Miking drums

Miking drums is a subject that seems to be surrounded by a lot of voodoo in the home recording studio. I know it was certainly something I had a lot of agony over for years. Truth be told, there are really no hard and fast rules when it comes to putting microphones on drums. The purpose of this article is to give some loose guidelines to help you develop your own drum miking techniques. I have also provided some sound clips so you can hear my discussed techniques in action. Show me how to get great drum sounds

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POD Patches – Guitar World (May 2008)

Here are some guitar tones I cooked up to go with the May issue of Guitar World. Every month I make some POD patches to go along with the transcriptions I play through while practicing. People always end up asking me for the POD settings so here they are. You can download the patches in Gearbox format to use with any compatible Line 6 product. You can also put the settings into any other amp and see how close you can get. This month I made Motorhead, Metallica and Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar tones. There are some sound clips here too if you want to see how close you think I got before downloading the patches. Give me the patches

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FREE model packs with TonePort UX8 OVER

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The Line 6 TonePort series are great audio interfaces. The TonePort UX8 is the flagship of the series. It has eight great mic preamps with phantom power, inputs for instruments, and the ability to put Line 6′s awesome amp modeling on your tracks. For a limited time Line 6 are offering you free model packs to expand the capability of your TonePort UX8. Show me how to get free model packs »

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POD X3 Dual tone demos

The tones from the Line 6 dual tone tour were curiously not included in the factory presets of POD X3. Eventually the creator of the guitar tones did make them available as a bundle. Working with bundles can be a bit cumbersome, especially before the dawn of Gearbox for POD X3. Now that we have Gearbox, it has become possible to access the tones individually. Here are the fabled spiritguitar presets from the dual tone demos. Give me the spiritguitar Gearbox presets

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FX Tips – Reverb: Reverse Reverb

Reverse reverb is an interesting technique that can give some extra power to well chosen song sections. In the days of reel-to-reel or cassette recording the effect was somewhat involved, requiring flipping the tape and careful calculation of which track you would record to in order to avoid overwriting another important track. In the days of the modern home recording studio we are a bit more spoiled with our computer powered DAW and software plugins. To illustrate this effect, I’ll show you how to apply it to make a simple 4/4 drum part sound much more dramatic. Show me the reverse trick

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POD X3 Live factory presets

Here are the Gearbox compatible preset files for the extra factory presets in POD X3. The zip file should extract to a number of folders, each matching the name of a preset folder of POD X3. The introduction of Gearbox software for POD X3 is a great help to the home recording studio. Adding Gearbox Plugin to your POD X3 gives you the full capability of the Gold Bundle with all the guitar, bass and vocal amp models. Give me the presets

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Mixing Library

Mixing is certainly a specialized craft but I believe in learning all I can about my craft. Much of my time is occupied by reading about mixing, talking about mixing, thinking about mixing, and actually mixing. This page is intended to serve as a resource for finding some interesting mixing related material to help you hone your own craft. Our home studio is our playground and there are many books available to help us learn the ropes. Show me some mixing books »

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High sample rates: Can you tell the difference? UPDATED!

In the spirit of my analogue vs. digital article, it is time for another Mythbusters style debunking session. Today we are going to explore the common misconception that higher sample rates equate to better sounding audio. There is no shortage of rhetoric by self-proclaimed internet experts that by simple matter of dropping a faster processor into a digital unit that you’ll get better sound. This, they claim, is due to having the horsepower to run at higher sample rates. These experts believe that higher sample rates will give better sound with no tweaking of the underlying algorithms. Is it true (and does it matter to the home recording studio owner)? I would like to know

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