Tech Bench: Sound Good Live
2/18/2014 6:06:00 PM
Over the last few years, Tech Bench has looked at amps, preamps, pickups, hardware, electronics, and many other links in the chain of devices that ends with your bass going boom.
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Tech Bench - Mod Squad: Potent Pot Mod
12/4/2013 1:26:00 PM
There is no shortage of reasonably built, attractively finished import basses on the market these days, and for as little as $180, you can buy something you might actually enjoy playing.
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Tech Bench - Mod Squad: Going Active
10/28/2013 11:00:00 AM
ONE OF THE MOST COMMON MODS PERFORMED on electric bass is the transformation from passive to active.
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Tech Bench - Mod Squad: The P/J Path
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
THIS MONTH’S MOD IS SOMEWHAT OF A “WALK of shame” for me, having mutilated more Fender Precision Basses in the pursuit of “the best of both worlds” than I care to admit.
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Tech Bench - Fretless-ize Your Life!
8/26/2013 10:00:00 AM
IF YOU’RE PRONE TO BOUTS OF B.M.S. (BASS Modification Syndrome), at some point you’ve probably looked at one of your basses and wondered, “What if it were fretless?”
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Tech Bench - Pickup: The Pieces
7/25/2013 9:51:00 AM
ONE SIMPLE WAY TO PROFOUNDLY AFFECT THE basic character of your instrument is to swap out the pickups— a mod that can often be carried out with no alteration to the bass itself.
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Tech Bench: Bridge Building
7/1/2013 10:56:00 AM
AS I BEGIN THIS SERIES OF ARTICLES ON BASS modifications, let me first publicly apologize to the victims of my obsessive quest for tone—P-Basses routed for J pickups, the Stingray I thought would sound great with a P pickup in neck position, the Jazz Bass I thought would improve with molten lead poured into holes cut beneath the bridge … Over the years, thousands of dollars were spent, and thousands more have been lost by desecrating what would now be vintage instruments. Forgive me, Leo.
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Wireless Systems 101
11/5/2012 12:00:00 AM
IN A WORLD WHERE REMOTE CONTROLS, PHONES, Internet connections, computer keyboards, mice, and head- phones are wireless, it’s surprising to learn that wireless technology is barely 70 years old.
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In-Ear Monitor Systems
11/1/2012 12:00:00 AM
IN THE NOT-SO-DISTANT FUTURE, WEDGES AND sidefills could disappear from stages large and small, ending up as museum exhibits alongside Shure Vocal Masters and Altec Voice of the Th eater speakers. As in-ear monitoring (IEM) systems drop in price, more working musicians may opt for the benefits of less stage volume, less feedback, and clearer, cleaner monitor mixes.
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All About Ribbon Mics
11/1/2012 12:00:00 AM
A RIBBON MICROPHONE IS A TYPE OF DYNAMIC mic in which a thin, corrugated strip of aluminum suspended between two poles of a strong magnet serves as the diaphragm and voice coil.
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Digital Audio Workstations
8/8/2012 12:00:00 AM
MODERN DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATIONS— portable computers that are powerful enough to be self-contained multi-track studios—are so ubiquitous that it’s shocking to discover they’ve only been around since the ’90s.
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Fly-Date Must Haves
8/1/2012 12:00:00 AM
THE CALL COMES IN AT the last minute—they need you to cover a weekend fl y-date out of town.
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Phoning It In
6/11/2012 12:00:00 AM
HEADPHONES PLAY AN IMPORTANT role in a musician’s life, whether used for monitoring audio in recording sessions, or simply listening to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon for the 10,000th time.
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Get the Most From Your Studio Monitors
5/14/2012 12:00:00 AM
MANY BIG, COMMERCIAL RECORDING studios boast scrupulously tuned control rooms, massively expensive monitoring systems, and extremely comfortable listening environments.
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Get Loopy
3/21/2012 12:00:00 AM
EVER SINCE PRIMITIVE MAN FIRST stood at the mouth of an echoing canyon, sound loops have fascinated and inspired us to create.
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