Get It Right At the Source – 800th Post!!! [Video]

Today’s the day. For my 800th post here on Home Studio Corner, I’m kicking off a month-long series of videos.

I’ll be posting two new FREE videos every weekday for the entire month of July, one at 6am and one at 6pm central time.

To kick things off, I’m doing a series on one of my absolute favorite topics, and something you MUST make your mantra in your studio if you want to make great-sounding music:

Get it right at the source.

Enjoy, and be sure to leave a comment. You with me?


How to “Train” Your Tracks to Mix Themselves

Had a great conversation with Jeff (one of my customers) the other day.

He was telling me how he has owned Understanding EQ and Understanding Compression for a while now, and he even took my Recording Electric Guitar class a few months back.

But he said something interesting…something I need to share with you.

As we were talking, he said, “You know, I’ve heard you talk about getting it right at the source, but it never really clicked for me until I listened to your album and went through your Mix With Us class.” (more…)

A “Get It Right at the Source” Handbook

Yes, I’m still pondering a “Get it right at the source” tattoo. Not sure my wife would approve. Maybe she’s right…

Anyhoo, I realize that the majority of my tutorial videos help you deal with the sound AFTER it’s recorded.

I also know that there simply are no “rules” when it comes to getting a good sound in your studio.

It comes down to things like the room, the gear, the source material, mic technique. And it takes a LOT of work.

And as we talked about last week, you gotta just get in there and make a bunch of mistakes. (It’s actually kinda fun.)

But wouldn’t it be nice if somebody wrote an eBook that covered the basics for you, so maybe you could avoid some of those initial mistakes?

That’s what my buddy Björgvin over at Audio Issues did with his brand new “Recording Strategies” eBook:

What’s cool about this eBook is that it isn’t 400 pages of boring, technical explanations of things like sample rates and the Nyquist Theory.


Instead, Björgvin goes systematically through the basics of recording, from what gear you need to common microphone techniques.

What I liked about it is that it gives you the information you need to make good recording decisions in the studio. He’s not going to tell you exactly where to place that microphone (that wouldn’t be helpful anyway, since every situation is different), but he DOES give you some really helpful ideas for how to go about MAKING those key decisions in the studio.

Plus, it’s just a really cool-looking eBook. 🙂

Until Wednesday of this week, he’s selling it at a discount, then the price goes up.

If you want to check it out, you can do so here:

(That’s my affiliate link.)

Joe Gilder

P.S. If you buy it through that link, forward me your receipt, and I’ll give you a free copy of Home Recording Tactics ($17 value), which is over at

How do I “get it right at the source”?

If there was a Home Studio Corner mantra, it would probably be “get it right at the source.”

Maybe I’ll get that tattoo’d somewhere…

Anyhoo, most of the tutorial products I sell teach you how to deal with the audio once it’s already recorded. Things like editing, EQ, and Compression.

But there’s a HUUUUUUUUUGE step to the process that comes in before you should ever THINK about slapping on an EQ or compressor. And that step is called recording.

It’s that ever-so-crucial step that comes between pre-production and editing. And if you want to have a great-sounding mix, you MUST record great-sounding tracks.

THAT’s where today’s question comes in. (more…)

Step 2 – Recording

Computer History Museum: Reel-to-reel tape machineNow that you’ve done some good pre-production on the song, the next step is to start recording, right?

Some people spend way too much time recording, agonizing over every single track until the song loses all its energy. Others breeze through the recording process as fast as they can, just so they can get straight to mixing. (Which of these describes you? I tend to fall into the second category.)

Whether you’re too fast or too slow, the recording process is so crucial to the rest of the process. These Production Steps all build on one another. If you don’t do a good job on one step and move on to the next, don’t expect awesome results. (more…)