Recording

6 Pros Weigh in on Home Studio Gear, Software & Pitfalls

From basic recording gear advice to the right DAW, our experts tell you what you should and shouldn’t expect from a home setup.



USB Microphone Buying Guide

The features and specs that matter when shopping for a USB-friendly mic to record high-quality audio direct to your computer.



10 Recording Session Commandments

Observe these rules in the studio and you’ll probably emerge with a better- sounding record.



Three Essential Tips for Great Recorded Guitar Sound

Learn what it takes to capture everything you, your guitar and your amp are putting out. It’s not as tough or mysterious as you think.



Great Reasons to Video Your Practices, Performances and Recording Sessions

DIY video can help you smooth out performance wrinkles, catch musical mistakes and deliver footage to build your fanbase and fill seats at your next show.



Tech Tip: How to Set a Compressor for Voice and Instruments

The rundown on various compressor types and the best ways to use them to give your music professional punch



Tech Tip: Using Pitch Correction Software to Fix Vocals Without Using Pitch Correction Software to Fix Vocals

Producer Ronan Chris Murphy reveals how he gets better vocal intonation using software, but without applying it to finished tracks.



The Art of Sound: Veteran Producer, Mixer and Engineer Tom Size

With his mile-long roster of A-list artist credits and decades spent developing a studio tan, Tom talks about the factors that make for great sound in the studio and onstage.



Tech Tip: EQ Curves and Musical Style

Do certain styles of music have a "signature" EQ response? Check out the following curves, and decide for yourself.



Beyond the Gear: Emotions, Attitude and Influence in the Studio

Recording music is about more than the gear. Our panel of recording pros offer advice about the right attitude and expectations to bring to the studio.



How to Save on Studio Recording Costs while Getting the Sound You Want

Big budget or small—expert advice to help you get the most out of your recording studio time—and your music.



Tech Tip: Taming the Wild Bedroom

How to make the most of those challenging small recording studio spaces



Tech Tip: Tech Gear Roulette—Surviving Technological Change

Live by these seven rules if you want your budget to survive technological change



What Producers Do and Why You May Need One

Our panel of audio producers and mastering engineers explain how they work and weigh in on what they can do to help bring your musical vision to life.



Ronan Chris Murphy’s Tips for Creating a Great Demo with a Hand-Held Recorder

Expert advice on how to produce a low- to no-cost demo that’ll get your band gigs and social media attention



The Art of Sound: A Conversation with Producer Christoffer “Kid” Andersen

Photo: Rachel Kumar

Kid Andersen calls his studio Greaseland, and that offers a couple of clues about both him and his musical persuasions. Andersen revels in the greasy vibe of old-school Southern blues and soul music and possesses a rapid and wry sense of humor that he uses to good effect in keeping things playful during tracking sessions.



Tech Tip: Compressors Demystified

How to harness the power of compression to give your recordings the punch and sheen of a professional audio production



Tech Tip: Gigging with Mobile Devices: Make Those Backing Tracks Mono, Part 2

Why you want to mix your backing tracks in mono and how to do it right



Tech Tip: Recording Pro Dylan Dresdow on Tracking Acoustic and Electric Guitar

The Grammy award-winning engineer/producer unlocks the secrets to capturing acoustic and electric guitar sound that sits well in the mix



Recording Tech Tip: Capturing the Sound of Eight Tiny Reindeer

How to create the sounds of the season that evoke visions of Santa and his sleigh.



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