A Quick Guide to Microphones

It’s microphone mastery time, folks. Whether you’re a crooner, instrument geek, or linguistic lover, you’re gonna need to understand how mics work and how best to utilize them for your needs. Here’s a video primer from Soundfly to get you stage ready.

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Two Million Views & Counting: Meet Lyon Hart

“One of the most challenging aspects will always be ‘where do I fit in this music landscape?’ It’s easy to chase after the newest trend or the latest Hype Machine genre hybrid. Finding a sound and a perspective that is true to YOU is the real challenge.”

Meet singer/songwriter Lyon Hart, who’s been in the music game for over a decade as a member of several bands, writing toplines for DJs, lending his vocals as a featured artist, and finally coming into his own as a solo artist. Most recently, he’s been making heads turn with his candid lyrics, sultry vocals, and stunning visuals.

We caught up with Lyon to learn about his journey as an artist, the inspiration behind his brand new video “Delusional,”  the advantages of collaborating with artists outside your comfort zone, and how powerful visual design can lead to over 2 million YouTube views.

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Five Writer’s Block-Busting Brain Hacks For Musicians You Must Try

The blank page, the blinking cursor, the silent keys and strings, and that sense of absolute emptiness that gives way to frustration and desperation. Even the best writers know it well. There’s nothing worse than trying to fill your own giant shoes when all you can think of is rhyming love with heaven above. Wings of a….dove?

Writer’s block sucks.

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It’s Your Voice, Not Your Pitch.

Bob Dylan. Billy Corgan. Kesha. Conor Oberst. Ani DiFranco. Neil Young. Picking up on a theme here? All are fantastic artists, and all have been accused of being “bad” singers. Yet they still connect with millions of fans and are able to stand out from the crowd, in part because of the unique qualities of their voices.

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How Guitar Amps Work And What You Can Do To Start Tweaking Your Own

This post originally appeared on Flypaper by our friends at Soundfly.

Electric guitars play a big role in nearly every type of music these days, and the amplifier is a huge part of the equation. Guitar amps might seem complicated, but they’re really just a lot of simple electronics wired together, and it doesn’t take too long to fully understand what’s going on in there. Plus, working on your amp when something is wrong can be both fun and rewarding, not to mention possibly essential if you’re on the road and in need of a quick fix! So here’s a basic overview of how amps work and what you can do to start tweaking your own.

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5 Steps to Writing Better Lyrics

Writing good lyrics is a difficult craft to master, and with every generation of brilliant lyricists, it seems to become harder to follow in the footsteps of the greats. But every great lyricist started somewhere – and becoming a good lyricist, like any other craft, is the result of study and lots of practice. Here are five steps to writing better lyrics.

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How To Avoid Confirmation Bias When Asking “Is My Song Good”

Confirmation bias – the tendency for people to look for what confirms their beliefs and ignore what contradicts their beliefs – may be getting in the way of finding the real answer to the question “is my song good?“. This goes well beyond the positive thinking trap you might find yourself in when asking friends and family for feedback on your music. It’s a tested psychological concept that can trick you into thinking your perception of your own songs is representative of what others hear.

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How To Choose A DAW: 7 Of The Best DAWs For Every Musical Need

This post originally appeared on Flypaper by our friends at Soundfly.

Whether you’re working out of a home studio or a small project studio, your Digital Audio Workstation (or, DAW) is probably the single most important part of your setup. It’s the bridge of your musical Starship Enterprise, containing and co-ordinating all the software and hardware you use to create and communicate each of your decisions. It’s no surprise then, that much like the fights that people have over Nintendo/Xbox/Playstation or iOS/Android, the world of audio production is rife with software fan service and forum flame wars (harmless, of course, but they can be quite harsh!)…

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