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Cusack Screamer V2 Overdrive Pedal Review

Today I am posting a review I wrote for Berklee’s Guitar Faculty newsletter, Open Position. I thought it would be nice to share it with a larger community of tone-seekers.

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Mixing Tips: How to Know When to Solo

Every term, without fail, I get a few assignments handed in with all of a mixer’s solo buttons enabled.

The Tone Power of the Stratocaster

One eye-opening revelation in the quest for tone happening to me back in the early ’90s: I was playing with a relatively popular Boston-based band called the Heavy Metal Horns.

Signature Guitar Tone and Picking

Let’s talk about attack devices, or ways to get a string moving. I know it sounds too simple to be true, but this one post might be the difference between you and your signature sound!

The Quest for Good Guitar Tone

Thaddeus Hogarth shares his thoughts on achieving your signature tone on electric guitar.

Guitar Notation Basics

Guitarists might read three different types of notation. Each has its strengths.

Making beats in Pro Tools requires good headphones.

How to Change a Loop’s Tempo in Pro Tools

“How do I tempo change a loop in Pro Tools?” This is a common question and the answer is, “There are lots of ways.”

A musician playing a keyboard.

Improve Your Sampler Chops

Berklee Online music production instructor Erik Hawkins explains how to improve your sampler skills, with advice from his “Producing Music with Reason” course.

Velocity Layers in Reason’s NN-XT Sampler

By grasping the concept of velocity layers in a sampler you will be able to better use and more easily create your own dynamic and exciting sampler patches.

A laptop

The Virtues of Virtual Tracks

Learn about the old school function of virtue tracks, and how to apply it to music production today.