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Electric Guitar Microphone Comparison

When micing an electric guitar, there are countless options, avenues, and tools that you can explore to capture the most authentic sound of your instrument or shape your tone into something entirely different. When micing a guitar amp three types of...

Eddie’s Corner: 5 Slide Guitar Tips

Playing slide guitar might seem difficult at first, but our electric guitar specialist Eddie Berman has five helpful tips to make it easier. 1) Learn how to mute with both hands.  A lot of people automatically drag their fingers behind the slide or play...

Eddie’s Corner: 6 Tips For Better Guitar Tuning

Tuning guitars is easier than ever. Players are now relying more and more on electronic tuners, rather than tuning by ear. But there are still many factors that can affect the outcome. “If you are tuning by ear, your ear is king,” says our very own...

Cymbal Anatomy 101

Cymbals come in a variety of weights and sizes, and produce an array of sounds. They can be bright and explosive, dark and complex, warm and full, classic, modern, and every description in between. Understanding how the physical properties of a cymbal...

A Quick & Easy 4-Mic Setup for Drum Kits

Possibly the most daunting task for an engineer new to recording is getting a great drum sound, so, since we’re doing some training with our drum team at the shop and teaching them more about miking up a kit, we decided this was a great opportunity to...

How to Record Grand Piano: Cardioid vs. Omni Microphones

In this video, Sound Pure's Todd Atlas explains how using a four-mic setup while recording an acoustic grand piano can make a small, dry room sound like a concert hall. Omni and cardioid capsules are compared using 2 Miktek C5 stereo kits. The omnis pick...

Single Coil vs. Humbucker Pickups

One of the more important aspects of your electric guitar choice is your pickups, so it's good to keep in mind their tonal and practical differences. Using the Tyler Studio Elite Retro guitar with the JTS2 Hot Laura Single Coil Pickups, and the Nash T-72...

Understanding Frets to the Body vs. Scale Length

A question we often get is how scale length relates to the number of frets to the body on guitars, with a common misconception being that short scale means 12-fret-to-the-body guitars, while long-scale means 14-fret-to-the-body guitars. In order to clear...

The Proximity Effect Explained

Our pro audio specialist Tim Oliver quickly explains the proximity effect using a classic Neumann U87Ai microphone to demonstrate. Getting too close to a microphone, in particular a cardioid or directional mic, will produce an increase in low frequencies...

Eddie’s Corner: Add Some Flat 5 Spice to Your Solos

In this guitar lesson, our very own Eddie Berman goes over a simple way to add a little spice to your guitar vocabulary by adding a flat 5th to any scale. The flat 5 tone is heard a lot in blues, especially in the minor context, but it can also be used...

Low Volume Alternatives for Recording Electric Guitar

Sound Pure's Ted walks us through a great alternative for recording electric guitar when you don't have access to a huge studio or mic locker or need the flexibility of tweaking your audio extensively after recording. By using a load box such as the...

Cymbal Alloys 101

This post is “Part Two” of our educational series on cymbals. In the previous installment, our drums specialist Paul Spencer dug into the differences between cast and sheet metal cymbals. This time, he discusses the alloys that go into making cymbals....

Cast vs Sheet Cymbals: What You Need to Know

Sound Pure specialist Paul Spencer covers the differences between cast vs. sheet cymbals in this short video (with sound examples). For those of you unfamiliar with the cymbal-making process, cymbals begin life as a molten copper alloy of some sort,...

Patchbay Basics

A patchbay is one of the most useful tools and investments you can make in your studio, whether you have loads of gear or are just starting out with using compressors, EQs, and preamps. Even a minimalist patchbay setup can save you tons of time and rescue...

The Parts of an Acoustic Guitar

When you're searching for the perfect acoustic guitar for your playing style, whether you're considering volume, tone, comfort, or any other feature, there are a few details our specialists will ask you to fine tune their recommendations. For both...

How to Measure Scale Length on a Guitar

If you've ever been a little confused about how to measure scale length precisely on a guitar, you're not alone. The scale length of a guitar is, in common parlance, the distance between the nut and the bridge, or the length that the strings freely...

