1. Technology

Home Studio Basics - Getting Started From The Ground Up

As technology gets better and better and the price of quality equipment drops well into every musician's budget, the use of home studios is becoming more and more common -- and the quality on par with major recording studios. No matter what your goal -- recording your own music, or recording others for fun or profit -- setting up your home studio can be very easy and, most importantly, fun! Here's some tutorials to get you started on the right path.
  1. Recording Glossary (53)

All About Subharmonic Synthesis
For live sound engineers and studio engineers, subharmonic synthesis is one of the secrets of the audio engineering trade; chances are if you've listened to any pop music in the last few years, you've heard it used. In this article, you'll learn the basics of subharmonic synthesis, what it is, and how it's achieved.

Recording the Hammond B3
Recording and mixing the Hammond B3 organ is an easy skill to learn for new audio engineers, but there's a few tricks to getting it right. In this article, you'll learn the basics to micing a Leslie cabinet and how to mix the B3 to perfection.

Power Conditioning Basics
Managing your studio's electricity usage is the best way to make sure you're making recordings free of buzz, hum, and static. In this article, you'll learn the basics to powering your studio and conditioning your power, giving you better quality recordings every time.

Share Your Home Recording Studio With The World
Have you built your own home studio? Recording your own music at home? Show off your home studio! Here, you can upload photos and share tips and tricks you've learned about running your home studio. Whether it's Pro Tools HD in a large converted basement, or Logic Express in a laptop in your dorm room closet, feel free to share it with the world!

Record: Set Up Your Computer
If you're setting up a home studio, the first thing you'll need to do is get your computer ready to record. Check out this list of things you'll need to remember to do before starting to record to make your computer run the best!

Start Recording: Must-Have Accessories
If you're starting your own recording studio, chances are you've already picked out your interface, microphones, and cables. But what about the few must-have accessories you might have forgotten? In this article, you'll learn the five things that every studio must have -- and five things you'll be glad you bought!

Record: Dorm Room Recording
Are you a college student looking to record your music? Setting up a bedroom or dorm room studio doesn't have to be expensive, and making music on a college budget isn't hard! Check out this detailed guide to setting up a dorm room studio, complete with computer, microphone, and recording interface recommendations.

Set Up Your Studio...
Setting up your home studio space can be a hard task! In this article, we take a look at the basics of setting up a space in your home for use as a recording studio!

What is Unity Gain?
The term "unity gain" is used frequently in recording studios and live sound reinforcement -- and it's something all aspiring audio engineers should understand. In this article, you'll lern the basics of unity gain, and how it's applied to everyday audio.

Powering Your Studio
Starting a new home studio, or fixing an existing one? Getting clean and adequate power into your studio is a very important issue! In this article, you'll learn how to power your studio properly, and avoid buzz and radio interference on your recordings!

Just how fast is sound, anyway?
It's one of the most common questions in the sound world: how fast does sound travel? Finding out what the speed of sound is -- and why it can be faster or slower -- is the first step to learning about acoustics and audio! Check out this article for the full answer to the question "How fast is sound?"

What Are White & Pink Noise?
Have you ever heard of the terms "white noise" and "pink noise"? It's a very simple acoustic principle, and chances are, you hear both every day and don't know it. In this article, About.com's Joe Shambro walks you through a simple explanation of both pink white noise.

Dorm Room Recording
College student looking to record your music? Making music on a college budget isn't hard! Check out this detailed guide to setting up a dorm room studio, complete with computer, microphone, and recording interface recommendations!

Recording Studio Tips
Are you getting ready to enter the studio for the first time to record an album? Here's some tips to keep you on the right track, and make the most of your time in the studio!

Does Cable Quality Matter?
Audio cables are a hotly-debated topic -- and one that draws an immediate argument from all sides. Expensive cables are, well... expensive. How do they stack up to their generic competition? About.com's Joe Shambro explains why expensive cables might be a poor investment for your studio or a/v setup.

The Basics of Home Recording
Whether you're a musician looking to record yourself or an aspiring record producer, setting up your own home studio is easy! The About.com Home Recording Guide has all the information you need to quickly and easily begin recording music at home!

Select an Audio Recording Interface
Need help selecting the best audio interface for your home recording studio? This easy guide to finding the best bang for your buck will help you!

Ear Training & Test Tones
Looking for free ear training, to help you recognize frequency tones when needed? Looking for test tones to help calibrate your live sound or recording equipment? Free downloads of test tones from 20 Hz to 20 Khz!

Top 5 Plug-Ins for Pro Tools
Looking for the best plug-ins for Pro Tools 7? In this article, we'll take a look at our top five Pro Tools 7 plug-ins, offering the best bang for the buck.

Start Recording: Five Things Every Studio Needs
A list of five things that every home recording studio needs - all from experience!

Five Recording Tips To Live By
A collection of five home studio recording tips to live by.

Set Up Your Studio...
A guide to setting up a recording studio in your home. Topics covered include acoustics and the extremely important topic of keeping your neighbors happy!

Home Recording As A Business
A guide to using your home studio for profit. Topics include billing, advertising, and staying competitive with other studios.

Getting Started Quickly
A quick-start guide to starting your own home studio, geared towards the working musician.

Recording Channel Forums
A great resource for home recordists, the Recording Channel forums offer friendly discussion on the topic.

How To Wire an XLR Cable
XLR cables are an absolutely necessary piece to any recording studio or live sound system. They're also expensive -- and making your own can be way cheaper. In this article, you'll be guided through the steps of building your own XLR microphone cables for a fraction of the cost of buying one new.

How to Replace Audio in iMovie
Replacing an audio track in iMovie is one of the simplest things you can do in this powerful video editing suite. In this article, you'll learn the basics of audio replacement that you can use with any movie and any audio file, quickly and easily, without any special software.

Pirate Recording Studio Software, Read This...
Software piracy may seem like a good deal to a studio on a budget, but in reality, it's more trouble than it's worth. If you have your own recording studio, it may seem like a lot to have to budget for software, but it's necessary if you want to record to your computer! In this article, you'll learn the first steps of "going legal" with your...

What is subharmonic synthesis?
Subharmonic synthesis is one of the secrets of the audio engineering trade; chances are if you've listened to any pop music in the last few years, you've heard it used. In this article, you'll learn the basics of subharmonic synthesis, what it is, and how it's achieved.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.