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

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

An Introduction to Equalization - A free download from Audio Masterclass

One simple step you must take to make sure your masters sound really great

Click removal at the start of a track

Is your audio interface fast enough?

A brief introduction to soundproofing

Setting microphone preamplifier gain to achieve both adequate headroom and a good signal-to-noise ratio

Three types of musician you'll prefer to work with in the studio, and one type that you won't

What basic equipment do you need to make professional recordings?

What is production? Part 1: A&R

The new Apple HomePod smart speaker - what difference will it make to your mixing and mastering?

Make an attention-getting lo-fi introduction for a track

Another amazing bargain keyboard instrument

What kind of keyboard instrument can you buy for £20? You would be amazed...

Oh dear, I've been watching daytime television again. But it's my job! I need to keep up with trends in background music. Honestly, I really do.

Some of the programmes are quite inventive. One such is Bargain Hunt, where two teams buy junk at boot sales and sell it on as antiques at auction. The winning team is the one that makes the most profit (or least loss). In the middle of the programme there is a section where presenter Tim Wonnacott goes off to visit some stately home or other and comment on a piece of furniture.

But in one episode, he found something rather different - an amazing keyboard instrument, that apparently cost the buyer less than £20! He goes on to dismantle it and explain exactly how it works.

I could go on to explain more, but why wait? Here's the video...

Wow. There's something rather amazing about reality isn't there? Oh well, back to my DAW and virtual instruments...

Want another? Here it is...

Useful links...

Bargain Hunt
Fenton House

By David Mellor Wednesday March 27, 2013
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