The Scarlett Focusrite Audio Interfaces – A Game Changer!

If you’ve been in the store, you’ve most likely seen our microphone testing setup. We know we put sound into the microphones, but how does it get into the computer? We have to take sound, turn it into a computer code, and then turn it back into sound! Audio interfaces, like the Scarlett Focusrite, do this for us. 

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Of course many computers are equipped with microphones, and can do this transference of sound on board, but they don’t have the best microphones or processes for the job. Having a separate component to do this allows for the job to be done much better, ending in a better end product for you.

The Scarlett Focusrite in a versatile product. We carry both the Solo and the 2i2 models. The solo has one 1/4″ input (for guitar) and one XLR input (for a microphone). The 2i2 has 2 stacked inputs, meaning they can be either 1/4″ OR XLR.  With a left and right output, as well as a direct USB connection, you can plug in almost anything, and go almost anywhere with that sound. A neat headphone output also allows you to listen to the sound on the interface, before sending it to speakers or your computer.

Scarlett Focusrite 2i2 Front and Back Faces

One notable aspect of the Focusrites are the negligible amount of latency when recording. Many interfaces have large amounts of latency, making on-spot recording hard, and adding extra work to match up tracks. The Focusrite has barely any, making your ears happy, recording easy, and editing simple. Plus, it’s a a dang good price.Audio interfaces with similar performance standards are double (or more!) the price of the Focusrite. 

Overall the Focusrite line offers stellar performance, on-time recording, great processing, and all at an affordable price. Stop by the store TODAY to try one out. We’d love to sit down and show you how to use it, and make a fun on-the-spot song with you!

Tapewound Bass Strings – What??

 

 

 

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If you’ve ever looked into the different types of bass strings available to you, you might have come across tapewound bass strings. Maybe you knew what they were, but for those of us that dont, here’s some information.

A tapewound string, at its core, is the same as a regular wound bass string. The difference is that they have a thin layer of “tape” (nylon material) wrapped around them string. This usually produces a warmer, smoother, rounder, and softer tone on the bass guitar. 

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A tapewound string with the nylon wrapping peeled back

 

Some Artists Who Use D’Addario Tapewounds

To find out more about D’Addario’s tapewound strings, visit their awesome site by clicking here.

Capos, Capos, Capos!

Kyser, NS Tri-Action, Shubb, NS Pro

Whether you pronounce it kay-poe, or kah-poe, capos are an important tool in making music. If you’ve been into the store you may have seen our wall of capos, and maybe you’re wondering why we have so many. I’m here to tell you why. For sake of discussion, let’s talk about a six-string, steel-string guitar

When we put a capo on our guitar we are bending our strings, bringing them out of tune. There are two main categories capos fall into; top-closing and bottom-closing.

When we use a top-closing capo, we are putting string 6 (Low E) under more tension than string 1 (High E). Although this snap-on, snap-off action is desirable, it puts our strings out of tune unevenly across the fingerboard.

When we use a bottom-closing capo, strings 6 through 1 are all under the same amount of tension, allowing them to remain in tune with each other. The only downside is that these bottom-closing capos can sometimes take more than a few seconds to put on and off. But! We have a solution for this. We have a few models of capos that are bottom-closing and fast acting.

Come on in for an in-person demonstration of our capos, to try them out yourself, and to learn even more. Oh yeah.

John Pearse Guitar Strings

You may have seen these strings on the wall, but why do we carry them? There are a few reasons John Pearse strings our among our employee favorites.Image result for john pearse logo

John Pearse strings are wound under higher tension when they’re made. This causes the strings to really bring out the sound in your dreadnought guitar, whereas other strings may not yield as rich middles and full lows. Many of our local players (like manager John Cotter, Employee Ryan Williamson, and local player Peter Heimlich) use these strings because of their consistancy, and yielding sound. An added bonus is that when you buy John Pearse strings you’re not only supporting you’re favorite music store (hey, that’s us!), but another small company as well-Breezy Ridge Instruments.

From sound, cost, consistency, and ethics, John Pearse strings are a great buy, and it’s no wonder so many locals love them.

For more information on John Pearse strings and other products, ask us in store about the many products we carry from them, or checkout their website at https://www.jpstrings.com/index.htm