The Different Types of Guitar Pedals

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Music, Technology Innovations | Comments Off on The Different Types of Guitar Pedals

For those who love music, you are definitely aware how songs have evolved over the past decades. Music technology also came into action, making it easier for musicians and composers to explore new sounds. Have you watched a live concert lately? Have you ever wondered how they were able to create such awesome, diverse sound effects that make your heart pump with the beat?

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Well, maybe it’s time that you learn about how they were able to create such sound quality and the different ways musicians were able to modify sound, pitch and tone. Electronic devices used to modify these sound to create different effects are called guitar or effects pedals.

 What are Guitar Pedals

Not many people are actually aware of what guitar pedals are. For the benefit of those who don’t know it yet, guitar pedals are used to modify the guitar’s signal by means of an amp device. It will create a different sound, pitch and tone quality depending on the type of pedals used. Many popular guitarists are creating their own pedals. They are able to mix and combine different sound to create unique effects. For instance, Kurt Cobain on his “Nevermind” era sounds, he did the Electro Harmonix big muff and ProCo Rat pedals to create such a classic loud-soft-loud effect.

Guitar pedals come in different types, creating diverse sound effects. Here’s a good guide about guitar pedals, its types and what they really do. Following are the most common ones.

Overdrive

This kind of pedal is probably one that’s very common to our ears. In a simple way, it can be explained in which an overdrive pedal takes the signal from the guitar and throws it around and adds gain to your signal. It’s like a signal boost adjustment on the volume knob that will create a variety of sounds.

Fuzz

Fuzz is similar to overdrive, but with a vintage effect. It can thicken the tone, which often used for intros where you can hear a solo guitar sound, with no other instruments playing.

Distortion

Distortion pedals are more aggressive and creates a wild sound. Unlike overdrive, it isn’t smooth because it can intensify tone controls. . But different types of sound textures can be created out of it.

Boosters

As it is called, it is designed to boost the signal reaching the amp. It comes in three types. It can be a signal booster, a frequency booster or a harmonic booster.  It can make the guitar sound louder, adding more clarity to solo grooves.

There are too many guitar pedals. They’re probably too many to know everything. You might find it overwhelming everything at one time.

More about Guitar Pedals

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If you think this is just too technical to digest, just think of guitar pedals based on these ideas:

Guitar pedals can…

-boost, compress or distort a signal

– modulate a signal

-modify echo and delay effects

If you’re a music enthusiast, you might want to create your own blend of sound by using all these guitar pedals. Learn new effects and be the best of your own music!

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Some of the Coolest Band Logos Reviewed

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Music | Comments Off on Some of the Coolest Band Logos Reviewed

maxresdefault (1)Back in the day, I used to buy band stickers of popular bands, both locally and internationally, and paste them on one of my school notebooks. In the collage of music I created, there were band logos that stood out because not only were they unique, some bands clearly had creative input in it.

Other bands, however, didn’t really put a lot into their logo design since you’d see elements they’ve already used in their previous material recreated to make a band logo. Take away the creative aspect of their logo fans associate themselves with their favorite band through their logo which is why it’s important to create one.

You won’t only see fans printing band logos and sticking it on their notebooks. A band shirt sporting the logo or the album cover would be just as strong a connection between band and fan. Clothing brands help market the band, but, it’s always good when a band releases their personal line because they have that branding.

There was a time when band logos were so creative and unique you would associate it with their brand right away. Unfortunately, bands can’t really establish a similar connection through their logo as before maybe because it’s not a top priority anymore.

However, creating band logos isn’t completely outdated. Many of today’s bands still come up with cool logos to promote their brand. The band logo represents the music and the band using visual arts. Here are several of the more iconic band logos of all time.

The Ramones

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This American Rock bands logo has stood the test of time. Like their music, their logo was so cool and popular that it has withstood the break-up of the band in 1996 and still gets printed in different apparel all over the US.

The logo has become a rock icon in and of itself. People who got excited just to see the logo in concerts still feel nostalgic when they see the image today. It’s a testament to how the band represented themselves and the lasting image that their logo has become.

