Category: Recording Tips and Techniques

These are posts tagged as "Recording Tips and Techniques" to help you improve the quality of the audio you record from your home studio. We know that it is possible to record professional quality audio at home, using your computer, some inexpensive (and in some cases - free) software, and some equipment like microphones and audio interface units - all of which cost much less than you might think.

Home recording technology has become so advanced in the past few years, while simultaneously becoming more affordable. You can do things in a very affordable home studio today that I could only dream of doing when I first started.

June 21, 2018
What Is Audio Compression and Why Should I Care?

"Compression" is one of those many audio terms that you hear a lot but maybe don't truly understand. You wouldn't be alone. There are lots of ways to get confused. First of all, "audio compression" is different from "data compression," which refers to making a large file smaller (like turning wav audio file into an […]

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May 2, 2018
12 Essential Steps to Mixing Lead Vocals

Transform any raw vocal tracks into a polished performance. Check out these vocal mixing processes from beginning to end that will surely transform your vocal projects in performance worthy masterpieces.From editing to adding EQ all the way to compression. Step 1 Comping and Editing If you have to ask the first step in mixing vocals […]

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February 15, 2018
Ken Theriot Interviewed On AudioSkills Podcast

Scott Hawksworth runs a site called AudioSkills that is dedicated to helping folks record and produce music in their home studios. He also produces a podcast. His most recent guest on the podcast was none other than yours truly :-). I've been focusing a lot on helping folks get a professional sound from home studios […]

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December 2, 2017
Using An Audio Compressor For VoiceOver Jobs

Compression is one of the most misunderstood effects in audio recording. And though it is a very useful tool, you can easily harm your recordings with it if you're not careful. So you really should know what an audio compressor is, and what it does. What Does Compression Mean? In audio recording, "compression" means - […]

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July 1, 2017
Audio Normalization: What Is It And Should I Care?

If you've heard the term "audio normalization," or just anything like "you should normalize your audio?" you may well wonder "what the heck does that mean? Isn't my audio normal? Do I have abnormal audio?" And you would be right to wonder that. Because the term is not really very self-explanatory. So what else is […]

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June 2, 2017
Home Studio Recording: Creating Pro Audio In 2020

When folks hear the term "home studio" they often picture special rooms filled with expensive scary-looking equipment. But that is an outdated image. I'd like you to replace it with something else. From now on, when you think of a home studio, I'd like you to picture your computer. There should also be some kind […]

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June 1, 2017
Why You Should Not Use A Mixer In Your Home Recording Studio, Pt 1

Should you have a recording mixer as part of your home studio? I say no. I know, I know.  You experienced recording folks are going to say "why shouldn't I have a mixer as part of my home studio?"  Well as with most things, the idea of a recording mixer is one of those "it […]

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May 31, 2017
Home Recording Studio - Setting One Up On Your Computer - Part 1

Step by step series showing you how to set up a home recording recording studio in a spare bedroom using just a computer and affordable equipment.

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April 6, 2017
What Is A Side Chain In Audio Recording?

You may have heard of the term, "side chain" or "sidechain" in audio recording. As with so many things in the audio recording realm, the term sounds more complex than what it actually means. So what DOES "sidechain" mean already? Okay, let's start with a basic description of how an effect (think compression or EQ) […]

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