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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Record Your Music

Recording Studio or Recording/Mixing/Sampling Software Recording is the process of capturing sounds through the use of microphones to be stored and heard later. Mixing is the process of taking all the different sounds you’ve recorded and blending them together to create a full song. You can either go to an established recording studio and hire […]

Improve Your Recordings and Mixes, on the Cheap

Some of the easiest ways to improve your recordings are also the cheapest. In fact, the most effective techniques require no money at all. Here’s a collection of tips you might find helpful the next time a pricey piece of gear stands between you and great recordings. HELP FROM OTHERS Have a friend perform: Home recording, […]

How To Add Instant Clarity To Your Mix

Do you have a muddy mix? Are you looking for that clarity and openness that your favorite mixes have? Turns out there’s one SUPER simple move you can make in your mixes that can INSTANTLY bring more clarity to your mix. And the good news? You already have the tools you need to pull this […]

What Sample Rate Should You Record And Mix At?

What is the best sample rate to record and mix your songs at? Is it 44.1k? 48k? 192k?!?! Which sounds better? Here’s another question: does sample rate even matter? I want to break these questions down for you once and for all in today’s video so you can make a smart decision and move on […]