How to Use EQ Make-Up Gain [Video]

Check it. I’m gonna start putting out videos more regularly again. One every Friday.



Low-Watt Amps: Great for Home Recording? [Video]

Hidey ho.

I’ve been a little light on the emails/articles this week. If you must know, I’ve been taking a little break, getting ready for tonight’s recording guitar webinar, and doing some reading. ­čÖé

BUT…I do have a quick video for you today.

It has to do with recording a loud guitar amp in the recording studio. Are low wattage amps capable of good-sounding recordings? Even at 1/4 Watt?

Let’s find out. I do a quick little shoot-out for you. Listen and decide for yourself here:


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The “Close Miker”

Remember that Seinfeld episode “The Close Talker”?

It’s about this guy who stands WAY too close to the people he’s talking to.

So awkward…so funny.

The thing is, just about everybody knows not to stand so close to people. We know that being a Close Talker is weird and uncool.

But when it comes to miking up a guitar amp, a lot of us are “Close Mikers.”

But is that the only option? An SM57 shoved right up next to the grill?

Should we be experimenting with different placements?

Check out today’s quick video from my studio:


And if you’re the kind of person who likes to get better at recording, sign up right now (before you forget) for my┬áRecording Electric Guitar class. Here’s the link:

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Intro to EQ [Video]

Today I’m reposting a video that’s been on the website a looooong time. It’s a classic.

(Due to its length, the original video was posted using Viddler, but now I’ve re-uploaded it to YouTube.)

It’s called “Intro to EQ.”

It’s around 15 minutes long, definitely one of my longer videos, but I wanted to give you a good, usable overview of EQ, something you could use TODAY in one of your mixes.

Enjoy one of the HSC classics. ­čÖé


Want in-depth training on EQ? Check out Understanding EQ:

How to Record Upright Piano [Video]

MIDI doesn’t suck.

It’s an amazingly useful tool, especially for us home studio folks.

But when it comes to piano, I decided to break away from the MIDI crowd and buy myself a used upright piano. Instead of reaching for a plugin and a MIDI keyboard whenever I need a piano part for a song, I’d rather reach for a couple of microphones and sit down at an ACTUAL piano.

And that’s what I did.

Well, I finally got around to recording this beauty (her name is Consuela), and I got some really great-sounding results.

Check out this video to see and hear what I did.


New Parallel Compression Trick for Mixing Drums [Video]

During the recording workshop last weekend, I learned two cool new things.

One has to do with mixing drums.

The other has to do with my mindset when it comes to mixing.

I explain both in today’s video. Watch it here: