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Manuel is a passionate, driven, and techsavvy AV technician, artist and music composer with over ten years of experience, specializing in the captivating world of music and entertainment.

Manuel is an expert in creating soundtracks for short filmsfeature films and video games.

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Guitarists: Find Your Own Identity and Guitar Playing Style

1972 - Tim Bogert, bass & vocals - Beck, Bogert & Appice
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Learn how to manipulate and shape your sound in a way that sets you apart from the rest of the crowd. We will provide some great tips on how you can make some simple adjustments that will give you a very unique style.

First and foremost, be yourself. Who are you as a guitarist?

We’ve all had moments where we wished we had the skill and sound of another guitarist. For some of us, this comparison happens daily and can either motivate us to work harder or leave us feeling discouraged. Unfortunately, the reality is that 95% of us will never sound exactly like our heroes. Why? Simply because we don’t have the same time, resources, or natural abilities as they do. This may sound harsh, but it’s actually a good thing when put into the context of our own playing. Anyone can pick up a tab book and play a song, but it takes a true guitarist to make it their own.

If you take the time to study some of your guitar heroes today, you’ll notice that they developed their own unique style by integrating techniques from other guitarists and blending them together. Many of …

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“Guitarists: Find Your Own Identity and Guitar Playing Style”

Budget Home Theater Subwoofers

Big Blue | SAT 12 and SUB 15 Universal
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If you’re like most people, you have a budget to follow when searching for a subwoofer for your home theater. Even with a budget, you still want to get the best subwoofer possible for your money. In most cases, you’re not necessarily looking for a subwoofer that can wake up the neighbors three houses down.

What many people desire is to enhance their home theater experience with some low-end bass that a subwoofer provides, without shaking up their insides with excessive sound waves. They are looking for clean, clear bass – what some would describe as precise bass that sounds great when watching a movie. If this is what you’re looking for, then this article is for you.

What Defines a Budget Subwoofer?

A budget subwoofer is typically considered to be in the price range of around $300. You can spend thousands of dollars on a subwoofer if you want to, with high-end options ranging from $700 to $1000. On the lower end, budget subwoofers can be found for $210 and below.

What to Expect from a Budget Subwoofer

A budget subwoofer will meet the needs of 95% of the population. It will provide you with precise, …

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“Budget Home Theater Subwoofers”

Three Good Sources Of Movie Opinions

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Thanks to the innovations of our time, many individuals and companies are reaping numerous benefits, particularly in the film industry. Movies are being produced with exceptional quality and impressive special effects. Any flaws may only be noticeable to the film’s crew, but not to the eyes of the avid moviegoer.

Speaking of movies, most people love to read reviews about a particular film. A review typically includes insights from those who have already watched the latest movies. For those fortunate enough to have seen a film before its theatrical release, they may provide some spoilers to leave the upcoming viewers intrigued and eager. There are various sources for film reviews. Here are some common outlets where you can find film reviews:

Internet – As we all know, the internet The World-wide-web Niche - The global economy has been severely impacted. Millions of people have lost their jobs, many are losing their homes, and retirement portfolios are disappearing at an alarming rate. What happens in the World Wide Web? We often discuss the global financial tsunami, an economic crisis on a scale that rivals the Great Depression of the… has virtually everything we desire. From clothing, shoes, and …

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Subwoofers – Is One Enough?

Subwoofer
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From the beginning, humans have been fascinated with replicating the reality around us. It all started with a single speaker in an analog television, which was enough to captivate viewers at that time. As time passed, advancements brought television and movies closer to our living rooms, from stereo sound and color TV to movie cassettes and DVDs, and eventually to surround sound systems with strategically placed speakers, immersing viewers in a true surround experience. Subwoofers were then introduced to enhance explosions, vibrations, and low-frequency impacts that regular speakers couldn’t replicate. In short, technological advancements revolutionized home theaters, delivering impressive progress right into our homes.

Today, with the multitude of options available, it’s easy for consumers to feel overwhelmed, especially when it comes to sound technology. You might be asking yourself, “Do I need a subwoofer?” and have likely concluded that you do. But now you may wonder, “Why just one?” In today’s world, two-channel Low-Frequency Effects (LFE) subwoofer systems are becoming increasingly popular. So, let’s help you determine whether a second subwoofer would benefit you by following a few guidelines.

Congruency

The first and most crucial question to consider is whether your system supports a second …

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Review of Boss NS2 Noise Suppressor Pedal

Guitar pedals
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As a bass player, I initially wasn’t a big fan of sound suppression, but playing at high volumes in less-than-ideal venues can change your perspective. I use an Ibanez full-range active bass with a Peavey 1000 Watts Kilobass head and a Hartke HyDrive speaker cabinet.

When I first saw the Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor pedal, it struck me as well-made and sturdy, like many other Boss pedals. With just three knobs, it was easy and quick to dial in. “Don’t fix what ain’t broken” could almost be said about all Boss pedals. They have consistently remained the best and most reliable pedals available.

The amount of noise that the NS-2 can suppress is amazing. The moment you step on the switch, you realize what you’ve been missing out on. The “Threshold” and “Decay” knobs give you complete control over the “Cut.” Whether you want to eliminate a lot of noise or just a little, this pedal does the trick. And if you want some controlled feedback, this pedal can handle that too. Let’s not forget about the Mode switch, which allows you to use the pedal as a mute switch.

Another cool feature of the NS-2 is …

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“Review of Boss NS2 Noise Suppressor Pedal”