Artist Spotlight: David Wallimann

Artist Spotlight: David Wallimann

Hosa Music Artist Testimonials | David Wallimann

Finding Peace and Inspiration

This month, we were fortunate enough to talk with David Wallimann, better known for his YouTube channel of free tips & lessons to guitarists of all levels, and his online guitar instruction courses with Guitar Playback.

David had a unique journey to become an instructor online, one that spanned years of learning to give the best lesson to the first student and the tenth, and also find peace and balance in life. This also helped make David free to expand even more on teaching and sharing ways guitarists can express themselves even deeper.

David Wallimann, Guitar Playback, Interview

Well, I’m David. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado and I teach guitar online.

I basically help electric guitar players express themselves on the instrument, so it’s not so much teaching people how to play a song, or a solo, or a chord, it’s more equipping them with the tools that we use as humans to communicate, but in the music world. So, the idea is to help them just speak music.

I absolutely love it. I love it because first of all, I think I’m just doing what I’m meant to do: teach. I think it comes back to a time where I was teaching guitar in a school, which I loved, but when you’re teaching 1 on 1, and if you have like 10 students in a row, the 10th student would get a horrible lesson and pay the same price as the first one. I didn’t think it was really fair because there was the burnout, right? You start fresh in the day as a teacher and then after 8 hours of teaching, you can’t do it anymore, so that was not fair for the students. I don’t think it was fair for myself, like I was really burned out and almost to the point where my passion for teaching was suffering from it, and eventually I realized that making an online experience, an online course would maybe be the way to go. That’s how it started, to create the best guitar learning experience for students and at the same time be kind to myself.

I started it not really knowing because you never know before starting something, it just brought me a lot of peace. I used to work in a bunch of different work gigs like coffee shops, data centers — I never had peace about that. Here, I come here, I do my work, and I feel fulfilled and I go home. I get to be a dad, a husband, but I have peace about it. That’s the main thing, just peace.

So, Hosa is kind of the gear that is really hidden. They have it difficult because it’s not the kind of thing that you’re going to show right up front like a guitar or something like that. Yet, I couldn’t do it without it. Hosa helps me every day do my job. They connect every important piece of gear, and without it nothing would work. It doesn’t matter how expensive your amp is if you don’t have a good cable to go into it and out of it, it’s never going to do its job. It’s a great support tool and I couldn’t do it without it.

Hosa Cables That David Wallimann Uses

Hosa Edge Guitar Cable
Hosa Edge Guitar Cables are designed to provide a lifetime of outstanding performance. Genuine Neutrik® plugs combine with world-class manufacturing techniques to deliver the most neutral, dynamic tone in their class.

Hosa Edge Speaker Cable
Hosa Edge Speaker Cables are designed to provide a lifetime of outstanding performance. Genuine Neutrik® plugs combine with world-class manufacturing techniques to deliver exceptional quality.

Hosa Pro Interconnect Cables
Hosa Pro interconnect cables are designed to interconnect pro audio gear with balanced or unbalanced inputs. It is ideal for use in touring, studio, and other live-sound applications. Hosa Pro relies on nickel-plated REAN® plugs for efficient signal transfer and superior durability.

Hosa USB-C Cables
Hosa USB-C cables are designed to connect two devices with USB Type C interfaces. It is ideal for connecting an audio interface, external hard drive, or other computer peripherals to a PC.

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Artist Spotlight: Dave Otero

Hosa Music Artist Testimonials | Dave Otero

Keeping the Inspiration and Creative Flow

This month, we were fortunate enough to talk with Dave Otero, producer, audio engineer, and mixing and mastering expert at Flatline Audio. Dave started as a musician and quickly turned himself into one of metal’s biggest names producing modern bands with modern sounds. He also teaches techniques and his approach through instructional URM courses.

As a recording engineer for countless music artists, Dave knows all about making sure the audio is as reliable, noiseless, and transparent as possible. Anything that gets in the way of recording and the creative process isn’t good enough. When your job is to produce the best sounding record possible, there’s no room for compromise in audio quality.

