Tag: Home Recording

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…

How to Mix Piano Pt. 2

Tracking a great piano recording is only half the battle. Once you get to the mixing process, working with piano in the context of your other instruments requires some special attention–thanks to the piano’s expansive range of tone and color. In our previous post we discussed some tips for adding EQ and compression to the acoustic piano recording in your mix. Here, we’ll talk about using reverb and panning.

How to Mix Piano Pt. 1

The piano is one of the most versatile and expansive instruments to record and mix. It offers a massive amount of possible tones and timbres to work with. Because of this, mixing for piano can be a challenge of its own–especially when there are multiple instruments in your mix. To help you produce the best possible mix, here are some tips for adding equalization and compression to the piano in your mix.

3 Tips for Producing an EP

Producing an EP can be one of the most challenging and rewarding projects for an independent artist. It can also be the stepping stone into professional music. Here are three tips that will help you achieve the sound and quality you desire, regardless of your budget.

Can Big Studios Survive?

One of Nashville’s most iconic recording spaces nearly closed down this past month, and it raises the question about the viability of big studios in the age of digital recording. Among the many obstacles studios face, here are three key challenges that are going to directly affect the business of big studios.

The Most Popular DAWs

According to a recent survey of Internet searches and social media conversations, the most popular DAW this past quarter wasn’t Pro Tools. It was FL Studio, the easy to use beat making software for PC. Here’s how other DAWs fared and what it could mean for the music production industry.

The 3-1 Rule for Mic Placement

Phase cancellation is one of the more overlooked troublemakers in audio production. Yet, dealing with phase cancellation is an important part of any good mixing and mastering process. One of the best ways is to head it off from the beginning by using the 3-1 rule of mic placement. By using this simple ratio, you can reduce the likelihood of phase cancelling.

How to Record Classical Guitar

The classical guitar is one of the most articulate and expressive instruments to record. As a result, it takes extra effort to record it well–capturing the nuanced details, bright tones, and deep resonance. Here are some tips for recording classical guitar that will help you capture the full breadth of the instruments range.