Category: Studio Gear

In the world of recording that is constantly changing and evolving, it is important to stay up to date on the technology and gear that is available. Doing this will ensure that the music that you are creating and/or producing is keeping up with the competition and sounding its best. This section outlines optimal gear, instruments, software, and anything else that you as an artist or engineer will need to stay up to date in the music industry.

Top 7 Mastering Limiter Plugins

As mastering engineers, we have all heard people describe our job as “making it louder”. We adjust gain levels, we use compression, and we limit to achieve these results. To a listener, it is louder and reaching for the volume adjustment becomes less of a necessity. To us, it is a careful combination of tools […]

Top 10 Analog Mix Bus Compressors

Mix-bus compression has been used in countless recordings. We all like a punchy mix that sounds cohesive, and mix-bus compressors have achieved this for many engineers. Applying this technique to your own mixes can be challenging. There are tons of compressors available, but they are not all created equally. Here are some popular choices for […]

Tape Emulation

As audio engineers we live in a very exciting time. The capabilities and quality of the digital audio domain continue to expand and improve at unprecedented rates. High quality recordings are more affordable than ever to make. The commercial studio business is on the downfall, while home/project/mobile studio professionals and hobbyist are on the rise. […]

5 Great Ribbon Mics Pt. 2

To complete our list of five great ribbon mics, we’ll take a look at models from Shure, AEA and Audio-Technica and see how some manufacturers have updated the classic ribbon mic design and sound, while others have taken to reproducing the tones of their predecessors.

5 Great Ribbon Mics Pt. 1

Getting a killer mix and master starts with a great recording. Using the right mic plays a big role in getting that recording. Ribbon mics are great for their smooth tones and warm mid-range. Here are some top models worth investing in.

The Top 3 Portable Recorders

If you want to be able to create high-quality recordings without lugging around your laptop, interface, hard drive, and mics, prepare to be amazed at what any of these three portable digital recorders can do. For $200 or less, you can create studio-quality recordings with a device that pits in your pocket. Here are the top three digital recorders worth investing in.

The $5,000 Home Studio Pt. 2

Making the most of today’s music tools, one can build a viable recording studio for under $5,000. In our first post, we recommended a DAW, interface and hard drive. In this post, we’ll show you excellent options for monitors, room treatments, microphones and a MIDI controller that will cover more than your basic needs and still keep you on budget.

The $5,000 Home Studio Pt. 1

Every year, it’s becoming more and more affordable to build a professional-quality recording studio. Because of this, many artists are opting to record their music in their own homes rather than pay studio fees that can add up to the tens of thousands of dollars. We wanted to see what kind of studio could be built with $5,000 taking advantage of the latest technology. Here’s what we came up with…

The Easiest Way to Learn Music Theory

Whether you’re an amateur or expert producer, one of the most important disciplines is to study and learn from great music. There’s now an online tool that can streamline that process and quickly teach the music theory behind thousands of pieces of music, Hooktheory. Here’s how Hooktheory may completely upgrade your songwriting process.