Shure SM57 no-transformer mod

Peterson from DIY Recording Equipment and SoundHow sent me this video explaining how to remove the transformer from an SM57 to improve the sound.

Guitar Tone Capacitors Compared

Ryan Canestro linked me to these cool videos from Planetz.com where John Cooper wires up and compares a variety of capacitors in his electric guitar. The capacitor value and material can make a big difference in the sound and it’s one of those mods that only costs a few dollars. Definitely worth trying! I know I will.
Here’s the link to the blogpost: Crazy Tone Thing


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Headphone comfort mod

One thing that always bothered me about my Shure SRH440 headphones any many others is that the earpads aren’t thick enough to keep my ears from touching the hard plastic surrounding the speaker. I know I don’t have abnormally large ears that stick out but my ears get really sore after only a few minutes of wearing them. Yesterday I came across this forum post that addressed the same issue for different headphones. One of the comments suggested a simple mod that involves inserting some thick wire under the ear pads to make them thicker. I gave it a shot and was pleasantly surprised at how well it solved the problem. Minimal effort, excellent results.

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The first photo shows the earpads of the SRH440 before the mod. These have a circumaural design (around the ears) but the padding isn’t thick enough to keep from squishing your ears.

For this mod you’ll need a couple short pieces of wire/cable. I used a broken guitar cable. You’ll need two 10″ pieces.

Insert the cable under and around the earpad. Trim the cable if  too long.

As you can see the padding is now raised giving you much more ear room.

I highly recommend taking a few minutes to try this on your headphones. You’ll like it.

Thanks for checking reading!

Making acoustic panels tutorial

Apartment buildings are not the ideal place to have a home studio, the main problem with them is the acoustics are terrible. My ‘studio’ has painted concrete walls, huge windows across one side, and is a L shape. This results in a very uneven frequency response, and ridiculous flutter echo.

For not a lot of money I made a big improvement to this situation. Rigid fiberglass is the most cost effective way to acoustically treat a room. Foam only really makes a difference with mid and high frequencies, the panels I made are effective down to about 125 Hz according to the specs of the material.

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