News Archive


Use Looping to Write a Song

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

You might be thinking that the purpose of your pedal is to enhance your live performance – either as the foundation of your solo act or to replace your drummer at an upcoming gig. After all, how often do you get to have your music played exactly the way you wanted it? Or maybe you want an extra...

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Things We Learned Hanging Out With Paris Jackson

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Paris Jackson spoke about her life with father Michael Jackson. The story has received considerable attention for many of the claims Paris made about her father’s untimely 2009 death as well as her own personal teenage travails. But the story is also filled with endearing anecdotes of a family...

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Warm Audio WA 87

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

The classic ‘87 is arguably the most widely-used large diaphragm condenser microphone in pop recording history.  Rather than base our WA-87 circuit on current incarnations of this mic, we decided to closely follow the early circuit designs that date back nearly half a century.  As is...

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TC-Helicon Mic Mechanic 2

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Improving on its predecessor, the original Mic Mechanic, Mic Mechanic 2 is a compact vocal toolbox in a easy-to-use pedal. As your personal sound engineer, Mic Mechanic 2 provides time-tested tone and effects you can take anywhere to always sound your best. Reverb simulates a physical space, allowing...

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Radio Station Bans Madonna After Speech at Women’s March

Friday, January 27th, 2017

HITS 105, a radio station in Texarkana, Texas, announced it will stop playing Madonna’s music. The station’s manager accused the singer of expressing “un-American sentiments.” Last Saturday, Madonna spoke out against...

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Voice Training for Pop Singers

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Pop and rock singers are often afraid of voice training because they think they are going to sound like an opera singer that they are going to sound ‘trained’. They want to sound raw, unique and emotional. That’s the primary goal – to express your feelings through the sound of your voice....

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LD Systems easy to use PA systems

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

The brand LD Systems  has utilised its many years’ experience along with extensive, practically oriented user feedback during the revision of the new systems. Just like their predecessors, the MAUI 11 G2 and MAUI 28 G2 (both available in black and white) are easy to use PA systems for small to...

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Shure GLX-D Advanced Digital Wireless

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

The latest addition to the acclaimed GLX-D Digital Wireless line, the new GLX-D Advanced Digital Wireless is an enhanced suite of products, including the GLX-D Advanced Frequency Manager, rack mount receiver system, remote antennas, and accessories. Whether used to outfit live and event venues, educational...

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Tax returns: The musician’s survival guide

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

With the January 31st deadline fast approaching, here is everything a musician needs to know about filing a self-assessment tax return. It’s up there with quitting smoking and joining a gym  at the start of January every year, millions of Britons pledge to avoid leaving their tax return until...

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Lambada singer Loalwa Braz found dead in Brazil

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Loalwa Braz, the Brazilian singer best known for the 1980s hit Lambada, has been found dead in a burnt-out car in Brazil. Local police confirmed it was Braz, but the circumstances of her death are unknown. The singer, who was 63, was discovered close to her home in Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro state. International...

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Will our high street die?

Friday, January 20th, 2017

With UK shoppers’ weekly online spending reaching £1 billion, a new report by Parcel Hero reveals the death of the high street may be closer than we think. The e-commerce fulfillment specialist has put together a report called 2030: The Death of the High Street, which suggests that in just 13...

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Job, Director of Marketing

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Due to the successful growth of our business we have a new vacancy for a Director of Marketing for Gear4music, who will have overall responsibility for:  Branded products & own-brand marketing campaigns; Supplier marketing department relationships; Social Media ‘voice & direction’; Blogs,...

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Do I Look Silly On Stage?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Not all songwriters are born with the gift of singing. And not all singers are born with natural stage presence. This can lead to paralyzing feelings on stage. In fact, there is a fear common to all the artists who are trying to forge their way as original artists. This is the thought: “how do...

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Student Truly Ford Joins Gavin Rossdale’s Team At The Voice UK

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

 

Current BA Songwriting student Truly Ford has stunned the judges and the public with her rendition of Dakota by Stereophonics at the blind auditions of The Voice UK.  Truly received compliments by all the judges, comprised of Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson and The Black Eyed Peas...

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To Rest or Not to Rest?

Monday, January 16th, 2017

There is no vocal pathology or surgery that requires months and months of voice rest. Almost every type of voice healing is actually accelerated with a little movement. We used to think that healing took place when that part of the body was immobile, but we now know that’s not the case.

Whether...

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