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Recording Studio Cables: All You Need to Know

Wednesday - Jun 1, 2016 Studio Recording

"No, no!  Not the Cat-5, bring me the XLR.  No, that's the TRS to TS!  No, not the optical... Nevermind, I'll get it myself." It's easy to get frustrated and have zero tolerance for audio cable confusion, but that was all of us at one time or another.  You have to start at the beginning, […]

10 Compression Myths & Mistruths

Thursday - May 26, 2016 Mixing & Mastering

Most of us in the recording industry have a solid understanding of how compressors work.  We know how to tweak the settings to achieve our goals in a mix.  But even the most well-informed of us are hanging on to some misconceptions about the technical aspects of how these crazy machines function. Let's start with […]

What is a Studio Compressor? What Does It Do?

Wednesday - May 25, 2016 Studio Recording

An audio compressor is one of those pieces of gear that everyone tries to get by without for some odd reason.  Guitar players, for instance, feel they should be able to achieve the effect with their fingers.  Vocalists try to do the job of the compressor by moving closer and further away from the mic. […]

The Best Vocal Compressors for Studio-Quality Audio

Monday - May 23, 2016 Gear Reviews

Click here to jump straight to the reviews! A compressor is easily the most misunderstood (or not understood at all) piece of studio gear out there.  While each piece of gear in your signal chain has a cumulative effect on your overall quality, none gets you closer to what you hear on the radio, TV, […]

What is a Preamplifier? Why Do We Need Them?

Tuesday - May 17, 2016 Studio Recording

It goes like this:  If you're recording with a microphone then you need to use a preamplifier, no questions asked. It is 100% possible to record without one and you have the same percentage of a chance to get horrible results.  The reason I'm so adamant about this is that I recorded my first 30 songs […]

The Best Mic Preamp for Every Budget - Crystal Clarity for Vocals & Instruments!

Wednesday - May 11, 2016 Gear Reviews

Click here to jump straight to the reviews! "Yeah but it's got Class X Goober pre's in it!" Don't be a sucker for marketing.  These mixers, recording interfaces, and channel strips are offering you countless recording channels, several preamplifiers, a compressor, maybe an equalizer, and A/D and D/A converters for what... a couple hundred bucks […]