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

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Setting a noise gate for a bass guitar with amplifier noise

Is your audio interface fast enough?

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

The difference between minimum-phase and linear-phase EQ on transient signals such as snare drum

A brief introduction to acoustic treatment

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Introduction to the successful installation of recording studio equipment.

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Whenever I visit a top class pro studio, I always get a very comfortable and relaxed feeling as soon as I enter the control room. This is due to the fact that top studios recognise the importance of a neat equipment installation and well designed decor to the customer paying an hourly rate. Go into the average project studio, even some owned by top musicians, and you will find equipment stacked up like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and cables tangled together all over the place like a massive nest of serpents. Which do you think is more conducive to musical productivity? OK, I know some people work best among clutter, but I think such people are the exception rather than the rule. I know that I like my studio to be the equivalent of an artist’s blank canvas when I enter it on a morning. Everything is where it should be, it works properly without any setting up or messing about, and I can get as creative as I want and make as much mess as I like during my musically productive day. Then, even though I am naturally an untidy person, I tidy up my studio ready for the next session because I know that’s the way I can work best. I have a few ideas that I think you will find useful in making your own studio an efficient working environment.

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By David Mellor Tuesday February 1, 2000
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