Tag: tips

Reaper – Useful Tip 1: Editing Shortcuts

A useful tip in using Reaper is to develope keyboard shortcuts to try and eliminate having to use the mouse. One shortcut I alter is the ‘Record’ shortcut. As its stands to record you have to either use the mouse and click record or use the shortcut ‘Ctrl + R’ With tasks like record it […]

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, […]

EQ and Compression Settings: Snare

The snare if done correctly can be part of your signature sound, if you take a listen to a lot of 80s hair rock you’ll hear a very definite style of snare. Using presets for your compression and eq can be a good starting point, but if you’re interested in learning to sculpt the sound, […]

Home Recording: In A Rut? Writers Block

Getting bogged down in your own self capitulating, self absorbed mire? Finding your inspiration and enthusiasm has sapped itself away into the very floorboards? Grab hold of something and shake yourself then. Writers block is not easily fixable, I’m not an expert but it is an ever decreasing circle. Procrastination is the friend of excuses […]

Songwriting and Composition primer

Before I launch into this I should explain that although I’m not an expert I do have a small amount of critical success with my own songwriting. Success in songwriting for me is not represented by how much a song makes in monetary returns or how many back slaps I get. Success for me is […]

Testing Enviroment

Recently I’ve been checking out mini amps and doing audio reviews. The following list is the equipment used when testing. Recording Equipment: Studio Projects – C1 Condenser Microphone t.bone SC-300 Session Master SCM 300 Condenser Microphone Trakstar Pen Condenser Microphone Joe Meek VC3 Compressor AKG N62E PhantomPower Unit Behringer Xenyx 1622FX Guitars Used: Fender 1990 […]

Getting Guitars Louder – Recording Tips

There is a trap that we all fall into when we first start recording – we try and get everything louder. Guitars are no exception. So what can we do to get them to sit in the mix better and have a feeling of greater loudness. Let’s look at compression on guitars. Using distortion or […]

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 […]