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Noise Gates in Home Recording Music

A noise gate is basically the opposite of the limiter. Rather than limiting how loud a note can get, the gate limits how soft a note can get. The gate filters out sound below the threshold while allowing [more…]

Getting Started Using Noise Gates in Home Recording

Noise gates can be extremely useful in getting rid of unwanted noise. The most common use for a gate is to eliminate bleeding from drum mics. For example, your snare drum might bleed into your tom-toms [more…]

Expanders Role in Home Recording

In music mixing, the expander is to the gate what a compressor is to a limiter — instead of reducing the volume of notes below the set threshold by a specified amount, the expander reduces them by a ratio [more…]

Using an Expander in Musical Mixing

Because the expander works much like a gate, you can use the same basic starting points. Choose the gate or expander based on the type of overall attenuation of the signal you want. For example, the expander [more…]

Reverb in Your Home Recordings

Reverb is undoubtedly the most commonly used effects processor. Reverb is a natural characteristic of any enclosed room and is the result of sound waves bouncing off the walls, floor, and ceiling. A small [more…]

Getting Started Using Reverb in your Home Recordings

Reverb is like garlic: The more you use, the less you can taste it. Just as the new chef puts garlic in everything (and lots of it), many budding sound engineers make the same mistake with reverb. Go easy [more…]

Introducing Delay Effects in Your Home Recordings

Along with reverb, delay is a natural part of sound that bounces around a room. When you speak (or sing or play) in a room, you often hear not only reverb but also a distinct echo. This echo may be short [more…]

Getting Started Using Delay Processors in Home Recording

Delay is used a lot in contemporary music, and many times you don’t hear it unless you listen carefully. Other times, it is prominent in the mix, like the snare drum in some styles of music such as house [more…]

Putting Your Music on a Music Host Site

An Internet music host site is a website that allows you to add your music to its list of available music downloads. Putting your MP3s on a host site can give you exposure that you wouldn’t otherwise be [more…]

Getting Started Using Chorusing

If reverb is like garlic, chorus is like cayenne pepper. You may get away with adding a little too much garlic in your food, but if you add too much cayenne, you run the risk of making your food inedible [more…]

Simulating Effects for Home Recording: Microphone

As its name suggests, the microphone simulator alters your signal to make it sound like it was recorded through a different microphone than the one you used [more…]

Demystifying Mastering Home Recordings

Mastering can turn your already-good music into a truly great CD. The mastering process of recording involves preparing your music for duplication. Several steps are involved in taking your songs from [more…]

Getting Ready to Master Your Home Recording

When mastering your music, you can save yourself a ton of time and energy if you keep a few things in mind during the mixing stage. When you’re wearing your Mixing Master hat, the following reminders can [more…]

Deciding Who Will Master Your Home Recording

Whether to master your music yourself or to hire a professional may be one of your toughest music-making decisions. If you master your music yourself, you can have complete control from start to finish [more…]

Hiring a Professional Mastering Engineer

If you decide to use a professional mastering engineer to work your home recording music, the following tips can help you choose one for your project: [more…]

Mastering Your Music Yourself

If you decide that you just have to do the mastering yourself, or at least you want to try it once before you decide to spend the money on a pro, following some guidelines can increase your chances of [more…]

Optimizing Dynamics in Mastering Your Home Recordings

The style of your music and the arrangements that you use determine how you optimize the dynamics of your music. For example, classical music has a much broader dynamic range than rock music, and the infamous [more…]

Perfecting Tonal Balance in Mastering Home Recordings

The tonal balance of a song is how the various frequencies of the music relate to one another. You’re not concerned with how each instrument sounds in the mix [more…]

Sequencing Your Home Recording Songs

Sequencing your songs consists of choosing the order of the songs on the CD as well as the amount of silence between each song. When you wrote and recorded your songs, you probably had an idea about the [more…]

Balancing Levels in Home Recording CD Production

For a truly professional-sounding CD, you want all your songs to be at nearly the same relative level so that your listeners don’t have to adjust the volume on their stereos from song to song. [more…]

Preparing for Home Recording CD Production

After you have all your songs optimized, balanced, and sequenced, it’s time for the final step. This last step involves saving your music in a format that enables you to duplicate the music. Generally, [more…]

Marketing Your Home Recordings Yourself

You don't have to be a marketing guru, to create a nice niche for yourself and your music. All it takes is a little imagination and a lot of hard work. In the following list, are a few ideas that have [more…]

Setting Up Your Own Music Website

No matter what else you do, you need to have your own website. A website is your calling card — a place where you can showcase yourself and your music. With your own site, you can provide a lot more information [more…]

Musician Friendly Web Hosting Services

Some hosting services make it easy to create a website for you or your band and allow you to offer downloads or streams of your music, CDs, and other merchandise. All the following sites are geared toward [more…]

Designing Your Musical Website

Your first step in getting a website up and running is designing it. When you design your website, keep the following points in mind: [more…]


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