If you are looking for the best music advice in town, Pats Music Store has the Blog you simply must read. Learn what our music aficionados have to say about some of the Musical Instruments in store. Experts from our Piano Shop and our Guitar Shop, frequent these pages with invaluable insights into choosing the right instruments.
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The school year is fast approaching and with that means Back-to-School music sale and specials. Of course, Pat’s Music has you covered for all your musical needs this school year. Whether you’re a teacher, student or parent, our store has everything you need. Moreover we have great deals on musical instruments, accessories or books.
For teachers, we stock a large range of classroom percussion instruments and packs, essential to any school music class. With instruments like chromatic glockenspiels, tambourines, cowbells, maracas and guiros to choose from. There are plenty of options available to build the perfect classroom percussion collection. See our School Music Sale items online for more info
For students beginning their musical journey this school year, we have a range of musical instruments to get you started. All at affordable competitive prices. The weeks leading up to the start of the semester are the perfect time to come into the store. Whilst here why not try a musical instrument out for yourself.
If you’re in the market for that first guitar, we have great quality Valencia nylon-string guitars. The guitar sales range goes from ¼ to full size, for less than $100. For students just beginning or teachers looking to stock their music rooms for an affordable price, these guitars are a great option. They always prove to be one of our most popular items around the back-to -school period.
As well as these nylon-string Valencia guitars, we also have plenty of steel-string acoustic guitars, starting from $199. Our selection of guitars makes it incredibly easy for you to find the right pick. Whether it’s for a young student just starting their guitar-playing journey, or an older player looking to further develop their skills and transition to a new guitar.
Our range of Stentor and Enrico violins and viola’s are available for less than $300. Naturally, this price makes them a hugely popular and affordable option for those just beginning lessons this school year. These violins also come with a bow and case. We support them with a large range of all the accessories you could possibly need to get you started straight away. If you’re unsure of what this may entail, our friendly staff are always keen to help you out. Right from finding the right fit and size violin for each student, to sending you on your way with rosin, chin rests, mutes or anything else you may need for the school year.
Our range of drum kits start with electronic drum kits, which begin at just $599. For students who are just learning, these are a great option. They are a much more affordable alternative to purchasing a full acoustic kit. They also have the added bonus of being easy to store and set up, taking up very little room. To top it all off, electronic drum kits mean students can practice for as long as they want. And more importantly, as loud as they want, without disturbing the family. This is thanks to the option of simply plugging in a pair of headphones for a silent practice. If you want to hear your playing, maybe for a louder practice or performance, we also stock amps. Consequently you can plug your kit into to get the sound you need.
Another fun instrument that proves popular with both students and teachers is the ukulele, and with uke’s starting from just $35, you’re spoilt for choice with our selection. We stock some of the most popular ukulele brands on the market, such as Mahalo, Kala, 1880 and Makala. Whether you’re after an affordable, colourful set of ukuleles to fill your classroom or a high-end acoustic-electric performance ukulele to invest in, Pat’s Music has something you’ll love.
During the back-to-school period our Print Department ensure we have all you need to keep you covered this school year. We stock series such as the AMEB syllabus, Suzuki method and RockSchool books. Additionally we stock variety of lesson and theory books, from the very first music lesson, right to VCE exam pieces. If you are looking for something we may not stock, the Print Music staff always go the extra mile to source it for you.
While we pride ourselves on providing highly competitive prices on all our musical instruments, we also have a rental service. Renting proves very popular with students and teachers. Especially handy when considering how quickly students can cycle through instruments of different sizes and styles. For a minimum of six months, you can rent your musical instrument, paying a monthly fee which varies based on the price of the instrument at the time of purchase.
After the first six months, you can choose to continue the monthly payments, or buy the instrument outright.
Whether taking advantage of our back to school music sale or stocking up on essentials, now is preparation time. If you’re getting ready to head back to school, whether you’re a teacher, a student or a parent, then there’s no better time to head to our website or come in store. There you are sure to find the musical instrument just for you. Whether you’re searching for your first guitar or violin, or looking for a piece of music to prepare for a music exam, we have you covered. As always, our staff are more than happy to help with anything you may need.
