MV7 VS SM7B: Which Mic is Right for You?

The SM7B has gained legendary status among producers, recording engineers and podcasters alike. Many will accept nothing else, but should they (and streamers) consider the new MV7 microphone instead?

From Marc Maron to Michael Jackson, the SM7B has earned a legion of admirers over the years. It’s become an audio icon for good reason: few microphones can rival its warm, rich tone, fantastic isolating properties and overall versatility. 

Used for professional broadcasting and studio recording for decades, the SM7B has found renewed popularity with podcasters and online streamers. Nonetheless, the mic has remained out of reach for some people daunted by the advanced setup required to get that sweet sound it’s so famous for.

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Six ways music can improve your life.

Music can be a tool to help you exercise, meditate or even face your fears.

From the moment human beings started banging on logs and humming along, music has been a part of our daily existence, a constant accompaniment to so much of what we do in our everyday lives.

Music is like a hearth — something people can gather around, listen to and discuss. Artists have built entire careers because they know how to invigorate a crowd. Indeed, music is an incredible source of entertainment, joy and wonder.

But it can also be so much more. Music can actually be used to improve our lives. Here are six ways it can do just that.

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10 Things you didn't know about SM58

This year Shure celebrates the 55th anniversary of the world's most popular mic, the Shure SM58® Vocal Microphone. Loyal users know that this rugged and reliable mic sounds great. But many may not know some of the fascinating history and technical facts about it

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ACOUSTIC DRUMS OR ELECTRONIC DRUMS

You’ve always wanted to play drums. Or perhaps your child or grandchild has expressed an interest in (and perhaps shown an aptitude for) playing drums and you want to encourage them. Either way, you’re a bit conflicted about it.

On the one hand, you feel ready to indulge yourself (and of course you’re always ready to indulge your kids and grandkids!), but on the other you think it’s going to be a noisy and costly activity. In addition, there’s the intimidation factor: Some folks find the prospect of buying a drum set both time-consuming and confusing, especially if they’re not familiar with the jargon and don’t know what to ask for.

The good news is that none of these things are necessarily true. Drums today can be almost completely silent, and they can be affordable, too. What’s more, thanks to online resources (like this blog!), navigating the maze of options is easier than ever before. Here’s what you need to know before you start shopping for that first drum set.

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Choosing the right drumstick

What’s the ideal drumstick? It’s the perfect combination of balance, response and feel … for you. What may be a good choice for one drummer may be completely unsuitable for another, so don’t just rely on a friend’s or teacher’s advice. Your optimum drumstick will depend on many factors, including the style of music and the type of drums or drum kit you play.

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Choosing a Piano- Grand or Upright?

If you're Serious About Playing, a Grand Piano Is the One

"Piano" originally referred to a grand piano. Grand pianos have always been a symbol of sophistication and class. Crafted with care and precision, a grand piano is both a beautiful and commanding instrument, as well as an elegant addition to any home, performance studio, or concert hall. 

The grand piano offers a wide dynamic range, rich resonance, diverse tonality, and responsive touch. Only when all of these features are combined are pianists able to fully convey the rich sound expression that composers incorporate into their work.

 

Features of the grand piano include:

  • More rich and varying sonority with wide dynamics-from pianissimo to fortissimo
  • Smoother sustain
  • More substantial tone
  • Higher ability to add subtle expression to notes
  • Sound is uniform and well balanced
  •  Higher ability of note repetitions

 

Because these features merge to create "good sound," playing a grand piano enables the pianist to add more vibrant emotional expression to the music than when playing the upright piano.

 

The most common type of vertical piano is the upright piano, likewise known as the professional piano. In fact, it is so common that vertical pianos are typically referred to as upright pianos.

They can usually be found in schools that teach music where professors can use them to instruct, and students can use them to practice. They’re even on stages where professional musicians perform

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Choosing the right keyboard for your kid

Learning the keyboard may be the first step to joining a band, or simply the achievement of mastering a first scale.

