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Pray For Sound To Release Everything Is Beautiful

By Robert Lindquist

Pray for Sound had its origins as a solo studio project started by Bruce Malley in late 2011. He had been diagnosed with a large destructive cyst called a cholesteatoma growing inside his left ear that inhibited his hearing. Despite doctors’ best efforts, he was left with severe hearing loss, tinnitus, and recurring pain. To […]

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Stage Plots: What They Are, Why You Need One, How To Make One

By Jake Kelly

What goes where? That is the question and the stage plot is the answer. This simple picture is usually nothing more than a large rectangle that represents the stage that shows where the musicians and their gear will be located within it. Guitar and Bass amplifiers and speaker cabinets (including monitors) are typically represented with […]

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Top 8 Ways to Record Your Gig

By Bill Evans

While editing Riley Wilson’s latest Solo Gigger blog on recording gig–less as a way to promote yourself and more as a way to improve your act–I started to insert a bunch of examples of hardware and software tools and then stopped, realizing that this really called for its own, stand-alone post. So, here ya go… […]

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The Solo Gigger – The Paperwork

By Riley Wilson

I am in the process of finalizing my tax returns. I need a break so it feels right to write about it. The old joke “the job’s not done- until the paperwork is finished”- is sadly appropriate here. Without getting into the ramifications of a simpler tax code during an election year, paperwork is a […]

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When You’re The Opener

By Ronny North

I thought it’d be fun to go through what it encompasses when I open for a national act. As in life, sometimes it goes way smoother than other times. Once the gig is locked in I make sure that we get the load in time, load in details and sound check time from the promoter. […]

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Fun With Pedals

By Ronny North

It all started when I was 14 and I got my first guitar rig. I had my Les Paul copy and a little combo amp. I thought I was ready to rock until a friend sold me his Big Muff fuzz box. Once I had that in my signal chain I could make my little […]

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Rockn Stompn RS-4 PLUS Sequencing Power Strip

By Bill Evans

The order in which audio gear gets turned on matters. Those of you with a bit of experience know this already but still, sometimes we forget. Or we get involved with something else that takes up mental bandwidth and the next thing we know, we have sent a speaker-shattering transient through the PA. It is […]

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Sequencing Options Part 2

By Riley Wilson

Back in  the dark ages when one had to actually book time in a studio to make a real recording, there was a “joke” that said, “you aren’t a real engineer until you’ve erased at least one mastered recording.” In 1991, I was sequencing a completed drum part with an Alesis HR-16 drum machine. “Love, […]

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Gigging Right: Playing With Tracks

By Bill Evans

By Jerry Cobb So your drummer quit, your bass player has taken up yoga and won’t learn the songs, and you can’t find a keyboard player willing to drive to your gigs? Never fear. No musician likes to admit defeat. I think in the long run, we would all prefer to have the most awesome live […]

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Adele, Grammys and Vocal Damage

By Waldo Watts

BY ANDREA BENSMILLER If you thought Adele’s Grammy performance, besides the obvious pitch problems (whether caused by bad sound or not), felt strained, pushed, tense, not quite so fluid…it was. People have probably forgotten by now that in 2012 Adele, after damaging her voice on a French radio show, was diagnosed with polyps on her […]

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