studyingToday I’m taking a little break from the norm. I want to write just a little bit, and I want YOU to write a LOT.

Home Studio Corner is all about teaching you about recording and how to get better at it. What I want to know is how do you like to learn these things?

Do you prefer something in writing that you can read and really take in?

Do you prefer to watch a video of someone teaching you how to do something as they do it?

Do you prefer a more one-on-one consulting approach, where you can get in-depth training and all your questions answered?

Would you be willing to pay for training, if you knew it would help you make better recordings?

If you enjoy Home Studio Corner, I ask you this favor, please help me make it better by answering these questions. I really appreciate it!!

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  • Musictron

    Just Joined the site a day or two ago and I love it. But to answer your question I learn better with visual examples and one on one. I love the fact that you have dedicated this site to the home/bedroom producers and the fact that you use PT LE and not HD is a big PLUS. Doing this I think keeps it on a more common level. And yeah I will pay for something that could help me in the long run such as tips, tricks, mixing techniques.

  • I’m with Gabriel. happy to part with anything up to about $5 almost immediately. Some thinking happens above that. For example: I’ve also joined the audiotuts website where users pay a monthly fee of about $9 for exclusive content. Their site is doing well so you might have a gander and see how you can differentiate your own content. They have guests write their stuff, but you could specialise (ie. in a DAW or in “Matering Techniques” and keep thing more together thematically.

  • Gabriel

    Oh I forgot about payment options that I would be down for. I would pay for quality video lessons slightly more than I would pay for a book or reading material. Basically, anything like the 12 essentials for beginners PDF, I would pay anywhere from 1.99 to 3.99. For similar quality(great quality by the way) and length, I would pay 2.99 to 4 or 5.99.

    Some might think that this is a bit pricey for this great material but if you did, say, monthly episodes(compilations) for that cost(5.99) or even weekly episodes for an even lower cost but shorter in length as well. Just my advice on what an average consumer with passion for learning to record would buy.


  • Rogério Favilla

    Dear Joe,

    I think that both ways are great, thw writing is good when it´s done well, and you do write a very clean and understandable way. The videos are great as well, and I agree with Stu Miller about one being carefull to do not obliterate the sounds results with overblablabla.
    But your videos have been nice and quite balanced.

    Keep your great work,


  • Mike

    Hey Joe,
    I’ve always been a big fan of the video tutorial, I’d guess most people
    like to visually see the process.Of coarse any kind of hands on one on one instruction is great too. I’m lucky i’ve got friends that own commercial studios here in Nashville, so i’m always picking there brains. Your site is really cool, you got the best of a few different worlds, with video, text, and email questions. Great job!! Thanks

  • I learn best by video demonstrations hands down and I think that the ones that post are great.

    Dan Lueders
    Why Me? Studios
    44 Hummingbird Lane
    Streamwood, IL 60107

  • In this subject, I’m best with the hands-on approach (which is probably most compatible with watching videos to show me what’s going on), however, on another aspect, I like to read to learn terminology and logical ideas concerning whatever it is I am being trained on. Makes sense no?

  • bobby prayogo

    The best learning experience for me is to learn the big picture first, which best learnt through written words, chart ,diagram etc. For example your article on 12 home recording necessities. After I learn the bigger picture, then only I go to the details. I keep going back and forth from bigger picture and the details, each time having more clarity.

  • 1. I love learning watching videos.
    2. I also learn by practicing AND having fun. Usually reading is boring to me, yet books are the best source for quick references.
    3. I’m looking for someone to teach me Pro Tools in San Diego. I have not found one person yet that can assist me with this yet. In other words, I would pay for sure, but not 1000s like on any school out there. What a rip off!

  • Gabriel

    Yo Joe,

    Firstly, I want you to know that I think it’s great you are as dedicated as you are in your teachings. It helps beginners like myself and many others really know what they want, and how they want to do it.

    The best way I learn is through visual reference. I am just the type that can only read technical aspects for so long until I have to take a break. I would reccomend you make quick reference of some terms (such as A/D/A or flat frequency moniters for ex.) in you videos or written informatives (by using links on highlighted words).

    I am stoked to see your upcoming videos. Especially of your home studio. I also think it would cool to see a vid of how to set up a studio. That is something I just can’t find a good video on. As it is stated by many: The best way to learn recording is to jump right in…but for those of us who are less fortunate at the moment, video tutorials are the next best thing in my opinion.

  • David

    I am a visual learner. Though i appreciate the effort, whenever i see a multi-page technical document explaining something, it does nothing for me. Having a video playing while someone narrates it helps me tremendously.

  • David S

    i enjoy the video responses to questions. you seem to delve very deep and capture all the questions I may have about any one topic. your videos help me the most. i work best watching someone demonstrate.

  • BC Fortenberry

    I learn most effectively when working with people who know more than I do. With enough time you can figure almost anything out, but someone giving you the benefit of their experience streamlines the process.

    Every other method comes in a distant second for me.


    I like learning a combination of ways. Video is good. But sometimes valuable stuff can be lost on me with them depending on my attention span, Reading can be even more valuable because I can refer back to it and I’ve definitely learned a lot hands on. Although, some of that can be the bi-product of something that I’ve read or seen on video.

  • Hey,

    I prefer to learn things by doing. I read a lot, get the ideas from there, and just paint myself into a corner afterwards.

  • HI Joe,

    pretty new to your site- like it.
    videos are great (look forward to checking them out), articles too, and taking questions is great too.
    if i had a really tough challenge and you could solve it with me by a phone call, that would be of value, and i think most would be willing to pay a small fee for that.
    cheers, d.w.