Christmas is possibly our busiest times of the year, and amongst the most popular purchases for gifts, is Electric Guitars. The end of the year represents the perfect time to come into the store. You'll find the right guitar for a friend, a family member, maybe even yourself! With our extended opening hours of 11am-4pm on Sundays, it’s easier than ever to finalise Christmas presents. And of course, our friendly staff here at Pat’s will always do their best to help you out.
Our Guitar Shop has large range of electric guitars to choose from. Not only are they individually sold, but also as part of guitar packs. Packs come complete with amps, straps and cables. This makes purchasing a guitar easier than ever. We have reduced several of our guitars and packs, along-side other popular items, as part of our 12 Deals of Christmas special. So make sure you come into the store or jump online to grab yourself one of our bargains before Christmas!
Fender Electric Guitars are some of the most popular guitars on the market. Our Guitar store stocks plenty of Fender Guitars to try and choose from, all at incredibly competitive prices. The Fender American Special Series of Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars have huge reductions on them. With retail prices at $2,099, our Pat’s Price of $1,549 on select models is a competitive deal on limited stock, not to be missed.
Here at Pat’s, we also have Epiphone Guitars, specifically the Les Paul Electric Player Packs. These awesome packages have everything you need to start playing right away. Retailing at $529, our limited stock, Pat’s Price of $399 is an amazing deal, which will be snapped up quickly.
Packs come with the following;
These packs also come with free downloadable guitar lessons, covering genres like rock, blues, country, folk, metal and everything in between. The results is the perfect Christmas present for beginner guitarists or professionals.
Another popular choice for Christmas presents is our Fender Squier Strat Packs, which are available in a short-scale (SS) Stratocaster, full size (SSS) Stratocaster and Affinity (HSS) Stratocaster series. Each pack comes with an amp, gig bag, strap, cable and picks. Bass guitar packs are also available. Additionally packs make perfect gifts and are available at incredibly affordable prices of $349 (SS), $379 (SSS) and $449 (Affinity), making them great options for this Christmas season.
As well as electric guitars, Pat’s Music also stocks a large range of performance and practice amps. Our electric guitar shop is filled with amps to try. So make sure you come into the store to test them out for yourself, and check out our great prices! We stock brands like Vox, Fender, Peavey, Hartke and more. Whats more, our sale prices make them great and affordable options this Christmas.
An exciting new addition to Pat’s Music floor is the Orange Crush Amp range, for electric guitars and bass guitars. These amps have already proven to be popular picks for all skill and age levels. Consequently these are among our favourite items from our 12 Days of Christmas sale selection. For that reason alone, they are sure to go quick.
The Orange Crush Mini Amp for $76.30
The Orange Crush 12 Guitar Amplifier for $139.30
The Orange Crush 20 Guitar Amplifier for $174.30
The Orange Crush 25 Bass Amplifier for $265.30,
As you can see, these are all amazing prices. Stock is limited and these amps are sure to be hugely popular this Christmas.
So make sure you come into the store this month and try out an electric guitar and amp for yourself. It’s one of the easiest decisions you’ll ever make this Christmas, and our friendly staff here at Pat’s Music are always more than happy to help you grab a great deal!
Are you trying to choose between Acoustic Guitar Packs for a Christmas Gift?
As we get closer and closer to Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas shopping. Here at Pat’s Music, we always try our hardest to make sure you find the perfect Christmas present. Whether it’s for a professional musician or a beginner, just starting their musical journey. We have plenty of options for all skill levels. Furthermore our friendly staff will always do their best to help you find what you need.
One of the most popular presents around Christmas time, are acoustic guitar packs. Acoustic guitars are a great gift for anyone interested in music. Whether you’re looking for an entry level guitar to start someone off or a higher end guitar for a friend or family member who already plays. Our range of acoustic guitars at Pat’s Music spans a broad range of makes, brands, styles and budgets. To that end, Pat's Music Store provide plenty of options. One of the easiest and most affordable options is our acoustic guitar packs. These packs include all you need to get you on your way. A guitar pack ensures you get all you need to start playing the acoustic guitar, in the one purchase. Of course at Pat’s Music there are several packs to choose from.