 

Dave Otero, Flatline Audio, Interview

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

I’m Dave Otero, a music producer working with rock bands and metal bands here at my studio, Flatline Audio, in Denver, Colorado.

Bands come here with their songs as they’ve written them in the rehearsal room. We put those final polish elements to them, patch them up, record them to tape, do any kind of editing and post-production that’s needed, I mix and master those records, and it’s off to release.

I’ve been doing this for 20 years and kind of slowly putting it together, and building the pieces and workflow that fits me and fits my clients the best. It’s been a long, slow process of collecting gear and trading gear. I feel like I have a lot to offer. I can bring a lot to the table working with bands and with clients and feel pretty strong in my convictions musically, and I do a pretty good job at making bands and labels happy with the product they leave here with.

I super love it, for pretty obvious reasons, too. Who wouldn’t like to just create albums day in and day out and work with really awesome people in creative capacities? It’s definitely gratifying, especially when you get to the end of a long project. You know, if I had a band here for six weeks and everyone’s tired and a bit beat down and exhausted creatively, but then we have a chance to listen back to everything right before they head out of town and that sense of accomplishment is there and the band is really excited, I can tell they’re going to be proud to release it. Everyone has high hopes for how the album’s going to do, that sort of stuff. It’s one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever witnessed.

Hosa has slowly kind of become the cables that I have that I’ve learned to rely on the most. When I first started playing around with those, I’d use them in situations where I can kind of keep track of them. It’s a new cable and I want to make sure that it’s going to be reliable, and if it’s not, I know right where it is to flip it out and go back with something I’ve used in the past.

Over time, they’ve gone from that position, like “the new kid on the block”, to the one I reach for first for the most critical applications. The reliability is there, the quality is there, but the variety that they have is so good, and the innovation. Especially as of late, I know if Hosa releases something, that will one, fit a need, and two, be of a reliable and sturdy quality to last for years and not be something you have to think about and worry about all the time.

 

Hosa Cables That Dave Otero Uses

  • Hosa Edge Guitar Cable
    Hosa Edge Guitar Cables are designed to provide a lifetime of outstanding performance. Genuine Neutrik® plugs combine with world-class manufacturing techniques to deliver the most neutral, dynamic tone in their class.
  • Hosa Edge Microphone Cable
    Hosa Edge Microphone Cables are designed to provide a lifetime of outstanding performance. Genuine Neutrik® connectors combine with world-class manufacturing techniques to deliver a noise-free signal transmission ideal for any stage or studio.
  • Hosa Edge Speaker Cable
    Hosa Edge Speaker Cables are designed to provide a lifetime of outstanding performance. Genuine Neutrik® plugs combine with world-class manufacturing techniques to deliver exceptional quality.
  • Hosa Pro Interconnect Cables
    Hosa Pro interconnect cables are designed to interconnect pro audio gear with balanced or unbalanced inputs. It is ideal for use in touring, studio, and other live-sound applications. Hosa Pro relies on nickel-plated REAN® plugs for efficient signal transfer and superior durability.
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Artist Spotlight: Noir Et Blanc Vie

Hosa Music Artist Testimonials | Noir Et Blanc Vie

Keeping the Inspiration and Creative Flow

This month, we were fortunate enough to talk with Stephen Fitzgerald, also known as Noir Et Blanc Vie on YouTube. Stephen has been a musician for almost his whole entire life, and in the process of creating art, also found himself another preoccupation as a content creator.

Over the years as Stephen expanded his craft, he learned the importance of reducing things that take away from your creativity. He explains how even simple things like the reliability of the cables he uses help keep him in a creative and inspired mindset.

Stephen Fitzgerald, Noir Et Blanc Vie, Interview

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

You don’t realize how incredibly powerful the ability to post a video somewhere and have it reach hundreds of thousands of people, I never thought that it would be me.

My name is Stephen, also known as Noir Et Blanc Vie. I am a musician and a YouTuber. I’ve been doing it for about 4 years and been a musician for my whole life it seems. I definitely didn’t think my life would be down the path of making content online, but as a musician and someone who enjoys the world of video, it seems to be the right fit.

