Jordan Rudess wants you to stay at home and make music, so he’s giving away his GeoShred Play iOS app for free

Recognising the “solace and healing” that can be found through music, the Dream Theater keyboardist is encouraging you to “stay safe and have a great time shredding” with the app, which includes a physically-modelled guitar engine.“As we unite around the globe to fight this pandemic together it's more important than ever to social distance and stay home,” says Wizdom Music.

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How to make music on an old computer: 4 things you need to consider

In fact, you might find a new machine even harder to use if you’re missing USB 2.The exception is for those who want to record audio while monitoring it - for this, you’ll want to reduce the buffer size.

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You can now download a free edition of the Serato Studio DAW

Home News (Image credit: Serato) Launched in 2019, Serato Studio is a simplified PC and Mac DAW that’s designed for beginners and DJs who want to move into music production.The feature-limited free edition has full save and export functionality and no time constraints, but is limited to four Decks, four Scenes, one Audio Track and MP3-only export.

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22 essential chords all guitarists need to know

Guitar Skills: We're breaking our 22 chords into three areas – essential beginner guitar chords, folk and blues.There's also audio examples for every chord too.

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iPad deal alert: get the latest model Apple iPad on sale for $299 at Best Buy

The 2019 iPad includes Apple's powerful A10 Fusion chip and is available in a 32GB or 128GB storage option.See more of Best Buy's iPad deals hereiPad deals:Apple iPad 10.

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11 best distortion pedals 2020: our pick of the best drive pedals for guitar

The way to harness this sound yourself is by adding one of the best distortion pedals to your rig.We've got options galore in our guide to the best distortion pedals.

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The story of Kurt Cobain's Fender Jaguar

When he returned to his feet, Cobain was handed his 1965 Fender Jaguar.While the Jag-Stang was Kurt’s official collaboration with Fender, it’s the Jaguar that has remained the most iconic instrument.

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Free Dolby On iOS and Android app promises simple, high-quality audio/video recording and live streaming

Enter Dolby On, a new mobile app that promises to “make recording and live streaming sound and video with unparalleled audio quality incredibly simple, using nothing but your device.”Said to build on 50 years of Dolby innovation, the app offers one-tap recording and audio processing tools, and is designed for both recording and live streaming (you can connect it directly to Facebook Live and Twitch).

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Best electric guitars for beginners 2020: top beginner's electric guitars

At MusicRadar we've been writing about electric guitars since time began (pretty much), and we have poled our guitar experts to come up with this definitive guide to the best electric guitars for beginners.For anyone at the start of their musical journey, there are a couple of obvious beginner electric guitars to recommend.

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Gibson Slash Les Paul Standard review

Take the Gibson Les Paul and Slash.Unveiled at NAMM 2020, the Gibson Slash Les Paul Standard comes in four finishes, each referencing a different point in the top-hatted rock icon's storied career.

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5 cheeky master bus processing hacks that'll help you to 'mix as you go'

One key element of this is the master bus: load it with a few well-chosen mastering effects and your work-in-progress will sound far more exciting.Here, then, are a handful of master bus processing techniques to get you pumped as you produce.

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Guitar skills: 30 chords acoustic guitarists need to know

Home Tuition (Image credit: Future) Guitar skills: If there’s one thing guaranteed to take your songwriting skills to new heights, it’s arming yourself with a bunch of new chords.Develop your own voice on the acoustic guitar with our tutorial on creative chord shapes.

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Today is the last day to get Native Instruments' Analog Dreams soft synth for free

Today is the last day to get hold of Analog Dreams, so act now if it's something you fancy.In a statement, NI executives Daniel Haver and Mate Galic said: "These are challenging times for the global music community.

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Listen to 13 isolated drum tracks from some of the biggest drumming names in rock

Home News (Image credit: Hayley Madden/Redferns/Getty) For weeks, all we've heard about is social distancing and isolation.The drum sound is a contrast from what had come before, rid of the heavily-gated snares in favour of a more natural room sound.

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Is Logic Pro X set to get live loop triggering and recording?

Home News (Image credit: Apple) It looks like Apple may have inadvertently leaked a new feature that’s coming to its Logic Pro X DAW: live triggering of loops.MacRumors reports that an image on the education page of Apple’s website (since removed) appeared to show an apparently new version of Logic featuring a variation on the Live Loops functionality that was added to GarageBand for iOS in 2016.

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10 best laptops for music production 2020: powerful computers for musicians, producers and DJs

Home News (Image credit: Future) In years gone by, Apple has thoroughly dominated the best laptops for music production arena, or indeed any creative production.We're not here to argue the merits of either, but put simply, you're either a Mac person, or you're not.

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Why buy a Canon EOS R5? Canon answers our questions about its next big camera

And more broadly, who exactly is the Canon EOS R5 for?Luckily, we were able to put some of these questions to David Parry, Canon's Product Marketing Specialist, during a brief chat about the EOS R5.

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iPad deal alert: the latest model Apple iPad gets an $80 price cut

That's an $80 discount and the best price we've found for the 128GB tablet.See more iPad deals hereiPad deals:Apple iPad 10.

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How to play Cards Against Humanity online for free with friends, family or on your own

Home How-to Not really 'cards', but the next best thing Cards Against Humanity online (Image: © Cards Against Humanity / TechRadar) You can play Cards Against Humanity online, without needing to buy a set or any fancy gadgetry.View DealHow to play Cards Against Humanity online: your three optionsPlayingcards.

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New OnePlus 8 leaks reveal more specs and another color

Seasoned tipster Ishan Agarwal says that the OnePlus 8 Pro is coming with a 6.Crazy new "Glow" color, fancy new Green color, standard Black looking pretty nice, too.

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