August

Recording Tips

Addressing Home-Studio Hums

February 4, 2013
I’ve received a flurry of questions from readers lately, so for this month’s column, I thought I’d share my responses to a handful of them in hopes that we can
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How Should You Record?

January 9, 2013
When considering using a commercial studio versus a home studio, you have to weigh the benefits and costs.
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DAW Collaboration Roulette

December 10, 2012
Exchanging DAW files with collaborators can be a frustrating challenge
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Choosing Essential Plug-ins for your Studio

November 5, 2012
Convolution reverbs like Altiverb from Audio Ease create their effects by applying the characteristics of real rooms and halls to your signals. The V-EQ3 plug-in from Waves emulates the
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Studio Legends: Keith Olsen

November 5, 2012
Keith Olsen on recording countless chart-toppers from the 1970s, ''80s, and ''90s.
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Choosing the Right DAW for Your Studio

October 8, 2012
LEFT: Ableton’s Live is an excellent tool if your productions use extensive audio and MIDI loops. RIGHT: A relative newcomer to the DAW game, Studio One from PreSonus offers
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That Modern Country Sound

September 5, 2012
The guitar sound of modern country is 70 percent ’70s-style rock and 30 percent twang.
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More On Monitoring Sound In Your Studio

September 5, 2012
Let’s continue our discussion about what I consider to be the most critical component in a studio’s signal path for achieving great results: studio monitors.
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How to Choose Studio Monitors

August 10, 2012
Many musicians spend tons of time obsessing over microphones, mic preamps, and other gear, but then purchase whatever monitors present themselves without a second thought. Big mistake!
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Secrets of Signal Flow

July 9, 2012
Top: A peek inside a Dunlop DVP1 volume pedal reveals a 250k pot that’s well suited for passive pickups and preserving highend frequencies. Bottom: Wiring job in progress. A
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Panning Your Guitar in the Mix

July 9, 2012
Universal Audio’s EP-34 Tape Echo plug-in (based on the original Echoplex tape delay units) simulates a vintage tape delay and offers opportunities for creative panning. If you want your
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Choosing Between Internal and External Microphone Preamps

July 9, 2012
1. Even a super-inexpensive mic preamp like the $39 Behringer Tube Ultragain MIC100 can provide useful coloration in the studio. 2. A channel strip—like the Joemeek threeQ—offers a one-stop
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Recipes for Non-Guitar Sounds

June 8, 2012
Following are some tonal recipes to add to your sound cookbook.
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Choosing the Right Mics for your Studio

June 8, 2012
With hundreds and hundreds of different mics on the market—at all levels of the price-point spectrum—narrowing down your choices and picking the best ones for your studio can be a serious challenge.
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Delving Deeper into the Audio Interface

May 11, 2012
Let’s delve even deeper into I/O territory and also touch on some other features and extras that will help you narrow down your interface choices.
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Choosing An Audio Interface

April 6, 2012
The interface you choose has to work with the software you will be using.
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Tone Stacking With Two Amps

April 6, 2012
If you want to use two amps simultaneously, there are some things you need to know before you flip on those power switches.
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Roundup: 5 Hand-Held Multitrack Recorders Reviewed

March 20, 2012
We evaluate the features, audio quality, and design of five of the leading portable recorders to give you a leg up on tracking your guitars on the move.
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Roundup: 5 Multi-Track Digital Recorders Reviewed

March 20, 2012
In this roundup, we’ll look at the Korg and Olympus units, as well as the latest incarnations of two of the most popular devices in this category—Zoom’s feature-rich H4N and Boss’ smartly designed Micro BR, and home-recording pioneers Tascam''s classic-looking DP-004
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Studio Legends: Alan Parsons on "Dark Side of the Moon"

March 9, 2012
Alan Parsons on Pink Floyd''s Dark Side of the Moon.
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