With today’s technological advancements in the music world, modern-day musicians must have more than just talent. They must also have technical (and sometimes mechanical) prowess. The following tools will give technology savvy musicians a way to combine these two complex worlds of music and technology/mechanics to create professional tunes.
There are many different types of music and each type may require a different toolbox of gadgets. Fortunately, some gadgets can transverse multiple musical types and styles. Also, it used to be that these tools required a trip to the music store. With busy lives, that isn’t always possible. Fortunately, as in the case of the first tool, there is an availability to find it online.
CruzTools GrooveTech Guitar Kit
Guitar players are usually familiar with the truss rods and action, but only a few are comfortable making adjustments. This is something that may come under the category of “mechanical,” versus “technology.”
Players with good setups create top-notch performances, and this is where the guitar tech kit comes in handy. This tech kit features the equipment that guitar players need to adjust their instruments. It includes a standard assortment of screwdrivers like the number one and the number two Phillips heads, as well as the 5mm slotted. Allen wrenches, a ruler, cutters, and an LED flashlight complete the kit. It also comes with a handy guide to direct musicians through the adjusting process.
In the amazon reviews, one musician said, “This kit fit the bill. It improved my Tele’s playability, and it contained just about every tool I needed. The tools are of high quality as well.” Another reviewer said, “I’m not mechanically inclined at all, but I was able to do a basic setup in less than an hour on the first day.”
This particular tool kit is available on amazon, but it could also be used as a guide to put together a similar tool kit, piece by piece. This comes in handy for bands, as the band tool kit ready for anything that is thrown at them on the road.
How-To Tips (with the Beat Producers in Mind)
The Internet is a tool, in and of itself, with the ability to search for any tip or how-to possible. There are many resources available to the musician looking to go down the path of dubstep. Dubstep is a type of dance music with notable bassline and rhythm. It doesn’t “just happen” and so the tool that is needed, in order to produce it, is knowledge. Fortunately, there are articles that fit the bill, like this one from LedgerNote.
Those who plan to play powerful music that fluctuates in volume and intensity require a dynamic microphone. This type of unit is built to hold up against forceful bursts of air while managing the humidity that emits from a singer’s mouth. The Shure SM57 is a popular device. This sturdy dynamic microphone is a studio favorite as many of them use it for default applications. The Electro-Voice RE20 is another popular microphone. In fact, it’s known as the “Radio Announcer’s Choice.”
A set of studio headphones from companies like Bose, Beats or KRK Systems, are a worthwhile investment. This is especially true since these particular brands deliver exceptional sound quality. Musicians use closed back headphones to record tracks while open back headphones are best for mixing. When purchasing headphones, musicians must make sure that they provide maximum sound isolation. This allows a musician to monitor the music as it plays. Complete isolation also prevents the sound from running into a live microphone. With a quality headphone set, a musician can listen to his or her fresh track (just recorded) to make sure that the notes harmonize properly.
Whether the musician is inventing new jams with their band or focusing on perfecting their style, technologically advanced tools will help them get the most out of their music. These tools allow them to tap into the best sound while inspiring their creativity. It also helps them to stay ahead of their game and hopefully become the next featured artist in the news.