Below you can find links to articles written by the Swamp team regarding pro audio, musical equipment and audio cables listed on our website. Our articles aim to answer common questions asked by musicians and sound technicians when it comes to selecting the right product or cable for your particular need. Expand your pro audio knowledge and discover the full potential of your gear, or even yourself!
Date Posted: 12 November 2018
Looper pedals are devices that record parts of your performance and play them back for as long as you want them to. Most looping pedals now have the ability to record multiple layers on top of each other and some even give guitarists the option to add in
Date Posted: 28 September 2018
The gauge of a guitar string refers to its diameter (thickness). Why is gauge important? Because there’s a great deal of difference in tone and feel across different gauges. From Mandolin to 5 string bass, you must match your gauge to your style!
Date Posted: 18 September 2015
Hailed as "the single greatest advancement in gaffer's tape since the tape was invented", and they are not wrong. The GaffGun is a tape application machine designed to eliminate the hard and time consuming work needed to lay and gaff tape cables to ensure
Date Posted: 10 August 2015
Feedback can destroy a show. It can distract the performers, annoy the audience and ruin even the best sounding mix. In reality, most feedback is actually generated on stage, through the foldback /monitor system via the vocal and instrument microphones. T
Date Posted: 24 October 2014
Bought some acoustic foam but don't know how to attach it? There are many different methods to do this, some cheaper, some unexpected, some useless. This quick and easy to follow article will suggest a few different ways to apply acoustic insulation to yo
Date Posted: 24 March 2014
A guide to analog audio signal types and the different connectors and cables used to transfer them between devices. Written with an empathises on real life situations, this is an ideal resource for musicians, beginner sound technicians and anyone involved
Date Posted: 2 September 2013
Swamp have now provided you with an easy to follow, step-by-step tutorial for setting up our Drum Kits. Thanks to AJ Tonkovic for donating his valuable time and talent in creating this sequence of instructional videos.
Date Posted: 13 June 2013
So often I stumble upon guitarists still using guitar leads between their amp head and speaker cab. Put simply, a guitar lead does not have large enough conductors (copper strands) to carry an amplified signal. It may work ok at low volumes, but at higher
Date Posted: 5 December 2012
A helpful guide to selecting a microphone as a gift for a budding musician. Whether it is for practice at home, live performance, or even home recording; we have right products and information to lead you in the right direction. Also find packages deals,
Date Posted: 10 May 2013
Whats the difference between a P-90 pickup and a Single coil pickup? Find the answer in our new article about guitar pick ups. Find out also what the great Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and Slash used in there guitars and get experimenting.
Date Posted: 29 November 2012
Ever wandered how to get that warm blues tone? Ever thought i have all these pedals why don't I sound like Clapton or Hendrix ? Well with our guide to Exploring the Differences Between Tube Amps and Solid State Amps you will be finding your desired tone i
Date Posted: 26 October 2012
Learning to string a guitar is a must for any budding guitarist, whether it be for acoustic, electric or classical guitar. The following article will explain how to re-string all three. It may be a bit daunting at first but just like learning to play guit
Date Posted: 22 July 2012
HI and LOW Guitar Inputs and Outputs Explained When dealing with guitar inputs and outputs, you may come across a lot of words like impedance and resistance that aren’t necessarily related to what you’re...
Date Posted: 9 June 2012
When guitarists get together and talk about their rig (either their actual gear or a dream setup), there is often much discussion – if not arguing – about the advantages of “true bypass” in the effects pedals that are a part of said rig. But what exactly
Date Posted: 22 March 2012
Instrument tuners come in all manner of shapes, sizes and kinds – and all fit different needs for different musicians. For instance, if you are just playing guitar in a quiet house or apartment, then a standard electronic tuner that uses a microphone to p
Date Posted: 1 December 2011
With the copious advancements made in recording technology over the past decade or so, coinciding with the price drop in computers with huge hard drives and lightning fast processors, building a home recording studio...
Date Posted: 4 November 2011
Whether browsing for strings online or standing in a music store, the numerous options for types of guitar strings can seem overwhelming. Here we’ll look at the different options available and explore how to best choose the perfect string for you.
Date Posted: 10 August 2011
Unsure whether to get an Overdrive or Distortion pedal...? Or ever wondered what the difference between a Phaser and Flanger pedal is? Swamp has put together a guide to help answer some of the common queries people have regarding guitar effect pedals. Use
Date Posted: 24 June 2011
At first glance, all acoustic guitars can seem basically the same. But these glances are deceiving, as there are literally thousands of types and models of acoustic guitars to choose...
Date Posted: 12 June 2011
For a professional and simple solution for recording audio into a computer, using an analog mixer with a USB or Firewire output is the easiest, and least expensive way to get record sounds digitally onto an PC, MAC or laptop computer.