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 […]

Free vs. Cheap vs. Expensive Plugins: Digital Compressors

  The right plugin is always difficult to find.  Regardless of whether you’re new to audio production or have been involved for some time, finding a great plugin you know, you’ll use for a while can be a challenge. That’s why we wanted to explore some options and see which digital compressor plugin was worth […]

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 11 Free Reverb Plugins

  11. Teufelsburg Reverb – Balance Audio Tools 10. Verberate Basic 2 – Acon Digital 9. Old Skool Verb – Voxengo 8. Panagement 2 – Auburn Sounds 7. MConvolutionEZ – Melda Audio 6. Schroeder – DiscoDSP 5. Harmonic Reverb – ChromaDSP 4. TAL Reverb 4 – Togu Audio Line 3. KR-Reverb FS – KResearch 2. […]

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 […]

What’s the Difference Between Distortion and Saturation?

  Quick Answer Saturation, when talking about audio, is a combination of compression and distortion which is created from overloading the physical components of an electrical system.  Distortion, when talking about audio, is the altering of the shape of a waveform which creates a different tonality from that of the original waveform. The Difference Between […]

Top 9 Free Saturation Plugins

  PreBOX – Analog Obsession TubeAmp – Voxengo TUBA – Analog Obsession IVGI – Klanghelm TubeDriver – Nick Crow Lab Tomato Preamp – Roxolder Crush – Sleepycat Audio STEQ – Analog Obsession Tape Cassette – Caelum Audio Saturation has become an increasingly popular form of processing – probably due to how clean digital processing sounds.  […]