The funny story is, I was working for a company that did sound for the movies, and television, and whatnot. I just felt like at some point I needed to break out and not be so creatively bankrupt, it felt, and I just didn’t even think YouTube was an avenue. I just was so inspired that YouTube wasn’t cat videos, it was a person scripting, and shooting, and making something, and then I thought why not take all those years of being a musician and maybe I can be an overall entertainer.

It’s sort of been a dream come true as you meet musicians and other creators who are fans of yours. People have always said that I’ve improved musically over the years, but they don’t realize the difference really is that I’m getting better sources. For years I didn’t realize how the components in a cable and the quality of the cable can affect the sound. I was literally turned into a believer overnight, and I switched over to, it was a Hosa Edge cable, and I literally got no more of that crazy mid-rangy interference. It was literally changing the tone of my entire instrument.

Hosa just became the trusted brand because the other cables continually broke over time. Those things just take you out of a creative flow. When you’re trying to problem-solve and something’s taking you out of your creative flow, I don’t think that there’s anything less fun or less sexy than, you know, holding it up to your ear, “What is this? What is this? What is this?”

My thought is, you want to have everything that isn’t totally creative removed from the process. You don’t want to think about, “How do I use this”? You don’t need to learn how to use a cable. If you get a good cable, you don’t need to learn where it needs to lay on a floor so that you don’t get something weird happening, and so for me it’s all about trying to keep the inspiration as pure as possible. And just, the less you’re worrying about certain components in the chain, honestly the better you are in the end. 

Hosa Cables That Stephen Uses

  • Hosa Pro Microphone Cable
    Hosa Pro Microphone Cables are engineered to deliver years of rock-solid reliability. Combining REAN® connectors by Neutrik AG with world-class manufacturing techniques, they redefine what performance and value are all about.
  • Hosa Edge Guitar Cable
    Hosa Edge Guitar Cables are designed to provide a lifetime of outstanding performance. Genuine Neutrik® plugs combine with world-class manufacturing techniques to deliver the most neutral, dynamic tone in their class.
  • Hosa Modular Patch Cables
    Hosa 3.5mm patch cables are designed to interconnect pro audio gear with unbalanced mini phone jacks. They are ideal for use with modular synthesizers and sound modules.
  • Hosa Hopscotch Patch Cables
    Hosa Hopscotch Patch Cables are the perfect solution for modular synthesizers equipped with mono mini jacks. The pigtail mono mini jack gives users the ability to “jump” the signal to another input point while keeping the original patch intact.
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Artist Spotlight: Panda Studios

Hosa Artist Testimonials | Panda Studios

Whether Bedroom or Studio Setup…

Whether you’re a creative in a bedroom setup or in a professional recording situation, signal flow is of utmost priority – yet often overlooked. At the core of each recording setup are reliable cables that help ensure workflow. From guitars to microphones to audio interfaces and all that’s in between – cables are the common denominator of what makes a session run smoothly. Our very own Dylan put it best:

“It’s often the things we don’t think about that can have a huge influence on our results. In the world of cooking, it may be the type of knife or cutting board we use; in automobiles, the grade of oil put in our engines; in audio & video, the quality and type of cables can make for dramatic differences that often get underappreciated.”

This month, we were fortunate enough to meet with Sam Pura of Panda Studios. Pura has worked with countless bands from all different kinds of life. Watch as Sam fills us in on his creative process and explains why Hosa cables are his favorite.

Sam Pura, Panda Studios, Interview

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
Hello, welcome to the Panda Studios. Let me show you our first room here. We have nine beds in this room so bands can come and just crash here and just focus on making a record.

Here we are in the main hallway. I like to call this the Wall of Fame because it has all of the records that I’ve done that have been pressed to vinyl. It’s a room that I use for microphones and for reverb so it actually is an active recording room.

Okay so we’re in the west live room here at the Panda Studios. I like it to be a turnkey solution where you can just get off of a plane and show up at the studio. And I have everything for you. I have drums, I have guitars, basses – I have all microphones – everything you need to make a record. You just need to come experience it. You don’t need to bring anything.

