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MIDI Studio Sound Generators: Drum Machine and Sound Module

The sound generator is the core of the MIDI home recording studio, two of the available sound gnerators are the drum machine and sound module. [more…]

MIDI Studio Sound Generators: Samplers

A sampler is a sound module that contains short audio samples of real instruments you can use in your home recordings. Most samplers come with sound libraries that contain hundreds of different types of [more…]

MIDI Studio Sound Generators: Soft-Synths

If you’ve chosen a computer-based system for your home studio, your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software enables you to produce great sounds by using soft-synth plug-ins. [more…]

MIDI Home Recording Studio Essentials

If you plan on establishing a MIDI home recording studio there are some essentials you will need to acquire, including controller, sequencer, and interface. [more…]

Microphone Overview: Construction Types

Whether a home recording microphone is a $10 cheapie that has a cord permanently attached to it or a $15,000 pro model with gold-plated fittings, all microphones convert sound waves to electrical impulses [more…]

Microphone Overview: Condenser Type

The condenser microphone is, without a doubt, the most popular style of microphone used in recording studios (home or commercial). Condenser mics are sensitive and accurate, but they can also be expensive [more…]

Microphone Overview: Boundary Type

A boundary microphone is essentially a small diaphragm condenser mic mounted in a housing that directs the diaphragm parallel to the surface onto which it’s mounted. You can see a diagram of a boundary [more…]

Ribbon Microphones for Home Recording

The diaphragm in a sound recording ribbon microphone is a thin, narrow piece of aluminum suspended between two magnets. Ribbon mics were popular from the 1930s through the 1960s but have, for the most [more…]

Microphone Polarity Patterns

As a home recordist considering microphone choices, remember sound quality is dependent not only on microphone construction but also on polarity pattern [more…]

Assessing Your Home Recording Microphone Needs

Buying microphones is, without a doubt, one of the most critical decisions that you make when setting up your home studio. Using the right microphone for the job can mean the difference between recording [more…]

Building Your Home Recording Studio Microphone Collection

You will likely build your home recording microphone collection over time rather than buying all your mics at once. This is the best way to buy mics, because it gives you time to develop an understanding [more…]

Home Recording Basic Microphone Setup

A basic microphone setup consists of a couple of dynamic microphones for drums, guitar amps, or other loud instruments and a decent large-diaphragm condenser microphone for vocals or other acoustic instruments [more…]

Home Recording Studio Microphone Extras

After you have your basic microphones, you can start to add a few more. If you intend to record your band, you need to at least microphone the drum set [more…]

Microphone Luxuries for Your Home Recording Studio

As your home recording microphone collection grows, you’ll probably start looking for a vocal microphone that works best for you. In this case, you may look at large-diaphragm tube condenser microphones [more…]

Partnering Microphones with Preamps: Solid-State

Solid-state preamps use transistors to boost the level of the microphone. These preamps can be designed to produce as clear and detailed a sound as possible [more…]

Microphones for Vacuum Tube Preamps

These preamps use vacuum tubes to process and amplify the microphone’s signal. This generally adds some coloration to the sound of your mic (how much and what kind of coloration depends on the particular [more…]

Hybrid Preamp Features

A hybrid preamp contains both solid-state and tube components to boost the microphone’s signal. Most of the inexpensive (under $1,000) “tube” preamps that you find in the marketplace are actually hybrids [more…]

Compressor Use in Home Recording

A compressor enables you to alter the dynamic range (that is, the difference between the softest and loudest sound) of an instrument in your home recording. Along with the microphone and preamp, the compressor [more…]

Analyzing Microphone Accessories

Along with your new microphones, you’re going to need a few accessories in your home recording equipment inventory. These include microphone cords, stands, and pop filters. [more…]

Daily Care for Your Microphones

After investing hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in microphones for your home recording studio, you probably want to know how to take care of them properly. A good microphone lasts a lifetime. Take [more…]

Home Recording Microphone Storage

Most professionals have mic lockers, where they can safely keep their mics when they’re not in use. Mic lockers come in several varieties. You can make a special locked box fitted with foam padding that [more…]

Great Source Sound for Your Home Recordings

The quality of your home recording relies heavily on two things: how your instruments sound and how well you get that sound into your computer without messing it up. The problem is that anyone can easily [more…]

Effective Use of Spot Microphones

Spot miking (also called close miking) involves placing your microphone within a couple of feet of the sound source. Home recordists use this technique most often because it adds little of the room [more…]

Frequently Used Sibelius Shortcuts

Sibelius is world's best-selling music creation software. When you're using Sibelius to compose, refine, or listen to your music, you soon realize that you use certain keystrokes more often than others [more…]

How to Connect Real Instruments to GarageBand on Your Mac

You can connect real instruments, such as electric keyboards and guitars to your Mac for use in GarageBand. Using real instruments with GarageBand produces not only better sound, but realistic practice [more…]

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