What's in a Patch Cable?

World's Best Cables use their own unique 4% blend of silver solder in all their cables, and the joints are military-grade hand soldered. Like most manufacturers, they offer a 5 year warranty. Their 24k Gold Eminence jacks have an advantage over the Switchcraft counterparts. Instead of having in-line solder points which are prone to shorting out, the Eminence jacks have solder points that are almost 90 degrees apart from the cable. Moreover, the Eminence shorting prevention substrate is affixed to the inner roof of the jack's top half... keeping it snug in place.

Strange Dreams and MTV

The modern millennial focused society has the advantage of being bombarded by video and audio at an almost constant rate. The MTV Generation is gone, and so it seems are the precious moments of just sitting down, and being engulfed in a music video or two. Thanks to YouTube and the avid success of Ready Player One that might be changing. 

The best way to expand your ability and repertoire as a guitarist (or with any primary instrument) is to not f***ing listen to other guitarists. Listen to new and different genres, from different eras in music, and from artists who are widely separated from your normal tendencies. It's always a popular practice routine to play along to a vocal melody on your instrument, and improvise as if you're singing... but I challenge you to dive deeper into your analysis.

MXR Carbon Copy: Cranking the Juice (Running at 18v)

Dunlop's MXR brand is one of the most popular manufacturers of effect pedals, and are used by guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, and vocalists alike. Their homage to the vintage 70s MXR analog delay pedal, the Carbon Copy, quickly became one of the most purchased and used delay pedals on the market. Recently ProGuitarShop.com collaborated with Dunlop & MXR to release the new Carbon Copy Bright. Now, don't get me wrong... I think a cool new paintjob and an excuse to purchase new gear is totally worth the $160, but for those of us on a budget or who prefer versatility to just stacking a bunch of pedals together it's possible to attain some of the goals of the CC Bright by using the original Carbon Copy.

The High Fidelity Audio Controversy

Since music production equipment became widely affordable and available to casual computer users; and music streaming services becoming increasingly popular, two perspectives amongst audiophiles and music aficionados have been arriving at a collision.

Artists and engineers often support uncompressed 24 bit audio, hailing it as "listening to music the way the artist intended"-- Neil Young is a strong advocate of this viewpoint, but of course he also has his Pono High Definition Music player to sell. Many "watchdog" audio geeks hold that against him, claiming Young's motives are biased towards the sale of his own recordings. A USB DAC (digital to analog converter) like those made by Dragonfly  are certainly less expensive and easier to use than the dedicated HD Audio players currently on the market.

DAW Basics: Using Recording & Composing as a Tool

Using a Digital Audio Workstation for the first time, the largest noticeable benefit is the visual representation of your audio waveform. Being able to see each of the tracks on a single project, move them around, manipulate them, and re-record them individually before a bounce or mixdown is extremely handy. DAW Plug-Ins simulate atmospheric effects, instruments, pre-amps, and amplifiers-- the most popular DAWs support visual interfaces with these plug-ins that simulate the look and function of their analog counterparts.

Recording: The best tool a musician can use

When I first started regularly practicing and performing music, as a kid in the school's concert band, our one-one-one evaluations were recorded on a cassette tape and submitted to the conductor. The first time you close yourself in a room, press a record button and play, your open up a whole world of new experiences-- mostly, disgust and self loathing combined with some moments of excitement and curiosity.