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An Introduction to Equalization - A free download from Audio Masterclass

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

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

Recordings of acoustic guitar by Audio Masterclass students

Why your new monitors should make your mix sound bad

A brief introduction to acoustic treatment

Demonstrating the Waves J37 analog tape emulation plug-in and comparison with a real tape recorder

Should you make decisions as you record, or keep your options open until later?

Do some microphones respond to EQ better than others?

How to find the best tempo (BPM) for your recording

Recording a cymbal from different mic positions (with audio)

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

What is production? Part 3: Recording

Should a home studio be like a pro studio?

Should a home recording studio mimic a professional studio, or is it better to have just a great home studio?

It seems that the professional and home studio markets are divergingonce again.

When home studios started in the 1980s, it was everyone's ambition tohave a studio that was as close as possible to being a pro studio. Thatmeant a large-scale mixing console and proper multitrack recorder.

OK, so the budgets were not as high and corners had to be cut, but theintention was there, and that is significant.

Now, the market abounds with soft synths, plug-ins, gadgets, weirdsoftwares and devices of all kinds. Amateur recording mags are full ofthem.

But oddly, the professional studio still stands on the foundation ofmixing console, multitrack and (these days) Pro Tools.

What this shows is that amateurs think that buying a new gadget willbring them success, professionals know that great songs, well recordedbring success.

"Great songs, well recorded, bring SUCCESS!"

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By David Mellor Monday December 26, 2005
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