THE J. W. PEPPER BLOG | DELIVERING MUSIC SINCE 1876

THE J. W. PEPPER BLOG | DELIVERING MUSIC SINCE 1876

THE J. W. PEPPER BLOG | DELIVERING MUSIC SINCE 1876

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Zoom F3 Field Recorder Review: The Easiest Way to Get Pro Audio for Your Music Ensembles

If you’re a musician or music teacher, we’re willing to bet that at least one of these situations sounds familiar: You need to record a...

The Music Teachers’ Guide to Recording an Ensemble: The Samson C02 Mics Review

Are you a musician looking to improve the audio quality of your recordings but don’t know where to start? In less than 15 minutes,...

The Zoom Q8n-4K Handy Video Recorder Review

We at J.W. Pepper are always looking for the best-sounding and most affordable video camera for musicians and teachers. With the recent release of...

5 Essential Pieces of Online Music Lesson Equipment

There are many tools that make teaching from home easier. In this video, we cover five hardware items that'll allow music teachers to shine...

Adding Orff Instruments to the Music Classroom

For nearly a century, the Orff approach has been used to help children explore the world of music. This experience usually includes opportunities for...

3 PA Systems That Music Teachers Love

Music classrooms are inherently noisy. First there is the ventilation system to compete with, which is especially difficult in the large spaces we typically...

Protecting Teacher and Student Health with Earplugs at Band Practice

When school is in session, as teachers we all know to stock up on hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and tissues, and schedule the annual...

Pepper’s Top Tips for Concert Season

Concert season is right around the corner and, chances are, you have been preparing for it since your last concert ended. You spent the...

Capturing Your Concert: Simple Tips for Recording, Part 2

In this installment of Capturing Your Concert: Simple Tips for Recording, we are going take a look at handheld recorders which are designed specifically...

Capturing Your Concert: Simple Tips for Recording, Part 1

Have you ever found yourself at the end of a performance wishing you had made a recording of it?  Sometimes you hear the audio...

Microphone Placement

Microphone placement?  I just put the mics in front of the performers and everything seems fine.  What more do I need to know?  Well,...

Microphone Pick-Up Patterns

An important part of choosing the right microphone is considering its directionality, or pick-up pattern.  Have you ever noticed when singing or speaking into...

Microphone Types and Uses

-This post was updated in January 2019. Definition:  Microphone -- or mic -- converts acoustic energy into electrical energy, resulting in an audio signal. Rather than...