Book review: First, Learn to Practice

First, Learn To Practice: a review. I cannot remember how many times I have told my students: you have to practice slowly, really slowly (meaning: play/ study the piece at a slower pace/ bpm). Second thing I tend to say: don’t “play the piece from start to finish”, but practice the licks and musicale sentences … Read more…

Your First (electric) Guitar: Stratocasters, Telecasters, Les Pauls and Shred Guitars

Choosing a first instrument is not an easy task. Maybe you are not sure if you are talented enough or that you will persevere. It is even harder when you can not rely on someone to advise you. It is also possible that you will switch instruments later on. Some people even end up being … Read more…

New Focusrite Scarlett USB Audio Interfaces

The smaller Focusrite Scarlett usb audio interfaces like the and more recently the are long time bestsellers. Their ease of use, rugged (metal) casing, sleek design, portability and low price have been major selling points. While not “the best” in one particular domain like sound quality (which is very nice), latency and features, the package was always … Read more…

Affordable Studio Headphones

Studio headphones differ from “consumer” headphones in some aspects. First of all a studio headphone should not “flatter” the sound and be as true to the source material as possible. Secondly: performance and functionality trump looks. You don’t want to pay for the looks. They have to be a bit more rugged to withstand daily … Read more…

8 Small Budget Near Field Studio Monitors

There are several reasons one would buy small (and cheap) studio monitors. It’s all in the title “Small Budget Near Field Studio Monitors”. One of the main reasons is of course “price”. When you are just starting out producing and/ or recording your music you don’t have necessarily a big budget. Second reason is space. … Read more…

6 Mid Price (Small) Near Field Home Studio Monitors

A recording musician or music producer needs some means to listen to what he does. Your average laptop speakers are way too flimsy to do any work on. As long as you don’t do any critical recording or producing/ mixing your average stereo set will do the job. Higher end computer speaker sets that are … Read more…

Is Mac OS X El Capitan Ready For Audio? Are Your Hardware And Apps Compatible? Maybe You Should Wait A Bit Before Updating

OS X El Capitan

Is Mac OS X El Capitan Ready For Audio? The question is: will my software and hardware play nice with OS X El Capitan (OS X 10.11)? As of this date we are one day from the release of OSX El Capitan. Although it is announced as a minor update I have a feeling it’s … Read more…