Last week I posted the video Intro to EQ. This week we’re moving right along into the world of compression.

Compression can be a difficult concept to understand. I know because it took me a long time to get a handle on it. Hopefully this video will help clear some things up.


What thoughts to you have on compression? Leave a comment.

sample-rateI come across a lot of people who are confused when it comes to sample rates. They see a box that goes up to 192 kHz, and they instinctively think it must be better.

Bigger is better, right? Or is it?

First off, a CD is at a 44.1 kHz sample rate, which means it can reproduce up to around 22.05 kHz. Human hearing caps at 20 kHz, and most of us can’t hear much past 16 kHz anyway. So this should be fine, right?

Well now we have interfaces and converters going all the way up to 192 kHz. These can theoretically capture sounds up to 96 kHz.

Can we hear a difference?

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Photo by Ella's Dad

Photo by Ella’s Dad

Here are some more links I came across over the last two weeks. I posted them to my Twitter account, but if you missed a few or if you don’t follow me on Twitter, here’s a recap.

There are quite a few of them, so you may want to bookmark this and come back, but check them out sometime over the weekend. There’s a lot of good stuff down there.

Have a great weekend!

Pro Tools Stuff

Pro Tools Quickstart Guide – Chris over at has put out a fantastic, exhaustive guide to Pro Tools. And it’s free. Just give him your email address, and you’re in.

Mixing in the Box – One of the writers over at TapeOp briefly tells his story of doing mixing his first song “in the box.”

I’ve got two from Jon at Audio Geek Zine:

Pro Tools Shortcut – Half Speed! – Nifty little trick from Discrete Music

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Happy Friday, everybody! It’s time for another round of Ask Joe. If you’re new and have a question, head over to the Ask Joe page.

But not until you’ve read today’s post, of course. 🙂


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Graham Cochrane wrote:

Hi Joe…just stumbled upon your site this week and have thoroughly enjoyed  reading your articles and watching your vids. The information you give is helpful and is presented clearly. Keep up the good work!

My big question is about converters. Now, since you have spent a lot of time with the different products out there, I’d like your opinion. I currently run Pro Tools LE 7.4 on a mac with the 002r. I’ve been a longtime pro tools user since learning it back in college and have migrated through the original mbox to the 002r a few years back. I’m not a fan of just spending money to make things sound better, but I seriously am toying with the idea of looking into better conversion for my system, mostly for the sake of getting bigger drum sounds with more clarity and depth as I feel this is where better conversion will make the most noticeable difference.

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studiolive-angleAre you looking for ways to expand your home studio? Perhaps you’re itching for a new challenge or a new way to potentially make some money?

Let’s take a step back. You have a home studio. You record your own music. You find the occassional artist to record, but you’re wanting to step things up a bit.

You’ve tried a bunch of different ways to promote your home studio, particularly going to concerts to find and meet new musicians. But what if you could take that further?

Perhaps you’re meeting a lot of great musicians, but you just can’t quite convince them to come record a demo in your studio. What if you could bring your studio to them? Better yet, what if you could offer to multi-track record their live show?

Now we’re talking. Enter the PreSonus StudioLive.

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photo by *** Fanch The System !!! ***

photo by *** Fanch The System !!! ***

We’ve all got one…that first album you ever recorded. Maybe it was on a little portastudio cassette recorder. Or perhaps it was on a computer with free software.

My first two albums were actually somewhat similar. They were both recorded using free software and cheap equipment.

I had a blast recording both of them. I didn’t know a thing about recording technique or mixing. I just knew that I loved to sit in front of a microphone and click the red Record button.

Recording as a Musical Instrument

I’ve always been a musician. It started with singing and piano lessons as a kid. Then I picked up the guitar.

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Photo by fdecomite

Okay, this is the part of the concert where I ask for some audience participation.

I can go on for months talking about Pro Tools, recording techniques, and how to get good recordings, but I think it’s good to stop from time to time and ask the question why do we make music?

I invite you to be a guest author today on Home Studio Corner. Leave a comment with your reasons for making music. Whether you’re a musician or strictly an audio engineer, why do you do it?

Ready? Go!

One Hour - iPhone TimerIf you follow me on Twitter, then you may have noticed the other night that I gave myself a challenge. I had a song I hadn’t recorded yet, so I thought it would be fun to see how much I could get done in one hour.

Whenever I think about recording in my home studio, I tend to tell myself that I need to set aside at least two hours if I really want to accomplish anything of worth. As you can imagine, this is stupid.

I had a suspicion that this was stupid, hence the challenge. If I only have one hour to record, can I get anything done? Or would it be better that I just watch TV or surf the internet? After all, an hour isn’t very long.

So, in an attempt to prove myself wrong, I set the timer on my iPhone for one hour, hit start, and opened up Pro Tools.

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