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Learn How to Record

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned audio pro, there's always room to learn something new! From basic recording and microphone selection to advanced tips on mixing everything from drums to vocals, getting the basics down are the first steps to becoming a good sound engineer!

Whatever your needs or budget, getting great recording quality starts with understanding the basics. In these articles, you'll learn how to record, mix, and master your audio. Keep checking back, as new guides are added often!

How to Caluclate Samples into Milliseconds
One of the most common formulas used in a recording studio is the calculation of samples to milliseconds (or, milliseconds into samples). In this article,you'll learn how to calculate the interaction of samples and milliseconds.

Drum Recording: The Glyn Johns Method
Recording drums can be a lot easier than it looks! Using only four microphones, the Glyn Johns method of recording drums can be a rewarding and great-sounding technique if used on a well-tuned kit with a dynamic drummer.

Recording A Live Show
Recording a live concert can be the easiest way to get a high-quality demo -- or, if you're just a fan, making a recording can be a great way to bring home a souvenir. In this article, you'll learn the basics for live recording.

Recording Bass Guitar
A quick, easy to understand, free tutorial on recording bass guitar by both DI and microphone techniques. Also included is guides on compression, EQ, and mixing.

Recording Acoustic Guitar
A guide to recording acoustic guitar in the home studio. Topics include microphone selection, mic placement, and mixing tips.

Recording Electric Guitar
A guide to recording electric guitar, including microphone placement and tone adjustment to get the best sound possible!

Recording the Hammond B3 Organ - A Jazz & Rock Staple!
Everybody loves that gritty, dirty Hammond B3 sound. With this guide, you can get the best sound possible in any situation.

What's the best way to record a piano at home?
A quick tutorial on how to record a piano at home using only two microphones.

Record Drums - A Beginner's Guide
A tutorial on recording drums. Topics include microphone placement and selection, mixing, and fixing common problems.

Record The Perfect Kick Drum Sound
A tutorial aimed at the home recordist on obtaining the perfect kick drum sound while recording.

Re-Amping Guitar Tracks
Recording electric guitar is one of the most frequent parts of any production session, and re-amping has become a very popular way to achieve the...

What's your favorite recording?
Attention all audio engineers! When it comes to recording music, we've come a long way with our technology -- but there's still some classic recordings that people can't help but love, even though they're not as polished as today's hits. What's your favorite recording, and why? Come share your favorite, most inspiring recordings -- and we'll...

Top 5 Recording Tips To Live By
Recording studios have changed quite rapidly in the last few years. What used to be limited to large commercial operations can now be achieved in a bedroom or basement, with even the most modest of budgets. No matter what type of music you record, or how simple or complex your studio is, there are a few tips to keep in mind when you're...

What are VCAs, and how do I use them while mixing?
If you're a live sound engineer or mixing on analog in your studio, you've probably come across boards with VCAs -- Voltage Controlled Amplifiers. Mixing with VCAs is one of the easiest ways to manage multiple inputs. This free tutorial explains what VCAs are and how easy they are to use!

Getting that Vintage Vibe
Vintage and retro recording effects are really "in" -- and now that many people have small home studios that offer amazing digital quality, trying to get that "retro vibe" with analog simulation is getting very popular. One easy vintage effect is the "telephone" effect; About.com's Joe Shambro walks you through this very easily-achievable effect.

An Introduction to Garageband
Apple's Garageband is one of the most powerful music making tools available for home studios. It's cheap, works on most modern Macs, and allows you to do everything you need to record and mix your own music. In this Garageband Tutorial, About.com's Joe Shambro walks you through the basics of using this powerful (and affordable) music creation...

Getting that Vintage Vibe
Vintage and retro recording effects are really "in" -- and now that many people have small home studios that offer amazing digital quality, trying to get that "retro vibe" with analog simulation is getting very popular. One easy vintage effect is the "telephone" effect; About.com's Joe Shambro walks you through this very easily-achievable effect.

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