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Podcast Episode 8

How To Create a Home Recording Studio - Part 1

Show Notes

This is the first in a series of posts designed to walk you through how to create a computer-based home recording studio. The series will also show you how to get the best possible audio for the lowest possible cost.

Podcast Episode 7

My Interview With Mastering Engineer, Thaddeus Moore

Show Notes

This is the audio from my interview with Thaddeus Moore, the chief mastering engineer for Liquid Mastering (liquidmastering.com). 

Podcast Episode 6

Three Must-Know Tips For Getting Pro Audio From Your Home Recording Studio

Show Notes

It is possible to produce pro quality from a garden-variety computer as your home recording studio, and do it cheaply. Here is how. These tips will result in better audio no matter what kind of microphone you use.

Podcast Episode 5

Review of the Audio-Technica AT2035 Microphone

I did a review of the large diaphragm condenser mic called the AT2035, by Audio-Technica. To really step up the quality of your audio firmly into the professional zone, you need to have a large diaphragm condenser microphone (sometimes called an LDC mic), especially if you will be recording voices, both for music and for voice over purposes.

Audio-Technica is a respected manufacturer of good quality mics, and if you can only afford to spend less than $100 on one of these types of mics, you can grab their AT2020 for about $65 (really good price for a mic like this). But if you can afford to spring for the extra 85 dollars or so, I highly recommend going with the AT2035, costing $149. It is quieter, more sensitive, and gets better low-frequency response than the AT2020, plus it comes with a shock-mount and has switches for rolling off low frequencies (a high-pass filter at 80Hz) and lowering the output by 10dB with a pad switch.

Check out the post with the review of the AT2035, which also has some audio samples in a mini-shot-out with the Rode NT2-A

Podcast Episode 4

Using a Click Track For Recording Music

Keeping a song at the same tempo is not always easy. Sure, if you play live you're not listening to a click track, so it is possible for humans to do, clearly. But when you're recording a song, there are other issues, especially in this day of computer recording. 

For example, you may discover that there was a guitar buzz on one verse. It's easy to just copy the guitar part from an equivalent part of a different verse and just paste it over the buzzing guitar. Cutting, copying and pasting is one of the biggest advantages to digital/computer recording. But it only works if a song stays consistently to a beat and tempo. Otherwise the piece you copy may not be at the same tempo as the piece you want to replace. And that will just sound weird, and not in a good way. It won't match.

So I always recommend you record to a click track or use some other way to keep the song locked to the same tempo. The click track is definitely the easiest way to do the job. You just click the Metronome button (in Reaper software), or equivalent in other software, and a metronome will sound when you record or play the song. 

By the way, you set the tempo and time signature in the Project settings in Reaper (or equivalent in other software). However, lots of people find the click track annoying. So the alternate method is to turn the metronome off and create your own rhythm track using MIDI and a drum program plug-in.

Podcast Episode 3

Should You Use Compression In Audio Recording?

In this podcast, Ken talks about the age-old question of compression in audio recording. After explaining what compression really is and how it can be used...you can answer your own question. Do you want to even out the loudness of your audio? Then compression can help you. Do you want to raise the overall loudness of your audio without distorting? Compression can help you. Do you want to add some punch and ‘in-your-faceness” to a voice over? Compression can help. Just make sure you remember that it is really easy to overdo compression if you’re not careful.
See the post (with pics and links to other compression posts) on compression here.

Podcast Episode 2

Audio for Videos

In this podcast, Ken talks about the audio people put on their videos. The basic message? Stop ruining perfectly good videos by narrating crappy audio over the top of them! I see a LOT of sales videos on line and fully half of them have cool looking video and a voice narration that sounds like it was recorded in a kitchen or bathroom. Says "amateur" to me. How many other folks does it say that to? The irony is that excellent audio is easy and cheap, so there really is no reason for crappy audio. Maybe I'll make that my motto:). The post that goes along with this podcast episode is here - 

Podcast Episode 1

Intro to Home Brew Audio

In this podcast, you get to meet Dale Hensel and Ken Theriot, the two creators of Home Brew Audio. Ken schools Dale in the basics of recording and shows him how a $5 microphone can produce better audio than a $500 microphone and preamp, proving once again it's not the gear that makes for great audio but the know-how.
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