So, now we’re in the west control room. That’s what I kind’ve like to explain to people what happens here – people with a strong vision and a strong goal of what they want to achieve and what they want to sound like and what type of art they want to make, they have a really good time making records here because there’s plenty of option for us to actually achieve the final end result and that’s what makes making records and collaborating with other so fun. Everyday when I’m making records or making any sort of audio, the audio path is going through Hosa cables. Hosa is involved in some way, shape, or form inside of the work that I do every single day at the studio. Hosa is the thing that helps empower what I do everyday.

Now we’re in the isolation room – as I like to call it. You might be able to hear by the sound of my voice, it’s very dead in here. We store a lot of guitars in here, I have a lot of cabs ready to go. I have a bunch of pedals in here and I’ve got a bunch of fun stuff. Every room has Hosa cables and is ready to just plug and play and walk in and have fun and start making noise and be inspired.

Okay, so now we’re in Panda East. This is the second control room, second studio we have here on the property. I usually start most of my records in this room. I it’s my production room where I can start throwing down some basic keyboard ideas. The other fun part about it is that it’s connected right to the other live room right here. So, this is the east live room – a fun second studio to have here on the property, to be able to use and bounce some ideas around.

Well, thanks for stopping by – I hope you enjoyed having a deep dive in the Panda Studios here. Come by anytime, you’re always welcome and thanks for checking us out. Cheers.

Popular Hosa Cables and Accessories for Audio Engineers

Hosa Edge Guitar Cable
Every electric guitarist needs a guitar cable. Our Edge series isare designed to provide a lifetime of outstanding performance.

Goby Labs Guitar Care Kit
Inevitably when you use music and audio equipment, you’re going to get some wear and grime build-up and potentially expose yourself to unwanted germs. Our Goby Labs Guitar Care Kit can help with that.

Pro Headphone Extension Cable
Our Pro Headphone Extension Cables are designed to extend the reach of hard-wired headphones. These are especially useful when playing your instrument away from your console or DAW.

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Artist Spotlight: Miles Dimitri Baker

Why Quiet Matters (in Cables)

Cables have a pretty thankless job. The best ones work all the time and you never hear about them. And that’s exactly what they should do. Miles Dimitri Baker, guitarist and part of the band Interloper, said it best:

“You can’t have noise. It’s, like, not an option. So if someone asks [which cables to buy] I’m going to say Hosa because that’s what I personally use on all of my gear.”

This month, we were fortunate enough to meet with Miles in his home studio and he fills us in on his creative process and why Hosa cables are the best fit for him.

Miles Dimitri Baker, Artist and Guitarist, Interview

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
One of my favorite things about music is obviously the emotion it can create. It gives you a feeling, you know you hear a song and it can take you back to a place in your life, like a memory or it can give you a feeling whether it’s like sadness or triumph or any of those types of emotions. Music has the power to do that.

Hey, I’m Miles Dimitri Baker. I’m a musician, I play in the band Interloper and I also teach music. And this is my cat, Sabrina. I like the things I’ve been able to do with it, honestly. You know, I’ve been able to put music out and people enjoy what I do which, I think, for most people – at the end of the day people feeling appreciated, you know, is a basic human need. So I feel really lucky and fulfilled that way.

The creative process for me can be different. It almost starts, sometimes, like a calculated approach. For certain things, you know, do I find this certain chord progression in like its purest form – you know, through position triads or 7th chords. Do I find that, like, appealing? And then it becomes like a manipulation process – of like – how can I make this actually sound cool, in like, an actual musical idea. You know, taking sort’ve like a more like calculated, sort’ve scholastic approach to it and then like really manipulating it. That’s a lot of times my approach for it and then other times, you know, you really get that where you’re hearing something and you’re like, “Oh wow, I need to record, like, right now.” And that’s really exciting, turning that and developing it. Same kind of approach, like, “what’s really going on here?” What do I hear next, if I don’t hear something next, maybe I’ll hear, like, the structure of it. Maybe, what harmonically is going on that, maybe I can use to get to this next section that I have yet to have an idea for.

