Recording Tips for Singer-Songwriters

Songwriting is somewhat of a dark art. Every successful songwriter will continually work to hone their craft, develop new tricks, and look at their process from a different angle. There is no silver bullet when it comes to creating a great song; each person will have their own technique and what works for them may not […]

Recording Audio from a Computer

It wasn’t that long ago – maybe 15 or 20 years at most –when a quality studio incorporating all of the technologies that have revolutionized recorded music over the decades would have cost tens of thousands of dollars. But now, anyone can produce a good quality recording on a simple home computer with a few […]

Six Keys to Better Audio for Home Recording and Podcasting

The Foo Fighters first album. Stand-up Mark Maron’s twice-weekly WTF podcast. What they have in common is technology that makes it possible for artists to launch their careers by creating professional recordings in a bedroom, basement, garage or hotel room. They did it and so can you. Whether your sights are set on going platinum or reaching […]

Choosing and Using Specialty Mics on a Budget

When you’re just starting out, there’s plenty of room in your mic locker. You may have a couple of SM58®s or SM57s because you know from seeing shows that they’re industry standard workhorses for vocals and instruments. But, you may not know how to choose more specialized microphones, or even that you can afford them. The good […]

Five Techniques for Stereo Miking Drums

A single pair of multipattern condenser microphones can provide at least five distinct overhead drum miking choices with surprisingly different sonic characteristics. To demonstrate these different sounds, we recorded a drum kit with a pair of KSM44A overhead microphones five different ways. The drums, the room, the preamps, cables, and composition remained the same. The […]

Recording with the X2u XLR-to-USB Adapter

With the growing popularity of home studio recording, there is an increasing need to interface professional microphones with computers. Responding to market demand, Shure introduced the X2u XLR-to-USB adapter in response to growing market demand. Most of you know about interfacing a professional wired microphone with a computer sound card. This time we will talk […]

9 Tips for Buying Rap Beats Online

Nowadays, the popularity of buying rap instrumentals online is on the rise. As a matter of fact, it has been bringing artists and producers together from all parts of the world. If you are looking for some tips to buy rap beats online, read this article. 1. Music Licenses First of all, you should know […]

Common Techniques for Stereo Miking

In this post we discuss common techniques for stereo miking. Spaced pairs, X-Y pairs, and mid-side arrangements are reviewed along with audio samples and illustrations showing setup. Why stereo miking? Two reasons come to mind right away: positioning and ambience. Stereophonic sound more closely matches the sound we hear with our own two ears because […]

How to Build A Home Recording Studio

Want to build your own home recording studio, but aren’t sure how to get started? From considering acoustics to choosing the right gear, we’ve got everything you need to know. Recording at home used to be a largely modest affair, with eight-tracks, small mixing consoles and maybe a few racks of effects. But these days, […]

Using a Professional Microphone with a Laptop

Do you want to use a professional microphone with your laptop, but aren’t exactly sure how to do it? These days, there are plenty of great USB mics offering high-quality audio and plug-and-play convenience for computer recording. But they’re not always the solution for everyone. Perhaps you already have a traditional microphone you’d like to use with […]