Establishing Your House Of Worship Audio


This FREE workshop is an essential training workshop for all House of Worship sound engineers. During this workshop, you will learn more about professional Church Sound system design & operation.

Presented by Nick Fourie from “BOSE South Africa”

Where: Paul Bothner Music Plumstead
Shop G7 Richmond Center
Main Road,
Plumstead, Cape Town
When: 3 June 2017
Time: 11:00am till 12:00pm

What to expect:

During this workshop, Nic aims to teach you how to design and establish a professional level sound system for your church. He will talk specifically about:

Designing a professional sound system: Assessing the building and requirements
Choosing the right equipment for the right job
How to build a software model of you church
System Installation, Operating and Maintenance

For more FREE Ministry Month Workshops, [Click Here]

More about Nic

As a previous employee of Paul Bothner Music, we have come to know Nic as a true professional.

With over 15 years in the sound industry both locally and abroad, Nic has learnt to master his craft. With a passion for sound coupled with his love for worship, makes Nic the perfect person to lead this workshop for Ministry month.

Having worked with some of South Africa’s top musicians as well as churches ranging from a 50 seater to a 5000 seater including training and working with worship teams, rest assured Nic will be able to provide an answer to any of your sound concerns.

Nic also runs a PA rental company [Clear Sound].

Keys to Effective Music Worship


Join Timothy Feder and a few of his friends as they look at the finer details regarding the Keys to Effective Music Worship.

Where: Paul Bothner Music N1 City

Shop 71, N1 Value Centre
Cape Town
Exit 15 off N1 Freeway; c/o of Solly Schmidt and Vasco Boulevard Goodwood

GPS: -33.8917439 +18.555506
Tel: +27 (0)21 595-2444
When: 3 June 2017
Time: 10:00

What to expect

During the course of this FREE workshop, Tim will give you the keys to getting the most out of your worship band. This is aimed at worship leaders and band leaders alike. All members of the church band are however encouraged to join in. You will learn more about:

Writing effective worship songs
Producing effective worship songs
Arranging effective worship music

So, in a nutshell, you will learn everything you need from song conceptualization to release in one sitting.

More more FREE Ministry Month workshops, [click here]

More About Timothy Feder

Tim Feder is the Director of Sounds of the Nations South Africa. He is an artist, producer, studio engineer and songwriter. Tim runs the Sounds of the Nations Studio, which has released the works of many local gospel and worship artists.

Tim was selected to be a delegate at Mix With the Masters in 2014 where he trained under Jimmy Douglass (Engineer for Pharrell Williams, Timberland, Justin Timberlake & Alecia Keys) Tim was worship pastor at His People Christian Church for 8 years before going full time with Sounds of the Nations.

Tim will be joined by Ernie Smith (Jazz Guitarist & Award Winning Recording Artist) & Josh Klinkenberg (Jesus Culture Artist from New Zealand).

Be sure to follow Tim on [Facebook]

Fender Mustang GT Wi-Fi Amp


Fender Mustang GT Wi-Fi Amp

How can a modern legend like the Mustang digital amplifiers be improved? Simple— do it again, bigger and better!

The Fender Mustang has become a modern legend amongst guitarists. The tones and easy of use of the Mustang has made it a staple in many rigs around the world.

So, how does one make a great amp better?

Fender has been crafting gear for over 70 years now. They took that experience and created new and improved amp models and effects. In addition, they made sure that none of the amp’s power was lost.

And there’s more! The Fender Mustang GT amps are the world’s first guitar amps to come equipped with Wi-Fi. But, what does that mean for you?

Fender Tone App

To make sure that you can easily control the amp and effects models, Fender has developed their Tone App. an app designed exclusively for the Fender Mustang GT series.

The app makes it easy for you to download the latest updates, access Fender artist-created Presets, and connect directly with a community of other creative players and music makers like yourself.

Fender Mustang GT Digital Amp Models and Effects

“Packed with 21 classic amp models—everything from the renowned ’59 Bassman to modern metal—and 47 different
effects, the Mustang GT digital amps can easily recreate classic tones or create brand-new, never-before-heard sounds.”

Additionally, Fender has developed new high fidelity algorithms with a more realistic response. This means that you will be able to move effects anywhere in the signal chain, allowing you more variety for sonic exploration.

The Mustang GT and its speakers reproduce every part of your performance or Bluetooth wireless audio stream with precision.
Adding convenient, one-finger control to the Mustang GT’s power is the easy-to-use Fender Tone app. Not only can you
connect to the Fender Digital ecosystem for learning and sharing, you can easily upgrade the amp’s capabilities, adding
more power and Presets without patching a single cable or plugging in a soldering iron.

Amp Models Available

To ensure that you get the perfect amp for your needs, you can choose from three options.