Every little thing that becomes like an ease abuse type situation. It’s the smoothness in which that workflow is interrupted by saying like, “how do I do this or I need to go get this, or whatever.” You know, I have the ability to run things however I want.

Every single piece of gear I have in here is using Hosa cables (laughs). Literally everything. Every single piece – from the monitors to all of my rack stuff to any sort of connection running to like, this cab. Speaker cables, power cables, it’s all Hosa. You know, they’re durable, they sound good, they’re quiet – that’s another thing that’s worth mentioning with cables. Some cables are noisy. If you’re trying to track like a DI guitar, or you know, re-amp something, you can’t have noise. Or if you’re running cabling through FX things like a reverb pedal or delay pedal, you know, your tuner to your guitar. You can’t have noise, you know? It’s like not an option so it’s nice having dependable things. It’s like, I literally use them for everything – so if someone asks I’m going to say Hosa because that’s what I personally use on all of my gear.

Popular Hosa Cables and Accessories for Guitarists (H2)
Hosa Edge Guitar Cable
Every electric guitarist needs a guitar cable. Our Edge series are designed to provide a lifetime of outstanding performance.
Goby Labs Guitar Care Kit
Inevitably when you use music and audio equipment, you’re going to get some wear and grime build-up and potentially expose yourself to unwanted germs. Our Goby Labs Guitar Care Kit can help with that.
Pro Headphone Extension Cable
Our Pro Headphone Extension Cables are designed to extend the reach of hard-wired headphones. These are especially useful when playing your instrument away from your console or DAW.

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Hosa Artist Testimonials | Destiny Petrel

Don’t Let Cables Affect Your Workflow

When creating music, the last thing an artist wants to think about is whether or not a cable is working. At Hosa, we pride ourselves on our cables’ reliability and longevity. No matter where you are in your career, our cable selection will help you get the job done. But don’t take just our word for it.

This month, we were fortunate enough to link with Destiny Petrel, a singer/songwriter, producer and artist based out of Los Angeles. Destiny writes and produces her own music right from her bedroom and has been using Hosa cables for over five years.

Destiny Petrel, Artist and Guitarist, Interview

video transcript:
All my family are musicians so growing up in a musical home, it was very easy to grab anything musical instruments everywhere – pianos, guitars. So, I gravitated towards the guitar. I’ve been playing fifteen years and I absolutely love it. It never gets old.

Hey, I’m Destiny Petrel. I’m a singer/songwriter and musician/guitarist from New York living in L.A. My favorite thing about playing is it takes me to another place. And I absolutely love that feeling. I can be in any type of mood and even change my mood, which I love.

Well, what I love to do most is make music. Now, I’ve produced my own record. My first single is coming out December 11th. It’s an EP that will come out next year of five songs. The first single ever that I’ve written and produced by myself is finally coming out. Yeah, this is where I recorded everything.

Hosa’s helped me be able to run everything – power supplies, I’ve used a lot of XLR’s – XLR cables. Reason being is I do change a lot of my stands. So, of course like, different size XLR cables. And the ¼” cables, I only use Hosa and a lot of the ¼” cables are coming through from my speakers and for my guitars mostly. Of course for touring as well because I use a lot of the ¼” cables for guitar. They’re the best.

The best thing about Hosa is that they last a very long time. These XLR cables – I’ve lasted with them about five years. And the ¼” cables I use for guitar – it’s been used that I’ve used the same ones. That’s what’s awesome about it. But what’s even better is that it’s affordable on top of like, the quality which is so great for any addition. Anybody who’s a producer, guitarist, literally anyone.

I’ve tested many different cables. Their cables are more clean than any other cable and that’s what I do love about them most is I don’t get any static. No hissing. That’s why their cables are super reliable too because especially when you’re recording. You need that and so this just helps me everyday to run everything that I need to run for recording for guitar, all of it.

Popular Hosa Cables and Accessories for Guitarists

Hosa Edge Guitar Cable
Every electric guitarist needs a guitar cable. Our Edge series are designed to provide a lifetime of outstanding performance.
Goby Labs Guitar Care Kit
Inevitably when you use music and audio equipment, you’re going to get some wear and grime build-up and potentially expose yourself to unwanted germs. Our Goby Labs Guitar Care Kit can help with that.
Pro Headphone Extension Cable
Our Pro Headphone Extension Cables are designed to extend the reach of hard-wired headphones. These are especially useful when playing your instrument away from your console or DAW.

