Saturday, January 29, 2011

Humidity to Go

The Air O Swiss Portable Ultrasonic Humidifier is travel-ready!

Acoustics are more prone to drying out!
If you depend on your guitar and voice at least in part to make a living, you really need to protect your investments.  Winter dryness can wreak havoc with your acoustic guitar's structure and ability to stay in tune.  Really the same holds true for your voice!  Traveling poses a real threat to both because you have no control over the airplane cabin or hotel room's humidity levels.  Airplanes are notoriously dry so there's not much you can do about that but once you arrive at your destination, there is a workable solution to rehydrate yourself AND your instruments.
Air O Swiss makes a full range of ultrasonic humidifiers for the home and studio with some vocalists having one in each room to maintain optimal humidity levels, (between 45-55%).  Once you leave that comfortably controlled environment, well, you're on your own!
Air O Swiss has an answer for that too.  The AOS 7146 Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier offers a super lightweight, portable unit that gives you humidity output of 1 gallon a day using a simple plastic water bottle!  The no-leak adapter and balancing feet make it tip proof and stable plus it's quiet in operation.

The Air O Swiss 7146 Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier
This portable humidifier can be placed on your night stand or dresser for a great night's sleep.  The cool microfine mist immediately evaporates and if you are using bottled water you'll enjoy pure, fresh air as well.  Place your guitar on its stand and it will naturally absorb the moisture from the room humidifier. Both you AND your guitar can sleep well!  I've found my acoustic guitars staying in tune longer when they are kept properly humidified.  I also have less sinus and vocal issues in the morning after sleeping with an ultrasonic humidifier.  Now you don't have to leave behind all the comforts of home.  Take clean, moist air with you everywhere you go, even on tour.

Look in our banner ad section for more tips on Guitar Humidification including a video with Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars!   Also check out Levy's Leathers Touring Bag for your mics and cables.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Recording Studio Set Up: Mics & Preamps

This is YOUR year to get it done! Polished, mastered vocal and instrumental tracks are so easy with these stand alone preamps and Audio-Technica condenser studio mics. Better still, most of this equipment works well on the road too so check out Levy's Tour Bag, perfect for packing delicate microphones and cables, (we recommend Planet Waves Custom Pro Series Mic & Instrument cables). Now you can get professional recording studio results using these high tech, large diaphragm mics and home!

Audio Technica's AT-4081 Ribbon Mic
A-T Studio Headphones


Digitech Vocalist Live 4 Mic Preamp / Harmonizer


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Preview of 2011's Best Guitar Gear!

Eclectic Sound TV scooped some of the BEST new gear from NAMM 2011 to see who's going to make the final cut on our list for 2011's BEST Guitar Gear! Here are some of the Award Show nominees but don't count out some surprise entrants being added!!! Our 2011's BEST Guitar Gear video will be the business so stay tuned and check out 2010's Best Guitar Gear Winners!  Please be sweet and
Rock Prodigy App for iPhone / iPod Touch!

Sanyo Pedal Juice in BLACK!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Studio Side: Voicetone Create XT DEMO Video

Unless you can make it to the NAMM Show this week, you probably don't know how some of these effects pedals come in the box. Hey it all looks good set up on the promo videos but what's it REALLY like to purchase the T.C. Helicon Voicetone Create XT vocal effects pedal and put it to work in the studio? Also how does it REALLY sound without all the fancy speakers and mastering companies often use?
Take a look and get a listen....we've got your answers right here! No smoke and mirrors, this is how the Voicetone Create XT comes packaged, what's included, what you'll need and how it sounds right out of the box. Hey remember, please be sweet and RETWEET using the button below!

Hardtune or Autotune are just two of the studio vocal effects you can get from the Create XT Pedal. Just listen to the effects on recordings by artists like Kanye West, (shown here with Dr. M!), Lil' Wayne, T Pain and Jay Z. R & B, Pop and other genres use these same effects to add interest and a techno edge to their tracks. On the right in the photo above is the Sanyo Pedal Juice powering both the Create XT and BOSS DR-3 Drum & Bass Machine without an AC outlet. Mic used in the vocal portion is an Audio-Technica AT4050 Studio Condenser. Broaden your horizons and try something new!

2011 NAMM Show January 13th -16th

Audio-Technica Hall A, Booth # 6740
C.F. Martin Guitar
in Booth #5454
Planet Waves & D' Addario in Booth #4834
Hal Leonard in Booth #4618

Monday, January 10, 2011

The BEST Guitar Straps for YOUR Axe!

You talked, we listened! If you are looking for the BEST guitar strap for your axe no matter if you play bass, lead or acoustic, we've got it for you. Top guitar strap makes such as Sully's handmade leather straps, Levy's Leathers LTD (shown below), Planet Waves NEW band collections with C.F. Martin's Leather Strap & Guitar Hoodie are all in the mix! To complete your experience, check out our NAMM 2011 Video featuring Ernie Ball Strap Locks vs Planet Lock Straps! It's all here and all for YOU!

PHOTO: NEW for 2011, Levy's Leathers LTD Suede Leather Strap MS71To1 with buckle and acorn embellishments!

PHOTO: Guitarist, Phil Keaggy whom Eric Clapton dubbed as the most under-rated musician of our time.

Keaggy is a Christian artist seen here during his set at RevGen 2010 in Frenchtown, NJ. He is wearing an un-padded adjustable leather guitar strap with the Fender.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Ernie Ball Strap Locks vs Planet Lock Strap NAMM 2011 Release

A NEW RELEASE, literally! We got lots of feedback regarding the best strap locks and concerns about drilling into your guitar to install them. NEW at the 2011 NAMM Show this month, Planet Waves, Booth # 4834, will be featuring their revolutionary PLANET LOCK STRAP. The Planet Lock strap is a Strap Lock + Strap in one so you can change them in a snap! Check out the video and see how it stacks up to our Ernie Ball Super Strap Locks.

See the other Planet Waves guitar strap styles including their new Rock Band Collections in the banner ad section on the left! Be sure to see our 2011 NAMM SHOW Musical
Montage too. Do share the LOVE and TWEET this post with the link below!

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Phil Wickham doing You're Beautiful, RevGen
No drill locking straps!