Home Recording Basics: 1 – Getting set up

So, you want to record yourself, your band, or someone else at home. You have never recorded anything on a computer and are not sure where to start. The first thing you want to do is ignore everything complex and simply try to get used to the idea of recording on a computer. This article is for you and will walk you through the process of installing your home recording software all the way to recording your first few tracks. Help me get started»

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GREAT DEAL: Active direct box, OVER

This deal is over

Found a great deal on an active direct box. The unit is $10 off the normal price and is just over half the MSRP.

ART Phantom l Active Direct Box

ART Phantom l Active Direct Box price check

  • Connect your amp’s speaker output directly to a mixer input
  • Eliminate ground loops between a sound source and your mixer
  • Connect unbalanced sources to balanced XLR inputs on your mixer

This deal is listed as the retailer’s deal of the day so it will be expired by tomorrow.

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Mix Recipes: Bass EQ and Compression

The bass guitar is an important element of every contemporary mix even though it rarely plays a prominent role. Sometimes the bass is felt rather than heard while other mixes have the bass in a much more audible sonic space. Your home recording studio is well equipped to shape your bass tracks as long as you have a basic equalizer and compressor. Show me how

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Vocal mixing: silence is golden

There are a lot of little noises that can sneak in between phrases. These extra noises are not noticed while the vocalist is singing but you don’t want to hear bleed from headphones, rustling paper, or any other distractions in between. It is quite common in the home recording studio world to put a noise gate on vocal tracks to eliminate these types of problems. Tuning a noise gate to correct this can be a time consuming process which is prone to creating one or two unnatural sounding words here and there. I prefer a more natural sounding approach. Show me how to do it »

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POD Tips and Tricks: How do I duplicate an artist’s sound?

Trying to cop your favorite artist’s tone is not a byproduct of the age of amp modeling in which we live. People have been trying to nail tones off records for years. The prevalence of amp modeling has only made it easier. “How do I get _____’s guitar tone?” has got to be the most frequently asked question in the modeling community. I have made a serious hobby (including this website) out of copping the sounds from famous recordings. This article is covers my approach to answering that question. Read more »

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What is latency? (and why you don’t care)

Latency is a word you hear thrown around the digital audio world quite a bit. A lot of people use the word latency to mean a lot of different things, and often are not clear on what it does actually mean or how it will affect their home studio workflow. You will often hear salesmen or so called experts recommending this gear over that gear because you will get better latency. The truth of the matter is latency does not matter at all for the recording needs of nearly every home recording enthusiast. Most of you literally should not care about latency at all. Learn about latency»

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Connect your home studio using a small mixer

Your home studio is a place for you to exercise your creativity. Often this must be squeezed between going to work, taking out the garbage, getting the kids to bed on time, and sleeping once in a while. You don’t want to spend a lot of time wiring gear together no matter how little or how much time you have to spend in your home recording studio. Throw a computer based DAW into the mix and things get tougher. Fortunately you can make your life a lot easier and create a ready-to-record environment by adding a small mixer to your setup. How small? I’m going to outline three strategies for connecting your home studio through a mixer. Show me how to hook up my mixer»

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FREE Variax Workbench with Variax purchase, OVER

Deal is over! No new purchases will qualify.

Line 6 are giving away free Variax Workbench kits to purchasers of a qualifying Line 6 Variax guitar. Your purchase must be made between February 1 and March 31. You will have to fill out an online form, print it, and mail it along with your guitar’s UPC code. Show me more details»

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Gearbox Plugin Silver $99, OVER

The Musician’s Friend stupid deal of the day for today is the Line 6 GearBox Plug-In Silver Bundle. This is a VST and AU compatible plugin that gets you the sounds of Line 6 POD, Bass POD, and even a half dozen vocal preamps all within your DAW software of choice as a plugin effect. This software usually sells for $300 and they are selling it for the next 24 hours at a third the price. You can’t get it through the normal product link at Musician’s Friend. You have to use the Stupid Deal Of The Day link to get the special pricing.


Musician's Friend Stupid Deal of the Day

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POD Patches – Guitar World (March 2008)

Every month I try to write some cool POD patches to go along with my subscription to Guitar World. I authored these patches on my POD X3 Live but you can use them on any Line 6 device or any other modeler that has appropriate amp models. Boss GT-8, V-Amp, Digitech modelers, you name it, you can probably type these and and make them sound pretty cool. Give me the patches! »

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