How to Pack a Drum Set for Shipping or Storage

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 specialist...
Selecting Drumheads

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

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 creators of the...
Choosing a Neve 1073 Clone

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

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

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

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 more...
Your Tone Begins with Your Top

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...
Archtop Tonewoods: Maple vs. Mahogany

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 things about...
“Open” Up to Alternate Guitar Tunings!

“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...