Types of Live Autotune Hardware & Equipment

Different types of autotune equipment and gear for real-time pitch correction.

Because there’s no such thing as perfect pitch, and everything is just an approximation when singing notes, Andy Hilderbrand, a Ph.D. engineer, invented the Auto-Tune effect in 1997. He utilized the autocorrelation method for detecting pitch, and this method was far superior to other early … Read more

Live Streaming Setups for Singers and Musicians

Musician is singing and playing guitar on the live stream.

This new normal makes it expedient for artists and musicians to bring most of their acts online, making online streaming the new norms for most artists and musicians. If you’re an aspiring artist, the sooner you learn how to live stream, the better it will … Read more

Autotune for Live Performance

A singer using autotune to sing in live performance.

When I was doing the vocals for our band’s first album, I remember that the sound engineer made use of Auto-Tuning software to correct some minor off-pitch notes I made. Of course, it saved him and me a lot of recording time, for instead of … Read more

How To Introduce A Performance On Stage

A host introduce the next singer on stage.

Most people do not know this, but the manner of introduction a performer receives is vital to their performance quality. Indeed, their introduction essentially sets the tone for their performance. Sadly, many hosts manage to overlook how important an entertainer’s introduction is and just ‘wing’ … Read more

What To Wear On Stage When Singing

Female singer wearing attractive outfits on stage for live performance.

Many singers do not realize that choosing the right outfit is a critical part of preparing a live performance. Indeed, your fashion choices not only set the atmosphere for your performance but also helps your audience identify the right mood for your music. Let’s not … Read more

Different Categories & Types of Sound Systems

Different types and models of speakers.

Gone were the days when performers and speakers had to shout at the top of their lungs to get heard. Nowadays, if you are a performer or speaker, you don’t need to shout that much to be heard. Moreover, since the rolling out of the … Read more

Why Do Singers Use Autotune In Live Performance & Recording?

Singer sing with the autotune.

In the live performance, the autotune applied on adjusting the pitch of the singers live to the closest semitone realtime during live performance.  Quite frankly, recording a song’s vocal track is challenging, and more often, as a vocalist, you will tend to fatigue your vocal … Read more

Cool Things To Do On Stage While Performing

Singer dance and perform actively on stage with his band members.

When I was with my first band touring around the country, I often told my bandmates that our fans should love us for our music and not for our personalities. Yet, fans are humans, and they cannot seem to compartmentalize between your being a person … Read more

Band Banter: Things To Say on Stage Between Songs

Band singer interact and talk with audience.

If you are an inexperienced band vocalist, you may not think much of band banter as necessary to your performance. But once you start feeling fidgety and nervous on stage during those short breaks, unable to break the eerie silence in-between songs, you may soon … Read more

Essential Beatboxing Equipment

Tools and music gear used by beatboxer.

If you want to raise your beatboxing skills a notch higher, you will need the best beatboxing gear to let you project the beatboxing sounds you intend to produce. Talented beatboxers are always in agreement as to which essential equipment a beatboxer should have. So, … Read more

Can You Use In-ear Monitors As Earphones?

Singer wearing IEM earphone when singing on stage.

Sometimes the obvious advice you need to hear isn’t very obvious to you. Here’s an example of this that happened last month. A friend asked me which is better between earbuds and in-ear monitors. IEMs and earbuds, of course, are somewhat similar because both have … Read more

How To Position PA Speakers Correctly

PA system PA loud speakers setting and placement positions.

Quite frankly, the PA speakers’ placement plays a critical role in how your PA system would sound in a venue. Even if you are going to utilize innovative compressors, signal processors, and limiters, if you don’t position the PA speakers at the right spots, chances … Read more

How To Set Up A Mixer for Live Sound

Setting mixer for live sound.

Have you ever tried figuring out how the different audio inputs from various instruments and mics onstage come out of the loudspeakers balanced and pleasant to listen to? If you have, you’re not alone, for when I was a bit younger, I also had been … Read more

Best Crossover Frequency for Live Sound

Live sound speakers crossover frequencies settings.

