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Category: Music Tech

My NAMM 2017 picks

I didn’t get to run around as much this year at NAMM as I did some other years, but I still enjoyed being there. Overall, I didn’t see anything that completely knocked my socks off and made me think that the entire paradigm of making music is going to change, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t […]

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NAMM 2016 picks

There’s a pretty significant upgrade coming to this page before the winter is up. However, until then, let me continue my tradition of pointing out some things I saw at NAMM that caught my eye. This is by no means intended to be a complete rundown of the show, just a quick look at things […]

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NAMM 2015: What I found droolworthy

This year, I didn’t get a ton of time to run around the booths at NAMM and drool over various things. When I did, however, there weren’t actually that many things that I found droolworthy anyway, so I don’t feel so bad. I did find a few things that I know I’ll be coveting here […]

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NAMM 2014 Ember Member Style

It’s been quite a while since I updated this site, hasn’t it? Well, rest assured behind the scenes coolness is afoot—another EP is well underway with our first single already finished, a web refresh, etc. But part of the ramp up to cool stuff is to get back in the habit of letting you know […]

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Why there are no “relic” guitars in Ember Studios

I just saw another advertisement for a new “relic” guitar. This means that you’re buying a brand-spanking new guitar, but they chip and fade the finish and add scratches and dents for you:   And the kicker? These “designer guitars” are more expensive. Sometimes by thousands of dollars. Every time I see ads for new […]

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NAMM ’13 roundup Ember Studio style

I’m back from the NAMM show. There are a ton of roundups all over the net, so I won’t bother with that. But like years past, I’ll note those specific things that I could see as part of Ember Studio. For those who aren’t as interested in music tech I’ll put my list of stuff […]

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DSI Mopho x4: a new synth for Ember Studios?

I’ve been trying to get another video up on YouTube. Not much more to wait now—just a few technical difficulties to iron out! However, speaking of videos on YouTube, Dave Smith Instruments, my favorite hardware synth company, just came out with another synth, the Mopho x4. Ember Studios already has a Mopho in it…will I […]

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Amp recording: miking a speaker cabinet vs. using IRs

This is one of those music techie posts that if you’re not actively involved in recording music, you can probably go ahead and skip. But recording guitar amps in small spaces can be a challenge, if you don’t have the opportunity to turn up the volume a little and stick a nice microphone in front […]

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New amp in Ember Studios: Laney Ironheart

You may remember from my previous post that I’ve been looking for a new tube amp to join my Kemper Profiling Amplifier in Ember Studios. At the time I thought I’d get one of the more interesting micro-amps out there. Well, I’ve brought a new amp into the studio, but it’s not a micro amp […]

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