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An Introduction to Compression: Basic Compression - A free download from Audio Masterclass

An Introduction to Equalization - A free download from Audio Masterclass

Equipping Your Home Recording Studio - A free download from Audio Masterclass

How not to run a recording session!

Clipping and compressing a drum recording to achieve an exciting sound texture

Audio demonstrations of distortion produced by compressor plug-ins

What level of background noise is acceptable in a recording?

Setting the recording level control in GarageBand

Fixing a problem note with Auto-Tune

Can you hear the subtle effect of the knee control of the compressor? (With audio and video demonstrations)

New vs. old guitar strings: Part 3 - The case for conditioning your guitar strings

Q: Can I use a low-pass filter to remove noise from my recording?

Do you need more plug-ins? Or more skills?

Akai DPS12 Digital Personal Studio (part 5)

Despite a few problem areas the Akai DPS12 is still cute and I still want one.

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Despite a few problem areas the Akai DPS12 is still cute and I still want one. Having twelve tracks rather than the eight available in other units of this type opens up new horizons of recording, and the internal removable-media Jaz drive is a blessing. The performance of the digital mixer is excellent, particularly the EQ. Editing features are to the point and appropriate for a standalone disk recorder. What I would like to see in a software update for the DPS12 would be a proper buss structure with groups you can mix into in the normal way. The problem with occasional clicks at punch-in points also needs attention. Despite these points, I expect the DPS12 to be a great seller for Akai and anyone needing a compact portable studio for home or pro use should give this unit a good close look.

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By David Mellor Thursday January 1, 2004
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