The Rolling Stones

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This logo just celebrated its 50th anniversary a couple of years ago. The iconic “Tongue and Lip” was the creation of John Pasche. It was inspired by the Rolling Stones vocalist, Mick Jagger, and the way he expressed himself with intensity.

Rolling Stones was all about the free expression of music. When you see the logo, you will immediately associate it with the band and what they represented. Emotionally, your attachment to the Rolling Stone is felt through the music and seen through their logo.

Public Enemy

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a more iconic logo in hip-hop history than the crosshairs logo of Public Enemy.  They were a revolutionary music group who created music to represent and uplift the black culture in America.

Their logo represented how they felt they were treated back in the day. It is symbolic of the music and culture that black people share in their history in America. Up to this day, commemorative items still feature this logo in its design which shows the impact it made to American culture.

If you plan to come up with your own band logo, keep in mind that it has to have a certain impact when people see it. You can always go to visual arts companies like SpeedPro Signs in Calgary to help you with the design of your own logo. Market your band the right way and you’ll never know, you might be the next iconic band to come out of your area.

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The Modern Technology that Record Players Now Use

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 in Music, Technology Innovations | Comments Off on The Modern Technology that Record Players Now Use

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You can probably still remember the first record players in a phonograph, back in the centuries ago when Edison invented it. Until then, there are too many revisions and styles came up. With the kind of technology that we have these days, modern records became even so advanced and sophisticated.

The modern technology that record players now use vary clearly on its design, functions, recording method and even the quality of sound it can produce. It’s like taking that piece of vinyl into the modern world.

Features to Look For

You definitely know that records players come in many different types and styles. When you’re looking for one to buy, it is necessary that you have the best idea of which one to go for.

First, you need to have a better understanding about what a turntable and a regular record player. They may be both a good sound recording device, but their features and functions are different. One important feature that makes them differ is that record players usually have built in speakers on it. Turntables on the other hand produce sound through headphones and speakers.

The playback speed is also one important factor that you have to consider. Record players have various playback speeds that they can support, from 33.5 rpm, 45rpm and 78rpm. You also have to check on the cartridge. Some cheaper turntables used ceramic cartridges, but the superior and most high end ones are made of moving magnet or coil, that would be friendly to your vinyl fans and help deliver better tonality and transparency of the sound.

Digital method of converting records is the latest feature for record players. There are some that have a USB port to be able to connect to computers and smart gadgets for easy conversion of records into a digital format.  It’s an easy way to transfer, preserve and listen to vintage music.

Top Modern Record Players

Reviews for the best record players were conducted, and here are some of the considered top choices.

Audio-Technica’s AT-LP120

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It’s a direct-drive turntable. One of its modern features is it can be connected to external devices through USB or analog. It’s the best record player that you can go for if you’re looking to listen to your old collection of records and convert it digitally.

Technics SL-1200MK2

It is commonly used by DJ’s, musicians and even radio stations. It has a +-8% pitch control, an option of 33/45RPM speed modules and removable dust covers.

Audio-Technica AT-LP60

This is one of the cheapest options you’ll have. It also has a removable dust cover, a selectable speed modes, with built-in phono preamp and replaceable cartridges

There are still so many options that you can find. If you want to know which the best one is, you can check some online reviews. See modern player and turntables work for you. Consider all the features mentioned to know which one is the best. Whether you want something that will allow you to fast record digitally or just plainly give you the best classic music sound to your ears, it’s great to find the best!

 

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Music Trends Today

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Music, News, Technology Innovations | Comments Off on Music Trends Today

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Any music that has a wide request and gets circulated to a vast gathering of people, either broadly or all inclusive, is termed as well known music. Contemporary music could fit in with any kind of musical classification. As a rule, it is a differentiation to conventional or craftsmanship music, which gets scattered just to a neighborhood or littler groups of onlookers either orally or scholastically. This prevalent music has at first gotten to be termed as ‘popular music’ as a condensing however in all actuality, yet they are not ordinarily tradable terms. Contemporary synthesis is the kind that speaks to all ages and all tastes while pop alludes to certain particular musical classifications just.

