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 … Read more

What to Look For in Your Studio Monitors

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 … Read more

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. … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

The Different Types of Audio Connection Found in the Studio

XLR audio connection

Knowing the type of audio connection to use between all of your studio equipment can be tricky, as there are so many different types that are used for specific reasons. Choosing the right cable can be a minefield if you’re not sure what connections go where and why they’re being used. I’ve outlined the basic types below, … Read more

How to Use a Control Surface to Interact with Your Production

Behringer USB MIDI control surface

Using a control surface is the perfect way to interact with your software programs that you’re using to create and produce music. Having physical sliders, knobs, and buttons to push, or lights flashing in front of you, can help give you a better experience and a feeling of interaction during the process of making your … Read more

How a Synthesizer Works

A Minimoog from Moog Music

The synthesizer is now an essential part of today’s modern studio, and any aspiring music producer should understand how one works – it will open up a whole world of sound creation and manipulation that can transform your recordings and productions. It’s definitely one of my favorite instruments found in the studio. A synth (sometimes seen … Read more

How an Effects Unit or Plugin Can Enhance Your Productions

An effects unit can help to produce different and unique sounds

An effects unit is a great piece of equipment to use when you’re looking to create new sounds and add something exciting to your music productions. Software plugins do a similar job when used with a DAW program on a computer. A key area that will help you develop your own production sound is how you use your effects. … Read more