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By Joe Shambro

Updated Articles and Resources
  • What are VCAs, and how do I use them while mixing? Created: Friday, February 06, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    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 ma...
  • The MBox 2 Mini Created: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
    The Avid MBox 2 Mini is the cheapest, smallest, and most portable offering in the Avid line, but how does it stack up to the big boys? About.com's Joe Shambro reviews the MBox 2 Mini.
  • Westone ES49 Custom Musician's Earplugs Created: Sunday, November 11, 2007 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
    The Westone ES49 are custom-fit hearing protection designed with musicians and sound engineers in mind. They're more expensive than most earplugs, but how do they work and what benefit do they off...
  • Review: Propellerhead Balance & Reason Essentials Created: Saturday, December 31, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Looking for a small, compact recording interface with full-featured sound quality? The Propellerhead Balance -- packaged with Reason Essentials -- is an excellent choice for any project studio loo...
  • Preview: Pro Tools LE Version 8 Created: Saturday, October 04, 2008 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
    A full preview of the new features of Pro Tools LE 8, the newest and most advanced multitrack software available. Offering 48 tracks of audio along with full-strength processing, virtual instrumen...
  • Marshall MXL V67G Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone Created: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
    A full review of the Marshall MXL V67G Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone, a $99, value-priced microphone that packs a high-dollar punch -- perfect for vocals, drum overheads, and acoustic guitar...
  • Zoom H4 Portable Recorder Created: Sunday, December 31, 2006 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    With impressive sound quality and ultra-portable design, the Zoom H4 -- big brother to the H4N and H2 -- is a remarkable portable recorder. In this review, we take a look at the strengths and weak...
  • Samson Q1U Dynamic USB Microphone Created: Thursday, February 22, 2007 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    The Samson Q1U is the first professional-quality dynamic USB microphone, a fantastic value without sacrificing performance. Check out our review of this hand-held USB microphone, perfect for use w...
  • What is Auto-Tune? Created: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    Auto-tune is a very popular plug-in for both live performance and pitch correction, but it's also gotten notoriety as an effect used by most pop vocalists today. But how does Auto-tune work? Abou...
  • Home Recording As A Business Created: Monday, July 10, 2006 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    In today's world of quick-changing technology, it's never been a better time to start a home-based recording studio. Many people are starting home recording studios as businesses, too. In this ar...
  • Audio-Technica AT4022 Review Created: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    Audio-Technica has long been considered a top choice for working musicians and audio engineers, with high-quality products offered at reasonable prices. The brand new AT4022 continues this trend -...
  • Review: Ultimate Ears In-Ear Reference Monitors Created: Saturday, September 04, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    In collaboration with Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, Ultimate Ears has released the Ultimate Ears Custom In-Ear Reference Monitors, designed to carry on the legacy of the UE-10 reference monitor w...
  • Behringer ADA8000 Ultragain Pro-8 Created: Wednesday, May 09, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    A review (with audio clips) of the Behringer ADA8000, a value-priced, 8-channel microphone preamp with ADAT digital output. While it's feature-packed, does the low price (and Behringer's reputatio...
  • Review: Waves Eddie Kramer Tape, Tubes & Transistors Bundle Created: Saturday, December 31, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    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...
  • Re-Amping Guitar Tracks Created: Monday, September 20, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
    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 perfect sound. What's re-amping, and how's it done...
  • Five Great Mics Under $ 200 Created: Friday, June 30, 2006 Updated: Sunday, June 15, 2014
    Microphones are the most important part of your recording studio, but they can easily become the most expensive; the better the microphones, the better the sound you'll get! Check out our top five ...
  • Five Things Every Studio Needs Created: Friday, June 30, 2006 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
    If you're starting a home recording studio, you'll need to make sure you have all the right gear. In this article, veteran audio engineer Joe Shambro walks you through five essential items every st...
  • How Do You Convert Milliseconds to Samples? Created: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
    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, About.com's Joe Shambro teaches you how t...
  • Mixing Vocals in Pro Tools Created: Saturday, November 25, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    Recording and mixing vocals in Pro Tools isn't as hard as it looks! Check out our free tutorial on mixing vocals, complete with a downloadable session file for Pro Tools. You'll learn how to compre...
  • Review: Avid Mbox Mini Created: Saturday, December 31, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    Looking for an inexpensive, full-featured recording interface, compatible with Pro Tools? The Avid Mbox Mini is an excellent choice, featuring a world-class microphone preamp, great-sounding conve...
  • Getting that Vintage Vibe Created: Monday, December 11, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    The Telephone Effect gets it's name from how a noise -- typically a voice -- sounds over a lo-fi telephone connection." itemprop="description">> Friday, March 04, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    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 throu...
  • What is Unity Gain? Created: Thursday, July 09, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    The term. Home Recording.
  • Before You Record: Dorm Room Recording Created: Thursday, September 06, 2007 Updated: Sunday, June 08, 2014
    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 deta...
  • Samson CO1U & CO3U USB Condenser Microphones Created: Thursday, February 22, 2007 Updated: Friday, June 06, 2014
    Think USB microphones sound too easy to be true? Plug these condenser microphones into a USB port, open your sound recording software, and you're all set to go. But how do they stack up to their...
  • Recording Studio Power Management Created: Saturday, March 31, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    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...
  • How to Mix In-Ear Monitors Created: Saturday, March 31, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 02, 2014
    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...
  • Earplugs 101 Created: Saturday, March 31, 2012 Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014
    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 o...
  • What is Phantom Power? Created: Thursday, February 11, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
    Phantom Power is used commonly with condenser microphones, but is sometimes used to power DI boxes and effects pedals, too.
  • The Basics of Home Recording Created: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014
    Whether you're a musician looking to record yourself or an aspiring record producer, setting up your own home studio is easy -- and less expensive than you think. About.com's resident audio engine...
  • How To Select an Audio Recording Interface Created: Saturday, November 25, 2006 Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014
    Building a home studio is really easy, and relatively inexpensive - and you'll be able to record better quality for a lower price than ever before.
  • Top 5 Microphones at Any Price Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014
    For all sound engineers, finding the right microphone is a careful combination of budget and performance. But let's pretend you don't have a budget, and just want sonic perfection; which micropho...

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