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Home Recording Vacuum Tube Stuff

Vacuum-tube microphones, preamps, compressors, and equalizers and other home recording equipment have been around for decades. In fact, before solid-state [more…]

Home Recording Studio Types: MIDI-Intensive

Are you a one-man band? Do you prefer to program a home recording performance rather than to play it? If so, you may want to have a MIDI-intensive studio. The advantage of the MIDI studio is that one person [more…]

Home Recording Studio Types: Live

Thirty years ago, when a band wanted to record, the members all went into a studio together, set up their gear in one large room (with maybe a few dividers between them), and played as if they were at [more…]

Audio Connectors: 1/4-inch Mono/TS Analog Plug

The plug on a cord that you use for your guitar or synthesizer is an example of a mono 1/4-inch analog plug. The mono part of the name refers to the fact that you have only one channel through which to [more…]

Audio Connectors: 1/4-inch Stereo/TRS Analog Plug

A stereo/TRS (short for Tip/Ring/Sleeve) 1/4-inch plug looks like an analog stereo headphone plug. The tip is the end of the plug, the ring is the small middle section located between the two plastic dividers [more…]

Audio Connectors: XLR and RCA Analog Plugs

You’ve probably had a chance to see and use a variety of analog connectors. There are XLR and RCA analog plugs as well as the 1/4-inch. [more…]

Digital Connections for Home Recording

Digital audio equipment is a recent invention, and as such, no one standard has emerged. Because of this lack of standardization, a variety of digital connection methods are on the market, only a few [more…]

Home Studio Setups: Audio with Some MIDI

The most common home studio setup includes one or two MIDI devices connected to a digital recorder and one or two microphones plugged in to record vocals or an instrument. The following illustration shows [more…]

Home Studio Setups: MIDI-Intensive

The MIDI-intensive home studio setup has numerous MIDI devices hooked up to a mixer and a microphone occasionally plugged in to record vocals. The system shown in the illustration features a computer running [more…]

Home Studio Setups: Live Audio

If you intend to record a live band, you are likely to use this setup. The live audio setup requires more microphone connections and rarely has MIDI devices running into it. The diagram shows how you would [more…]

Home Recording Mixer Basics: Inputs

To move your audio signal around within your home recording sound mixer, first you need to get the signal into the system via inputs and then adjust the signal level. You perform these steps with the input [more…]

Home Recording Mixer Basics: Trim Control

The Trim control is a knob that’s used to adjust the level of the input signal as it enters the home recording sound mixer. You usually find the Trim control at the top of the front panel of your hardware [more…]

Home Recording Mixer Basics: Channel Strip

The set of controls for each sound mixer channel makes up what’s called the channel strip. The channel strip contains a lot of information, and the visual position of the various functions often doesn’t [more…]

Home Recording Sound Mixer Routing

After you have an instrument plugged into the mixer channel strip, you want to send that signal somewhere. This is referred to as routing or busing. (The place where the signal ends up is, conveniently [more…]

Home Recording Mixer Basics: Outputs

Most home recording sound mixers have a bunch of output jacks that are located on the back of the hardware, to the left. You often find output jacks for the master bus, headphones, and monitors. [more…]

Home Recording Basics: MIDI

MIDI is a protocol that musical instruments use to communicate with one another. They do this through a cabled connection and a language that allows each one to understand the other, regardless of the [more…]

Home Recording Studio Setup

After you decide on a space for your home recording system, the next steps involve setting up the system and preparing your space to work for you. Here are a fair measure of tips and tricks thrown in to [more…]

Optimizing Your Recording Room: Isolating Sound

When you start recording in your home, both you and your neighbors are probably concerned about the amount of sound that gets into and out of your room. Sound waves are nasty little buggers. They get through [more…]

Optimizing Your Recording Room: Controlling Sound

After you create a recording room that’s as isolated from the outside world as possible, you need to control or at least deal with the way sound acts within your room. [more…]

Optimizing Your Recording Room: Sound Control during Tracking

Tracking is what you’re doing when you’re recording. Imprecise sound control, too much or too little sound reflection results in a bad environment for tracking. [more…]

Sound Control during Home Recording Mixing

After you create a recording room that’s as isolated from the outside world as possible, you need to control your sound during mixing. The following information details the steps that can help you control [more…]

Home Recording Mixer Basics

For the home recordist, mixers come in several varieties: the analog desk, the digital mixer or computer control surface — with or without sliding faders and fader banks — and software mixers controlled [more…]

Home Recording Analog and Digital Mixers

Sound recording mixers come in a variety of types, two of these types are analog and digital. If you’ve ever been to a recording studio and watched a great recording engineer create a mix, you’ve probably [more…]

Home Recording Computer Control and Software Sound Mixers

Sound recording mixers come in a variety of types, two of these types are computer control and software sound mixers. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages for the home recordist. [more…]

Home Recording Mixer Basics: Channel Strip Signal Flow

One of the most important things to understand when recording is how the signal moves within your home recording system. This knowledge lets you make the most of your tracks and helps you tailor the sound [more…]


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