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  • Empty Lungs, Lost Love + Guests 9/11/17 – Take the Stage!

    15th November 2017

    It was a busy week for Shizznigh promotions with live music events every night across multiple venues. We decided to catch the most varied line up on the bill. On Thursday, the Empire hosted Belfast’s own ‘Empty Lungs’ as they embark on an extensive European tour with co-headliners ‘Lost Love’ from Montreal. Supporting these two […]

  • Take the Stage | Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Olympia Theatre 27/10/17

    31st October 2017

    Friday night saw the Grammy award winning Hall of Famer Jason Isbell take to the stage at Dublin’s Olympia theatre as it filled its stalls and floor with people eager to hear that Nashville sound. This tour is in support of Isbell’s latest album with his band The 400 Unit; the album (The Nashville Sound) […]

  • Empire 12/10/17 – Take the Stage! (By Ruach)

    17th October 2017

    Alpha Twin (Single Launch) / Mosmo Strange / Dandy’s Loft / MOSA This week MOSA, Dandy’s Loft, Mosmo Strange and Alpha Twin took to the stage of Belfast’s Empire Music Hall hosted by Phillip McCarroll from Sounds of NI. We were treated to crunching riffs and experimental instrumentation in the form of incredible local talent. […]

  • Don’t Get Ripped Off! Buying and Selling Gear Online

    21st August 2017

    As a member of multiple Facebook guitar groups and forums I have started to notice more and more suspected fraudulent activity. Members of these groups have either shared stories of how they have gotten ripped off by sellers selling fake products or they have let go of their cherished instruments only to receive no payment. […]

  • Making Pedalboards Easy!

    14th August 2017

    Setting up your perfect pedalboard takes some planning, time and budgeting but when it’s finished you will have a world of tones at your feet. Here are some things to consider making sure you get the desired results without going over budget! Choosing The Right Board To Build On There is a few different types […]

  • Set Up To Succeed With Your Acoustic Gear

    7th August 2017

    Offering your talents as a solo acoustic act for venues and events is an extremely beneficial venture for many reasons. It opens up a whole new audience of people who you didn’t have to invite and bombard continuously on Facebook to be there, it allows you to play live regularly building confidence and it often […]

  • 5 Tips to Help You Record Your Perfect EP

    1st August 2017

    Recording an EP is an essential part of getting your bands music heard. It gives fans something they can take home with them after a gig and allows you to market your band to promoters and across the internet. As a drummer i have played in many bands over the past 15 years and recorded […]

  • Outboard Gear and Signal Chains

    22nd June 2017

    Signal chains are one of the more controversial aspects of recording music. Everyone wants to have the “most crisp vocal chain bro” or the “warmest bass signal path man.” What we mean when we say this is simply the gear your signal passes through from the source before it reaches your computer. Microphone/Line In The […]

  • Top Tips for Mixing Bass

    22nd June 2017

    Bass can be one of the most tricky elements of a mix to get right – especially if you have a bassist looming over your shoulder claiming the mix “needs more low end, bro” throughout the entire process. Here are a few pointers to help your bass shine in a track and hopefully keep the […]

  • Top Tips for Recording Musicians

    22nd June 2017

    So you’ve done it. You’ve managed to round the guys up, get enough practice sessions in and piece together a good 3 or 4 tracks. Next step is getting them recorded so you can start to show people how good your band really is outside of that cramped venue with a busted PA system. While […]

  • Top 5 Tips for Travelling Musicians

    22nd June 2017

    As a musician, travelling and touring is perhaps one of the best ways to get your name out there and make a few contacts along the way. If you’re thinking about travelling as a musician, here’s a few handy tips to put your mind at ease and help you along the way. Protective cases First […]

  • Which Power Supply Should I Get?!

    22nd June 2017

    Ground Loop Hum As talked about in our previous blog post, cheap power supplies such as those you see on eBay/Amazon for £30 just won’t do. They don’t isolate pedals from one another like they claim to do, and as mentioned before, they are basically glorified daisy chains with fancy blue lights. Daisy chains…don’t get […]

  • Getting Creative with Reverb

    22nd June 2017

    Reverbs and delays are like the salt and pepper of the music world. They’re pretty much essential and chances are you’ll find them in some shape or form on almost any piece of recorded or produced music. Using reverbs doesn’t have to be as simple and tedious as slapping a plugin on a vocal chain, […]

  • The Ruach Guide to Defeating Creative Block

    22nd June 2017

    Being a musician (or any type of creative person) means that writers block is inevitable. It’s going to happen at some point. You’re sitting there staring at a the same drum loop in a project file for hours on end, trawling through your brain to try and find some glimmer of inspiration in the hopes […]

  • Understanding Sub Frequencies, Phase Cancellation, Overtones and More!

    22nd June 2017

    Physics and music production/audio engineering aren’t two things you would often group together. However, if you’re involved with audio you’re constantly surrounded by physics whether you like it or not. So, if you thought physics ended when you left school think again because we’re about to give you a physics lesson audiophile style. Now can […]

  • How To Fix Ground Hum, Hiss and Noise

    22nd June 2017

    Undesirable Noise We’ve all heard it, a guitar player with a notoriously noisy rig. That hum that makes you just want to tell them to stop…please, and the hiss that makes you feel like you’re in a rattlesnake pit.  But fear not, it doesn’t have to be this way! Many players buy their amps, guitars […]

  • How Do I Finish My Mix?

    20th June 2017

    Trying to achieve a perfect mix is something which haunts producers and engineers. Often sitting in a dimly lit studio surrounded by empty coffee cups at 3am trying to surgically EQ one sound in the hopes that therein lies the final piece of the jigsaw that is their mix. Then comes the age old “Maybe […]

  • Compression part 2: Types of Compression

    4th June 2017

    In part one of our compression series we talked about the basic controls on a typical compressor and how to implement these controls to achieve a desired sound. We also talked about how compressors can be used in many different ways, both musically and dynamically. In this part of the compression series we are going to look […]

  • Compression part 1: Controls and Functions

    3rd June 2017

    Originally used in music to tame audio when cutting to vinyl to prevent needles skipping off the record, compressors have become a fundamental part of music production and recording. Understanding the functions and different uses of a compressor has become imperative in the process of making or recording music. Although every single compressor plugin will […]

  • What Guitar Amp Should I Get!?

    3rd May 2017

    The world of guitar amplifiers is often perplexing given the sheer amount of variables to choose from. There are new amps, old amps, new amps that sound like old amps and even amps on top of amps. But fear not, we’re here to give you a bit of idea on what to look for in […]

  • How Do I Set Up My Effects Signal Chain?

    19th November 2016

    Having already bought a slick new guitar and amp, a lot of guitar and bass players are often keen to delve into the vast world of effects pedals. Effects pedals can drastically change the tone of your guitar, varied by the type of effects used and the amount of different effects being layered up. Each […]


    12th November 2016

    A Northern Ireland man has drummed his way into the Guinness World record books for the ‘World’s Longest Snare Drum Roll’ smashing the previous time by over TEN hours! And, in doing so, Allistair Brown has raised money for two causes very close to his heart following the death of his young cousin in December […]

  • Percussion vs. Your Mix

    20th October 2016

    Mixing drums and percussion is one of the most crucial aspects of a mixing down a track. Not only are the drums going to provide your track with a rhythm section but having the drums mixed well will lay out a great foundation and can instantly bring your track to life. Although they can be […]

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