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Troubleshooting Class Compliant USB Computer Peripherals

Most USB audio and MIDI computer peripherals are "Class Compliant" devices. This means that to communicate with the computer, they use drivers that are built right into the host computers operating system. In some cases, these devices may have trouble connecting due to software settings, changes to the operating system, out-of-date system drivers and even hardware problems. This guide discusses some common troubleshooting steps to determine the cause of these issues and provide some potential solutions.

Alesis Strike Pro Kit - Optimizing Trigger Response

The stunning new Alesis Strike Pro kit shatters all your pre-conceived notions about electronic drums. It combines the feel and familiarity of acoustic drums combined with the versatility and capability of the best electronic drums. These are the perfect drums to move beyond the limitations of a conventional acoustic set, without giving anything up. While the module comes pre-configured for a consistent response, you may want to make your own tweaks to customize it to your playing style. This article will e

So you just bought an MPC Studio/Renaissance. Now what?

Fusing Akai Professional's legendary MPC layout and workflow with the power of your computer, MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio are the unrivaled instruments for music production. If you just purchased one of these productions beasts, you may be wondering: what do I do next? Look no further! This guide compiles all the best articles and tutorials to help you get completely up and running with your new MPC and take your productions to the next level.

Alesis DM10 - Troubleshooting Common Trigger Problems

If you've ever had to assemble an electronic drum kit, you'll know that it's not always as easy as it looks. Even accidentally swapping a single cable can lead to some odd trigger behavior. This article will walk through how to easily troubleshoot and res

VIP - Managing Kontakt and other Expansion Plugins

VIP gives you immediate access to any virtual instrument in your collection, with or without a DAW. It's a powerful way to play virtual instruments live or integrate them into a recording session. Kontakt is one of the most commonly used plugins, but beca

Alesis Vortex Wireless - Complete Ableton Setup

It's time to experience unprecedented keytar performance with the Alesis Vortex Wireless. The Vortex Wireless eliminates the barrier between you and your audience by giving you the freedom to move around the stage and take the lead without being connected

Alesis Forge Kit - Adjusting Trigger Settings for Optimal Performance

The Alesis Forge Kit is a complete 8-piece electronic drum kit featuring the Forge Advanced Drum Module, packed with over 600 sounds and plenty of features to personalize your performance. This article will point out some of the most important settings an

Alesis Nitro Kit - Adjusting Trigger Settings For Optimal Performance

The Alesis Nitro Kit is a complete 8-piece electronic drum kit that includes everything you need to play like a pro. While the kit is ready-to-go right out of the box, spending some time to truly optimize the trigger settings can match the response perfec

The Importance of Room Acoustics

Nothing can make or break the sound of your performance, your rehearsal space, a recording venue or a home entertainment system more than room acoustics. You may have the very best instruments, speakers, amplifiers and recording equipment and you may have placed it all perfectly in your space, but if your performance/recording/listening room has poor acoustics, you're really facing an uphill battle. Luckily, there are a lot of things you can do to improve even the worst spaces.

Understanding Frequency Response - Why it Matters

All of our hardware brands have multiple units that specify their frequency response. The concepts of frequency response, frequency range, audible frequencies, how frequency relates to musical notes, etc. are absolutely central—critical—to und


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