Why a Noise Gate is Used in Your Studio

How a noise gate works when the audio signal falls below the threshold level

A noise gate is a bit like an upside-down limiter. Instead of limiting signals that rise above a specified threshold, the gate mutes a signal as it falls below the threshold. The main purpose for using one of these devices is to eliminate background sounds or instrument leakages from other sources, when the instrument or vocal you […]

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Why and How You Use Studio Headphones

Studio headphones are an essential part of any home studio

A good pair of studio headphones are a must for any producer making music in their own home studio, especially when the studio is closely surrounded by other rooms and buildings. I’ve used my own pair of headphones on many occasions when I’ve needed to work into the early hours of the morning. Using a […]

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Why a DI Box is Used in the Studio

A DI box is used when you want to record an instrument, such as a guitar or a keyboard, without using a microphone to capture an amplifier’s output. The device allows you to connect one of these instruments directly into the mixing console in your studio, so it can then be recorded directly.   What […]

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What is a Music Sequencer?

A music sequencer can come in both hardware and software forms

A music sequencer is one of the most important pieces of equipment we use in our home studios. It’s where we record, edit, and process a lot of the electronic drum, bass, and synth parts created for our productions. There are lots of different types of these devices available, ranging from MIDI hardware devices through to […]

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What Music Studio Equipment do You Find in the Professional Studio?

View from the control room through to the live room

Music studio equipment found in commercial studios will be slightly different to the gear you’ll have in your own home studio. There will also be a change in the recording setups they use, and I’ll explore some of the reasons for you here.   Time and Money   Of course, two of the big reasons […]

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What is an Audio Compressor?

Graph showing the link between the threshold and the ratio settings on an audio compressor

Learning to use an audio compressor in today’s home studio is one of the most important steps you can take to improve your music productions. It was one of the very first things I learned about (alongside reverb). A vocal take, a drum performance, a guitar recording – any musical performance has a natural range […]

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What to Look For in Your Studio Monitors

A good pair of studio monitors can give you a true picture of your music

A good pair of studio monitors are one of the most important parts of your studio setup, and can have a huge effect on the quality and end result of your productions. I think that without decent monitors, you’ll never get a true and honest picture of the music you’re creating. Monitors are different compared […]

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What is the Best Audio Interface for Your Home Studio?

One of these devices could be the best audio interface for your home studio

Choosing the best audio interface for your home studio is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make when you’re bringing together your studio equipment. Your interface will be one of the central hubs in your studio – for recording and for mixing. You already know the fundamentals of what to look for in a great-quality interface. […]

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What an Audio Limiter Does in the Studio

Graph showing how much an audio limiter compresses the inputted sound

The audio limiter is a very similar tool to the audio compressor in that it reduces the dynamic range of a signal that passes through it. A compressor gradually reduces the signal level above a certain threshold, but a limiter completely prevents a signal from going over a specified setting – a limit that nothing […]

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Studio Tools Review – PreSonus AudioBox USB 2×2

The PreSonus AudioBox - a review of the popular audio interface

The PreSonus AudioBox USB 2×2 is one of the most popular audio interfaces out there when it comes to first setting up your home studio. If you’re eager to start making your own music and want to get things rolling quickly, then there aren’t many better options. The AudioBox is just like any other audio […]

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