Read the June 2016 issue online now!

Guitar Tracks

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.
Read More

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.
Read More

Choosing An Audio Interface

April 6, 2012
The interface you choose has to work with the software you will be using.
Read More

How to Build A Recording Rig, PT. 2

March 9, 2012
1. The Delta 44 interface from M-Audio features a PCI card that mounts inside a computer, and then connects to an external box with audio inputs and outputs. 2.
Read More

How to Build a Recording Rig, Pt. 1

February 10, 2012
The first step is to settle on the centerpiece for your rig and the “support” items that will surround it.
Read More

The Best Gear?

January 10, 2012
Owning gear isn’t the goal. The goal is to create music, and the equipment is simply what you need to reach that goal.
Read More

Noise Begone

December 20, 2011
These tools are amazing—they can take a track that seems way too noisy to ever use and turn it into a much cleaner, nearly noise-free, workable track.
Read More

Hush Up!

November 15, 2011
This month, let’s take a look at things we can do to reduce noise after it’s been recorded into our guitar tracks.
Read More

Silence is Golden

October 18, 2011
The electric guitar can be a noisy beast. I’m talking about the unwanted variety of noise that can accompany an electric guitar—buzz, hum, hiss, radio stations, and more—all picked up by the guitar’s pickups, its wiring, or something else in its signal chain.
Read More

Thickening Agents

September 20, 2011
It’s much easier to capture a fat-sounding track if you have a good, thick guitar tone coming out of your amplifier.
Read More

How to Be Armed and Ready in the Studio

August 16, 2011
Here are some tips for setting up your studio so you can quickly get into action.
Read More

Instant Capture

July 19, 2011
How many times have you come up with a great idea for a lick, riff, or song and said, “I’ve got to remember that,” but then promptly forgot it?
Read More

Happy Accidents

June 14, 2011
If you accidentally capture a track from a mic that was set up in the middle of nowhere, who cares?
Read More

The Secrets of Multi-Mic’ing

May 17, 2011
Mic’ing a speaker from the rear of an open-back cab can yield extra low-end booty. In this configuration, an AKG D 3500—a dynamic often used for kick drums—is positioned
Read More

Going The Distance: Using Both Close and Room Mics

April 19, 2011
The ideal mic''ing situation in many cases is to gain the control and isolation of a close-mic’d tone along with the depth, richness, and roomy natural vibe of a sound source mic’d at a bit of a distance.
Read More

Guitar Tracks: The Right Mic, Pt. 4

March 15, 2011
A modern take on classic ribbon-mic design, the Audio Engineering Associates R84 has a figure-8 polar pattern, which captures sound from both the front and rear of the capsule.
Read More

Guitar Tracks: The Right Mic, Pt. 3

February 15, 2011
Before you can make any sort of decision about which mic you might want to use, you need to have a firm grasp of two things: the type of mics you have in your collection, and how each of them sounds.
Read More

The Right Mic, Pt. 2

January 17, 2011
Let’s discuss a few other important microphone characteristics and how they affect the sound the mic captures.
Read More

The Right Mic, Part 1

December 21, 2010
Choosing the right microphone for capturing your guitar sound in the studio is an important part of crafting your recorded tone.
Read More

Eliminate Mic-Placement Guesswork with the "Shavering" Technique

November 16, 2010
Skip the guesswork with this mic placement trick
Read More