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TOOLS & GEAR I USE

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TECH GEAR 

A timeless classic, the Shure SM58 is a resilient workhorse that delivers impeccable sound quality even after countless drops. Check out this YT video on microphone technique

Offering a balance of quality and affordability, I use the Rode NT1 for vocal recordings. Its shock mount ensures stable and clear sound, making it perfect for both YouTube videos and live Zoom calls.

This has been the most reliable audio interface I've owned. With the Scarlett 2i2 model, we can effortlessly connect microphones, instruments, and line-level audio signals to our computer for seamless recording sessions.

I've had the Yamaha P155 for a long time. I believe the updated model is the P255. Featuring weighted keys and authentic piano resonance. It's MIDI interface allows for seamless integration with my computer, expanding creative possibilities.

My 8-inch Active Monitor Speakers from Pioneer provide accurate monitoring during recording sessions. Their precision and clarity ensure that I capture every nuance of performances.

Yamaha Stagepas 300 - Not available anymore

I believe it's been replaced with the Yamaha Portable PA System with Bluetooth Stagepas 400BT. I use the Yamaha PA system to deliver line level audio signals directly to the Focusrite interface. It serves multiple purposes in my studio: facilitating karaoke sessions for students with YouTube tracks, doubling as a rehearsal PA, and functioning as a stage monitor system during concerts.

I recently got the PRISM+ Arc Stealth Dual Monitor VESA Monitor Arm for my studio setup, and I love having two monitors. It's great for multitasking, like taking notes on one screen while watching YouTube on the other. This arm lets me adjust the monitors for comfort, saves space on my desk, and helps me work better. It's strong, easy to set up, and looks good too.

For my online Zoom lessons, I rely on the Logitech C920 webcam. Despite its age compared to newer models, it remains the top choice on the market. 

Tired of the old backache from sitting all day? Me too. That's why I switched to a stand-up desk – it's a game-changer. Whether we're standing tall or taking a seat on a stool, it's all about keeping comfortable and focused on what matters most. I don't use a chair anymore.

SOFTWARE

I use Audacity to record singing lessons for my students. It's the world's leading free software for audio recording and editing, perfect for music production, podcasting, or casual audio experimentation. You can download it as a desktop app for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

I've long relied on Sibelius, though I haven't felt the need to update to the latest version. While I used to load PDF sheet music for my students, now I mainly use it for music notation graphics in my YouTube videos.

Pro Tools, developed by Avid Technology for Windows and macOS, is a versatile digital audio workstation (DAW) primarily used for music creation, sound production, and editing. I use it primarily for crafting vocal exercises for the Dots Singing YouTube channel.

Video editing software, used to create YouTube videos. Another program I've had for many years.

My husband recommends Norton 360 antivirus software.

Cleans and helps speed up your PC by working to fix frustrating issues that can cause slowdowns or crashes.

To be added: TubeBuddy, Canva, Wix Power, HookPad, Other songwriting, Podcasts, Teachvoice.com, Coursera, Evernote

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