Tag: help

EQ and Compression: Bass Guitar

Bass guitar: tricks, tips and advice on getting the most out of equalization and compression. Home recording and DIY production is a tricky old business for the newly initiated. With each new software program, vst plugin, hardware and technique their comes a new challenge. As with the other instruments I’ve talked about on this site, […]

PC Problems – Vista SP1 update failure part 2 (fixed)

Previous Article If you subjected yourself to my previous article about service pack 1 failing to install then I have news for you. I fixed it, but I’m not saying it’s a definite fix. Here’s what I did. I got drastic. It took all weekend. Step 1 Backup up everything and did a factory reset […]

Tips for Recording Guitar – Commit That Sound

Recording electric guitar is probably the easiest thing to do. Just plug it into an £80 device and bob’s young uncle… Or is it? Much like anything on this site there is no right or wrong answer. My background and taste in music veers from well produced to dank muddy lo-fi. Guitar sound is down […]

Home Studio – Work Faster part 1

More speed cap’n! You could get yourself a galley slave drummer to bang out a beat to inspire you to create quicker or mebbe you should change the way you work… 1 =>o>>> Create a template – In Sonar I have a few templates that I work from. For example: “32 track Template” 8 Audio […]

Compression – Jargon Busting

Threshold -o-> Level at which the compressor starts to work. Example -16db is peak level = <= set level at -18db => everything above -18db will be compressed Ratio -o-> Amount of gain reduction to be applied to signal that exceeds threshold level – see above… Attack -o-> Measured usually in milliseconds or ms => […]

Using Staff view – Sonar

—->>>>Links to video guides at bottom of page To edit or write midi data we need to bring up the staff view screen. Hold the ‘ALT’ key and press ‘7’ You should now see this screen. Look at the interface at the top of the new screen. You can enter notes by highlighting the pencil […]

Setting up sound card in Sonar

Go to – ‘Options’ – ‘Audio’ Choose your preferred sound card from the drop down menu. Now we choose which kind of driver you need. If you are sure your sound card supports ‘ASIO’ then choose that option. If it doesn’t then try ‘WDM’ If you experience problems then choose ‘MME’ Make sure you click […]

Books On Recording

For the past few years I’ve been reading up on all aspects of recording,mixing and mastering. The following books cover all of the aspects of home recording, some are written from the view point of the musician working out side of pc recording. In my opinion the techniques can be brought over to the PC […]