New Special Offers Page On Live Musician Central

ANNOUNCEMENT: Special offers and discounts now have their own page on Live Musician Central.

Special Offers
Check Out The Live Musician Central Special Offers Page

   Hi everyone, I hope you’re all having a rockin’ New Year! As you know, Live Musician Central is commited to helping you find the best equipment at the best prices for your live band . Both Musician’s Friend and Music123 offer special discounts to Live Musician Central readers but I don’t like to bombard you with advertising all over the front page. For that reason, I would like to announce a new page on Live Musician Central called Live Musician’s Special Offers, Discounts and Coupon Codes.

   I will be listing limited time offers from Musician’s Friend and Music123 on the special offers and discounts page. These offers usually expire very quickly so you need to check the page often if you’re looking for discounts on specific types or brands of music equipment. The offers rotate regularly between guitars, drums, basses, live sound and studio equipment.

   I hope you find the page easy to use and that it can be of some benefit to you. -Matt-

B-52 Matrix 2000 Powered Speaker System With Subwoofer

Review of the B-52 Matrix 2000 Speaker system with powered subwoofer and powered satellite speakers.

B-52 Matrix 2000 Speaker System
B-52 Matrix 2000 Speaker System

As you know, it’s crucial for your live band to have the right equipment in order to play a gig. The most important thing you need when playing a gig is a good P.A. System. You can buy yourself a complete P.A. package or you can assemble a P.A. by it’s individual components. The three main components in a P.A. system are a mixer, amplifier and speakers. Today I’m going to talk about a speaker system that has it’s own built-in power amp, the B-52 Matrix 2000 Speaker Sound System.

There are a lot of advantages to buying the B-52 Matrix 2000 speaker sysem. One of the most overlooked pieces of equipment when assembling a P.A. system is the amplifier that powers the speakers. I’ve seen a lot of musicians who are just starting out purchase a very nice speaker package with a mixer and totally forget to buy a power amp for them. That’s why it’s so nice to have the amplifier that powers the speakers built right into the speaker system itself.   Continue reading “B-52 Matrix 2000 Powered Speaker System With Subwoofer”

Fill Up Your MP3 Player With 50 Albums Under $5

Load up your new MP3 player with custom band Set Lists and $5 albums from Amazon.Com

   Hey all you live band musicians out there. I know a lot of you recieved brand new MP3 players for Christmas and I’m sure you’re itching to fill your new player up with some excellent music. Today I’m going to give you some ideas about what to load on your new MP3 player.

   First of all, check out the Live Musician Central subject category called Live Band Set Lists. I’ve put together complete Setlists for you to download and load on your MP3 player. You can use these set lists as a source for song selection to learn in your live band. You can also keep these set lists on your MP3 player and use them for break music at your gigs. It’s always a good idea to have a lot of proven songs on your player at gigs so you can fill some audience requests while your band is taking a break.

   Another great way to fill up your new MP3 player is with this current killer deal from Amazon.com. Amazon is making 50 complete albums available to download for the low price of Five Dollars apiece. That’s a great way to get some new music to enjoy on your new player.

   Amazon.com MP3’s have several advantages over iTunes. First of all, you don’t need any special software to download the music from Amazon.com. Amazon’s MP3’s are all ripped at a high quality 256kbps so they sound incredibly good. They are also all DRM free so you can load them on as many players as you would like.

   Amazon.com also has a lot of free MP3 downloads that you can get so you can check out some new music for absolutely no money. You just can’t getting music legally, for free! So today, I’m recommending downloading some great music from Amazon.com that will work on any MP3 player including Zunes, iPhones and iPods.

My Favorite Electric Bass Guitar Strings

Dean Markley Blue Steel bass guitar strings have the perfect combination of excellent tone and high durability.

Electric Bass Guitar Strings
Dean Markley Blue Steel Bass Strings

   Over the years I’ve played several different instruments in various live bands. In fact, the first bar band I played in, I was playing the bass guitar. I really love to play the bass guitar and it’s one instrument that truly came naturally to me. Today I’m going to tell you about the strings I use on my bass guitar. 

   If you’ve read my post about Dean Markley Blue Steel Strings for electric guitar then I’m sure you won’t be surprised at all when I tell you that I prefer Dean Markley Blue Steel Strings for my bass guitar as well. In case you didn’t know, Dean Markley Blue Steel strings are cryogenically treated by dipping them in -320 degree liquid nitrogen. They are then packaged and sealed in their box ready for you to purchase.    Continue reading “My Favorite Electric Bass Guitar Strings”

Live Musician Gift Idea – Live Sound Accessories Pack

This live sound accessories pack includes two mic stands, two speaker stands, one speaker stand bag and an equipment hauling cart.

