Studio & Home Studio articles
- 04/29/18Getting started
Recording electric guitar - DI Joe - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 75
When you talk about electric guitar, it's inevitable to think about the instrument and an amp. To the point that when you mention "direct recording" to some guitar players, they cry "heresy!" and shun it as a sort of safety net for budding audio engineers. And yet, many legendary tracks include guitar parts recorded sending the guitar signal dir...
- 04/23/18Getting started
Recording electric guitar - Hardware - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 74
In this new installment I will suggest some mics and DIs to record electric guitar. By no means is this list meant to be an exhaustive one. As usual, I will stick to the standard solutions which have proved their worth through the years, so the least experienced among you know how you can go safe.
- 01/15/18Getting started
Talking mics - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 61
A series like this wouldn't be complete if it didn't have an article dedicated exclusively to the recording tool by excellence: the microphone. For a change, I'll start today with some theory and then go on to close with a practical example.
- 11/18/17Getting started
Top 8-inch active monitor speaker sets for 700€ - The best 8-inch powered monitor speakers for less than 700€ per pair
Sometimes you need a couple of big speakers, but can't necessarily afford them. Don't panic! There are some speakers with an 8-inch woofer that can manage the low end quite decently without setting you back more than 700€ (about $800). We haven't tested all of them, but you probably have had (or have) the chance to listen to most of them.
- 09/05/17Getting started
Buyer's guide to monitor speakers - Setting up your home studio – Part 6
So far we have focused on the room that will accommodate your home studio, its soundproofing and acoustics. The time has come to start thinking about everything that will go inside. Let's begin with the one thing you can't do without: a monitoring system.
- 01/11/17Getting started
Recording a hardware synth - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 17
This week we'll tackle a somewhat peculiar case: hardware synthesizers.
- 01/03/17Getting started
Tidy up! - The ultimate guide to audio recording - Part 16
I'll dedicate the first article of the year in this series to tidiness in your home studio. I know it seems a bit off-topic, but trust me it is much more important than it appears at first sight.
- 12/18/16Getting started
How to automate your mix - A guide to mixing music - Part 109
Up to now we've seen automation from a relatively theoretical point of view. That's all very nice, but the time has come to really take the plunge. And that's when the questions start to arise: how should you go about with it? Should you use a control surface or the mouse? In real time or not? That's what we are about to discover...
- 11/30/16Getting started
Acoustic treatment for a home studio - Setting Up Your Home Studio - Part 5
Having a soundproof home studio is very nice. But that's far from enough to make a room ideal to record and mix music. Enter acoustic treatment.
- 10/20/16Getting started
Introduction to automation - A guide to mixing music - Part 103
If you were to have the chance to look at the mix session of a commercial song you'd be more surprised by the sheer exuberance of automation lines than by the number of plug-ins used. However, most budding engineers have the unfortunate tendency to neglect this stage of the mixing process. Which is a real pity because, apart from being a preroga...