Priced at $219, the Gigmaker310 is an incredibly affordable guitar pack that is set up with the same specs as the professional models. In fact the Gigmaker 310 offers an outstanding playing experience. Along with the F310 spruce top guitar, the pack includes a Korg digital tuner, instructional DVD, gig bag, capo, picks, strings, pitch pipe, string winder and guitar strap. The pack includes everything you need to get you started on the guitar. Consequently, this makes for a perfectly affordable, high quality gift.
If you’re looking for a slight step up from the Gigmaker 310, the Gigmaker 800 guitar pack is the way to go. The guitar itself is a popular choice amongst guitarists, and the pack makes for a great gift around Christmas time. The pack is perfect for anyone looking for a high quality guitar at an incredibly affordable price. For $299, the Gigmaker 800 pack comes with the FG800 solid-top acoustic guitar, carry bag and a Korg digital tuner.
Similarly to Yamaha, Fender also have several guitar packs to choose from, giving you more options than ever thisyear for Christmas. The new FA-115 dreadnought guitar pack offers not only great value, but a great sound for anyone looking to start their musical journey. For $199, the pack includes the spruce-top FA-115 acoustic guitar, as well as a gig bag, picks, guitar strap, a spare set of strings and a free 90-day subscription to Fender Play. Fender Play gives you access to hundreds of online lessons and guides to assist in your musical journey.
The Fender CD-60S is a popular acoustic guitar from the Fender line. Similarly, it now comes in its very own pack making it a great gift idea. This complete starter pack not only includes the Fender CD-60S acoustic guitar, with a solid spruce top and mahogany fingerboard. But also a gig bag, guitar strap, picks, and a spare set of strings, as well as a free 90-day subscription to Fender Play, with access to online lessons. For $299, this Fender dread pack includes everything you need to get started with playing the acoustic guitar.
Pat’s Music has all you need to find the perfect present for Christmas. Our acoustic guitar packs are an easy and affordable way to get everything your guitarist may need, in one purchase. An assortment of packs come with a variety of accessories as mentioned above. Therefore even if you’re a beginner guitarist or a buyer with little musical experience, you’re sure to find a pack that is complete with all you need, whether it’s simply a guitar, bag and tuner combo, or a pack with the lot.
With our Yamaha and Fender guitar packs being incredibly popular choices, they are sure to go flying out the door. At Pat’s Music we also have our 10% deposit deal in the lead-up to Christmas, meaning you only pay 10% of your item as your initial deposit, making it the perfect time to come into the store and get your hands on one of these packs.
Choosing Christmas gifts for Musicians (especially if you are not one yourself), can be tricky. But with Christmas fast approaching, it’s not too early to start thinking about presents for your loved ones.
Pat’s Music have a huge selection of great gift ideas for those ‘hard-to-buy for’ musician friends and family. If we don’t happen to have what you’re looking for, one of our friendly staff members will do their very best to track it down and get it in for you.
Closer to Christmas time, many of the much loved, big brands like Yamaha and Fender bring out guitar starter packs. For an amazing price you can pick up not only a great guitar but added accessories as well. These high quality guitar packs come with a range of straps, cases, cables and amps. They ensure aspiring musicians have everything they could possibly need when they first pick up the guitar. These affordable packs are great for beginners and they are sure to make perfect Christmas gifts.
Another great gift idea for any guitarist, are our official FenderPlay Pre-Paid Cards. Choose between three months or six months, and guitarists can connect their card. Then redeem step-by-step, bite sized lessons from world-class instructors, as well as progress tracking and guided videos on Fender’s official learning platform. These cards make great, affordable Christmas gifts for beginner guitarists. Additionally, anyone looking to expand and develop their skill set will love this gift.
Pat’s Music Store also stocks a wide range of music accessories. From guitar straps, capos, tuners and strings, to
reeds, metronomes, stands, cases, rosin. If you’re friends or family members are already covered for instruments, then music accessories are just the ticket. Markedly, we are sure to have something in store for the perfect Christmas present to assist their musical journey.
