You have your instrument and your talent. You’re a band member or maybe want to go solo. You might even already have a substantial fan base, but all that can only take you so far without the right equipment for your music. Your ultimate goal is to put out great music and that needs some quality equipment.
Here’s a look at some types of equipment, and find out why they’re important for you to include them for your music, whether you’re just a hobbyist musician or reaching for something bigger.
Your instrument only produces a weak electronic signal on its own. That signal is boosted through the amp to drive the speaker, where the music is ultimately coming out from. A good guitar plugged into a bad amp will probably sound worse than a weak guitar plugged into a great amp. You can see that at Gear Savvy an amp should be as good and as sophisticated as your instrument. A good amp is optimized for the different types of instruments that most frequently use them, such as electric guitars, acoustic guitars, electric bass guitars, and electronic keyboards.
The audio interface is the hardware used to connect your computer with the rest of your gear. They add inputs and outputs and can improve the sound quality of your computer. Each time you record a new piece or tune, the audio interface will duplicate a more precise representation of the sounds.
Musicians have to hear what they have recorded. But headphones can also help you during a live show. It is very hard to perform and sing or play if you can’t even hear your part. Musicians need sound feedback in order to perform properly. Today, headphones can filter out all the unwanted sounds and focus on each performer’s part so they can hear themselves play and or sing above the sound of the others. It’s a vitally important aspect of performing when you have so much going on in a gig.
Typically, all microphones do the same thing by having a physical sound translated into something controlled electrically. You don’t need more than one or two if you’re working by yourself or tracking instruments one at a time. Most microphones fall into one of two categories: dynamic mics and condenser mics. Dynamic mics are rugged, making them suitable for on-stage use. Condensers, being much more sensitive, makes them perfect for softer and brighter sounds.
It’s clear that the theme is to have your basics going to get the best sound out of your music, while also having a fun time doing it. Unlike the old days, you now have the ability to record and mix your music using your own personal laptop and quality equipment within the right acoustic setting. As a musician, you’ll begin to learn how to recognize the most needed equipment for different tasks as well as upgrade to better equipment. By time, you’ll know what the possibilities and limitations of the equipment at hand are, and understand what a specific song might need and how to obtain that sound.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.