Live Sound Accessories Pack
Live Sound Accessories Pack

   Since it’s the season of giving (and of using the last of my live band  earnings for tax write-off purposes) I was looking for gifts for live musicians and came across this sweet deal on a Live Sound Accessories Pack. I don’t know about you, but I seem to go through a microphone stand every year. I also hate hauling equipment in and out of the gig. I also always seem to play in some venues where I struggle to get the speakers aimed for the best sound projection.

   Well, this live sound accessories pack addresses all three problems for an incredibly low price. This pack includes two ProLine Boom Microphone Stands, two ProLine Speaker Stands, one Speaker Stand Bag and one Rock N Roller R2 Micro Cart! All for the amazingly low price of $149. You just can’t beat that price for such a sweet live sound accessories pack.   Continue reading “Live Musician Gift Idea – Live Sound Accessories Pack”

Line 6 POD Studio KB37 USB Audio Interface Review Update

Line 6 POD Studio KB37
Line 6 POD Studio KB37

   A while ago I wrote a review on the Line 6 Toneport KB37 Audio Interface and MIDI Controller. I really love this little audio interface and it’s been an invaluable tool for my music recordings. I have a larger setup in my main studio but the KB37 goes with me when I need to work on my recordings while on the road. That being said, I have to admit that I use the KB37 in my big studio a lot of the time because it’s so simple to use.

   When I got my KB37 it was called a Toneport and came with basic Line 6 amp simulation software. I had to purchase Reason 4.o and Sony Acid separately to get my portable recording setup running with the KB37. That added up to quite a few dollars to get a decent mobile audio workstation going.   Continue reading “Line 6 POD Studio KB37 USB Audio Interface Review Update”

A Bridge Pin Puller Is A Perfect Acoustic Guitar Gift Accessory

A bridge pin puller is an excellent gift to go along with that brand new acoustic guitar.

Dunlop Bridge Pin Puller - Bottle Opener
Dunlop Bridge Pin Puller - Bottle Opener

  I’m sure a lot of you are asking for or giving an acoustic guitar as a gift for Christmas this year. I still remember when I was 13 years old and I got my very first acoustic guitar. I loved it and it brought a whole new dimension in music to my life. Getting my acoustic guitar as a Christmas present was literally what launched my career as a musician playing in live bands.

   I remember learning how to play on that acoustic guitar and playing it until I broke a string. That brought me to my first string change on an acoustic guitar. Let me tell you, it was a learning experience and I learned a hard lesson. Acoustic guitar bridge pins are a real pain in ass to get out of the bridge! Naturally I grabbed a flat blade screwdriver and began prying against my beautiful wood bridge mount which I immediately chipped by prying on it.   Continue reading “A Bridge Pin Puller Is A Perfect Acoustic Guitar Gift Accessory”

Black Friday Deals For Musicians

Check out these exclusive Black Friday deals for musicians and live bands.


Black Friday Deal Center at Musician's Friend

   Well here we are, it’s Black Friday for all of us musicians who play in live bands. I’m sure you’re like me and love scoring great deals on quality music equipment. I’ve been making a list of excellent music equipment all year long that I’ve been lusting after and it’s about time to find some sweet deals so I can satisfy my gear buying.     Continue reading “Black Friday Deals For Musicians”

A Suggestion On Gifts For Musicians

A vocal microphone package is the perfect set of gifts for musicians that play in a live band.

Shure Beta 58A
Shure Beta 58A

  I’ve written many times on Live Musician Central about how important it is for every band member in a live band to do some singing. Whether you’re taking time on lead vocals or simply singing backup, your voice is too valuable of an instrument not to use in your band. There’s one piece of equipment that most musicians always seem to skimp on, and that’s their vocal microphone.

   That’s whay I’m suggesting a vocal microphone package as a gift for musicians this year. You’ll be doing the musician in your life a big favor by spending a little cash on a good vocal microphone, mic cable and mic stand. This is a great three piece package for your musician and it’s a gift that will be used for years to come.     Continue reading “A Suggestion On Gifts For Musicians”

Musician Gift Guide Suggestion – Top 50 Guitars, Amps & Effects Under $100

Find the perfect gift for musicians from the list of top 50 guitars, amps & effects under $100.

Top 50 under $100 at MusiciansFriend.com
   The Christmas shopping season is in full swing and if you have a musician that plays in a live band on your list then here’s your chance to shop for some great gear at low prices. Musician’s Friend has compiled a list of the top 50 guitars, amps and effects priced under $100. There are a lot of items that would make great gifts for musicians. The nice thing is they’re under $100 which makes them affordable this Christmas.

   If you have a youngster that is looking to become the next great guitarist there are also some decent starter guitar packages on the list as well. Whether you’re looking to pick up and acoustic guitar or an electric guitar you can find either one on this list of deals.

All you have to do is click on the banner and start looking for that perfect gift.

Top 50 under $100 at MusiciansFriend.com