If you’re still looking for more gifts or stocking fillers, our Print Music Department is perfect for those added extras! You’ll be sure to find sheet music for your favourite musicians, movies, musicals and composers. Titles are available for a wide selection of instruments and skill levels. Music books are available for piano, guitar, woodwind, brass, strings, drums, choral groups, vocals and more. Furthermore, our Print Music Department also has a large selection of holiday music. Now that's perfect for that Christmas day performance in front of the family.
As well as sheet music and books, there’s also a large variety of giftware and accessories, perfect for stocking fillers or KK gifts. Gift wares are especially popular amongst students and teachers, looking for end of year gifts and prizes. Of course, we have no shortage of items to pick from. Choose from our collection of stationary, glass wares, bags, cases, collectibles and memorabilia. You are sure to find something.
If you’re really struggling to find that elusive present and have no idea what to buy for your musician, why not come into the store and pick up a gift voucher! A Pat’s Music gift voucher is an easy and affordable option to give someone a Christmas gift they can essentially choose themselves! Use of our Music Shop Gift Vouchers covers all products across the entire store. So they’ll definitely be able to put their voucher to good use and you can be sure they will appreciate it.
In the months leading up to Christmas, keep in mind you can also choose to set up a lay-by, to ensure you have the perfect present ready to go. We now also offer a 10% deposit in the weeks coming up to Christmas, making it easier to get started on your lay-by payments, for less.
Prepare for a Musicians Christmas
If you are looking for Christmas gifts for musicians, you have come to the right place. Make sure you’re prepared for Christmas. Head to our website or come into the store and we’ll do our best to make sure you find everything you’re looking for to make this Christmas great! Whether it’s a brand new instrument for an inspiring musician, accessories to make the process a little easier, sheet music and books or gift wares for students and teachers, Pat’s Music has all you need to get yourself sorted this Christmas!
It's Yamaha Keyboard month at Pat's Music Store. To further celebrate Keyboard Month, Pats Music has teamed up with Yamaha Music Australia for the Yamaha Music Education System concert. The event will be held at Monash University’s Clayton campus on the 22nd and 23rd of September. Of course, we here at Pats are very excited to be involved in this event.
The following is a brief summary of what the Education System has to offer to students of all skill levels.
The Yamaha Music Education System provides music education through courses designed for a broad range of students. Including children, youths and adults, the course covers beginners to those who wish to acquire a high-level of music ability.
The foundations of this idea began with “Music Class for Pre-school Children”, in Tokyo in 1954. This later developed into the Yamaha Music School, establishing itself throughout various countries from 1964. Subsequently the course came to Australia in 1970.
Since launching almost 50 years ago, Yamaha Music Education Australia continues to embody Yamaha’s internationally designed curriculum. The course focuses on bringing out a child’s potential by nurturing their capabilities to express themselves through music.
Today, the Yamaha Music Education System remains part of the world’s largest music company. It has developed into a globally recognised system with more than 650,000 students, with 20,000 instructors across 40 countries. Along with this, more than 6 million students have graduated from our schools, with alumni numbers continuing to grow.
Throughout their time at Yamaha, all students from beginner to advanced, will have the chance to participate in Yamaha’s Annual Concert. Each year, Yamaha holds these student concerts in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide. The school concerts provide an opportunity for Yamaha Music Education students to demonstrate their progress to family and friends.
It’s also a valuable opportunity for all students to develop the confidence of performing in front of a large audience. This experience is then shared with students from all Yamaha Music Schools.
Annual concerts also provide students with a goal to work towards throughout the year. Students will learn to prepare their pieces and focus their practice towards their concert performance.
This weekend, Yamaha Music Education will host their Melbourne concert at Monash University over two days, with 6 concerts in total. Each concert will have over 70 students performing, as proud parents and other family members look on.
Over 400 students will perform in Melbourne on the 22nd and 23rd September, with around 900 audience members passing through.