The GT 40 is perfect for home and dorm use. It is small enough to be tucked away onto a bookshelf, while still retaining the tone you are looking for.

The GT 100 and 200 versions are perfect for the working musician. They are lightweight and powerful, and will make a perfect addition to any rig.

Win a Juno-DS61 with Roland


Would you like to win a ROLAND JUNO-DS61?

As part of the Roland National Keys Month, Roland is giving away a JUNO-D61. T enter, All you need to do is take a photo of your favourite Roland Keyboard, Piano or Synth and post it to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, tag Roland and use the hashtag #ROLANDKEYSRIGSSA

[Click Here] for the terms and conditions


Posted by Roland on Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Ernie Ball Limited Offer


We’re running a 2-week sales blast on Ernie Ball 80/20 Earthwood Acoustic Strings!

Does your acoustic guitar need some TLC and a restring? Then now is the perfect time! From 18 to 31 May, you can pick-up a set of Ernie Ball 80/20 Earthwood acoustic guitar strings for only R99 per pack! This means that you will save R30 per pack of strings.

The offer is only valid until 31 May 2017, so don’t delay.

Indispensable Riffs, Fills and Chops for Every Musician


Indispensable Riffs, Fills and Chops for Every Musicianntro riffs for the Keyboard, Guitar and Bass.

If you are looking for some chord charts, then check out our article on 4 Chord Songs That Changed the World.

Indispensable Riffs, Fills and Chops for Every Musician

There are a few songs that every musician learns at some point in their playing career. Songs like Smoke on the Water and Girl from Ipanema seem to make their way into the repertoire of every player.

This is because of the popularity and simplicity of the songs. They are iconic tracks that have become part of the lives of tens of thousands of people.

Most Loved Rock Solos

This week we’ll be taking a look at some of the most iconic solos to grace the world of Rock and Metal.

GUITAR – Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin is the grandfather of metal. Without the influence of Led Zeppelin, the world of music would be vastly different. In 1971 the band released their fourth studio album. Like the previous three albums, the fourth was untitled and simply called Led Zeppelin IV.

One of the bands most iconic songs came from this album; Stairway to Heaven. Now is the time to conquer this epic solo!

BASS – Anaesthesia – Cliff Burton (Metallica)

Having died at only 24, Cliff Burton was taken before his time. According to Rolling Stone Magazine poll, Cliff Burton was voted as the 9th greatest bassist of all time.

His playing style was solid yet technical. Any bass player who has spent time learning a Burton solo can attest to his brilliant writing style and technique. If you’ve never learnt one of his solos before, then jump straight into Anaesthesia.

KEYS/SYNTH – The Ytse Jam – Kevin Moore/Jordon Rudess (Dream Theater)

The name Ytse comes from the band’s original name, “Majesty” which was reversed and is pronounced YitSay.

When Dream Theater does an instrumental track, each member gets to go all out, and with Ytse jam, each of the band members gets a chance to shine! So, while the song was written while Kevin Moore was in the band, there are great versions where Jordon Rudess gets to demonstrate his chops. Since Jordon Rudess is the current keys player for Dream Theater, we have included one of his transcriptions for the Ytse Jam Solo.

DRUMS – YYZ – Neil Peart (Rush)

Rush has done what very few bands can do – they made a three-piece band sound huge.

The piece’s introduction played in a time signature of 5/4, repeatedly renders “Y-Y-Z” in Morse Code using various musical arrangements. In 1982 the song was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Instrumental Rock category.

Rhythmically speaking, this song is incredibly fun to play. Try out the drum solo, as transcribed by the Drum Ninja. Be sure to check out his page for a few more lessons and drum tracks.

Iconic Riffs

In this session, we will take a look at four Indispensable Iconic Riffs that shook the world!

GUITAR: Crazy Train – Ozzy

After Ozzy left Black Sabbath, everyone knew deep down inside that he would be back on the scene. In 1980 Ozzy released his debut solo album to the acclaim of the metal world. The first single on the album was none other than Crazy Train. The intro is a bit weird, but once the guitar riff kicks in, you can fully understand why Ozzy was the grandfather of metal.

The guitar riff was played by Randy Rhodes, and is one of the most iconic guitar riffs of all time. Going from the melodic and driving intro line to the heavy chords with the driving open strings made the riff incredibly heavy for the time.

BASS: Beat It – Michael Jackson

The album “Thriller” was released in 1982. Some of the songs from the album have gone onto become some of the most loved pop songs of all time. One of the songs that is most loved is Beat It. The bass line is full and pumping. From a technical perspective it is really easy to play. The intro riff can all be played in the same position.

