A Musician's Guide to USB

USB, or the Universal Serial Bus, has been with us now for over twenty years. It seems strange to consider the modern world without USB; those of us old enough, however, remember a strange and confusing time.

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Bob Malkowski
Using Backing Tracks - A Beginners Guide

In the modern world, the use of backing tracks is widespread and accepted as an essential part of today’s live music experience.

Each different type and size of act will have different requirements, but there are some common features and things to bear in mind when setting out to use backing tracks for your own live performances. Let’s look at the different possibilities…

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The Challenges of Running Computers Live

A modern computer is so powerful and so capable of controlling virtually every aspect of our live shows, that it's become the heart of many musician's live performances. With that though, comes the great danger that with a computer failure comes a complete failure of the gig itself!

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Bob Malkowski
Great Records made on Junky Equipment

Happy with the songs he recorded, the songs were mixed from the TEAC 144 with a touch of Echoplex delay onto a boombox.... which had previously managed to end up submerged in a river by accident. The tracks were a little wonky sounding, with obvious distortion in places, but hey - they're demos right?

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Bob Malkowski
Why the Obsession with Audio Quality?

At what point does the quest for audio quality begin to overtake the suitability of the interface for the job in hand? At what point does the quest for the greatest headroom, the widest bandwidth, and the tightest clocking get in the way of making music?

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Bob Malkowski