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How to Get a Great Guitar Tone from Amp Sims

Using software amplification simulators, or amp sims for short, is becoming increasingly popular. The benefits are many, you can tweak your sound endlessly, switch between different amp sims trying to find the best tone for your song. A drawback is that an amp sim not properly tuned can generate digital artifacts giving away that it’s […]

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Reaper Track Freeze

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The newest version of Reaper (4.10) has an amazing new feature, found in some other DAWs – track freeze. Freezing a track means rendering it to a static sound file, the point of which is to save a lot of precious CPU cycles. I’ve done this manually before, mostly to be able to work on […]

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LePou – the King of Free Amp Sims

LePou LeCto dual rectifier sim

A digital amp simulator takes an unmodified electric guitar signal (usually referred to as a dry signal) and processes it in the same way a real physical amplifier would. There are numerous amp sims in hardware and software, some of the more notable are Line 6 PODs, Axe FX, Eleven Rack (hardware) and Guitar Rig, […]

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Reaper Version 4 Released

Reaper 4 DAW

Reaper, my favorite DAW, has just been released in version 4. The makers Cockos are quite modest and describe the Reaper upgrades as evolutionary, not revolutionary, but the new version is packed with good stuff! I’ve only more or less started it up, but immediately found a small but great new feature. The included EQ […]

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Stage Fright

I have never had any problems speaking in front of a crowd. I’ve been a teacher and held classes for paying students with high demands. I’ve done impro in front of spectators without breaking a sweat (OK, maybe a little sweat). So why is it that I get nervous playing guitar with an audience? Every […]

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Make a Backtrack from a Guitar Pro File

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There are numerous sites for backtracks (like http://www.guitarbackingtrack.com and http://guitarbt.com), i.e. songs with no guitar tracks that allow you to jam over them yourself or make a cover of a known song. The best backtracks are originals with all other tracks, even vocals. These are quite hard to come by as no artists (at least […]

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