One of the easiest ways you can save time in your home studio is by labeling your inputs, outputs, and busses in your DAW. This is easy to do and will only take you a few minutes. 

Once you do this, your routing life will be much easier. You won’t have to waste time guessing where a certain track is being routed. Check out this short video on labeling your IO in Pro Tools.

 

How do you set up your IO? Leave a comment!

Workflow and time management are crucial in any endeavor. Home studios are no different. I am constantly amazed at how much time I waste in my studio. I could easily spend two hours simply “setting things up” or “trying things out.” By the time I could feasibly begin recording or making music, I’m either tired or have run out of time.

Most of us pursue music in our spare time. “Weekend warriors” they call us. But if you’re like me, you’ve had many a good-intentioned weekend come and go without a single snippet of audio to show for it.

Just this weekend I was planning to make some serious progress on my album. My wife was going shopping, so I knew I had time to get a few tracks recorded. Unsurprisingly, she shows up an hour and a half later, and I’ve barely gotten a thing recorded. I was just getting into it. Read more »

I love technology. It is a beautiful thing. However, while there’s nothing wrong technology itself, we need to consider the role that technology should play in our lives.

I’m mainly referring to technology as it pertains to making music, particularly in the recording world. These days everybody and their dog can have a home recording studio. Don’t get me wrong, that can be an awesome thing. Thirty years ago it simply wasn’t possible to spend a couple hundred dollars and be able to make high-quality recordings at home. The technology wasn’t there.

Technological advancements of the last few decades have brought a new, massive percentage of the population into the world of studio recording. My life would certainly be dramatically different if I couldn’t record my music (and the music of others). Without the onset of new technology, the entire recording industry would consist of the select few who could drop $400,000 on a huge recording studio, fully equipped with analog tape machines and massive recording consoles.

Today an average Joe can pick up an interface and a microphone and do a lot of things the big analog studios of the past could do, and a lot of things they couldn’t!

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Mopad from BottomWhen I first heard about the Auralex MoPADs, I was skeptical. Once I got them in my studio, however, I changed my tune.

The MoPADs are monitor isolation pads. They’re designed to live between your studio monitors and the surface on which they are resting. Why is this important?

Good Vibrations

We all know that sound, by definition, is vibration. When a speaker vibrates, it not only vibrates the air around it, but it also vibrates whatever surfaces it comes in contact with.

You’ve probably seen pictures of a speaker suspended in an anechoic chamber by a couple wires. This is how they test the frequency response of speakers, they hang them in a super-quiet room. They are able to hear the speaker by itself, as it was intended to be heard. Read more »

I had a lot of visitors to the site last week, and several folks submitted a question using the “Ask Joe” form. Thanks! I decided to answer these questions via video.

The questions deal with the following: [UPDATE: I realized after the fact that a 10-minute video might be a bit long, especially if you’re searching for the answer to your question. By all means listen to the whole thing, but if you want to know where to find specific topics, see below.]

  • Vocalign – 0:37
  • Good recorder for young band – 1:40
  • EMU 1616M PCI – 2:40
  • Getting good natural reverb out of drum room – 3:30
  • M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R, USB vs Firewire – 4:52
  • Good audio interface/microphone for video work – 6:20
  • Low latency monitoring in Pro Tools – 7:22
  • External hard drive for sample libraries – 8:31

If you have questions you’d like for me to address in a future video, head over to the Ask Joe page and fill out the form!