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Prominent tunes comprise of a few segments, for example, verse, extension, and melody or hold back, and structures, for example, verse-theme frame, twelve bar soul, and thirty-two bar structure. In vogue, melodies could have a presentation and a tag called coda or outro yet they are not totally vital. Melodies utilizing verses and tunes by and large have a scaffold, joining the verses and theme at obliged focuses in the tunes. The verses and theme get rehashed all through any melody, however, different things like extension, presentation, and coda are for the most part utilized just sparingly. A couple pop tunes have just solo segments, particularly the ones affected by rock or soul.

History of Music

The first well known the western structure was traditional and it was isolated into different sorts as per the periods in which they existed. The medieval music existed from 500 to 1400 AD, Renaissance was somewhere around 1400 and 1600 and ornate between 1600 main 1760. The tunes somewhere around 1730 and 1820 were established and sentimental songs managed somewhere around 1815 and 1910. The current time kept going somewhere around 1890 and 1930. Be that as it may, the most conspicuous change came in the twentieth century.

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The primary impact in western structure happened when the African individuals began to get their styles of congruity, which were moment hits with individuals who had ended up acclimated to customary music. The most well known African classes were Cape Jazz, Reggae, Samba, and Afrobeat. The other song was known as cutting edge which was for the most part exploratory. Soul got to be celebrated after that, with soul of distinctive sorts like African soul, nation soul, punk soul, and so on., however, numerous American urban communities had their own particular sorts of blue like Chicago soul, Texas soul, Detroit soul, and so forth. Caribbean songs, Brazilian arrangements, Mexican tunes and other Latin American music likewise turned out to be a piece of advanced musical patterns. Indeed, even present day patterns like metal and jazz are consolidating with neoclassical, pioneer, postmodernist, and so forth to convey something new to significant others of tunes.

A standout amongst the most prominent music sorts as of late is the hip bounce, alongside rock, jazz, metal, and so forth.

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10 Music Technology Innovations

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Music, News, Technology Innovations | Comments Off on 10 Music Technology Innovations

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Today is the prime time for technology with constant innovations. This also affects music industry, with lots of new devices, tools and gadgets for them to choose from. All these innovations affect how music is created and consumed.

Here is a list of a few innovations that are noteworthy and fresh, which might change the music making process. Some are already released, and others are prototypes expected to come out soon.

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These headphones are coming in fast. They are trendy and can be set to pulse in the rhythm of the music, or your heart beat. Even though they are more for consumers, rather than makers of music, they are still going to have a major impact on music enthusiasts.

WIRELESS STUDIOS

It is not hard to imagine that one day there won’t be need for cables. Given that they are an integral part of music making process for so many years now, because instruments need to be connected with other devices somehow. But, that all is about to change with the development of wireless technology. Starting with the latest invention, a WiFi Guitar, more and more devices will be manufactured that will use this technology.

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With this device you are able to play various instruments in all sorts of ways. The controller is an iPhone, and you can use it to play, mix, and just have fun with it. They are also working on creating the app to go with it.

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Considering the fancy equipment that music producers use, you’d expect the best possible quality of audio and this small amplifier does just that, by magnifying the audio signal, and linking your headphones with the music player. That way you get clear sound, without distortions, no matter how high the volume is set.

MOTION GLOVES

Wearing these gloves would enable you to control music. The project is yet to be confirmed, but a team of experts and designers was created to start working on the idea and developers are optimistic.

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These headphones are amazing. They ‘learn’ the taste of the person who wears them based on their activities, and play songs that are perfect for the listener, since they are chosen according to their needs. Furthermore, once you take them off, the music is paused. They have many other perks, and are easy to use.

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This creative lab from Scandinavia is working on developing a loudspeaker that you can also sit in and listen to the music. A few samples were made and sold quickly. It is a large orb that is made from Plexiglas. It doesn’t only play music, it also blocks out any noise from the outside, so you can enjoy your favorites in peace. It has 18 mount speakers and they provide an unforgettable experience.

It’s not unexpected to see such technological development and progress in this field. It started years before, microphones were once wired, now they are used wirelessly, who knows what to expect next? It might not seem like it now, but with such creative people and ideas, these items might soon be part of everyday life, like television and computers are today.

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