How Drumstick Tips Can Affect Your Sound

Sound Pure percussion specialist Paul Spencer explains how different types of drumstick tips can affect your drum and cymbal sound. Each type of drumstick-tip type is going to have a different effect. Teardrop-shaped tips will give you a really focused...

Why and When to Consider Reduced Frequency Cymbals

If you're a gigging drummer that plays in smaller venues, you've likely encountered the following scenario: your kit is set up, and you begin the sound check as normal, only to realize that the venue is too small and too poorly treated acoustically to...

How to Pack a Drum Set for Shipping or Storage

We realized that some of our customers were a little intimidated about shipping their sets to us for trade or consignment, so we devised a simple solution to make the task easy. Do you need to ship your drum kit or put it away safely for storage? Our drums...

Selecting Drumheads

One of our most frequently asked questions is "what is the best drumhead out there?" How to select a drumhead is a tough question to answer, because it depends on your preferences and what you want from your sound. Do you want a lighter, brighter sound, or...

How to Insert and Remove 500-Series Modules

In this installment of Sound Pure Gear Tips, pro audio specialist Marc Kuzio shows us how to properly insert and remove a 500‑series module. Marc demonstrates how to install units with an API Audio 500V 10-space rack (API Audio, incidentally, being the...

Choosing a Neve 1073 Clone

Not only one of the most recognizable preamps on the market today, but almost certainly the most copied, the 1073 has been a staple in recording studios for decades. At any point in our studio, we have had four to five different "1073-style" preamps that we could...

Finding That Neumann U 47 Sound

The Neumann U 47 is not only one of the most iconic microphones in the world, it is possibly the most sought-after mic for that "big and warm" vintage sound. For everything from country and rock to pop and hip-hop vocals, the U 47 is a sound nearly...

Mic Placement as a Form of EQ: Electric and Acoustic Guitar

In this video, Sound Pure Pro Audio specialist Marc Kuzio provides tips on using mic placement as a form of EQ for both electric and acoustic guitar. Plugin and hardware EQs are great tools to have for tone sculpting, but there's no replacement to actually...

Tonewood Spotlight: Maple, the Overlooked Alternative

Sometimes life hands us a binary choice; I recall how my heart would sink when the middle school lunch-lady would issue her daily demand, "peas or fruit?" (I suppose a tossed salad would be out of the question, then?). Acoustic guitar buyers have, for...

Tonewood Spotlight: Mahogany

How do I love thee, mahogany? Let me count the ways: L‑00, D‑18, O‑22, J‑45, Les Paul Junior.... Mahogany is the cornerstone tonewood of the fretted instrument world. What it lacks in dramatic visual appeal and breathless testimonial from wood-sniffers, it...

A Simple 4-Mic Drum Recording Setup Using Peluso Mics

Sound Pure pro audio specialists Travis Hall and David Barrett showcase a simple 4-mic setup for recording drums. This mic setup aims to capture the whole set as a single instrument, and is perfect for capturing David's intimate playing style with brushes,...

Your Tone Begins with Your Top

Your tone begins with your top... but that's not where it ends! The great luthier Antonio Torres Jurado proved the importance of a guitar's top in 1862, by crafting a fine guitar with a solid spruce top and papier-mâché back and sides (the guitar can be...

Archtop Tonewoods: Maple vs. Mahogany

One question that is very common and quite relevant to most archtop players is the difference between maple and mahogany when used on the back and sides of an archtop. In order to understand this issue a little better, it is important to consider a few...

“Open” Up to Alternate Guitar Tunings!

"Standard" tuning allows you to easily play in every key using recognizable scales, patterns, and shapes, but it's not the only way to go. Besides, barre chords hurt like hell and open strings will always sound better than fretted ones. They simply have more sustain,...

Sebatron Axis 200VU Mic Preamp Review

We have found a treasure of a microphone preamp in Sebatron's Axis 200VU! Considering how reasonable this mic pre is, we expected the quality to have a fair amount of saturation/grunge. However, this mic preamp is clean, clear, and open, which is...

