Loyalties

Dear Reader, Below is a “short-list” of the various companies whose products I use and endorse. The manufacturers are responsive and reliable. These are brands I trust. Enjoy the…

The Gear Round-up – 2014

2014 was a very interesting year – for a guy who used to only use one guitar (since 1965) and one amplifier, for virtually all live shows (since 1969). In the studios, it was just a little different, as many had their own “house amps”, and a fair number of clients…

A Tale Of Two Pedal Boards

Well, maybe three. I’m still putting one together “from scratch” – but more about that further down the page. In The Beginning… Roland’s sub-brand “Boss” pretty much had the market sewn up. As a consultant to Roland at the time, I was one of the first to enjoy it….

NAMM Winter Show 2014 REVIEW (part two)

At last, “the house is in order”, and I’m free to do a bit of writing again. I promised a “Part Two” of the coolest gear I found at NAMM, and now, after some very rigorous test drives, I’ll share my experiences with you. But first a quick observation of the show…

NAMM Winter Show 2014 REVIEW (part one)

NAMM – one of my favorite music events. It had been quite a while since I made that trip, and was eager to see many old friends and colleagues. The experience was delightful – professionally, interpersonally, and of course it’s always great fun to be at what is…

Picks & Pans for 2013

If you’re looking for adventure – I suggest giving some of these beauties a try. I have been loving my time spent with them. (Analog. This year’s “picks” are all analog! I hadn’t planned it that way, but I smiled when I realized…)   From…

Picks & Pans for 2012

With the plethora of new gear making its way to the marketplace, I felt it appropriate to share my personal thoughts/feelings about some of the tools I’ve come across that have made noticeable impressions on me.  PICKS Stetsbar: “Vibrato Handle”, “Tremolo…

Envelope Controlled Filters

by Mike Beigel and Elliott Randall  (MIX Magazine 1980)   Over the last decade we have seen innumerable new pieces of sound-altering equipment hit the market, the studio, the stage, …the pocketbook. In the article that follows, we will discuss one of the…

How To Mike A Marshall Amplifier In The Studio

In the mid-1980’s MARSHALL LAW magazine asked me to share my miking technique with their readers. This article was written when tape was virtually the only medium used, so you may wish to substitute ‘medium of choice’ for the word ‘tape’, but the microphone preferences…

Humidity and Your Guitar

Courtesy of Fred’s Music Shop Frequently, we have a lot of damage occurring to “better” acoustic guitars over the winter. Many of our customers have instruments that have developed cracks, etc. from lack of proper humidity over the winter. Having a heating system…

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