Category Archives: Home Studio

All things home studio related

10 More Significant Mixing Lessons

A while ago I wrote a list of my ten most significant mixing lessons. These were definitely the biggest game-changing discoveries I made as I was beginning to learn how to mix and if you haven’t read that article already, I think you should have a look before reading this one.

Of course, there are a lot more than just ten important things you can learn about mixing. In this article I will give you ten more significant mixing lessons to help improve your game.  Continue reading

Five Great Dynamic Compression Tutorials

Dynamic compression is one of those concepts in audio that can be difficult to get your head around. I know it took me a long time to fully understand it. This is partially because of the many different types of compressors available, partially because of the terms used like ratio, threshold and make-up gain, and partially because it’s just a bit of a weird idea… making stuff quieter, to make it louder…? How does that work?

Well. Hopefully after watching these five informative videos on compression you’ll know exactly how compression works.

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DIY Music Blog #10 – Peak Plug-in?

It seems it’s DIY Music blog o’clock once more. Yes. Here we go. Today I’m writing about reaching ‘peak plug-in’, a term I made up recently, interviewing people who know much more about stuff than I do, the holiday season, and a bunch of other things. So please, do read on if that interests you…  Continue reading

Recording ‘Back to The Drawing Room’ – Interview with Aled Jenkins from Smokey Bastard

I’ve known the band Smokey Bastard for some time now, my old band shared a stage with them a few times, they played at my 30th Birthday party and I helped with their previous album artwork (my typography work even appears on one of their T-shirts). I have always admired their exceptional talent and musical abilities with just a mere hint of jealousy.

Now they have a brand new album out (which I’ve been listening to a lot and am loving the direction they’ve taken with it) so I took the opportunity to grill Aled Jenkins, who’s a member of the band but also a skilled sound engineer, about all the work that went into producing it.  Continue reading

Audio Mastering – Interview with Adam Matza

Adam Matza is the founder and owner of Magic Ears Mastering as well as being a talented musician and writer with a rich history in the art of sound. I recently took the opportunity to talk to him about his company and the subject of audio mastering in general. If mastering is something you’re interested in, then read on. Continue reading

Xmas Gifts for Home Studio Fanatics

Yes. It is nearly that time of year. CHRISTMAS PRESENT TIME!

If you’re anything like me, you may be quite specific about the things you would like. My wife appreciates this as it makes her Christmas shopping that much easier. This year I figured I’d share my list of things I’d quite like and maybe you or someone you know might like them too. Continue reading

Talking Acoustic Treatment – Interview with Ethan Winer

From running a professional acoustics business to playing Tchaikovsky on the electric guitar with a full orchestra, whilst writing numerous valuable articles and a book in between, Ethan Winer has a wealth of experience and insight into music and the science of audio acoustics.

I had the great privilege of being able to ask Ethan a few questions via email for the DIY Music site. If you’re interested in acoustic treatment for your home studio (or spare room!) then you may well find this very useful.  Continue reading

DIY Music Blog #6 – Home Studio Gear on a Budget and More

Hello to you, DIY Musos!

How are you? Good?

Good.

Well here’s a new blog post from me where I’ll tell you a little about what I’ve been up to recently, including writing new articles about building up a decent home studio on a budget, more on my adventures in acoustic treatment, a new track released and some other bits and bobs. Read on, if you care to. 🙂 Continue reading