Studio Recording

Operating a recording studio can be a nightmare of the uninitiated. But don’t worry. All you need to know about using all of that complicated studio equipment can be found here, from cabling and signal chains, to mic positioning and acoustic treatment. Put this together with info from our other columns and you’ll have more clients and projects than you can handle!

Open Back vs Closed Back Headphones

Tuesday - Aug 30, 2016 Studio Recording

There's so much more to the story when it comes to choosing a set of headphones.  If you score even a higher tier of consumer level headphones then that's about all you'll need.  They'll have a 1/8th inch headphone jack and probably a 1/4 inch adaptor.  You can plug them into your smart phone or […]

Condenser vs Dynamic Mics: 10 Myths Busted!

Wednesday - Aug 24, 2016 Studio Recording

Some of these issues are flat out mythology and categorically false, while others are true in some applications and false in other scenarios. No wonder there's a lot of contradiction to be found on message boards and websites.  Couple that with people pretending to be more knowledgeable than they are and others simply parroting bad […]

What is a Headphone Amplifier? Do I Need One?

Friday - Aug 12, 2016 Studio Recording

Even once a person discovers headphone amps, they usually first encounter the snake oil audiophile type that are meant to misinform and syphon money out of your pocket, attempting to charge as much as $20,000 and more for some gear that can get the job done for $200 and even less at times. So what's […]

7 Studio Must-Haves for Comfort & Productivity

Friday - Jul 15, 2016 Studio Recording

As you continually visit the same room day in and day out and start accumulating years of your life spent in it, you begin to get hyper-sensitive.  Little things can become giant distractions.  Minor annoyances can cause you to flip out out of frustration. The big things can make you throw your hands up and […]

13 More Vocal Recording Tips

Tuesday - Jul 5, 2016 Studio Recording

The difference between solid production and perfect production all boils down to which recording engineer is willing to go the extra mile to take advantage of those last diminishing returns. Most of the time, the temptation is to grab your best mic that's probably already plugged in and on a mic stand, stick it in […]

Close Miking: Why, When, & How?

Monday - Jul 4, 2016 Studio Recording

Everyone has heard of this term.  It's so common that people who have zero clue what they're talking about will offer up the solution: "Just close mic it!" But what does this really mean?  Why was the technique developed?  What does it offer over other techniques such as distance miking?  How do we use it […]