Here at the Guerrilla Guide to Music Technology I want to make a safe haven for those of us who want to know about the fascinating devices and techniques that make up this diverse area, without making people feel small or stupid for not knowing something. I used to not know stuff until somebody taught me, now I aim to make everything clear without patronising anyone. Nobody knows everything, including me so if you find something wrong or something that you think that everyone could benefit from knowing then please do tell me.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Hello everyone, how are you all doing. It has been great to see so many of you visiting, I hope this is helping some of you, I hope the rest of you approve of what we are doing here.

The News

Part 2 of the mixer tutorial is here.

I have had this idea for a long time that I would like to make recycled guitar plectrums out of vinyl records that are no longer of any use to stop them being sent to landfill, and i have succeeded. www.mixpicks.info is my new site and I am proud to say that I have now got a viable product to sell that has been getting great feedback. The site went live yesterday so please be kind, it is not quite finished. I do however have a limited time offer for reduced rates for my first customers so please email me if you are interested in buying some of my lovely picks.

Christian Tutt is a good friend of mine and he has just produced a cool website too. Tutters has played in quite a few local bands around the kent area, and now you can see exactly who they were and when. Christians World is the place that you can find the Sounds, pictures and videos for this exciting musician and the bands that he has been in, alongside his own solo works.

I have recently discovered that the music shop on Folkestones old high street offers student discounts on all their stuff. So if you are at college or university and you know a musician, or indeed are one, then this is going to be the place to do your christmas shopping, isnt it? The shop is called Plectrums, Pens and Paints so if you are a student and you want 10% off of a new guitar...happy days. If you are nowhere near folkestone there is nothing to worry about, they sell online as well as in store. Along with all this, they sell Mix Picks.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

A gentleman has Posted a wonderful picture to reddit.com about what he did to overcome the difficulties of a blown sound card. What he has done is use 4 tiny usb sound cards with signals coming in from TS jacks that are adapted down to 3mm jacks. This is all run into a USB hub which I presume goes to a computer. Pure genius.

I wonder if it sounds any good?

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Hi everyone, New tutorial went up today so please do go check it out. It is all about mixers and it goes through a number of features that you should look for when buying one. It is kind of a follow on from PA system basics but it does not start to tackle operation of a mixer, that stuff is coming in subsequent parts.

Part 2 is coming soon.

Monday, 22 October 2012

If you heard Shaun Keaveney's radio 4 show on "earworms" this morning you will be aware of the great opportunity to take part in a study which is really very cool. The "earworm" is the song or bit of a song that gets stuck in your head and goes round and round on a loop and drives you nuts.

Goldsmiths are doing some serious research into this phenomenon and they need your earworms. Head on over to the ear wormery to find out more.

In other news I am writing a tutorial on the basics of using a mixer so if you need to know anything in particular if I know the answer I will put it in for you. Aren't I nice?

Sunday, 21 October 2012

I want to share some cool stuff with everyone. Allow me to introduce myself, I am the guy who handed you a screwdriver when you really needed it at that gig where your effects pedal broke once. I am the fellow who stopped the feedback at the pub quiz when old Mavis was getting upset.

Obviously the probability is that you were unaware of both of those incidents but I would bet that if you have ever been reliant on electronic music equipment you have wanted it to do more, or it has died and you need it fixed. Maybe you need a place to ask questions about something technical that has flummoxed you.

What I mean is that I want to share some stuff that I have picked up over the years that might come in useful to anyone learning about music tech. I include myself in this category and so do the wisest sound guys that I know. There is always something to learn and if you have anything that you think is relevant then I would love to hear about it. Welcome to 'The Guerilla Guide to Music Technology'.

 So, first I will share some articles that I have written.

How to Wind a Guitar Pickup

How To Organise a Gig

PA System Basics

Use Your Computer to Record Your Music part 1

Use Your Computer to Record Your Music part 2

Use Your Computer to Record Your Music part 3

Use Your Computer to Record Your Music part 4

Want to see me in action? here is a video.

So welcome to my blog, I hope it helps you out. I welcome questions so don't be shy.