Video: Cry Baby – Wah Pedal Documentary

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I was talking to Ryan Canestro about guitar pedals this week and he let me know about this documentary on the Cry Baby wah pedal.



Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World tells the story of the wah wah effect pedal, from its invention in 1966 to the present day. Musicians, engineers, and historians discuss the impact of the pedal on popular music and demonstrate the various ways it has been used, as well as how its evolution has improved the ability of artists to express themselves musically.

The film features interviews with Brad Plunkett, the inventor of the pedal, plus many other musical luminaries such as Ben Fong-Torres, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Buddy Guy, Art Thompson, Eddie Kramer, Kirk Hammett, Dweezil Zappa, and Jim Dunlop. These professionals explain how a musical novelty transcended convention and has become timelessly woven into the fabric of modern pop-culture.

Full Film

A question for you

As much as I love the novelty of the wah guitar in the Shaft Theme, I think my favorite use of wah pedal is incredibly subtle in Adam Jones’ solos through Lateralus. Adam uses the Dunlop 535Q.

What’s your favorite wah pedal and/or use of wah in a song?

Video: Guitar Recording Tips with Misha Mansoor

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In this video Misha Mansoor (Periphery, Bulb) shows his current guitar recording setup including the AxeFX II, Cubase 6, double and quad tracking, and basic EQ. I don’t agree at all with his gain staging and signal to noise ratio explanation but other than that it’s a cool video.

Via Top Secret Audio

Weiss Drums – The Maio Collection

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maio_collectionOur friend Matthew Weiss (Producer/Engineer, contributor to The Pro Audio Files) has released his first drum sample library, The Maio Collection.

This drum sample library features acoustic drums recorded through an API console and Studer A820. This is a bundle of over 150 hard hitting, preprocessed, one-shot kicks, snares, toms, hats and cymbals for hip-hop production.

Head over to the site to hear some of the samples in this package. A demo song is below

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The Maio Collection boasts over 160 professionally recorded acoustic drums that hit every bit as hard as synthetic drums while retaining the character, quirk and texture of natural drums.

Growing up on 90s Hip-Hop, I fell in love with the texture and character of drums that were chopped from breaks and programmed in vintage samplers. But around the late 90s, early 2000s, synthetic drums became the popular sound: cleaner, crisper, harder-hitting.

My goal is to reinvent the sound that I remember in a new way and make natural acoustic drums sound as unique and crisp as synthetic drums.

Click here to find out all the details


CreativeLive Advanced Bass Production workshop starts today

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Andrew Glover (Winds of Plague, Soundtemple Studios) is teaching a two day workshop on recording, editing and mixing bass guitar today and tomorrow. Starts at 9AM PST Monday Feb 24th. The CreativeLive classes are always packed with info so if you have the time, you’ll get a lot out of this.

This class is FREE.

If you missed something, the class will rebroadcast immediately after and through the night. The course is also available for any-time access for $79 during the 2 days or $99 after.


Find out all the details and jump into the live stream here:

Cupping the Mic Works Wonders!

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Check out the ultimate system for making your band the most regressive on the entire planet: Cupping the Mic Works Wonders!

Video: Maor Appelbaum interview and discussion on audio mastering

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Mastering Engineer Maor Appelbaum met up with a bunch of guys in a Google+ hangout and shared a ton of great information about mastering. It’s an enjoyable conversation that should appeal to musicians and engineers of all levels.

It’s long so bring a snack.


Find out more about Maor at his site

Maor has 2 Mastering Clinic video you can purchase from MyMusicMasterclass (class 2)

Into The Machine – Studio tips from Will Putney

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Producer Will Putney shares tips and secrets to his sound and workflow producing and mixing metal.

Episode 1

Episode 2


I will update as more videos are published.