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Hosa Artist Testimonials | Beau Burchell

Setting Up A Creative Space – Music Producer Edition

At Hosa, we believe the music business is the people business. This especially rings true for music producers. When actively recording artists, musicians, and bands, one single kink can ruin the entire experience for everyone. The last thing you want to think about as a music producer is why a piece of equipment, whether a console or single audio cable, isn’t working the way it should – ruining the energy of the atmosphere and potential relationship with a client.

Throughout the years, Hosa has been lucky enough to work alongside, partner with, and sponsor a diverse list of artists. 2020 was a difficult year for all of us and while many center around the industry we are proud to call home, we are first and foremost in the people business and that doesn’t limit itself to music.

Today we’re featuring Beau Burchell, founding member of Saosin and active music producer, who filled us in on what he’s been up to.

Beau Burchell, Saosin Guitarist & Music Producer, Interview

Video Transcript:
I don’t think I have one favorite part. I enjoy it all. I enjoy soldering, I enjoy building weird contraptions to make my life easier. I enjoy comparing the difference between two microphones that are the same exact model and hearing how they differ from each other. I enjoy every part of it.

My name is Beau Burchell. I am the founding member of the band, Saosin, and I produce records, mix records, everything. I’ve just always felt like I needed my own space to create whenever I want which is why having a space at home has been so appealing to me and now I just love it at any point. Especially now with kids I can put the kids to bed and after my wife falls asleep if I’m still getting that crazy itch in my brain about trying something or comparing something I can always come back out here and keep fiddling with stuff like a mad scientist until wee hours in the morning and then wake up and go to to work the next day and doing the same exact thing.

Hosa works with workflow because you don’t have to think about, you know? And those aren’t things you want to think about when you are focusing on something artistic. Or if you have a group of people or a band, especially if it’s a new relationship, the last thing you want is to plug in a cord to something and then have the band or artist think that your equipment is shotty because something doesn’t work. And it’s all because of just one little connection on a cable. You’re sitting there trying to troubleshoot, figure it out and the band thinks you have no idea what you’re doing because of this small little thing that caused you so much grief. So if you can eliminate that from the equation, you’re instantly in a better spot.

Regular mic cables and instrument cables that I use from Hosa – the reliability and the sound quality. Those are the only two things that you care about. You want it to work all the time and you want it to sound great when it does work. They check both those boxes. And I’ve pretty much switched to all Hosa edge series cables now.

Regular mic cables and instrument cables that I use from Hosa – the reliability and the sound quality. Those are the only two things that you care about. You want it to work all the time and you want it to sound great when it does work. They check both those boxes. And I’ve pretty much switched to all Hosa edge series cables now.

Popular Hosa Products for Guitarists

Hosa Edge Guitar Cable
Every electric guitarist needs a guitar cable. As Beau speaks on above, he relies on Hosa’s Edge Series cables to get the job done. Our Edge series are designed to provide a lifetime of outstanding performance.
Goby Labs Guitar Care Kit
Inevitably when you use music and audio equipment, you’re going to get some wear and grime build-up and potentially expose yourself to unwanted germs. Our Goby Labs Guitar Care Kit can help with that.
Pro Headphone Extension Cable
Our Pro Headphone Extension Cables are designed to extend the reach of hard-wired headphones. These are especially useful when playing your instrument away from your console or DAW.

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Hosa Artist Testimonials | Aaron Stechauner

The Music Business is the People Business

The music industry isn’t just about art, it’s about people and the support we give each other. It’s part of the reason why we developed our core values; passion, drive, community, responsibility, and resilience.

Throughout the years, Hosa has been lucky enough to work alongside, partner with, and sponsor a diverse list of artists. 2020 was a difficult year for all of us and while many center around the industry we are proud to call home, we are first and foremost in the people business and that doesn’t limit itself to music.

