Have you ever had issues getting your Digidesign audio interface to play back your computer’s audio (like iTunes or internet audio)? It can be a bit of a challenge. Check out this week’s Ask Joe question. 

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Hey Joe!

I have been trying to figure a way to run my computer’s audio through my speakers that are connected to my 003. I don’t want to have to open Pro Tools to play a CD or MP3 that someone has given me as a reference. I just want to open iTunes or Windows Media Player and play the track. Is there a way to do this?

Thanks a lot!

– Josh

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Photo by Stegsie

I spent the last few days down in Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. Monday afternoon I recorded some vocals for an upcoming project my brother-in-law is working on.

It was in a cool studio. We used a Neumann U87 and ran it through a nice Amek mic pre. It sounded really nice.

It’s been a long time since I tracked vocals outside of my home studio. I’m used to being the only one there, wearing both the engineer hat and the musician hat. We’ve all done it a hundred times. You hit record, run over to the mic, record the take, run back to the computer, stop recording, listen, run back to the mic and do it again.
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Today, Ian over at productionadvice.co.uk is featuring my Intro to Compression video. He does a great job of going more in-depth into compression. A good read. Check it out:

Using Compression

Thanks Ian!

I was setting up my home studio one night to try out a microphone I had borrowed, the Rode NT1A. I was pretty excited. Trying out a new microphone is always fun, even if it’s an inexpensive one. 

I hadn’t spent a lot of time in my studio at the time, so I was happy for the chance to spend a few hours catching up on projects and songs.

After a few minutes everything was set up. The mic was on its stand with the pop filter in place. I had run it to my interface, adjusted the gain and routed everything in my DAW. Time to record.

But something was off. The mic just didn’t sound all that great. It was kinda muffled, and it picked up a lot of the room. “Oh well,” I thought, and I went ahead with the recording. I recorded an entire lead vocal track…still it sounded off.

The problem?

I was singing into the back of the microphone.

That’s right. I had years of  recording experience, had amassed all of this useful head-knowledge about recording, had recorded vocals countless times…and yet here I was, singing my heart out into the back of the microphone. It sounded awful, but for some reason I didn’t notice until I had done an entire vocal take.

I’m not proud of it, but it’s pretty funny. Okay, your turn. Let’s hear it. Leave a comment with one (or more) of your studio blunders. This should be fun.

Having a good weekend? I hope so. I’m down in Tennessee visiting family, BUT here are some cool links from around the web. I found these over the last few weeks. I posted them to my Twitter account. but I post them here on the blog, too, for those of you who aren’t on Twitter. Enjoy!

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First of all, this is the 100th post here at Home Studio Corner! It’s a small milestone, but I wanted to take a moment to thank all of my readers and supporters. You guys are awesome.

Speaking of awesome, we’ve got another good Ask Joe question. If you’re new, you can submit questions via the Ask Joe form, and I try to feature them in a weekly “Ask Joe” post.

Ross asked:

Hey Joe, hope you can help me here. I was wondering what you think would be best for my situation. I’m a young, aspiring home recording enthusiast. I mainly record myself and my friends and usually only use as much as two inputs at a time. I was originally using Cakewalk Sonar with a Tascam FW-1082 but I’ve sold that now to go down the Pro Tools route.

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In a perfect world, you would have the most amazing home studio. You would have all the equipment you could ever need. You’d have huge tracking rooms, awesome vocal booths, and a control room that would make you drool just a little bit. In addition, you would have an entire army of A-list musicians waiting in the wings to offer their talent at the drop of a hat.

If this describes your studio, then you can stop reading now. 🙂 For the rest of us in the real world, please read on.

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A couple days ago someone emailed me asking how to insert more time at the beginning of a Pro Tools session. Sometimes you get to the end of a recording, and you come up with an idea for a great intro, but you don’t have enough space at the beginning of your session! Not a problem. Check it out.

For some reason YouTube is misbehaving today, so here’s the video from Blip.tv:

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