PlayRecord.Net Community Mailer Issue One

The first edition of the PlayRecord.Net Community Mailer (ISSN 1743-1476)

To the first edition of the Community Mailer...



Welcome to the first edition of the community mailer. Bringing you a valuable resource of stories and links to web content related to each of the musical areas of, including guitars, percussion, recording, orchestral and wind & brass. We will do the searching so you don't have to.

Of course we will also keep you up to date on the latest special offers, competitions and new additions to the product range. Soon we will be integrating these stories into an online bulletin board where you will be able to make comments about the issues raised in the newsletter and also get advice from us and other muso’s on any number of music related subjects.

Remember: We are more than happy to answer any questions or queries - no matter how simple, just e-mail for a fast and friendly response.

Guitar NewsPercussion NewsRecording & Hi-Tech News

DJ NewsOrchestral, Wind & Brass News

Guitar News

Site News is proud to announce that we have now become Fender main dealers. This means that we can now supply the full range from this famous quality brand. Check out the full range here. The latest addition to the site is the Squier series of guitars, including the great quality Squier packs such as the Nu Metal Pack and Frontman Pack.

As a special offer, to celebrate the start of the newsletter, we are going to let newsletter readers get these packs with a 10% discount!!!

Fender Nu Metal Pack 10% off

Fender Frontman Pack - Torino Red/15G 10% off

General News
Noel Redding, the bassist with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, has died. Redding, an accomplished guitarist based in the U.K., joined Hendrix's band in 1966 and played on the three Jimi Hendrix Experience albums -- writing two songs as well as playing bass -- before parting ways with the legendary guitarist in 1969.

Get the full story here, or read the tribute from Fender here

Online Resources:We do the searching so you don't have to...
Feel like your playing is in a rut? want to try something new and get some fresh inspiration? how about trying some different tunings?

Check out this advanced tuning applet which will help you tune your guitar to all kinds of different chords, giving you a whole host of new creative possibilities.

Percussion News

Site News
The percussion department of playrecord is expanding rapidly at the moment. A new face at playrecord towers - Ben - is busy sourcing new percussion products and writing percussion related content for the site. Expect a page similar to Guitars UK introducing all the major elements of the drum kit so you can better understand which kit is going to best for you.

If you have any drum related queries you can e-mail ben directly:

General News
Green Day drummer has surgery: Drummer Tre Cool of Green Day is off his feet for a while.

Singer Billie Joe Armstrong says on their web site, Cool had a bone fragment "the size of a marble" removed from his knee two weeks ago.

Armstrong says Cool has had the fragment for as long as he's known him. It means they have to put the work on their new album on hold for a little bit.

Armstrong says they have 40 songs finished and he likes just six of them. He says they don't want to put out an album unless they feel "a thousand percent passionate" about it.

Online Resources:We do the searching so you don't have to...
Looking for some online drum lessons? You won't go far wrong by starting with the drum lessons that Alan McLean has put on his site:
Alan McLeans Drum Lessons.

With detailed descriptions, images and even audio files that you can either stream off the web in real audio format, or download as .wav files and burn to audio CD. The first two lessons are free samples, he asks you to e-mail him for details on how to pay for the remaining lessons.

However, you are free to read the text and look at all the pictures - a great resource for beginners or seasoned drummers wanting to brush up their style.

Recording & Hi-Tech News

Site News has just opened an account with M-Audio and will soon be selling their entire range of professional quality audio and midi interfaces, as well as USB midi keyboards, mic pre amps, mics, monitors and software among other things. You can check out the entire range here: If you see anything you like which is not yet on the site, simply e-mail Joseph for price details, including of course the Community Discount

General News
Bored of looking at LED style metering on your DAW? PSP have just released a free plugin which emulates classic VU metering:

PSP VintageMeter (free plug-in VST, RTAS, MAS for MAC and VST and DirectX for PC hosts) provides professional VU and PPM metering for mono and stereo tracks. All parameters like integration times and reference levels are widely adjustable to make this free plug-in suitable for any application.

Learn more and download here:

Online Resources:We do the searching so you don't have to...
You have all the gear, decent mics, pre amps and high quality plug ins or outboard effects, but if you really want to make good recordings you need to ensure that you have the best possible source. If you are recording acoustic instruments, this is usually in the form of microphones.

Mic placement can mean the difference between a great and a dissapointing recording, and unfortunately is very difficult to "fix in the mix", it needs to be right first time. To help you out here, i have pulled together a few online resources with mic placement information.

This page: has a description of this particular studios favoured miking techniques for various scenarios. Also worth a look is the Knowledgebase at One of my faves though is this one with a seemingly expert dog illustrating all of the miking techniques discussed.

DJ News

Site News
The DJ section of is one of the newest areas of the site. We opened it when we managed to become main dealers for Gemini. Gemini make some of most popular mixers you can get, and have a good range that goes from the very basic up to fully featured club and scratch mixers. Although the full range of stuff isn't yet up on the site, we are able to supply all Gemini products. Of course the community discount applies - e-mail for details.

General News
Got your own web site? how about having a domain name? That's exactly what you can get from DJ Domains The web is a great way of promoting yourself as the costs are relatively low, the quality of production is mostly down to how much time you are prepared to spend learning the techniques and software and crafting your pages.

However - there is little point making a site if you do not make it search engine friendly, as people will not be able to find you unless they know your exact URL.

There are loads of pages about SEO (search engine optimisation), a good one to start with is It would be a good idea to look into this before you start the final design of your page as there are certain things, such as flash and frames, which make SEO a difficult task.

Online Resources:We do the searching so you don't have to...
Check out the Basic Turntable Skills article in the articles section of If you are just starting out DJing or want to get to grips with beatmatching, this article is a good resource. Written by Ben Morgan of t h e g r o o v e c o l l e c t i v e - an up and coming live music/DJ collaboration with close ties to

Orchestral, Wind & Brass News

Site News
Wanting to keep a balance, and show our dedication to all forms of music, the Orchestral and the Wind & Brass sections were set up with a good selection of entry level violins, cellos, double basses as well as saxophones, cornets, trumpets etc.

If there is something in particular that you are looking for which you can't find on the site - e-mail and we will help you out.

General News
Jazz FM cleared by radio watchdog:
Jazz FM has been cleared by radio watchdogs of breaching the terms of its licence by playing too much soul and R&B and not enough jazz.

The station, which was relaunched earlier this year, was investigated following 15 complaints that it had veered too far away from jazz by airing pop acts such as U2 and Gabrielle.

Veteran jazz man George Melly said he had become so disillusioned with the station he had stopped listening to it, while the culture minister, Kim Howells, told MPs the station's output was "bland and disappointing".

However, the radio authority investigation - conducted between February 28 and April 24 2002 - concluded that Jazz FM was meeting the requirements set out in its station format.

read the full story here

Online Resources:We do the searching so you don't have to...
You have heard about getting mp3s for free off the web, but did you know there is also a wealth of free sheet music available to download? there are loads of sites out there and a search on google will yield good results.

Here is a few hand picked sites which are well worth visiting:
The sheet music archive has a good selection of classical music, as does m files - which also has a small selection of other styles. has a broader selection of sheet music including jazz and other styles - well worth a look.

Check out this great selection of guitar, drum and general music accessories we have put together for you - free guitar tablature search, online metronome / drum machine to play along to and we even have an online guitar tuner for you.