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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

indabamusic.com river cuomo guitar design contest

inspired by the late guitar design that used by river cuomo on their live show.


river cuomo guitar design2 by ~digitalgenital on deviantART






inspired by strawmat canvas shoes design original by me. link >here<


river cuomo guitar design1 by ~digitalgenital on deviantART

What you need to know:

1. The only customizable part of the guitar is the body (the red part in the image above). You can download a high res version below. Please use the provided template to design on top of.

2. You need to incorporate the Indaba Music logo into the design. You can download the logo below.

3. Make sure to incorporate your signature into the design.

4. You can only submit one design.

Entries must be submitted by September 1st at 5pm EDT. To submit your design, upload a .jpg file to to the "files" tab below.

The winning design will be selected by the fine folks of Indaba Music.

The winner will be awarded an awesome prize to be announced soon! Stay tuned!


so guys,..
i am so confuse, i dunno which is the best.
i really wanna win this contest. :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

in da ba music review

Indaba Music said:



Reviews and news of music equipment old and new.


Review of Budget Audio Interfaces - by Josh


This week, we’re going to take a quick look at a few audio interfaces. For those just getting started with computer recording, an audio interface refers to the hardware that you use to record and playback sounds. Most computers come with some sort of basic audio recording capabilities, but stock sound cards are invariably noisy and of low quality. A simple upgrade of less than $200 can vastly improve the sound of your compositions and collaborations here on Indaba. Here’s a look at a few options if you’re looking to upgrade your original card, or just want to add a low-cost portable system to your current set-up. I’ve chosen to look at 2 channel interfaces that are ideal for recording one instrument or voice at a time, and are less expensive than comparable 3+ track recorders.

M-Audio Fast-Track Pro – $200 - User Reviews

The Fast-Track USB is a small, external interface with two phantom powered inputs and near-zero latency. It will allow you to record two instruments or mics at once, and also has nifty features such as midi in/outs, digital SPDIF in/outs, and a nice package of included software. This is a good deal for an inexpensive interface that also has phantom power---important because most condenser microphones require power. If you have an external mixer or preamps with phantom power, you could opt to save a little dough and get the ultra-budget M-Audio Fast-Track USB ($99), which does not have phantom power built in. The advantage of buying an M-Audio product is that it is the only third-party interface that can use Pro Tools, in the form of the M-Powered Pro Tools software. Pro Tools is considered the industry standard audio editing and recording software by many professional engineers and musicians, and this card gives you the opportunity to learn the program. However, the Pro Tools M-Powered software is not included and will add an extra $250.



Tascam US-144 - $150 - User Reviews

If you will never need to use Pro Tools (there’s plenty of other viable software options) consider the two-channel Tascam 144 which has similar features to the Fast-Track-Pro but costs less. The software bundle and features aren’t as extensive as the Fast-Track, but if you don’t need the extras this could be a good choice.



Alesis iO|2 - $160 - User Reviews



Another good option is the Alesis iO|2, which has a sleek, low-profile design that makes it great for portable use. It comes bundled with Cubase LE software so it’s a full workstation right off the bat.

Any of these interfaces will be a significant upgrade over the sound card that comes with your computer. My recommendation is to go for the M-Audio Fast-Track if you think you may want to use Pro Tools at any point; the Alesis iO|2 if you want an inexpensive interface with software included to get you going; and the Tascam if you don’t need any included software. There are other options out there too…I’d like to hear your comments if you’ve had experience with these three, or other comparable audio interfaces.



in da ba music review

Indaba Music said:



Reviews and news of music equipment old and new.


Classic Gear Review: Shure SM57 Microphone - by Josh



sm57 For our inaugural weekly gear review, we thought that we’d keep it simple and pay homage to a true classic in the recording and sound reinforcement world – the Shure SM57 microphone. Everyone who is not living in a cave has at some point either used or heard music created by an SM57 – arguably the most popular and versatile microphone currently in production. If fact, if you've listened to a speech made by the president from the White House, you’ve heard the SM57 – it’s been the mic on the President’s lectern for over 30 years. There are several reasons for the SM57s popularitity:




  1. Price – At around $100 new, they are relatively inexpensive, and because they are in such heavy use they are easy to find used for even less

  2. Durability – SM57s are known for their ability to stand up to the rigors of touring and general rough treatment by musicians

  3. SOUND – While not quite as nuanced as a $5000 Neumann mic, the SM57
    has a clean, focused sound that picks up the source while minimizing
    background noise

  4. Pretty much every major studio and touring rig in the country has at least several SM57s and 58s lying around (the 58 used the same capsule with different windscreen). Engineers with a full arsenal of high-end mics still often rely on the 57 as a go-to mic for snare drums, guitar amps, vocals and string instruments. The SM57 is so great at capturing these instruments and mainly because it has a capsule with a nice “presence” curve (a boost in the high-mid range frequencies that causes the sound to stand out in the mix) in addition to a tolerance for loud volumes. The windscreen on the SM58 creates a slightly different sound that makes it very desirable as a stage vocal mic. Either way, the SM57 microphone is a true studio and touring workhouse that should be part of everyone’s microphone collection. Post your thoughts and comments, or any stories you might have about the SM57.





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