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Recording Dojo: Microphone Polar Patterns 101

Recording Dojo: Microphone Polar Patterns 101

January 19, 2021
How cardioid, figure-eight, and omnidirectional microphones figure into your recording game plan.
Recording Dojo: How to Get Big Sounds from Little Amps

Recording Dojo: How to Get Big Sounds from Little Amps

January 3, 2021
You can get a surprising amount of tonal variety simply by getting creative with mic placement.
Recording Dojo: Get Fuzzy! Tips for Doubling Down on Dirt

Recording Dojo: Get Fuzzy! Tips for Doubling Down on Dirt

December 17, 2020
Things can get tricky when distortion pedals and DAWs meet. Here's how to show your stomps who’s boss.
Recording Dojo: What's a High-Pass Filter & How Should You Use It?

Recording Dojo: What's a High-Pass Filter & How Should You Use It?

November 20, 2020
Here's how to clean up low-end mud and add definition to mixes.
Recording Dojo: How to Capture the Best Delay Sound

Recording Dojo: How to Capture the Best Delay Sound

October 12, 2020
Both the type of delay you're using and whether your amp is equipped with an effects loop can have a huge impact on how good your echoes sound in the final mix.
Amp Too Damn Loud? Here Are 10 Attenuators That'll Save Your Bacon

Amp Too Damn Loud? Here Are 10 Attenuators That'll Save Your Bacon

October 9, 2020
Cop-call-deterring boxes from Weber, Two Notes, Bugera, Radial, Mesa/Boogie, and more.
Last Call: Push the Shiny Red Button

Last Call: Push the Shiny Red Button

October 4, 2020
Recording yourself could help unlock your best playing yet. Plus, it can help with that cabin fever.
Wait—You’re <i>Still</i> Not Recording?

Wait—You’re Still Not Recording?

September 25, 2020
It’s not just a pandemic fad. Matt Smith on why you’re losing out if you don’t take the plunge.
The Fine Art of Layering Guitars

The Fine Art of Layering Guitars

September 23, 2020
Matt Smith has a deep understanding of how to stack and mix guitars, and in this episode he explains both what to do and what to avoid when overdubbing.
Killing the Bass, Part 2

Killing the Bass, Part 2

September 18, 2020
Why you should take the time, money, and effort necessary to dress your studio space for success.
Recording Dojo: Why Guitarists Shouldn't Diss DIs

Recording Dojo: Why Guitarists Shouldn't Diss DIs

September 4, 2020
These inexpensive little boxes aren't just for bassists. Invest in one and it'll open your studio to a universe of tonal possibilities—and likely save you a lot of time and headaches.
10 Microphones Perfect for Your Favorite 6-String

10 Microphones Perfect for Your Favorite 6-String

August 31, 2020
Just like farm-to-table, your guitar, voice, and whatever else you’re cooking up needs a reliable delivery source.
Get ’Er Done: Jerry-Rig Your Own Iso Box

Get ’Er Done: Jerry-Rig Your Own Iso Box

August 30, 2020
Everyone’s suddenly hot for home recording, but if you’re on a budget you might have to resort to some guerilla tactics.
10 Recording Mistakes Guitarists Make (And How to Avoid Them)

10 Recording Mistakes Guitarists Make (And How to Avoid Them)

August 27, 2020
Bryan Clark, one of the top engineers/producers at Nashville's famed Blackbird Studio, walks you through common tracking pitfalls and shares his list of essential gear for budding home studios.
How to Get Hendrix Tone with Classic Fender Amps

How to Get Hendrix Tone with Classic Fender Amps

August 24, 2020
How to make a Bassman, Twin, or Super Reverb sound more Experienced.
Killing the Bass, Part 1

Killing the Bass, Part 1

August 14, 2020
Interpreting memories, wrangling frequencies, and exploring the importance of well-designed studio rooms.
Recording Dojo: Understanding Compression, Pt. 2

Recording Dojo: Understanding Compression, Pt. 2

July 31, 2020
Epic settings for industry-standard compressors.
Recording Dojo: Understanding Compression, Pt. 1

Recording Dojo: Understanding Compression, Pt. 1

June 8, 2020
Comprehending one of the studio's most important but mysterious tools—with metaphorical cocktails!
Tone Tips: Make Your Creative Space Rock

Tone Tips: Make Your Creative Space Rock

March 24, 2019
Easy steps and tips to help open your creative floodgate in a home-studio setting—and keep it open.
Clone Your Clean Amp Tones!

Clone Your Clean Amp Tones!

December 20, 2018
Discover how to create hyper-realistic models of your favorite combos and stacks using impulse-response technology.