If you were like me iTunes Match made me very happy. Because, if you are like me, the majority of my digital music comes from CDs that have been ripped onto my computer and are now no where to be found. Great! I have no back up, until, of course, iTunes Match came around and fixed all of that. But not only that, they also fixed something else that plagues [...]

Do you respect your music? Or, rather, do you respect the person who created it. You do realize, of course, that someone put a considerable amount of time and energy into writing it? You also realize that it was then recorded, edited and mastered over dozens of hours before it was then prepped for distribution then, finally, put somewhere that you might obtain it for a fee, in the hopes [...]

The “i” has been on top for quite a while now. There is no use in arguing that the products that have been introduced to the market by Apple Inc. particularly those by Steve Jobs (may he rest in peace) have changed the market as we know it. But they have been in control for quite a while now, and there are plenty of companies that would like a peace [...]

No doubt you have at least heard of it. The opera singer belts out a note and, all of a sudden, people find their tuxedos and dresses soiled by the champagne that just spilled out of their broke glasses. Yes, it can be done. But the question is how. What elements is it in a human voice that is capable of accomplishing this feat? Disclaimer: Although I am giving you [...]

Chances are you have heard of metronomes. Perhaps you have even used one. But where did they originate, how do they work, and what are they really used for? Different Types of Metronomes There are a few different types of metronomes on the market today. Mechanical Metronomes: These types of metronomes could very well be considered “classical” metronomes. They typically come in a pyramid shape and use an inverted pendulum [...]

For many people, key signatures can be a somewhat daunting prospect. You look at a piece of music with 5 flats on a page and you have no idea what to say. Maybe you have been playing this song by yourself and now you are playing it with a group. They ask you what key it is in, and you can’t answer, you don’t know. Well I am here to [...]

Walk through any semi-crowded area and you are bound to see several people with headphones in, on, or somewhere in between. Back in the day, music wasn’t portable. There was no way to carry around a band in your pocket. Now there is. People have taken this option. Now we as a society listen to music far more then we used to, and much of it is through tiny ear [...]

Yes, it really has been that long since I last posted. And yes, as unlikely as it may seem. I have returned. Life is full of roadblocks. Although I can’t give you exact details. I hit one in September. It fundamentally changed my day-to-day life. Blogging got pushed out. But now I am back. Here are a few things I have learned in the past month or so that will [...]

The short and simple answer is no. The Edge of Glory is not Lady Gaga’s true masterpiece. Neither is Bad Romance, Poker Face, or any other of the numerous songs that she has recorded over her six years as a pop artist. At least not yet. If there is one thing people tend to forget about a musician or band it is that the music of an artist evolves dramatically [...]

In part 1 we examined home audio. Now, in part two, I would like to take a look at two big parts of speaker systems. How the speakers themselves work, and how systems are put together when focusing on live sound. Live Sound There are 3 basic parts to any sound system Soundboard Microphones Speakers These three are all it takes to get stage music going. In theory, nothing more [...]