3 Steps To Better Digital Music Listening

First off, let me state what this blog post is not. This post IS NOT a debate about digital versus analog. This is a post about how to take your digital music experience to a new level. And, if you’re like me, you don’t have the budget to catch the current resurgence in vinyl.

However, any one of these tips by themselves will make your listening experience that much more enjoyable.


I know, I know. I just said this isn’t a debate about digital versus analog. However, what a DAC will do is take your worst sounding MP3, other song file or streaming music service and convert it into something arguably more enjoyable. What it does for higher quality files (HiRes, FLAC, ALAC, AAC) is sublime.

My DAC of choice is the Audioquest Dragonfly (Mac/Windows). The size of a USB thumb drive, the Dragonfly is a pre-amp, headphone amp and DAC all-in-one. It bypasses your computer’s sound card and routes the signal from your media player directly into the DAC and into your headphones. It costs about $150.00 but it’s totally worth it.


You can be listening to a $20,000 stereo system and it will still sound awful if you’re listening through earbuds – or any set of Beats by Dre. Let’s be honest. Beats are for show and are annoyingly unbalanced.

I have two sets of headphones – mainly because I thought I lost one pair, bought another set and then found the originals. So for general use, travel, etc., I use Bose QC-15. Amazing noise-canceling capabilities. The cans I use at home for studio recording and kicking back are the NAD VISO HP50. I won’t bore you with the technical mumbo jumbo (because I don’t actually know any technical mumbo jumbo). But I’ll describe it like this: it’s like sitting in the middle of a band rehearsal in the most acoustically sweet spot in the room. This is the Youtube video review that sold me on the NADs. It’s full of technical mumbo jumbo.


It’s called VOX and it’s the shit. Sorry Android users, Mac only for now (desktop, iOS, watch) that I know about. Again, I’m not really sure what kind of audio wizardry is happening but the technology delivers an amazing listening experience – even if you’re just using crappy iPhone earbuds.

What sets VOX apart from the native iPhone Music app – or any other for that matter – is that it allows you to overcome one of iPhone’s failings that Android users do not face: it allows you to store and play high quality files on your iPhone.

Or, if you want to shell out $5/mo or $50/yr, you can sign up for their LOOP service – which allows you to upload your music collection to the cloud for easy streaming and download access. Yes, kinda like iTunes Match. However, the big difference from Match is that if you upload, for example, an ALAC file of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy The Silence” then you can download or stream an ALAC file. Match does not allow for this and will stream or allow you to download an AAC file (which isn’t bad – but it’s no lossless file).

Even though VOX is new and a little buggy, they’re great about responding to support issues and issuing app updates to fix bugs and other annoyances. Which is more than I can say for Dropbox. I emailed them about an issue and their response was – and I’m paraphrasing – “sorry, we can’t help you because we have too much going on right now.”

Hope these tips help! Let me know what you think in the comments.

Welcome to Gigmor Jams!

Welcome to Gigmor Jams!

I can’t tell you how excited we are to announce the launch of Gigmor Jams – an easy way to manage your jam sessions, rehearsals, workshops and auditions within the Gigmor platform.

This is the first step in creating a best-in-class set of band management tools that will help you take your career to the next level!

To start, we’re going to launch in beta in the Los Angeles market. During this 3-4 week period, we’re going to put Gigmor Jams through its paces and fine tune it based on member feedback so we can make sure everyone has a first class experience when we launch it nationally in the U.S. and Canada.

Since this is a new piece of functionality, I wanted to provide a quick “How To Create A Jam” for everyone’s easy reference. It really is super simple – whether you’re creating a Jam on your desktop/laptop or mobile device. It even comes with pictures!

FYI – we’re working on a mobile app so we totally appreciate your patience. It’s coming, we promise!

How To Create A Jam

Log into Gigmor – told you it was easy!
Click ‘Play’ on the Gigmor toolbar at the top.

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Select ‘Create a Jam.’

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Complete Your Host Profile.

  • The information will be auto-filled from your Gigmor profile but ​this is your chance to ​make sure your profile​ is complete and up to date. Make sure you’ve posted some music!

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Hit ‘Continue’ at the bottom of the page.

Jam Details

You’re halfway home. Once you’re done, hit ‘Next’ at the bottom.

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Fill out your ‘Location Details.’

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Add in some “Location Characteristics.” In other words, include the information that you feel is important for having a successful Jam. In my case, I’ll provide the PA, the guitar amp – there is parking at the rehearsal studio – and if you like to smoke whatever, I don’t care, but I have sensitive lungs so I prefer to jam without hacking up a lung.

Hit ‘Save’ at the bottom when you’re done.

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Boom – you’re done!

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Have fun and if you have any questions or comments, hit us up at jams@gigmor.com!

Create A Jam Now!

Jam on!

Team Gigmor


Is the CD Going Extinct?

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The Music Industry Sales Stats Since 1983-2013

The music industry has exploded in the digital space since 2001.  If you look at the data presented in the chart, the adaptation in music listening is going completely digital.  Ever since cars stopped making vehicles with cassette decks in them, there has been a trend to do the same with cd players.  Yes cars still have cd players.  Although there is an effort to include mp3 connections in vehicles, and the declining popularity in purchasing CD’s.  This begs the question, when will the CD no longer be made?

Check out each individual frame below.

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