So, we connected with a few of our artist partners to help share their stories. Today we’re featuring Aaron Stechauner, drummer with the metal band Interloper, who was kind enough to let us into his personal studio.

Aaron Stechauner, drummer of Interloper, Interview

“If you’re a musician and you don’t love it, you shouldn’t do it. It takes a lot of sacrifices and it takes a toll on you.” Aaron is a teacher and a drummer. In this video, he explains how it is common for people to overlook drummers’ needs for audio cables.

Video Transcript:
I feel like if you’re a musician and you don’t love it, you shouldn’t do it. It takes a lot of sacrifices and takes a lot of toll on you and it’s tough. You kind of have to be cut out for it. There are too many obstacles to do something like this without loving it.

Hi, my name is Aaron Stechauner. I play drums for a band called Interloper. I also teach, I fill in for a lot of bands when touring. I obviously love writing, I love playing drums. Teaching’s great. All those things are great, but when I really boil it down, that’s like not only my favorite thing to do – but that’s what I’m meant to do, as like, a human being – is to be a performer, to play on stage live.

I try to count my blessings as often as I can and as often as I realize them. Probably for a lot of people, they don’t think of drums as an instrument that needs cables and electronics in the same way, you know, guitars do – electric guitar and a singer, you know, with their microphone. You have to have the cable and you have to have all that stuff. Drums, you know, are loud on their own. But even so, you have to mic them up.

I have cultivated a lot of fanbase and growth based on online media presence, so I’ve been making videos for years. That’s how I actually got picked up by that band when I was eighteen. I would upload videos to YouTube. What did I need to make all those videos? I needed microphones and I needed cables so Hosa comes into play with that. They’ve always worked – which is the important part.

Since I have started to mix all of my own material and gotten better at engineering and just understanding in general – I did notice, yeah, that the sound quality of using Hosa cables is great.

Would I recommend Hosa to others? Yeah, of course, I’d recommend Hosa to others, yeah, they’re great.

The two most important things? Reliability and a great team.

Popular Hosa Products for Drummers

Hosa Edge Microphone Cable
Drummers quite often use microphone cables to mic their sets. As Aaron speaks on above, he was able to transfer his audio signal into his DAW – for high quality sound in his YouTube videos. Our Edge series are designed to provide a lifetime of outstanding performance.
Cable Ties
Good cable management is important to good sound quality. Drum sets typically require multiple microphones and cables. Cable ties will help keep power cables separated and kink free.
Pro Headphone Extension Cable
Our Pro Headphone Extension Cables are designed to extend the reach of hard-wired headphones. These are especially useful when playing your instrument away from your console or DAW.

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The Gear That Got Away

We’ve all been there. Whether it was a guitar you wanted that someone bought right when you finally saved up enough money, an analog audio compressor you sold to make your rent a few years ago, or a synthesizer that you talked yourself out of that’s now rare and worth gobs more money. Yeah… most of the time we never get over it.

We posed this question to some of our artist friends and put together a short video of their piece of gear that got away. Special thanks to Ryan “Fluff” Bruce, Robert Baker, Noir Et Blanc Vie, Dave Otero, Glenn Fricker, BoBeats, Trey Xavier, Jay Leonard J, David Wallimann, The Guitar Geek, BBoyTech, Lightbath, Become the Knight, Circle of Tone, Backroom Studios, Cooper Carter, Max Solo, and CatPick Studios for sharing their stories. Make sure to check back as we share new stories!

Cooper Carter & CatPick Studios

Circle of Tone & Max Solo

Guitar Geek & Become the Knight

Jay Leonard J & BBoy Tech

David Wallimann & Kevin Antreassian

Gear Gods & Robert Baker

Dave Other & Lightbath

Glenn Fricker & BoBeats

Ryan “Fluff” Bruce & Noir Et Blanc Vie

Which brings us to the next logical question; what’s your piece of music gear that got away? Join the conversation and share your stories in the comments on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channel.

