My name is Nicole and I am the Band Instrument Repair Technician, as well as the Assistant Manager, here at the North Conway music Center. You can find me in the back of the store at my bench, or up front ready to help you learn!
Artists like Toto’s Steve Lukather, Jason Richardson, and The Ride’s Kenny Wayne Sheperd are using Ernie Ball’s Cobalt strings. But why?
The Cobalt strings are wound with cobalt, instead of the standard nickel, which is a more conducive alloy. What does that mean? It means that cobalt has a “stronger relationship” with the magnetic field that our pickups create. This gives us “an extended dynamic range, incredible harmonic response, increased low end, and crisp, clear highs.”
Try them out next time your electric guitar needs some strings!!!
For all versions of Cobalt strings available, visit their website–We can special order strings just for you.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.