1. Tech Tips: Bit Depth and Sample Rates

    Tech Tips: Bit Depth and Sample Rates
    [caption id="attachment_2573" align="alignright" width="300"]tascamdp03sd-02 TASCAM DP-03SD 8 Channel Multi-Track Recorder @ $279.99[/caption] Today’s audio interfaces and music creation software can work with a good selection of bit depths and sampling rates so for those who are not familiar with how they work, it can be downright confusing selecting which to use in a recording. The key device used in digital recording is called an Analog to Digital Converter – or ADC. The ADC is responsible for taking the electrical voltage of an audio line and converting it to a digital number than can be understood by a computer. By capturing a snapshot of the voltage thousands of times per second, you can get a very good recreation of the original audio signal. Continue reading →
  2. Common DAW Reverb Settings Explained

    Check out our huge selection of recordingsoftware right here! And as always, we guarantee the lowest pricest around!  If you’re new to the art of recording music through a DAW program, it can be pretty tough trying to wrap your head around the multitude of settings and plugins that the world of recording software has granted us. From subtle EQ...
  3. Recording: Double Tracking Guitar

    Recording: Double Tracking Guitar
    [caption id="attachment_1314" align="alignright" width="300"]Mixer Double tracking is essentially exactly what it sounds like -- recording the same part twice and panning each out to opposite sides.[/caption] A normal complaint with many guitarists and home studio musicians trying to record that old six-string is that often times the guitar parts are just not as big as they’d hoped for. And what exactly is a big guitar sound anyway? Is it something so prominent that it stands out above the rest of the mix? Maybe it’s something that most people will hear as full? The way to achieve that big sound is by way of double tracking. Even if you’re not one of those people aiming for something “big,” double tracking in a studio setting is a widely used technique that has been around since pretty much the beginning of the professional recording studio. Producers working with traditional “big bands” or full orchestras would regularly double up on the horn section in order to give it a much more complete feel. Pop artists such as the Beatles used it time and time again on not just their instruments but their vocals as well.   Continue reading →
  4. EQ Frequency Range Tips

    EQ Frequency Range Tips
    [caption id="attachment_2136" align="alignright" width="300"]Frequency-green-figure-rhythm ProAudioLand has got you covered with a few tips on when and where to apply EQ![/caption] If you’re going to get into recording, you’re going to have to know your EQ – there’s just no way around it. Worse yet, there’s no real hard and fast rules when it comes to proper EQing. Much like writing music itself, EQing has to be felt out by ear to hear what sounds best along with a healthy dose of trial and error. It’s a game of observation and tweaking. But it’s not all bad; there are certainly a few general guidelines that will send you towards the right direction. So, if you don’t know your 50Hz from your 500, read on because ProAudioLand has got you covered with a few tips on when and where to apply EQ! Starting with the lowest common frequency, the 50Hz-60Hz range, this is where your bass gets that deep rumble. Need some thickness on that kick drum? Want a bass line that your audience will literally feel beneath their feet? It all resides in this range. Essentially, you’ll want to boost the 50Hz-60Hz range in order to thicken up deep bass and bass drum parts. Conversely, you also want to make sure that your vocals do not hit anywhere near this frequency as this is usually a sign of those unwanted microphone pops. Continue reading →
  5. Headphones VS Monitors in Recording

    SHURE SRH840 Which is the better tool while recording -- headphones or monitors? When it comes to home studio recording, there are certainly a few hard and fast rules that we can all agree on but just like with music creation, music production sometimes excels when these rules are thrown out the window in favor of more daring, creative...

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