Playing an instrument enriches your life! Music is a form of communication which spans the globe, transcending borders and languages. Music encourages children to discover the world. Learning to play an instrument is beneficial in so many ways:

  • It helps with focus and memory skills as well as enhancing motor functions and general comprehensive skills.

  • Music strengthens camaraderie as well as a sense of belonging and lets children find their place in society. Is there anything more beautiful than watching children rejoicing in their progress and success?

Yamaha instruments are like companions – dependable friends for children and adolescents alike; whether they are beginners or already have some musical experience.

The current range of Yamaha keyboards offer a wide range of musical and technical possibilities, ideally suited for your first musical steps.

 

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Which keyboard should I buy?

“What keyboard should I buy for beginners?” We hear this question all the time, and there’s no easy answer. The answer depends, in part, on what the student’s tastes and choices are and if you are looking for something short term or more long term.

We are assuming here you have decided you have made a decision to get a keyboard and not a piano.

When purchasing your first digital keyboard, there are several factors to consider: size, budget, sound quality, the number of onboard sounds, touch, built-in learning features, recording capability, and connectivity to devices and computers — to name a few. 

The number of keys on a keyboard affects what can be played. Most keyboards come with 66, 72, or 88 keys. For a beginner, 66 keys are sufficient for learning to play, and you can play most music on a 72-key instrument. For anyone interested in playing piano later, however, a full 88 keys are recommended.

Many people prefer a keyboard that is touch sensitive, which allows better musical expression, similar to a piano. On those instruments, the harder you play the key, the louder the sound.

A lot of the Yamaha Keyboards have a built-in feature called the Yamaha Education Suite — “Y.E.S.” for short. This powerful tool allows you to learn 100 different songs — notes, timing and much more — in an easy nine-step lesson format.

Connectivity to computers and portable devices such as smartphones is another important feature to look for. Several digital keyboards provide a USB TO HOST port for this purpose, allowing you to record high-quality audio or MIDI without the need for a separate interface.

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5 Steps for a Successful Return to Your Instrument

Whether it’s been a few months or a few decades, returning to your instrument is a joyous feeling. No expectations, no conditions, and veritably, no worries. However, relearning your instrument can be tricky, so I’ve prepared 5 Steps for Returning to Your Instrument.

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Choosing the Perfect Starter Digital Piano

If you're new to piano or wanting to re-kindle that old musical flame from years ago, now is a great time to start. We're here to help you find the piano that suits you, your home and your budget! To find out more call or visit us in our Naxal Store where we're on hand to offer advice and support where you need it most: 

At Yamaha, we take great pride in making some of the world's greatest concert pianos. But we're equally proud to be making high quality pianos to suit normal homes and more modest budgets. If you're looking for a starter piano, we've put a selection together for you to explore...

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Learn to Play: Just 10 Minutes a Day

Do you wish you could play a musical instrument but find that something always gets in the way of learning? 

We asked our musicians for their best tips for learning a musical instrument - so, right now as you sit at home this quarantine its the perfect time to take your first step. Here is the first of our Learn to Play help guide/blogs packed full of useful advice, whatever your level or ability, to set you up to succeed on your learn to play adventure.

Here are our top 5 tips:

 

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Top 10 Songs Every Guitarist Should Learn

Greetings, Guitarists!

Oh don’t refrain from calling yourself a guitarist even if you have just joined your school of music this quarantine. Like they say, a start is half job done. The ones who have just started learning you must aim to preserve the excitement and energy that you started learning the guitar with and continue practising. The most effective way is to learn songs. This is not just a source of happiness to you but also a crowd puller that boosts your confidence. How about knowing about the songs you can absolutely play with finesse and style, even as a beginner?

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Instruments for Beginners

Everyone starts at the beginning...

At Bass & Treble, we believe that when you're just starting your musical journey, you should be given the best possible opportunity to learn and develop. That's why our beginner and student instruments offer the craftsmanship, design, features and level of performance needed to give you the best start.

We've hand-picked a selection of our beginner and student musical instruments below - if you don't see the type of instrument you're looking for, please don't hesitate to contact us online, by phone or by visiting our Naxal store:

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