Archive for the ‘Musical Instruments’ Category

Essential Elements 2000

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Hal Leonard Essential Elements For Band - Trumpet Book 1 With EEiEssentially, it’s a practice tool that makes students practice more frequently and more effectively. The essential elements 2000 book 1 trumpet is intended for musicians who play trumpets or who are involved in a band. The software appeals to school band, choir and orchestra teachers. It includes play-along mp3* tracks for all exercises: Features a professional player on your instrument, Duets and trios: Print and play parts with friends, Music listening library: Hear great pieces for band, Theory, History, Cross-Curriculum and Creativity, Daily Warm-ups & Rubank Studies, etc.

Line 6 Guitar

Monday, November 11th, 2013

I have the Line 6 Sonic Port which works with the iPad Lightning cable (or older iPad or USB). It will work with laptop/desktop like a mini TonePort. In my opinion it is better than the iRigHD.

It is a recording interface, not a substitute for a guitar amp.  You could use it and the iPad/MobilePOD as an FX rack. I purchased it when I picked up my line 6 guitar at musicians friend.

The Mobile In runs with their Jammit app as well as MobilePOD.


Saxophone Clip On Mic

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

I was watching Kenny G. on youtube the other night and noticed that he only had a saxophone clip on mic on the bell of his soprano saxophone. I was shocked to see this since it is a nightmare to keep a decent sound level with just a bell mic on a straight soprano.

The problem was very obvious as it came through my surround sound system. When he was playing “bell” notes (D1, D2, C1, B0, Bb0 and less on E1, E2 F1 and F2) the sound level was higher than when the non-bell notes were played. I thought that all professionals knew that you should use a dual pick-up mic with one pick-up on the bell and one mounted above the left hand stack. This allows for a more even sound level for straight saxophones.

This is less of a problem with curved saxophones since the bell clip on mic is also in the general area of the left hand stack and can pick up sound from both the vented and bell notes.

Regardless of the brand of microphone, you may want to keep this in mind.

Allen & Heath Zed 24 Mixer

Friday, June 28th, 2013

The allen & heath zed 24 mixer is a small mixer with 16 mic/line inputs and four stereo line inputs. There are two pre-fader auxiliaries and two post fader auxiliaries. None of the auxiliaries are pre/post switchable.

The USB I/O can send audio to a computer from either a pair of auxiliary sends (1/2 or 3/4) or the main mix. The main mix USB send can be pre or post the main faders. USB audio is sent from a computer to stereo input four. The USB audio I/O can be used for recording, playback, or as an effects send/return with the effect being whatever plug-in you can run on your favorite flavor audio application. The ZED 24 comes packaged with Cakewalk Sonar LE.

The allen & heath zed 24 mixer got some nice 100mm faders, which are a joy to push. This is especially true if you get stuck using a mixer named after a city in Italy or the small mixers made buy the popular USA manufacturers that use shorter faders. The channel EQ is a three-band type. The single sweepable midrange has a range of 120Hz to 4kHz

An important thing to keep in mind is that the ZED 24 sells for less than $700.00. Despite the low price, it’s big enough to do a lot of gigs. It’s also small enough to carry under one arm.


Bari Sax

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

If you are looking to buy a new bari sax  go to Woodwind/Brasswind. I acquired my bari sax at wwbw because they have a great selection and when you find one, you can try out all of that model they have on stock to find the best one. You can also try out mpcs there or at home with a small fee.  They’re truly a great store, and I’d recommend them to anyone.

Band Instruments

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

We see a lot of bands with their guitars and keyboards. There are also the brass bands that are also popular but not seen as often as other bands with their instruments. There are times that the band is formed because each of the members have their own music instruments that they use. There are also times that a member’s family already have different instruments that wake the interest of a person and end up wanting to be a member of the band. Practice makes the band better and better with their music. The more time they allot for playing their music, the better they become.

Metal Music

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Different people have different tastes in music. Some like pop, some ballads and some even like metal. Metal has a different feel and sound which of course would need a metal guitar to get that wanted sound. Even the look of the guitars are different. There are guitars that have a V shape unlike the regular oval shaped guitars. The sound of the electric guitars are distorted which is what we usually hear when we listen to metal.

Keyboard Stand

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

There are different musical instruments that have different kinds of sound. The guitar is quite popular and always seen in the band but there is also the keyboard that is also a favorite. Like the electric guitar, the keyboard can also be connected to an amplifier and speakers for better and louder sound. But the keyboard would need a stand or an on stage keyboard stand so the artist will be able to play it. There are even stands that can accommodate several keyboards for different sounds and synthesizers. It would be very entertaining hearing different sounds when they play their own type of music.

Brass Band

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

We like different music and from time to time listen to different genres or different types depending on our mood. We even like to listen to live bands or concerts when the opportunity arises. Though it’s not heard much often, hearing music from a brass band can make us hum their tunes and follow the beats of their lively tunes. The effect of their piccolo trumpets, trombones, tuba and other intruments can make us feel alive and marching at times. It’s like being a kid again watching a marching band playing and giving some happiness to the hearts of everyone listening.

Guitar Speakers

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Some people just have the talent in playing the guitar. They are so good at it that we like them to play some songs so that we can sing along or just listen to them as they play some tunes. There’s quite a difference in playing just an acoustic guitar and a guitar connected to an amplifier with speaker. It makes the sound fuller and stronger. Different amplifiers are designed for different guitars. Some amplifiers like the Peavey Delta Blues are even made of tubes which is a bit louder than solid state amps. The sound is like that of the blues style of music.