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

An Introduction to Equalization - A free download from Audio Masterclass

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

An investigation of the pre-delay parameter of the Lexicon 480L reverb plug-in

Recording acoustic guitar in stereo - should you use spaced or coincident mics?

How to become a better singer

Recordings of acoustic guitar by Audio Masterclass students

What is production? Part 4: Mixing

How not to run a recording session!

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

How to record or amplify the melodica or any unfamiliar instrument

Recording a cymbal from different mic positions (with audio)

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

Three microphone preamps tested. (One of them is pretty bad!)

It's often thought that the selection of microphone preamplifier is crucial to getting a good recording. So here are three common preamps tested, WITH AUDIO!

Three microphone preamps tested. (One of them is pretty bad!)

It's often thought that the selection of microphone preamplifier is crucial to getting a good recording. So here are three common preamps tested, WITH AUDIO!

'Preamp anxiety'. So many people suffer from this that it is on the point of being listed as a medical condition. Do you have the right preamp, or is someone else having all the hit records because their preamp is better?

The debate could be endless, but a little audio might help shed some light. Here are four short audio clips (WAV format) of three preamps (there are two recordings of one of the preamps, with different settings) used on female speech. The microphone is a CAD GXL3000.

I'm not going to say anything at all about the sound quality of these clips, for now. I want to know what YOU hear. (You should download the files and listen on your studio monitors, not your computer speakers.)

Listen... enjoy... comment!

All will be revealed in Audio Masterclass next week.

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By David Mellor Thursday November 30, 2006
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