Overcoming Cable Nightmares

 If you bought a car worth $100,000 would you run that car on the cheapest oil and gasoline that money could buy?  The answer is quite simply, no.  The same goes for running your audio through quality cables.  Buying quality cables ensures that both the capture and reproduction of your audio is not negatively affected.  Below is a brief description of many different types of cables the home studio owner is likely to encounter, along with their intended uses.  Familiarize yourself with the content in this article and all your cable nightmares will become a distant memory.  

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Acoustic Treatment: Types, Myths, and Application

Acoustic treatment is used to tame irregularities along the frequency spectrum which are a result of your speaker and room interaction.  Today in the Underground Tracks Classroom, we are looking at the different types of acoustic treatment and how they can be used to get the most out of your home studio space.  We will also looks briefly at speaker placement, a simple room acoustics test that you can perform for free, and myths surrounding acoustic treatment solutions. 

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A Buying Guide For Headphones and Studio Monitors

If you're in the process of building or upgrading a home studio, you've likely spent a considerable amount of time researching headphones and studio monitors.  Public opinion on headphones and monitors can be useful, but unfortunately many consumers continue to fall for well marketed, lesser-quality products.  This headphone and studio monitor buying guide aims to educate you in what to look for when making your studio purchases.

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Why You Should Use a Mix Template

The feeling of starting a fresh mix is hard to match.  You’ve edited the recording session, grinded through some and arrangement issues, and debated endlessly over instrument and gear choices.  Finally you have all the pieces to the recording puzzle together in the box and you’re itching to put them together in mixing.  You import bounces from your recording session into a fresh session, ready for some right brain mix work when suddenly the left brain kicks in and reminds you of all the routing, send set-up, gain staging and plugin hunting you’ll have to do before getting to the good stuff.

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Knowledge is the Best Microphone

Everyone wants to know what the best microphone is for any given job.  If you’ve ever taken the time to dig around on a recording forum, you’d know that the capabilities of a mic are often subjective.  If you're struggling with choosing a microphone, you've finally come to the right place.  This article aims to clear up the confusion surrounding microphone types, polar patterns, recording techniques and accessories, helping you make the best choice when buying or using microphones.

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Choosing An Audio Interface

If you are new to recording music you may have become overwhelmed with researching all the gear needed to make your start.  The audio interface is an essential component of the home studio and you need to understand every function that it can perform for you.  Choosing the right interface can save you an abundance of cash on other gear you may think you need to get started.

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Choosing The Best DAW For You

One of the most essential components of the home studio is the program that you will be primarily working with when doing recording, mixing or mastering.  This program is known as the DAW, or Digital Audio Workstation.  If you are in the market for a DAW you have probably read a number of online opinions on which is the best DAW to choose.  This article is intended to help you fine tune your research to choose the best DAW for you.

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Welcome to the Underground Tracks Classroom

Like many of you, I happened upon this art unintentionally.  My career in audio production started as no more than a means to share my music with my family and peers.  I started out with the most basic amount of gear possible:  a cheap set of headphones, a demo version DAW, a usb microphone, and above all else, an unwavering desire to write and record music.  That humble set-up grew, eventually manifesting into a business and a passion to help others share their material with fans, friends and family.  

With the creation of this blog, I hope to create a space to teach what I have learned over the years.  Whether you’re just starting out, or you are a veteran in the field, I feel this blog will be beneficial to you and your art.

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