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Friday December 14, 2018. 08:00 AM
In the world of professional drumming, “feel” is almost always the most important aspect of picking components and hardware for a drum kit. This is why online forums are set on fire when the discussion of direct-drive vs. chain-drive bass drum pedals comes up. Those who love...
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Wednesday December 12, 2018. 06:22 PM
At the heart of countless performance venues, recording rigs, practice spaces, and broadcast facilities, you’ll find analog mixers. For any music project that involves more than one or two simultaneous mics or instruments, a mixer can be of great use. With a mixer, you can ba...
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Monday December 10, 2018. 03:35 AM
We’re counting down to Christmas one day (and pedal) at a time! Follow our Instagram to see each featured pedal and Christmas tune, and check back on the blog, where we’ll listing out each clip in order. Rock around the Christmas tree to these jams or scour our list for a...
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Saturday December 8, 2018. 08:00 AM
Here at zZounds, we’ve done more than a few Legends of Tone features the past couple of years. This time, we’re putting the spotlight on perhaps one of the most prolific, bizarre, and brilliant minds of the 20th century: Frank Zappa. He released an astounding 62 albums...
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Tuesday December 4, 2018. 08:00 AM
In Beat Connection, we explore modern and vintage dance styles the only way we know how…by providing you a musical starting point to help you create that beat. In this collection, we’re highlighting Beat Connection posts that detail the foundations of beats across several...
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Monday December 3, 2018. 06:04 PM
It’s been a busy weekend for Mike Matthews and the crew at Electro-Harmonix, as the New York pedal heads just released three new pedals aimed at bassists and guitarists alike. Sovtek Deluxe Big Muff First up in the weekend trilogy is the Sovtek Deluxe Big Muff, a throwback...
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Week On Walking The Floor Ben & Emily from Carolina Story sing powerful harmonies and know a lot about white water rafting! About The Guest Carolina Story never said no to a gig. A bar, a church, a theater, a nursing home: the duo––made up of husband and wife Ben and...
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Friday November 30, 2018. 08:00 AM
Bells are an over-looked aural enveloper. Whether or not you’re riding them on a funk chorus, or blast-beating them straight into the abyss, this part of the cymbal really impacts your cymbal’s overall sound. Let’s look at how the size of a cymbal’s bell (or whether or...
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Tuesday November 27, 2018. 08:00 AM
Standing with one foot solidly in the past, and the other in the future, Gibson sprints out of the gate in 2019 with a killer selection of your favorite models. Prefer a more vintage style? Then pick up something like the classic Les Paul Standard. A timeless instrument, the ...
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Monday November 19, 2018. 06:08 PM
Week On Walking The Floor Amid the cacophony of construction worker background noise, singer/songwriter Dawn Landes sits down for a chat about the making of her latest album, Meet Me At The River and how she pulled Fred Foster of Monument Records fame out of retirement to...
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Saturday November 17, 2018. 08:00 AM
In this Perfect Pairings video, we’re partnering up a Seymour Duncan FOOZ Analog Fuzz Synthesizer pedal with the TC-Helicon Talkbox Synth to create a colorful assortment of funky sounds. Seymour Duncan FOOZ Push your creativity past your limits with the Seymour Duncan FOOZ...
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Friday November 16, 2018. 02:34 PM
Since the disbanding of his the genre-defying group Dire Straits in 1995, Mark Knopfler has had a prolific solo career accompanied by countless collaborations with the likes of Eric Clapton, Chet Atkins, Elton John and more. In celebration of the release of his new record,...
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If you’re someone who pinches every penny like me, or just someone who wants to wear other people’s used clothes, the thrift store is a great place to frequent when you’re in the buying mood. But short of an old church organ too big for your sub-compact car, there aren’t...
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Tuesday November 13, 2018. 05:15 PM
The first time I heard anything about Fender applying finish to their guitars was in a lesson with my first guitar teacher. Upon showing him my first Midnight Blue Telecaster, he responded with stories of men in hazmat suits, who might as well have stepped off the set of...
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The first time I heard anything about Fender applying finish to their guitars was in a lesson with my first guitar teacher. Upon showing him my first Midnight Blue Telecaster, he responded with stories of men in hazmat suits, who might as well have stepped off the set of...
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Monday November 12, 2018. 09:42 PM
You may know Les Paul, but this is THE Paul! Gibson recently announced this 40th Anniversary limited edition “The Paul” model, and if you weren’t around in 1978, here’s a little history. Gibson developed The Paul to be a lower-priced option that provided the same Les Paul...
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Audio production has come a long way since the advent of the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). Whether you’re just starting to mix and master your own tracks in your DAW at home, or you’re a more experienced producer, check out this collection of zZounds Blog posts and pick...
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Wednesday November 7, 2018. 08:00 AM
We all have our own obsessions. Some musicians drool over the newest boutique guitar pedals. Another musician that works at zZounds may dream about a tweed couch that matches all of his vintage Fender tweed amps. I, on the other hand, obsess over my new favorite plug-ins. I...
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Monday November 5, 2018. 08:00 AM
Week On Walking The Floor Texas-bred, LA-based singer/songwriter Sam Morrow stops by WTF to discuss screamo, hip-hop, how Jesus called him to music, and the joys of early Robert Palmer. About The Guest With his career-defining third record, Morrow should cement his place as...
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Friday November 2, 2018. 02:57 PM
So far, we’ve discussed attributes that affect your cymbals’ overall tone, namely its hammering and lathing. Here we’ll discuss one of the most important features that affects a cymbal’s aural envelope: thickness. The thickness of your cymbal shapes everything from strike...
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