chalumeau. Double-reed instruments use two precisely cut, small pieces of cane bound together at their bases. The finished, bound reed is inserted into the instrument and vibrates as air is forced between the two pieces.

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