The Greenroom

Keyboard Rig Rundown

You asked. Here's the answer.

One of the most common questions we get asked after a keyboard lesson is what we use for a keyboard rig. Ryan, our lead keyboard instructor, gives us the skinny on his setup in the YouTube videos below, along with a few examples of the worship keyboard rig in action.

Digital Audio Labs Live Mix Review

Get in the mix

Church stage setups are a unique space and require unique equipment. Digital Audio Labs wants to help you hear better. In this post I'm going to take a very in-depth look at this system to help you decide if it's right for your church.

How To Choose The Right Delay Setting For Your Guitar

Guitar tone is all about creativity and taste.  We give you a tone chapter in every guitar lesson to help you match the effects used on the recording, but ultimately it's up to you to dial in the sound you want.  In this post we are going to look at some general parameters of delay.  These aren't meant to be a catch-all for choosing delay settings, but more of a suggested starting point for you to explore delay-cious soundscapes.  

3 Things You DON'T Need On Your Kit

Everybody in the gear world wants to tell you all the things you need for your drum kit. Well I'm here to tell you what you don't. Here's three things you can leave home on Sunday.

How To Purchase Your First Drum Kit

Kits aren't cheap. Know what to look for.

Are you ready to pick out your first drum kit? Here are some things to consider before you make the plunge…

How To Layer Your Keyboard Tones

Part 1: Finding Your Frequency

One of the keys to becoming a better keyboard player is knowing how to use your gear! And one of the most indispensable tools as a keyboard player is layering your keyboard sounds. In the video below, our lead keyboard instructor, Ryan King, will take a look at keyboard tone layering, teach you how to layer stock sounds, and show you how to use them in a worship setting.

Gear Review: Alclair Curve Universal In Ear Monitors (IEMs)

In today's world of modern music technology, In Ear Monitors, also known as IEMs, are all the rage! With so many styles and manufacturers out there, knowing which ones are the right ones for you can be challenging! In this gear review, we are going to take a look at one such pair of IEMs... The Alclair Curve Universals.

Pedal Demo and Tutorial: JHS Double Barrel and Sweet Tea

Taking these bad boys for a test overdrive

With so many overdrive options out there how do you know which one is best for you?  You try them out of course.  In this video we take a look at both the JHS Double Barrel and Sweet Tea overdrives.

How to Find The Right Guitar Effect

To buy or not to buy? That is the question.

One question I get all the time “What pedal should I buy”?  I would love to simply say “This one” and make a little commission, but I’m not a salesperson.  I’m a teacher.  I’d rather help you make the decision rather than make it for you.  In this post I’m going to give the five factors you should consider when choosing a piece of gear.

Worship Artistry Patches on the POD HD500X

We know many of you use the Line 6 Pod HD500X, so we created a patch for this specific pedal board that matches our setup in the Worship Artistry studio.  Check out the video for a walkthrough of our ideal worship patch for this pedal, and download the patch at the bottom of the page.

SP Compressor -- Settings, Tutorial, and Demo

It's easy to shy away from compressors.  They often seem unnecessary and, without understanding the settings and functions, compressors are way too easy to overkill.  Well, this little baby, the Xotic SP Compressor, changes everything.

Earthquaker Devices Palisades Demo and Tutorial

With its sweet drive and mid-boost that helps you cut through the mix, the Ibanez Tube Screamer is a legend and like any legend there are a million versions. Earthquaker Devices set out to create a tube screamer that fit every version of that legend into a single box.

Pedal Demo and Tutorial: Earthquaker Devices Dispatch Master

The pedal I've been waiting for my whole life.

If you've been watching the tone chapters in our lessons, this one should look familiar.  It's the pedal that finally replaced my old Boss DD-3 and I couldn't be happier.  The reverb can be soft and subtle or turn into an underground cave.  Even in its extremes though, it never fully washes out the direct signal.  It can be used soley as either reverb or delay but the combination of the two is what makes this pedal exceptional.  As you'll see in the video it can handle ambient volume swells, bright overdrive and I love the way it works with a slide.  I can keep going on about it but you might as well just hear it in action...