Pats Music representatives will be present on both dates, with Kate Finkelstein attending Saturday and Shane McMahon attending on Sunday. Additionally, stock of the brand new Yamaha gear, shall be available to both try and purchase on the day. Furthermore, the team will have everything digital with them. Try a portable Yamaha Keyboard like the P45 or P125, right through to the digital pianos in the Clavinova range.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Piano Keyboards, Digital Pianos and Acoustic Pianos have contributed a huge part of our business over our 28 year journey. So if you are in the market, there is no better time to visit our lovely showroom than now. In celebration of this sale, we have put together the following blog. The article outlines where to start looking for beginners considering learning to play either keyboard or piano.
With so much available on the market, purchasing your first keyboard or digital piano can be a daunting task. Fortunately, with decades of experience in this area, Pats music is here to help make that task an easy one. Stocking a wide range of both Casio and Yamaha products, we are confident that we will be able to find the right instrument for you.
So, if you or your child are starting to learn, the first question you need to ask yourself is “Do I want to play piano or keys?" Although they are both very similar instruments, subtle differences in their respective functionality and playability set them apart. If you are hoping to learn to play piano, digital pianos are ideal for building the correct posture and playing techniques. If you want to play around with a whole bunch of different sounds, backing tracks, and work on arrangements, then a keyboard with all its bells and whistles is better suited to you. Here is a more in depth breakdown of the differences and advantages of both digital pianos and keyboards.
As previously mentioned, Digital Pianos are the right choice of instrument if you want to build your skills as a pianist. Digital pianos are simply made to replicate the feel and sound of an acoustic piano. They boast the same 88 note scale as an acoustic piano with weighted keys. Additionally, they deliver a realistic touch, similar to the mechanical action of an acoustic piano. The weighted keys are the real selling point, helping you to build the strength in your fingers required for playing piano pieces of music. In contrast to a piano, digital pianos do not require any maintenance such as tuning.
They come with a range of different sounds from organs through to strings. In addition to built in speakers, you can also play silently through headphones. You can adjust their volume and, most importantly, they are much more affordable. Starting from just $539 for a Yamaha P45 or $599 for a Casio CDP135, Pats Music will be able to get you started on your journey as a pianist!
We stock a little bit of everything from both the Yamaha and Casio Digital Piano range. This includes the Yamaha YDP Arius and CLP Clavinova, along with the Casio PX Privia and AP Celviano.
The design of Electronic Keyboards is of course, very different to that of Digital Pianos. Most often built to a smaller scale, Synthesizers and Home Keyboards are usually fitted with 61 keys. Unlike a Digital Pianos weighted keys, Keyboards have a much lighter feel. They contain hundreds of different sounds suitable for all different genres of music. These include drum and percussion sounds to build backing tracks and beats.
Functionality varies across different models, but recording and accompaniment are just two of the many functions attractive to keyboard players. Despite having a different feel to an acoustic piano, keyboards are an affordable alternative. Consequently they provide easy way to build your knowledge of music theory. Also yo can create song arrangements and play with a variety of different sounds. If you are considering entering into the world of music, keyboards are a popular and easy choice. Starting at just $239 for a Yamaha YPT360 or $279 for a Yamaha PSRE363, they are very affordable.
Regardless of your reasons for entering the realm of Keyboards and Digital Pianos. You can be sure that here at Pats Music Store we will find the right instrument to start your journey.
There is one Yamaha digital piano keyboard that stands out amongst the rest. It is a multifaceted musical instrument designed to assist in the development of the next era of Musicians. These include pianists, singers, performers, songwriters, composers and music producers. Furthermore, it is also a super handy tool for Vocal teachers.
For the piano player it has 88 notes with a graded hammer action allowing for the development of piano technique. It comes with a wooden stand and a three pedal unit. This allows players to familiarise themselves with the position of an acoustic piano. It also has a guided lesson function on board for the beginner keyboard player. Additionally there is a headphone socket for silent practice. Both size and feel make this an ideal Piano Keyboard for expressive recordings.
For the singer, the DGX660 has a microphone input. Vocal effects allow the developing vocalist to learn how to sing into a microphone. Additionally effects such as reverbs and choruses are accessible from the comfort of your own home, without the need of a studio. Developing microphone technique is an important skill for an aspiring singer.