- Hosa

Zaolla Silverline Audio Cables Top Choice for Willie Basse

Solid silver conductor and robust construction deliver accurate sound quality

Los Angeles, CA – October 2011… Ask any audio professional about a cable’s impact on sound quality and you’ll inevitably be told one’s choice of cable is not the place to save a few bucks. Such is the case for Willie Basse. Best known as the former frontman of the legendary Los Angeles based rock band Black SheepBasse is a multitalented vocalist/bassist, audio engineer and producer, artist manager, studio owner, and actor. Whether on stage or in the studio, Basse never cuts corners when it comes to his cables, and that’s precisely why he insists on using Zaolla Silverline Artist 500 guitar cables with his instrument and Zaolla Silverline microphone cables in his studio.

Break Away-released in 2010 on the New Empire Media label-is the title of Basse’s most recent single, which features Dokken/Lynch Mob guitarist George Lynch and Scorpions drummer James Kottak. As a solo artist, Basse is very particular about his sound and, for the past 3+ years, has relied on Zaolla Silverline cables. He discussed what led him to Zaolla Silverline.

“I’ve spent three quarters of my life dedicated to achieving a better sound,” Basse explained. “Over the years, I’ve conducted numerous cable and connector ‘shootouts’ and I consistently prefer the sound I hear with Zaolla Silverline. I really like the Artist 500 guitar cables. The cable’s solid silver core makes for a much better signal conductor. I first learned about solid-core silver from Doug Sax and Stephen Haselton from the old Mastering Lab in Hollywood and when I listened, I was sold. The Artist 500 is, by far, the most accurate cable available in terms of sound quality. This cable delivers a clean, clear, punchy representation of the sound. These cables enable me to hear exactly what my ears are hearing when I’m standing in the room with the instruments.”

“I’m equally impressed with the plugs on the ends of these cables,” says Basse. “Everything about the Artist 500 is top notch. The build quality, the way they wrap, and the way they lay flat on stage. I’ve had my Zaolla Silverline cables for a good 3-4 years and they simply get the job done better than any other brand I’ve tried.”

Zaolla Silverline Artist 500 guitar cables use silver-core plugs by G&H Industries. Being 99.99% pure silver to increase conductivity and improve sonic responsiveness, these plugs are the only ones on the market with solid-silver core connections-making them the ideal complement to Zaolla Silverline’s cable.

Basse is equally fond of his Zaolla Silverline microphone cables. “These mic cables are clearer than any other cable brand I’ve experienced,” Basse reports. “From the microphone to the mic preamp and on to the channel input, I use my Zaolla Silverline cables all the time. Cables are a critical element in the studio that can’t be overlooked. Zaolla Silverline is as accurate and true to the source as you can find. With these cables, I know exactly what I’m getting when it comes to the sound.”

In addition to their superior sound and build quality, Basse was equally complimentary of Zaolla Silverline’s customer / technical support services. “On my last tour I was opening for Steven Adler (drummer from Gun’s N’ Roses) and his new band, Adler’s Appetite-we had 40 shows booked. I needed more cables and wherever I tried to buy them, the stores were out. I contacted the company and not only did they build me the cables I wanted, the company express shipped them to me. The folks at Zaolla Silverline were really on top of the situation. I was able to get the cables I needed in time, so I didn’t have to stress out over the matter. They were great to deal with.”

Currently, Basse is preparing for the Willie Basse Feed America-NOW tour (www.feedamerica-now.org). This will be a campaign to fund community food banks across the nation in an effort to help those people who have encountered difficulties during our nations’ current economic downturn. The plan is to launch this effort right after Thanksgiving. “These are tough times for a lot of people,” Basse says, “One in every four children go to sleep hungry and I really want to help change this.”

Shifting his attention back to his preparation for the upcoming tour, Basse offered this closing thought, “Working with Zaolla Silverline cables has been like taking the cotton out of my ears or lifting the blanket off my head. Thanks to these cables and their excellent audio qualities, I can hear clearly and this enables me to see, or visualize, the music better in my mind. If you’re looking to improve your sound, start with your cables and take a good, hard look at and listen to Zaolla Silverline.”

To learn more about Willie Basse, visit: www.williebasse.com or www.rockforrecovery.com.

- Hosa