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Preamp Usage with Microphones

Category: Recording & Production

This is the second post in a series of tutorials to help my kid learn some of the more technical aspects to recording and music production. After recently buying him a PreSonus TubePRE preamp, I realized he may not know exactly how to use it.

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Direct Box (DI) Usage

Category: Recording & Production

I was recently talking to my kid about recording and the topic of signal flow came up. We were discussing options with regard to how to record guitar: direct into the interface with software amps and effects, through the pedalboard and then into the interface with software amps, and through the pedalboard into the amp and then mic'd and into the interface.

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Flash Chord - Practice chords, scales, or arpeggios with an endless stream of randomized chords!

Category: Web Development

Flash Chord - Practice chords, scales, or arpeggios with an endless stream of randomized chords!

I've recently published a new project called Flash Chord (at FlashChord.com) which is a web-based tool for practicing chords, scales, and arpeggios against an endless stream of randomized chords.

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Recommended Guitar and Bass Pedal Ordering

Category: Guitars

I often find myself in discussions with friends about effects pedal order for guitar and bass. Now that my kid has started playing guitar and is getting into pedals, I realized that I didn't have a good go-to resource for the topic. I decided to write my own article on the subject, not because I have something fundamentally different to say than other people, but because I think I have a better way of presenting the information.

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Drupal Module - Brickset Connect 8.x-1.0-alpha1 released

Category: Web Development

I've published the first release (8.x-1.0-alpha1) of a Drupal 8 module I've been on which I've been work for a couple of months. Brickset Connect allows a user to connect to the Brickset.com API and query Lego set information about a given set number and create a node with that data and associated images in the Drupal site in which the module is installed.

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Building the Beast - Custom DIY Guitar Effects Pedalboard

Category: Guitars

I love guitar effects pedals. Oh mah science, do I love guitar pedals. I love 'em! Give me more! It's a bit of an addiction. I've had a lot, I still have a lot, and I want more. Pedals, pedals, PEDALS! I think you're starting to see the picture here: pedals = good. :)

This is the story of my latest guitar effects pedalboard build, including the successes and failures.

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Webinar - An Inside Look: Acquia Certified Drupal Site Builder Exam [June 23, 2015]

Category: Web Development

I was recently asked by Peter Manijak of Acquia's cetification program to participate in a webinar (with Peter and Jeff Beeman of Acquia) on the topic of providing an inside look into Acquia's Certified Drupal Site Builder exam.

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New Boxer Puppies Have Their Own YouTube Channel

Category: Dogs

After the tragic loss of our last two Boxers within 2 weeks of each other, we knew we had to fill our home and our lives with new dogs. We knew that puppies, while a lot of work, were the best option for getting dogs to fit with our home, our cats, and our livestyle since we could shape and mold them as they grew. We found two beautiful new puppies in Bonney Lake, WA at TKO Boxers. Our puppies, Paizley (female, brindle) and Pepsy (male, fawn), were born to Ohana and Makhai in February of 2014.

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Jim Dunlop Eric Johnson Classic Jazz III Picks

Category: Guitars

When I was 17, my jazz choir teacher introduced me to the Jim Dunlop Jazz III guitar pick (in black, incidentally). From then on, I was hooked. When I wasn't strumming or swinging my whole arm for Texas bluesy goodness, I had a black or red Jazz III in my hand. It was especially great for jazz as I could hybrid pick for comping...that was before I even know what hybrid picking was.

Fast forward a nearly a decade and a half.

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