The digital audio recorder allows a singer to record their performances and listen back to them. This can be an unnerving experience for a singer, as singers are often their own worst critic. But recording and listening back to their voice is essential for any singer aspiring to be a recording artist. Recording and listening back to their voice allows a vocalist to improve intonation (singing in tune) and learn to hear their voice from outside, rather than inside their head
With over 200 rhythms and auto accompaniment, the DGX660 allows singers or singing teachers to create backing tracks for their favourite songs in their preferred key. With over 500 general midi sounds, a singer is also able to down load pre recorded midi backing tracks and transpose them.
For the audio recorder, backing tracks can convert to MP3 and saved to a thumb drive. This means they become transferable to a computer, emailed or uploaded to the ‘cloud’, saved to smart devices and used for live performances, auditions or competitions.
The DGX660 Yamaha Piano Keyboard also has an audio line in that can be connected to computer, tablet or phone. The audio input can amplify audio tracks such as pre recorded backing tracks, MP3 karaoke tracks, or even YouTube Karaoke tracks to sing along to.
When an artist wishes to use their Yamaha DGX660 to perform, the wooden stand is removable. The Piano Keyboard
is then put on an adjustable stand. This electronic keyboard comes with a free cabled sustain pedal for this purpose, and with a balanced line-out the DGX660 can be amplified through PA systems or amplifiers.
The 2 x 6 watt speakers act as fabulous on stage fold back. Conveniently, the on board, mic input and effects allow the performer to adjust the vocal levels directly from the piano. In addition the line-in allowing for connection to phone or tablet, amplifies audio playback such as backing tracks or pre recorded music to add to a performance.
The DGX660 Digital Keyboard has over 500 realistic sounds, including; Drum kits, Brass, Strings, Organs, Electric Pianos, Guitars and Bass Guitars, Synthesisers. It also has an array of traditional world musical instruments. With so many sounds at their fingertips, composers have access to a multitude of voices when creating a new composition. And the 6 track multi track recorder allows the budding artist to create compositions directly on the piano.
The microphone input also doubles as an input for guitar or any other amplified instrument.
In addition to the multi track recorder the on-board audio recorder records performance to MP3 allowing storage on thumb drive and shared online.
If the developing songwriter-composer-producer evolves beyond the recording capabilities of the DGX660, why not use it as a midi controller keyboard. Via MIDI the Piano Keyboard works any computer laptop or tablet along with the producers choice of recording software.
The large speakers and audio line in also double up as monitor speakers when used with a computer or tablet.
A great addition to the DGX660 is the MPKAMSI microphone pack that comes with boom stand, mic clip, mic bag and the correct cable for the DGX660. The MPKAMSI retails at $99.95
Check out our online store for special offers on the DGX660 and the MPKAMSI
It’s well known that learning the piano can enhance brain development.
When we play the Piano we use multiple parts of our brain at one time.
We use our eyes to read which requires the visual cortex and the occipital lobe.
We use our ears to hear and adjust the notes which require our auditory cortex and temporal lobe.
We use both our hands and our 10 fingers to play different rhythmic patterns, requiring our primary motor cortex, our prefrontal cortex and our cerebellum.
To be able to play ‘in time’ our brain needs to synthesise a ‘beat’ then synchronise all sensory input and motor activities to this ‘beat’. This requires the use of our prefrontal cortex and cerebellum.
We also need to develop spatial awareness in order to play without looking at our hands. This utilises our parietal lobe, cerebellum and the right hemisphere or our brain.
Learning to read sheet music is like learning another language. The language of musical instruments is predominately mathematic but also requires visual spatial awareness; it is somewhat like map reading.
As well as developing brain function, playing or learning the piano can be a great way to express feeling and release stress. It is known to encourage the release of endorphins which is a feel good hormone.
Most notably, learning to play the piano strengthens the link between the right and left brain which has been associated with the creative problem solving skills known as ‘divergent thinking.
For help finding the best learner piano or recommendations of Piano teachers call Pats music on 0396538711.
To read more about how learning either an Acoustic Piano or Digital Piano Keyboard, follow this link to an extremely interesting article.