How to Get a Quick Electric Guitar Sound with Stereo Amps

Learn how to mic an amplifier and get a fast guitar sound! This demo shows a simple, "quick and dirty" way to set up ribbon mics on a pair of stereo amps. In order to achieve this sound, SoundPure expert Fletcher shares a quick trick with a pair of 65 Amp...

Lauten Audio Torch ST-221 Stereo Pair Microphones Review

Looking for a unique small diaphragm tube microphone? The Lauten Torch is modern made and perfect for different types of applications. The Torch is very different from so many mics we have heard. It's a great addition to any mic locker due to its unique...

Lauten Audio Horizon Microphone

Looking for a microphone that can do it all and sound great in many applications? The Lauten Horizon Tube Microphone has proven to do just that. This extremely versatile, single-pattern, large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone can be used ranging from...

Phoenix DRS-8 Microphone Preamp Review

Looking for a high-quality preamp that is reasonably priced? The Phoenix DRS-8 is exactly what you've been looking for. With a Class A design, this 8-channel microphone preamplifier has a discrete, truly balanced, and transformerless input stage that was...

Lauten Audio Oceanus LT-381 Tube Microphone Review

No microphone collection is complete without this unique gem! The Oceanus from Lauten Audio is modern and creative not only in sound, but also in its circuit design. This large diaphragm tube condenser has a rich, dark tone that captures every nuance of...

A Designs Nail HM2 Stereo Compressor Review

Check out these videos from our series on the A Designs Nail HM2 Stereo Compressor, where we focus on several different features of the Nail and listen to some examples of the Nail in action. These videos include detailed overviews of the high-pass filter,...

Millennia HV-3R Preamps

Millennia started off as a recording and production company for classical music. When they discovered that most recording gear on the market exhibited coloration, they created the Millennia HV-3 preamp---a transparent, colorless preamp that could...

Millennia’s TCL-2 Twin-Com Compressor and the STT-1 Origin

Check out our video on the Millennia TCL-2 Twin-Com and STT-1 compressors below. In the demo, we utilize our pair of STT-1 Origins, which use the same compressor design as Millennia's TCL-2. Like the Twin-Com, linkable by the front panel button, our pair...

CharterOak M900T and S600 Mics as Drum Overheads

A simple drum microphone setup is one of the best ways to really hear the definition of the microphones you're using and the ways in which they work. Here are two videos using a simple four-mic setup, featuring several microphones in the CharterOak line....

Using Millennia’s NSEQ-2 and the STT-1

The EQ section of the STT-1 is virtually identical to the EQ that is in Millennia's NSEQ-2.  Millennia's EQ features a 4-band parametric EQ that enables you to choose either a class-A vacuum tube signal path, or a more transparent, class-A solid-state...

Millennia Preamps

In most professional recording studios there is a baseline mic pre---a starting point, a preamp that typically always works, gives you a sound that you can rely on and trust, and a preamp by which all of the other mic pres in your studio are judged. In our...

Tyler Guitars: Meet Your “Super Strat”

There seems to be a cult following for Tyler Guitars that we find to be present with collectors, studio musicians, and on guitar forums. Check out a Tyler thread on the gear page, and you’ll find words of praise, lust, and, of course, tons of pictures of...

Analog Warmth on Your 2 Bus Is as Simple as the A Designs Hammer!

We are pretty spoiled at Sound Pure Studios, to be honest. For outboard gear, we have a little bit of everything under the sun. An ADL 670 (Fairchild compressor clone), CharterOak SCL1, Tube Tech Multiband Compressor, Great River Mastering EQ, Avalon 2055…...

Great Microphone Stands Are Essential in the Studio

On almost every large session here at Sound Pure Studios there will be complicated microphone setups or situations where we really need to be able to maneuver microphones into tight places. We always pat ourselves on the back for spending a little more on our...

Using the Bricasti M7 to Add Reverb to Drums

Todd Atlas from Sound Pure Studios sits with Casey from Bricasti Design to discuss adding reverb to drums using the M7's very simple presets. The Bricasti M7 is the world-shaking reverb processor that has proven to be, among the top recording engineers and...