This song perfectly demonstrates how easy an iconic riff can be. You don’t need to play fast, or all over the fret board. All you need is a good line with flawless groove. Easy right! While it might not be easy to write an easy to play iconic riff, it certainly is easy to learn one. If you download the bass tab you’ll be racking along in no time!

DRUMS: Come Together – The Beatles

An easy judge of the popularity of a song, is how many musicians have covered the song. Come Together has been covered by every pub band since the dawn of time. Ok, so maybe not since the dawn of time, but at the very least since the song came out.

While Ringo might not have the reputation of being the best drummer ever, he is a solid drummer who stays in the pocket. And if you can’t be technical, at least be tight! This song is easy for any drummer to start learning, and is a lot of fun to play. Just listen to it a few times and read the score as you listen to it. You’ll be rocking it in no time!

KEYS: Final Countdown – Europe

Musically speaking, when people now days think of Sweden they tend to think of some of the most brutal metal imaginable, or ABBA. Not many people think about the band Europe.

In 1986 Europe released a song which would go onto reach the number spot on music charts in 25 countries! That is a feat very few bands have ever achieved. The best thing about the song is that the band never even intended to release the song as a single. “The ironic thing, though, is that the song was actually written for the fans. It was over six minutes long and was never meant to be a hit or anything like that. It was meant to be an opening for the ‘live’ show.” – Joey Tempest, Europe’s Keyboard Player

Rocking Intros

In this session, we will take a look at three Indispensable Introductions.

GUITAR: Sweet Child o Mine – Guns N’ Roses

Sweet Child o Mine is arguably one of the most recognizable guitar riffs of all time. And believe it or not, this riff came to us by mistake. Slash was warming up before a band practice one day. He was playing a string skipping exercise with drummer Steve Adler.

The band fell in love with the riff and started writing the rest of the song around it. Slash said, “within an hour my guitar exercise had become something else”.

BASS: La Bamba – Various

You can’t help but tap your foot when La Bamba starts to play. It is a mixture of African and Spanish sty lings, and it instantly recognizable. The lyrics for the song often change, as musicians are known to improvise the lyrics.

The one thing that stays the same though, is that bass line. It continues throughout the song and is one of the reasons the song is so iconic.

KEYBOARDS/ORGAN: Light my Fire – The Doors

There are few organ players as famous as Ray Manzarek, the keys player from the Doors. Most of ‘Light My Fire’ was written by guitarist Robby Krieger, but it is Manzarek’s organ lick that really sets the tone. Once the organ starts playing, there is no doubt as to what song you are listening to.

This intro is apparently inspired by Bach’s Two- and Three-part Inventions.

Zildjian Cymbology Series ft. Jason Oosthuizen


Zildjian Cymbology Series ft. Jason Oosthuizen

Join Jason Oosthuizen as he explores his cymbal selection and playing technique in the creation of his signature cymbal sound.

You’ll also gain some unique insight into cymbals, their design, and construction; and how to get the most out of them. As a long time Zildjian artist, Jason will be focusing on the new S Family Cymbal range as well as some other favourites he uses to craft his signature sound.

Jason started playing drums at the age of 4 and has since become one of South Africa’s most explosive drummers. He’s played the drums for some of the top South African acts such as Van Coke Kartel, One Day Remains and The Black Cat Bones.

Known for his energetic drumming style and live performances, Jason hasalso worked alongside many other big names in the industry, such as Jack Parow, Fokofpolisiekar and Die Heuwels Fantasties. His latest project is the rock outfit, Lost&Found with Glen Hodgson (The Parlotones). Don’t miss out, this is a drummer who knows how to put on a show!

Be sure to follow the event on Facebook

Time: 11:00am
Date 20 May 2017


Contact: 021 674 4030 /

Laney AudioHub Multi-Input Amp


Laney AudioHub

One of the big issues that solo musicians have always faced is ease and simplicity. If you are a keyboard player and a singer, you would traditionally need a PA System and a keyboard amp. The Laney AudioHub range will make your life more simple!

Yes, having two amps can be a pain to carry by yourself. No, not all venues offer a PA system. Do you long for an easy solution?

If you do (who doesn’t like easy?), then the Laney AudioHub range is perfect for you. Not only will it reduce how much gear you need, but it will provide excellent sound!

Laney AudioHub Combo Amps

The Laney AudioHub amps are all multi-input, multi-channel amps. This means that you will be able to play an instrument while simultaneously using a microphone – through the same unit!

Now, you might be thinking, “Why not just use a PA system?”. And the answer to that is simple: Simplicity and Flexibility.

Simplicity and Flexibility

The Laney AudioHub has one simple motto: All Instruments Welcome! This means that is can handle your keyboard, guitar, bass, vocals or anything with a pickup.

This is an unrivalled level of flexibility for its price range.