  • Gale

    My favorite way to learn is by watching a video. I seem to catch on so much faster with video training.
    Writings are OK but with so much to talk about in the recording world I think the blogs can get a bit long.
    Your site is awesome and one of my favorite places to get info from.

  • John Tenney

    Hi Joe–

    I’d say I’m with printed stuff first and foremost, and then video. One problem I see with YouTube-quality video is that the resolution isn’t good enough, and since the devil’s often in the details on complex interfaces, wellll… One-on-one would be great, as would hands-on training, but since I’m not a pro at this, I’d be reluctant to spend the shekels. Anyway, I wish much luck for your excellent new site here!


  • Wayne

    I like the videos as they are very informative on how to do things. I do like written references that at times I can refer back to. I do that now as I discover tricks to do and I want to remember them. I really don’t want to pay someone as if I did I would have to go back to work. That would interfere with fishing and boating. That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it. I think you need to keep up the great work. I am looking forward to seeing a video of your home studio. A tour of mine would take less than 10 seconds. Wayne .

  • Stu Miller


    My preference for learning is a combination of reading the material and hands-on application (to make sure I can do what needs to be done…and to make sure I understood what I read).

    I find I don’t learn all that much from CDs/DVDs because most of them (that I’ve seen) create more questions than they answer – and where do you then go to get those questions answered? And I rarely ever see A/B comparisons with CDs/DVDs. To be able to listen to A/B comparisons – and be told what it is I’m supposed to be listening for – is one reason why I would spend $$$ for private lessons – as long as the person doing the teaching can teach what s/he knows.

    I recently watched a DVD of a so-called ‘master sound engineer’ discussing how he routinely gets ‘great sound’. He spent a little bit of time discussing how he applies EQ and compression…all the while talking while he made the adjustments, making it impossible to hear the effects of the EQ and compression, etc. The end result? I learned nothing; except maybe that the effects were subtle…too subtle for me to hear with the guy talking the whole time!

    There was no A/B comparison with compression On/Off and EQ On/Off, for me to hear the difference, etc. Fortunately I downloaded the lesson for little money (to sample first). It saved me a bundle. Had I purchased that lesson I would have wasted too much money.

    Home recording is very interesting and very gratifying but there is a boat load to learn and I’m finding it next to impossible to find ‘good quality’ (as advertised) learning material; which is making it somewhat frustrating at the same time. But I remain optimistic…


  • Joe… I’m really enjoying your site!

    I went to college for recording (never graduated though), been in a band signed to a small label, recorded in CA and TN, put out two albums, etc… that was in the early to mid 90’s.

    Now I’m in a blues band, just cutting a demo so we can put together a web site (I’m a web developer by profession) and a press packet. So I’d consider myself a hobbyist when it comes to recording. I do enjoy it though.

    I personally like reading. It’s fast and I can skip to the main points faster than watching a video. Videos are great for A/B stuff… but a whole tutorial becomes tiring. I just want to get the take-away and get on with it.

    I totally dug the tutorial on parallel processing. Love it and use it a bit on my drums.

    Paying for training? I’m a cheap skate and feel I’m pretty good at mining data and 90% of what you need to know is on the Net somewhere, but put it into practice is another. But with my background, I just need some primers and and I’m off running. I love to experiment and learn by trial and error.

    Now if there was a good book, or eBook that was worth it… yeah, I’d probably snarf it up.

    Keep up the great work!

  • I love watching videos but find I can’t watch the video and then easily apply the knowledge. I can go through a 10 step PDF document and tick off each step as I do it. One page PDFs that I can print off in black and white would be great on my music stand. I might pay a dollar for each printable tute and I’m likely to pay something like $25 for a bundle of 50 printable tutes. Basically I’m into micro payments, but if I feel I’m getting a good deal on a bundle, I’ll go for it.

  • Julian

    When learning something new I tend to be a doer — so I prefer watching someone with expertise perform a task, then I attempt to drive it home by attempting the same task. Rinse/repeat until I’m confident in the newly-acquired skill. This method allows me to figure out the best questions to ask as well, if I need to (and I usually do!). So I think I prefer a hybrid of one-on-one and videos I think.
    I have learned a LOT by reading as well but the videos, for me, were the clinching thing that this site has that few-to-no others have. I was able to finally connect a LOT of dots, that I didn’t before, just by watching the videos and hearing you put the lessons into context (e.g. why you’d need to know X, in order to accomplish Y). If you sample the hobbyist “how-to” videos out there, they are missing that context, not to mention many leave basic steps out. Your videos cover all the basics and context, which is why they stand apart from anything else out there. I hope you can keep them up!

    Also, I would definitely pay for training if it could help me get a better workflow and make better recordings. It’s a no-brainer for me and would be very valuable; however some of the courses I’ve looked into are above my budget (some are upwards of $2500-3500) and more-importantly I’d have to take time off from work, and I might not be able to learn at my own pace. Something that lets me absorb the info is what is most valuable to me.

    My .02 on how I prefer to learn and training. Hope this helps!

    btw ‘grats to “Rick” above on the new-arrival.

  • I’m just a hobbyist that wants to get his songs down for people to hear. Oh, and in a couple weeks my wife and I will welcome our 3rd child into this world. So, I’m not quite at the point of looking for one-on-one or paid lessons, but your posts and videos have been some of the most helpful resources I have stumbled across in a while. I like both… I like the posts because they are a bit more drawn out and detailed, but the videos are great too since they are more “hands on.” I don’t know a thing about mixing or recording, so to say I can follow a lot of what you’re posting just goes to show how easy it is to follow and understand!