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Here at Scan Pro Audio we have an extraordinary mix of talented professionals from within the Pro Audio industry. Experts on everything from Music Production in the Studio, to Live sound engineers that take a 20k rig out every weekend, and every so often, they produce an article or a post that may be of interest to others in our community.

Here’s where you’ll find them…

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How to keep the sound tech happy

For many live bands the Sound tech is the most important person in the venue, so how do you keep them happy?

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Articles & Guides

DESERT ISLAND STUDIO

Last week during a conversation about social media, somebody ask the question what five pieces of gear that are in your studio right now, would you have to take with you to the well-known “Desert Island studio” i.e. which five pieces of kit could you not do without.

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THE WAMPLER ‘ETHEREAL’ AND OTHER CATHEDRALS

Every so often, an idea comes by, which makes you question why someone hasn’t done it before, or at the very least , done it well.

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THE DARK ART OF PEDAL CHAINING:

So, you’ve accumulated a bunch of pedals and now’s the time to set them all up and unleash Sonic mayhem… but in what order do they go?

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RECORDING VOCALS: ADD ONS

The main reason for having a vocal filter, is to try and record a ‘dry’ signal. If your studio doesn’t have the best acoustic treatments it could have, you may find one of these filters invaluable.

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A QUICK GUIDE TO RECORDING VOCALS IN THE HOME STUDIO

The problem of recording Vocals for the smaller studio has been a constant source of difficulty over the years.

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MIKING UP A DRUM KIT IN THE STUDIO:

From regular samples and loops, through dedicated sample construction kits, not to mention the various incredible software packages that allow the manipulation of MIDI or REX based loops, you’d be forgiven for thinking that no-one really needs drummers anymore....

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IN PRAISE OF TUNERS

I declare myself of a certain age, whereby I can remember the days, pre-internet, when gigs were plentiful, and rock music abounded from most hostelries on a Friday and Saturday night.

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GUITAR TUNING ISSUES AND THE PERFECT FIX

I think that guitar players and guitar techs would all agree that there is nothing more frustrating than a guitar that will not stay in tune.

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GUITAR PEDAL SIGNAL CHAIN BASICS

So you buy your first guitar and amp and start learning to play. I can almost guarantee that it will not be long before you start to become interested in buying some pedals to stick between your guitar and amp and start a lifelong stomp box obsession

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BOOST THAT MID LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

Guitar players as a rule have lots of friends, that’s a fact. It comes with playing the coolest instrument on the planet. Another fact is that we guitar players all have one friend in common……….MID.

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BEGINNERS GUIDE TO RECORDING ACOUSTIC GUITAR

One of the commonest instruments used in popular music, the Acoustic guitar can also be one of the most difficult to record for a home or budget studio. In this piece we look at some simple rules and concepts that should ensure you get the best recording possible.

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REVERB. (WHERE WILL IT ALL END?…)

Todays Digital domain allows musicians and producers a phenomenal selection of plug-ins and treatments. From physical modelling of original spring reverbs, through mathematical models of the Grand Canyon or Wembley stadium, there is a huge wealth of possibilities out there, and with those possibilities must come responsibility.

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FUZZY, OVERDRIVEN DISTORTION! THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS…….?

One of the really good bits about working here at Scan Towers, is the chance to test the cool new pedals that arrive here daily, but just the other day I found myself contemplating just what I was listening to and why… bear with me…

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A BAND MENTALITY (ARRANGING WITHIN THE BOX…..)

One of the great things about being a musician, is the chance to play with other musicians. It is indeed the life blood of many players, allowing them to learn and grow and develop their abilities alongside other people doing the same thing.

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THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING A MICROPHONE:

A USB mic contains all the elements of a traditional microphone: capsule, diaphragm, etc. Where it differs from other microphones is its inclusion of two additional circuits: an onboard preamp and an analog-to-digital (A/D) converter.

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