Category: Recording

Digital recording is the process of converting your music performance into a digital audio file on a computer. This is done using an analog to digital (A/D) converter, often called an interface. Recording is the bread and butter of the music production process and there are practically unlimited ways as to how it can be done. From everything to mic placement techniques to new gear and how to use it, our aim is to give you practical tips you can use to make better recordings in your studio. Generally, recording audio can be broken down into two categories: analog and digital. While digital is by far the most popular and cost effective today, some producers prefer to still record using older analog formats, like tape. They do this because they feel it makes a warmer, fuller sound. There is some truth to that claim, but digital recording still sounds good and is also in a state of evolution as high fidelity audio systems have become more commercially appealing and affordable. We hope to cover both types of recording for you, but will talk about digital recording primarily because it’s more prolific.

Top 10 Recording Mistakes to Avoid

  1. Recording too Hot 2. Recording too Quietly 3. Recording with Phase Issues/Destructive interference 4. Using the Wrong Microphone Type 5. Using Subpar Sounding Samples 6. Recording at a Low Sampling Rate and/or Bit Depth 7. Tracking in an Improperly Sound-proofed room 8. Neglecting Proper Microphone Placement 9. Avoiding Recording with Processing or Outboard […]

Top 10 Free Audio Sample Websites

  10. FreeSound 9. MusicRader 8. SampleSwap 7. Hip-Hop Makers 6. Sample Focus 5. Bedroom Producers 4. Sound Packs 3. NASA Audio Collection 2. Cymatics 1. 99 Sounds Music samples have been a driving force in music since the 1970s.  With the popularization of digital processing and the accessibility of the sample via the internet, […]

Top 5 Free Synth Instrument Plugins

  5. Mono/Fury – Full Bucket Music 4. Cheese Machine 2 – 2getheraudio 3. Noisetar – NUSofting 2. Ragnarok – Full Bucket Music 1. Push – Sampleson A good sounding synth can be hard to come by.  Sometimes they have too particular of a sound that doesn’t exactly match the genre you’re creating. Sometimes they’re […]

Top 7 Free Drum Virtual Instrument Plugins

  7. Sub Analog Drums – Sampleson 6. Cassette 606, 808, 909 – BPB 5. RoyoToms – Alan Vista 4. MT Power DrumKit 2 – Manda Audio 3. Bazz Murda – DistoCore 2. GB DrumBox – Sample Science 1. Cymbalistic – Alan Vista Drums are the backbone of just about any conceivable song.  They set […]

Top 10 Monitor Controllers

  Shadow Hills Industries Equinox Summing Mixer and Monitor Controller SPL MC16 Mastering Monitor Controller Grace Design m908 Surround Monitor Controller Crane Song Avocet IIA Monitor Controller Coleman Audio M3PHMKIII – Monitor Controller SPL MTC Monitor & Talkback Controller Antelope Audio Satori Analog Monitoring and Summing System Dangerous Music MONITOR ST Burl Audio B26 Orca […]

Professional Recording in a Home Studio

  Quick Answer Creating a professional recording in a home studio comes down to setting up the room correctly, using the best introductory equipment, recording your signal to the proper level (at least -18dB), and recording your instruments in the correct order.  To start, ensure your room is sound-proofed. Professional Recording in a Home Studio […]

Take Your Samples to the Next Level

  Quick Answer You can improve the sound of your samples by adding specific processing to them, based on which type of sample you’re using and the effects they may already have on them.  Additionally, certain techniques such as midi-controlled samples and midi-effects can take your samples to a new level. Take Your Samples to […]

How to Process Vocals Like a Pro

  Processing vocals like a pro consists of performing equalization, compression, distortion, as well as adding temporal processing such as reverb and delay.  Processing vocal like a pro as incorporates properly recording and editing your vocal, so that further processing can be performed in an effective way. Vocal processing isn’t an easy feat – it […]

What is Stereo Imaging?

  Quick Answer Stereo Imaging is the manipulation of a signal within a 180-degree stereo field, for the purpose of creating a perception of locality within that field.  Stereo imaging is used during tracking, mixing, and mastering and is used to create a sense of space for the listener. Stereo Imaging in Detail Stereo imaging […]

Top 10 Affordable Studio Microphones

    Quick Answer 10. Audio-Technica ATM450 Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphone 9. Miktek PM10 8. Neumann TLM 102 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone 7. sE Electronics X1 A Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone 6. Shure 545SD Dynamic Instrument Microphone 5. Audio-Technica AT4050 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone 4. Lauten Audio LA-320 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone 3. Shure Beta 91A Condenser Boundary Microphone […]