Ask Joe #17

Time for another rousing edition of Ask Joe. Today I’ve got seven questions. They deal with:

  • comparing home recording to professional recordings
  • using hardware processing with your DAW
  • tube mic care
  • using Pro Tools on two computers
  • acoustic treatment
  • time compression & expansion
  • mixing, mastering, etc.

Happy Listening!

Session File Management in Pro Tools [Video]

First things first…


My Christmas present to you? More hard drive space! (The crowd cheers!)

Let me show you how to manage your files in Pro Tools. I freed up a ton of space on my hard drive. You should too (to make room for all those pretty new plug-ins you got for Christmas).


Ask Joe #4 – Pro Tools Questions

It’s that time again. I’ve got three new questions, all Pro Tools related. (If you have a question, please submit it via the Ask Joe form.) Let’s dive in.

Martin R. wrote:
I have just recently installed Pro Tools 7.3 LE on to my Mac and I have an Iomega hard drive that I was going to use for recording however when I try to change the audio settings from ‘T’ to ‘R’ I get an error message which reads “IOMEGA cannot be designated as an Audio Record volume because it is not a valid audio volume.” Could you tell me what this means and if there is any way to use this hard drive for recording.
Many Thanks


Why I Use Pro Tools

protools-leSean over at posted a great article recently called “Why I Use Logic Studio.” The following post is in response to that article, so take a minute to read his article first. (Go ahead…it’s okay.)

What I liked about Sean’s article is that he gave his honest opinions about why he uses Logic. He also makes it very clear that he doesn’t use Logic exclusively. There are some tasks that he prefers to do in Pro Tools.

Having used both programs extensively myself, I feel that Sean paints a very realistic picture.

As you know (and as several readers have pointed out), I’m a pretty big fan of Pro Tools. All the tutorial videos I’ve done so far have been in Pro Tools.

So am I anti-Logic? Not at all! In fact, Logic was my primary DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) for a couple years. I got to know it very well. I even won a songwriting contest with one of the songs I recorded in Logic.

Poll Results, Plus Ask Joe #3

Thanks to everyone for participating in the reader poll I posted last week! You can see the poll results here.

I’ve got a good idea about the direction I want to go with this site, and your feedback helps tremendously. If at any point you have further suggestions or comments, please head over to the About page and shoot me an email!

A few of the poll results are what I expected. There were a few surprises, however. I was surprised by how many of you want to see more product reviews. I’ve got a few in the works that I’ll be posting soon (think: guitar pedals). Perhaps I can dedicate one day per week (or every other week) to product reviews.

As far as posting frequency goes, after seeing the poll results, I think I will commit to six posts per week. You can expect something from me every day but Sunday. If you haven’t already, subscribe to my RSS feed. It’s the easiest way to keep up with new posts, or to catch up on posts you may have missed. (If you’re still unsure as to what exactly RSS is, check out What is RSS? by Darren Rowse of

I have a lot of great ideas for videos and articles. I’ll try to keep an even balance of beginner-focused material and stuff for the more intermediate/advanced users. 

Ask Joe #3

To change gears a bit, it’s time for another episode of  “Ask Joe.” I did episodes 1 and 2 as videos. You can see them here and here

I got a sneaky suspicion that the videos are a bit long, and that perhaps no one is watching them all the way through. So, in an effort to develop a better community here at Home Studio Corner, I opted to do an article version of Ask Joe. Enjoy!

Question #1 


VIDEO: Scroll Me Sideways!

Today I’ve got a video tip for you Mac users. If all you have is a mouse with a scroll wheel, how do you scroll sideways?

VIDEO: How to Make Your Hard Drive an “Audio Record Volume” in Pro Tools

One of my readers, Guinn, sent in a question last week about how to make his hard drive work with Pro Tools. Pro Tools kept telling him that it wasn’t an “audio record volume.” I remember this was the first tech support issue I had with my first Pro Tools system, and I thought it would be a good topic for a video.

Questions? Leave a comment!

VIDEO: Ask Joe #1

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!