The AH40 and AH80 are the smallest of the range and offers three independent input channels. The input options vary from XLR to Jack and Mini Jack connectors. This means that you can comfortably plug in your keyboard, iPod and Microphone for an all in one show.

You can control your entire mix and monitor feed from the stage. This level of control will ensure that you are never left at the mercy of a sound engineer again!

On the other side of the spectrum is the AH150 and the AH300! Both of which boasts an impressive five channels. The bigger amps in the range offer the same input options, and in additional also have an option for RCA.


All of the AudioHub amps offer a 5-band graphic EQ, which will allow you to tweak your sound as you need to. As an added bonus, all of the amps have the option to line out. So, if you are playing at a big venue, or you end up playing with another act, or joining a band, you can still use the same rig!

In Conclusion

The AudioHub range of multi-input amps is the perfect choice for any solo or duo act who is looking for simplicity at a great price.

Quay Four Battle


Quay Four Battle of the Bands 2017

It’s once again time for the annual Quay Four Battle of the Bands, powered by Paul Bothner Music!  Every Tuesday night until the end of August 2017, three bands per night will compete in a series of heats, to win a chance to compete in the finals! 

That’s right! Every Tuesday there will be three different bands playing at Quay Four for the chance to be crowned the 2017 winners. There is no Battle with a bigger prize pool. This means that you will get the opportunity to see some of the best bands compete. In addition, the venue has greats views and a fantastic ambiance.

So, if you’re looking for a great night out in the Mother City, then this mid-week event is perfect for you!

As of the 10th of May, there are still two floating spots open for bands who want to join!  These will fill up fast, so enter now if you want the chance to compete in the Quay Four Battle ! 

1. Download the entry form by clicking HERE!

2. Send your completed entry form, a band photo and song/mp3 to

3. Wait for their call!

More About the Quay Four Battle of the Bands

Every Tuesday night from 2 May 2017, bands will descend upon Quay Four at the Waterfront. Each band will battle it out to see who is crowned the 2017 champions!

This is definitely one of the “must attend” events for any cover band or restaurant band. The prize pool is one of the biggest in the country, so it’s no wonder that so many bands enter. Furthermore, the V&A Waterfront is a hub of tourist activity. So by playing at Quay Four you will have the potential to reach an international audience. This is a rare opportunity for most local bands.

And because of the level of interest, you can be assured of the quality of each band. So in addition to getting a great night out in the Mother City, you can enjoy some stellar music.

The battle is open to the public, with different bands battling every week. Each week will have a winning band, with the finals taking place on the 29th of August. So if you are looking for some great music at a great Waterfront restaurant, then be sure to book your table. Booking early would be in your best interest, as tables for the battle get booked up fairly fast.

Prizes Include:

R20 000 Cash
Playing Contract at Quay Four
Musical Gear

For more info check out the Quay 4 website


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Budds In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones


Budds In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

The in-ear Bluetooth market is booming! When Apple decided to get rid of their headphone jack, more and more people started looking at Bluetooth wireless options. Budds In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones are one of the companies exploring the wireless option.

The Budds by DJ Fresh is a great option for those who are looking to “Cut the Chord. Not the Performance”. They are lightweight, sweat proof and have a built-in microphone so you can make and receive calls. There is also a wired option for those who are looking for a decent replacement set of phone/tablet headphones.

Budds In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones Review

Connecting the Budds to a laptop or phone is a simple 3-step process. Turn the Bluetooth on your device on, set the Budds to pairing mode, then pair the two from your device. It’s simple enough that even the least technological minds can figure it out.

The sounds of the Budds is surprisingly good. I tested it with some Country, Jazz, Trance and Metal.

The bass tone is solid and driving. I was worried that the Budds might be a bit too bass heavy, but at no point was the bass overwhelming. While testing it with Trance the bass was solid and tight.

The sound isolation is remarkable. This is great because it means that you can listen to music at lower volumes and still hear the nuances of what you’re listening to. The Budds also feel great while wearing them. Once you fit the right size ear cups, you can easily forget that you’re wearing the Budds.

I also tested them while cycling. The controls are easy to use and didn’t distract me at all. To ensure my safety, I only cycled with one earpiece in. I surprised at how well the Budds stayed in. Even when bunnyhopping from the pavement the one earpiece stayed put. The sound was still pretty decent with just the one earpiece in.

Budds In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones Specs

Playtime: ~5hrs
Standby Time: ~10hrs
Recharge Time: ~1hr
Frequency Range: 18-20KHZ
Impedance: 320 OHM
Mic Frequency: 100HZ-10KHZ

Budds Wired

Budds also make a decent wired in-ear option. These are great for someone who’s looking to replace the in-ear headphones that came with their phones. The wired options also have a microphone, so they’re perfect for hands-free cell use.

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