1. Guitar Tips: Balancing Volume And Tone

    Guitar Tips: Balancing Volume And Tone
    Creating the ideal tone is a balancing act, with everything from your gear to the physical environment you’re performing at playing a role. Of all the links in this chain, too many players tend to neglect the impact that cranking up the volume has on their overall tone, performing as if more volume always equals a more powerful sound. Today, we want to share a few ideas that relate to volume and tone which will hopefully give you a better understanding of the relationship at play. It should go without saying that tone is a very subjective thing, and what sounds great to one player might not to another. But with that said, the following tips should be a good starting point for your search.     Continue reading →
  2. The Difference Between Gain and Trim

    The Difference Between Gain and Trim
    qd16Gain and trim are two terms that often confuse players unfamiliar with the terms. What makes matters worse is that manufacturers often use the two interchangeably. Although both gain and trim do very similar jobs that often overlap, the key difference lies in their main purpose and what they generally imply. Continue reading →
  3. Unity Gain Explained And Why It's Important

    Unity Gain Explained And Why It's Important
    If you’ve ever heard the term “Unity Gain” but don’t have much of a clue on what it is exactly – let alone why it’s important – you’re not alone. The core principle behind unity gain is having the input level match the output level in either a single device or a signal chain. In other words, if you have one volt entering the beginning of your chain and you also get one volt out at the end of it, you have “unity gain.” While that might not seem like much, it’s actually pretty important and even critical depending on the application. Read on to find out exactly why.   Continue reading →
  4. Rage Against The Machine's L.A. Rising Concert

    The photo above might give you a sense of the energy at the L.A. Coliseum on Saturday night, where Rage Against the Machine regrouped for a massive closing slot during L.A. Rising, the band's first festival. The band capped off a day of music that ranged from hard punk to art rock to classic hip hop to many combinations thereof...
  5. Tom Morello Launches Comic Book Series

    Tom Morello has been crusading against social injustice for years as the Nightwatchman and as a member of both Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, but in October, the guitarist will take the fight to the comic book page. Dark Horse Comics, the publisher of comics based on Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as My Chemical Romance...

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