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!

Microphone Basics: The Beginner's Guide Stuff You Need to Know

Updated: Studio Recording

Let me give you the low down. You can read some really in-depth information about microphones on the internet that's simply not reality based. You don't need to know how every piece of an engine works to be able to drive a car. Even seasoned recording studio engineers couldn't reel off a list of all […]

How to Soundproof a Room for Studio Quality Recordings

Updated: Studio Recording

With advances in technology driving the cost of music recording microphones, interfaces, and computers down, everyone is building their own home recording studios. Why not, right? Why pay $500 for a 5 hour time block in your local studio when you can buy a really nice mic for the same price?  Double that and you've […]

What's the Difference Between Mixing and Mastering?

Updated: Studio Recording

We've all heard the difference between an amateur recording captured in your buddy's garage and a professional recording tracked in a recording studio equipped with all of the best gear available.  But that only affects the clarity of the song in general. Those differences in recording environments and access to gear is like the difference […]

DIY Studio Desk Plans - Custom Fit For Your Needs

Updated: Studio Recording

What you'll discover as you browse the internet is that there's a whole ton of people who have built their own studio desks, but very few ever documented the process meticulously in terms of isometric engineering sketches or even your typical carpentry blueprints on a dirty napkin. This is the same conundrum we face in […]

How to Achieve Low Audio Latency While Recording

Updated: Studio Recording

Let's say you're an accomplished guitarist who has been playing live for nearly a decade, ripping improvised solos alongside your band mates in your city's most celebrated cover band. You realize you don't want to pretend to be a member of Talking Heads for the rest of your life, so you bring it up to […]

Gain Staging - Levels are Everything for High-Resolution Recordings

Updated: Studio Recording

It's hard to blame musicians for not having a perfect gain stage... Most have never even heard of this aspect of signal processing. Ignorance won't save you though.  It's either done right or you've compromised your ability to have the highest quality song at the end of the day. Your gain matters at every step, […]