I was listening to a podcast the other day, and the discussion revolved around the PA systems. One subtopic, however, that piqued my interest the most was about the value of crossovers in a PA system. As a singer in a live band, I have … Read more

How To Connect A Microphone To A Speaker?

Ways of connecting microphone to speakers.

Many would negatively reply when asked whether it is viable to connect a mic to a speaker directly. The reason is that the usual setup when using a mic is to let the microphone level signal pass through a preamplifier to make it audible. The … Read more

Techniques on Mixing With In-ear Monitors

Band monitor their personal in-ear mixes.

If you’ve ever performed on stage with your band, you would understand how difficult it is to listen to your fellow bandmate and hear yourself. The reason is that there is a cacophony of sounds and noises on stage. The loudspeakers and loud wedge monitors … Read more

How To Set Up A Karaoke System With A Laptop

Singing karaoke on the laptop.

If you want to further enhance the functionalities and flexibility of your karaoke machine, you can try to connect it with your laptop. Connecting your karaoke machine to your laptop, of course, can expand your song choices and even the quality of the sounds of … Read more

Best Standalone & All-in-One DJ Controllers (No Laptop) 2021

DJ making music on a DJ controller.

Learning how to DJ involves learning how to match your musical inclinations and expressions with those of the audience. It requires creativity, empathy, and great observational skills. As a distant observer, however, you might think that deejaying is an easy job in which you can … Read more

Live Sound Equipment List For Singers

A solo singer singing live with the complete setup of his gig music gear and equipment.

If most musicians have their guitars and drums, a singer just got his or her voice. But wait, don’t say ‘just.’ Having a great voice comes with many perks. Imagine going around the world just with your voice! Drummers and guitarists always have to worry … Read more

Best DJ Controllers With Motorized Platters

The DJ controller's platter is spinning automatically.

Gone were the days when the only way you could produce that scratchy sound was via the use of the turntable. Nowadays, you can use a DJ controller that comes with a jog wheel. Jog wheels, of course, vary in feel and functionalities. The majority … Read more

Is My Turntable MM or MC?

Vintage turntable cartridge.

Covering the terms related to the technicalities of DJing, such as the basic parts of your equipment, gives an overview of how you’ll be able to grasp the fundamentals of this skill—now heading to the heart of the turntable–the cartridge. This is one of the … Read more

Best Arranger Keyboard for One-man Band 2021

Solo performer is singing and playing keyboard on stage.

Do you prefer performing solo, or you just can’t find a team that can join you on your gigs? No worries! With the use of an arranger keyboard, you can still produce a full band sound even with just your piano. An arranger piano can … Read more

Best DJ Controller for Karaoke

DJ put 2 microphones on the surface of the DJ Mixer Controller.

High quality, multi-functional, and portable are the top features a DJ Controller for Karaoke should have. Sure, there are plenty to choose from in the market today, but if you want a worthwhile investment, be smart enough to be informed before ordering anything online or … Read more

Best PA Systems for Singing

A singer is using PA system speaker to amplify his singing voice.

Aside from the music that we hear, it is the voice of the singers that is the top crowd drawer in any live musical events. Several viable options are in the market today, such as Prepackaged PA Systems, All-in-one Modular PA Systems, PA Power Amplifiers, … Read more

Best In-Ear Monitors for Singers 2021

Do you often get disturbed by loud music or unwanted crowd noise when performing on stage? Well, wearing In-Ear monitors can be of great help to you and your entire musical performance. In-ear monitors help music performers to draw away any unwanted noise and distractions … Read more

Why Singers and Musicians Wear In-Ear Monitors?

Singer wearing in ear monitor when singing in live band.

In-ear monitors are often mistaken as headphones, but these devices are monitors that make it possible for musicians and singers that are onstage to be able to hear what their band is playing. They are also crucial for a singer to hear the music playing … Read more

Best Vocal Effects for Live Performance 2021

Different types of vocal effects that are suitable for singers and live bands.

Gone were the days when there were no amplifiers and effects to enhance the vocals of a singer. But now, there are myriads of vocal effects that you could use to expand and improve your vocals. One such equipment for enhancing your vocals is the … Read more