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By Joe Shambro

Updated Articles and Resources
  • Before You Buy Studio Monitors Created: Friday, July 15, 2011 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    Studio speakers, or monitors as they're commonly called, are one of the most common purchases that you as an aspiring home recording engineer can make. Monitors are necessary for every studio, rega...
  • Windscreens vs Pop Filters Created: Thursday, February 25, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Windscreens or pop screens are useful when using microphones. Read about their differences and purposes from About.com’s Joe Shambro.
  • How To Digitally Distribute Your Album Created: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
    Selling your album on the iTunes Music Store is a lot easier than you might think. In this article, About.com's Joe Shambro walks you through how to sell your album on iTunes, eMusic, Napster, and...
  • Ear Training & Test Tones Created: Saturday, November 25, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
    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 fro...
  • Taping With The iPod? Created: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 Updated: Friday, November 08, 2013
    The iPod has amazing potential as a recording device! In this article, we take a look at using the Belkin TuneTalk Pro and the Apple iPod to build a great, inexpensive taping rig!
  • Share Your Home Recording Studio Created: Thursday, December 17, 2009 Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012
    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...
  • Share Your Home Recording Studio Created: Thursday, December 17, 2009 Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012
    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...
  • Nashville Flood Assitance for Studios and Musicians Created: Monday, May 10, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012
    The flooding in Nashville, TN has been devastating to the music community. Studios, live sound companies, and working musicians have all been hard hit. Here, you'll find a database of those willing...
  • Share Your Remote Recording Rig Created: Sunday, May 16, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012
    Are you a recording or taping enthusiast with a portable recording rig? Are you doing remote recording as a business (or a hobby)? Share your recording rig to help inspire others.
  • Share Your Remote Recording Rig Created: Sunday, May 16, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012
    Are you a recording or taping enthusiast with a portable recording rig? Are you doing remote recording as a business (or a hobby)? Share your recording rig to help inspire others.
  • What's your favorite recording? Created: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012
    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 ...
  • What's your favorite recording? Created: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012
    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...
  • Top 5 Sound & Recording Apps for the iPhone -- Top Reader-Selected Apps Created: Thursday, March 19, 2009 Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012
    If you're an avid iPhone user, you probably know the joy of downloading apps and expanding the iPhone's capabilities even further. In this article, you'll learn about the top 5 iPhone applications...
  • Review: Heil Sound PR 30 Large Diaphragm Dynamic Microphone Created: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 04, 2012
    The Heil PR30 is a very unique microphone; it represents a new way of thinking about dynamic microphone technology, backed by the experience of one of live sound's greatest innovators, Bob Heil. ...
  • Review: Heil Sound PR 40 Large Diaphragm Dynamic Microphone Created: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 04, 2012
    The Heil PR-40 is one of the first microphones I've tried in a long time that could quality for the title of
  • Audio Engineering Basics: Power Management & Power Conditioning Created: Saturday, March 31, 2012 Updated: Saturday, March 31, 2012
    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 c..
  • Live Sound: How to Mix In-Ear Monitors Created: Saturday, March 31, 2012 Updated: Saturday, March 31, 2012
    In-ear monitors aren't a novelty anymore; many artists are now transitioning to in-ear monitors, and that number keeps growing by the day. In this article, you'll learn the basics of mixing in-ea..
  • Recording & Mixing the Hammond B3 Created: Saturday, March 31, 2012 Updated: Saturday, March 31, 2012
    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 Lesl..
  • Understanding Earplugs: Hearing Protection for Musicians Created: Saturday, March 31, 2012 Updated: Saturday, March 31, 2012
    Of all the tools in your musician's arsenal, your ears are the most valuable (and irreplaceable). Keeping your ears in good shape is of utmost importance; in this article, you'll learn the basics..
  • Live Sound: How To Mix Monitors Created: Saturday, March 31, 2012 Updated: Saturday, March 31, 2012
    Mixing monitors is one of the most frustrating things for new live sound engineers to learn. In this article, you'll learn the basics of mixing monitors, from ringing out your EQ to making good in..
  • How is sound mixed at the GRAMMY Awards? | About.com Created: Friday, February 17, 2012 Updated: Friday, February 24, 2012
    The GRAMMY Awards Telecast is one of the most technically impressive achievements in the music industry today. Audio engineer Joe Shambro takes you behind the scenes of what it takes to achieve su..
  • How is sound mixed at the GRAMMY Awards? | About.com Created: Friday, February 17, 2012 Updated: Friday, February 17, 2012
    The GRAMMY Awards Telecast is one of the most technically impressive achievements in the music industry today. Audio engineer Joe Shambro takes you behind the scenes of what it takes to achieve su..
  • The 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards: Home Recording Created: Friday, January 20, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    Are you an audio engineer or music fan who found a great microphone, recording product, or self-made album last year? Nominate it for the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards in Home Recording! ..
  • Home Recording Glossary: Subharmonic Synthesis Created: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    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, yo..
  • Review: KAM Instruments C3 Large Diaphragm Microphone for Recording & Live Sound Created: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    The KAM C3 is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone that packs a powerful punch in a small package. Offering a crisp, airy sound without being harsh or brittle, the C3 works best as an instrument..
  • Review: KAM Instruments Atmosphere Condenser Microphone Created: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    The KAM Instruments Atmosphere condenser microphone is a fantastic microphone, priced at $159. The KAM Atmosphere shines on female vocals, live instruments, and ambient recording; packaged with m..
  • A Guide to Avid Pro Tools 10: New Features, Better Results Created: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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  • 2012 Readers' Choice Awards: Best Audio Interface Created: Friday, January 20, 2012 Updated: Friday, January 20, 2012
    Are you an audio engineer who found an awesome recording interface last year? Nominate it for the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards in Home Recording! Nominations last through February 15 with ..
  • 2012 Readers' Choice Awards: Best Microphone Created: Friday, January 20, 2012 Updated: Friday, January 20, 2012
    Are you an audio engineer who found a great microphone product last year? Nominate it for the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards in Home Recording! Nominations last through February 15 with winn..
  • 2012 Readers' Choice Awards: Best Self-Recorded Album Created: Friday, January 20, 2012 Updated: Friday, January 20, 2012
    Did your favorite band release an album they recorded themselves in the last year? Nominate them for the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Award for Best Self-Recorded Album. Nomination period ends Fe..
  • Review: Waves Eddie Kramer Tape, Tubes, & Transistors Plug-in Bundle Created: Saturday, December 31, 2011 Updated: Saturday, December 31, 2011
    In today's digital mixing world, it's often hard to replace that old analog characteristic that many classic recordings made famous. Now, thanks to Waves, it's possible: with the Eddie Kramer Tap..
  • Review: Waves OneKnob Plug-Ins Created: Saturday, December 31, 2011 Updated: Saturday, December 31, 2011
    A review of the full Waves OneKnob plug-in series, compatible with Logic and Pro Tools, offering superior-quality processing without the hassle of multiple parameters -- perfect for audio engineers..

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