Audio Recording Technology or Music Production is an industry once reserved for life-long professionals and money-fuelled record companies. Today however, Audio Recording has been made easily accessible to bedroom musicians and amateur bands everywhere. The introduction of Digital Audio Interfaces, Recording Software and Digital Audio Workstations, means recording is more affordable than ever before. Additionally, new Audio Recording technology has made music production a whole lot easier. Not just for professional audio engineers and producers, but for beginner recording artists as well. This blog will give you a rundown of exactly what you need to get your home studio up and running.
The first step in building your home studio is selecting an Audio Interface. Thankfully most brands are compatible with both PC and Apple Mac computers. This means you will have a variety of options regardless of your operating system and budget. Here at Pats Music, we stock Focusrite Scarlett, Steinberg UR, and Presonus Audiobox interfaces. Each of these interfaces conveniently comes with a free version of the brands respective recording programs. In some instances, this may help you in deciding which interface to go with.
The Focusrite Scarletts come with Ableton Live Lite, the top DAW choice for electronic artists and producers. With an extremely user friendly setup, Ableton Live Lite lays down all the tools, including selected instruments and effects, that you need to record and produce your own music.
The Steinberg UR interfaces ship with a download code for Cubase AI. Cubase AI provides all the basic tools for recording, editing and mixing everything from the initial idea to the final masterpiece.
Finally, the Presonus Audiobox interfaces come with Studio One Artist which is an easy to use Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). In fact, Presonus Audiobox has enabled many artists from around the world, to get more out of their productions.
Once you have decided on brand, the next thing to consider is how many audio inputs you will require. Each of the audio inputs on board your interface, allow you to record just one signal. So, for example, if you would like to record an acoustic guitar and your voice simultaneously, you will need to purchase and interface with a minimum of two audio inputs. One input assigned to your guitar and the other input for your voice.
But what if you are wanting to record something a little more complex such as live acoustic drums? In this instance, you may need to consider an interface with 8 or more audio inputs. Focusrite, Steinberg and Presonus all offer interfaces in multiple sizes, all of which we stock at Pats Music. Regardless of how many audio inputs you require, we have the Audio Interface to suit your needs!
Once you’ve chosen your audio interface, you will need to purchase yourself some recording microphones. There are three different types of microphones available;
Dynamic, Ribbon and Condenser Microphones.
Each of these has different strengths and are used to record different instruments and sound sources.
In short, Dynamic Microphones are great for picking up loud sound sources which are strong in the mid frequency range such as snare drums, tom toms and percussion.
Ribbon Microphones are more sensitive than dynamic mics, picking up a broader frequency range. This makes them
more suited to record Guitar and Bass Amplifiers, Kick Drums, Brass and Woodwind instruments.
Condenser Microphones are the most sensitive, capturing everything from sub bass through to sparkly highs. Of course, this makes them the most versatile Microphone and is used for most recording situations. Indeed, such a wide audio range affords the Condenser Mic the luxury of recording various sounds like vocals and acoustic guitars. What’s more Condenser Microphones can be placed in front of Guitar Amplifiers, Organs and Wind Instruments. Not to mention all kinds of acoustic Drum recording as Drum overheads.
Therefore, at Pats Music, we recommend starting with a condenser Microphone due to their versatility and overall professional sound. For example, the SE Electronics X1A condenser microphone is popular choice at our store. At Pat’s, you’ll find the X1A Microphone for sale at the very friendly price of $129.
The SE 2200 is another popular condenser microphone at $349 and is perfect for crystal clear vocal and acoustic guitar recording. If you are looking for something more specialist, Pats also offers a range of Ribbon and Dynamic microphones. These include the SE X1R ribbon mic, the SE V3 and V7 dynamics, and of course the famous Shure SM57 and Sm58 microphones.
The final piece in your home studio puzzle is the necessary accessories. Firstly you will need microphone cables, which we stock from only $10 each. Brands available are D’addario, Carson, SM Pro and Planet Waves.
Equally important, you will also need recording headphones or studio monitors, in order to be able to get a true reflection of your mixes. We offer Smart Acoustic Headphones and both the Yamaha HS and Presonus E series Studio Monitors.
