Music Gear to Get You Through Your Next Gig or Recording Session
It’s time to move out of basement and onto the stage at your local coffee shop, club, or whatever venue has enlisted you to rock the house. So the question is, do you have all the music gear you need? You’re going to need someplace to put that guitar. We both know that shredding gets tiring after a while. And, of course, you need an unobtrusive way to stay in tune; that’s important as well. Finally, don’t you wish you could preserve the memory of your first show forever? Well, take a few minutes off from practicing to check out these three essentials for your next gig:
This is your standard guitar stand, which isn’t meant as a slight in any way. It stands at ground level with an adjustable neck, allowing you to use it for pretty much any guitar. The bottom shelf is padded to avoid any undue wear on your guitar’s frame. It’s essentially everything you want in a guitar stand.
This thing is tiny, so be careful you don’t lose it. That being said, this guitar tuner is pretty easy to overlook, if you want an unassuming clip on tuner that you can keep on throughout your performance. I’m use to a tuner that you plug right into the pickup, but during a gig, you’d have to switch it in and out with your amp. Plus, you can’t use that type if you don’t have a pickup. The advantages of this clip on tuner are pretty evident and it works perfectly. I would highly recommend it for use in your next gig.
I’ll have a lot to say about this, so prepare yourself. I love the H2next digital recorder. It’s pretty easy to get started with. The different speaker settings make it simple to record the way that works best for you. There’s not a crazy amount of settings and the instructions state pretty clearly how each one works, so it’s not overwhelming for a beginner like myself.
It comes with an SD card, but I used one I just had lying around. The mic is designed for a number of different uses, from venues to demo recording. I did my first round of recordings in my car, actually, and that worked ok. My later recordings were redone in a room in my house. I just placed the digital audio recorder on a desk in front of me.
It recorded pretty well from that short distance, but it works from farther away, as well. I was really impressed with the balance it was able to pick up on its own. It managed to get both my voice and the guitar through the same mic without having to do anything fancy. I adjusted the placement a little, but that took less than a minute to get right.
My only goal was to record some tracks that I could send to my bandmate in Delaware so we could collaborate from a distance. That’s not a gig, of course, but it worked out pretty well for that, as you can convert everything to MP3 and send it along. While you can’t record a track over another track and have both splice together automatically, you can listen to a track while you record a new track. After that, you can use to software (included) to merge the two tracks together. Of course, this is an article about things you need for your gig, so don’t worry, I won’t skip that aspect.
If you play through some speakers, you can put this recorder out in front of your band and pick up everything that the crowd would hear. As long as you do it directionally, you probably wouldn’t have too much crowd noise. HOWEVER, if you want crowd noise for your of indie live album, you can turn on the multidirectional setting. The balance from either side can be adjusted after recording, which is pretty cool, if you ask me.
So that’s it, now you’re ready. Get out there, play, and record your next folk-rock fusion set!