Reflection filters and pop filters are advisable, but not necessarily required, for recording vocals at home. These give you greater control over your recordings and start from $142 and $19.95 respectively.
On a final note, setting up a home studio can seem to be a daunting and expensive task, but help is at hand. With a little bit of research and friendly help from the highly knowledgeable staff at Pats Music, you will be up and running in no time.
Oh and it doesn’t have to break the bank either!
In the following article we discuss Piano Care and ways you can increase the enjoyment of your musical instrument.
The delivery day of our Piano is a special day in the life of any piano player.
It takes pride of place in the specially selected room, standing proudly and silently with the promise of musical adventures for decades to come.
What a marvellous sight.
It’s only natural that we want take the very best care of our piano.
How do we do this?...
Pianos are made with the need to stay tuned. Strings are made to resonate at their best when they are tightened to their ideal tension. As a string is struck, the sound waves from string transfer through the bridge, and onto the soundboard. It then travels along the grain of the wood spreading all over the soundboard and amplifying. As these sound waves travel they end up gently shaping the wood on a molecular level to better amplify sound. That’s why the soundboard of an older, regularly tuned, piano can resonate so magnificently. If a piano is regularly played out of tune, it will not mature as sweetly.
As a rule of thumb the tuning of our piano should occur at least once a year. Exposure to heat can cause a piano togo flat, because the wood in the pin block relaxes and the pins loosen. In the same way it can sharpen when the piano gets colder and the wood tightens. Strings do stretch slightly over time too so regular tightening is usually required. It is cheaper to tune our piano regularly rather than let it go out of tune. When piano strings are left at a looser tension (flat) they are slowly stretched so as not to break. This takes much longer and may need to happen over repeat visits.
Cleaning the inside of a piano is a little more difficult. With an upright piano, the front panels and the fall, or lid, are taken off to access the inside. If you have a Grand Piano it is easier to access the inside but it is harder to clean, manoeuvring a cloth or duster under the strings is very tricky and not recommended.
A light dust and vacuum is all that is recommended.
If your vacuum cleaner can blow in reverse, even better. Blowing the dust out from under the strings is better than trying to reach behind them.
Try not to touch the strings at all. Finger prints on strings can make them go rusty and any pressure on the strings from a cloth or duster can affect the tuning.
If there is the requirement for more detailed cleaning, we recommend using a piano tuner or technician. They can pull apart the piano and clean inside and put it back together properly for you. Such technicians are experts in Piano care.
A piano technician is our best friend when it comes to looking after the inside of a piano. For a recommendation of a piano technician in your area feel free to call Pats music on 03)95638711.
Keep the piano dry. Pianos and water don’t mix! Keep other liquids away from them too, such as red wine or champagne. It can be very expensive if not impossible to fix the damage if water, or any other liquid, gets into a piano.
Many people ask us how to clean the outside of a piano.
Pianos with French polished finish, the high gloss mirror effect, like regular dusting, weekly cleaning and monthly
We recommend using a soft duster, and a soft microfiber or cotton cloth. To remove finger prints, fill a spray bottle with 50% water and 50% methylated spirits.
Spray a light mist of this liquid onto the cloth and clean gently. The water helps lift the finger prints and the methylated spirits helps to dry the water and reduce streaking.
Polishing is another important aspect of Piano care. When polishing a piano we recommend using a piano polish (such as the ones pictured) and 2 microfiber or cotton cloths, one cloth for applying the polish and another for removing it.
Then... pretend to be the Karate Kid and use a ‘polish on polish off ‘ type movement.
If your piano is an older piano with an antique-style, matt-wood finish, then a regular wood furniture polish works well. If the wood is thirsty it may take a lot of polish to restore its former lustre.
The keys of a piano will also need attention. You should try to keep keys free of dust to avoid dust building up between them. There may also be the need for cleaning if little sticky fingers have been at them.
If the keys are acrylic (not ivory) then use a soft cloth in soapy water and wring it out thoroughly before cleaning. Clean the keys in a back to front motion rather than a side to side motion to avoid getting dirt between the keys.
If your keys are ivory then you should require less water. A light spray onto the cloth and the same back to front motion. Clean one key at a time for the best result.