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Audio Monitor Reviews
Reviews of headphones, in-ear monitors, and speaker monitors.

About.com: Microphone Reviews for Professional & Home Studios
Looking for a good microphone? Check out the microphone review library at About.com's Home Recording Guide, a collection of professionally-tested reviews of microphones for all budgets and applications!

Microphones 101 -- Chosing & Using The Right Microphone For The Job
Selecting, purchasing, and using microphones in a home studio environment to achieve professional results on a home recordists' budget.

Home Recording - New Product First Looks - New Product Reviews - Home Studio Equipment
Take an inside look at some of the newest and greatest gear, equipment, and services available for home recording studios, musicians, and live sound engineers!

Recording Gear Reviews: The Best Microphones, Monitors, Recorders, and Live Sound Gear
If you're a working musician or aspiring audio engineer, getting the best deal for your hard-earned dollar is very important! Join About.com's Home Recording guide, audio engineer Joe Shambro, as he puts the newest gear through real-world tests.

Recording Software Reviews
Recording Software Reviews. Home Recording.

The 8 Best Microphones to Buy in 2016
Shop for the best microphones for your studio recordings, live performances and more from top manufacturers such as Sennheiser and Shure.

Most Expensive Microphones: Top Five Mics at Any Price
For all sound engineers, finding the right microphone is a careful combination of budget and performance. But let's pretend you don't have a budget, and just want sonic perfection; which microphones would you choose? About.com's Joe Shambro walks you through five amazing microphones that push boundaries both sonically and financially.

A Look Inside Ultimate Ears' Legendary Quality - Part 3
In 1995, Ultimate Ears revolutionized custom monitor technology. And with popular products such as the super.fi 5 Pro and UE-10 Pro, they continue to reach deep into both the professional and consumer markets. Part 3 of 4. Page 3.

A Look Inside Ultimate Ears' Legendary Quality - Part 4
In 1995, Ultimate Ears revolutionized custom monitor technology. And with popular products such as the super.fi 5 Pro and UE-10 Pro, they continue to reach deep into both the professional and consumer markets. Part 4 of 4. Page 4.

A Look Inside Ultimate Ears' Legendary Quality - Part 2
In 1995, Ultimate Ears revolutionized custom monitor technology. And with popular products such as the super.fi 5 Pro and UE-10 Pro, they continue to reach deep into both the professional and consumer markets. Part 2 of 4. Page 2.

Guide: Mixing In Pro Tools | About.com Home Recording
Part 5 of 6. A beginner's guide to mixing in Pro Tools, complete with a free session file you can download to follow along! Topics include mixing with compression, EQ, and blending sources together to form a finished product in ProTools. In part 5, we learn how to mix vocals in our song.

Guide: Mixing In Pro Tools | About.com Home Recording
Part 6 of 6. A beginner's guide to mixing in Pro Tools, complete with a free session file you can download to follow along! Topics include mixing with compression, EQ, and blending sources together to form a finished product in ProTools. In part 6, we learn the basics of mixing keyboards and guitars, and finalizing our mix.

Guide: Mixing In Pro Tools | About.com Home Recording
A beginner's guide to mixing in Pro Tools, complete with a free session file you can download to follow along! Topics include mixing with compression, EQ, and blending sources together to form a finished product in ProTools.

Guide: Mixing In Pro Tools | About.com Home Recording
Part 3 of 6. A beginner's guide to mixing in Pro Tools, complete with a free session file you can download to follow along! Topics include mixing with compression, EQ, and blending sources together to form a finished product in ProTools. In part 3, we learn how to mix the snare drum, and the overhead mics from the drum kit.

Free Tutorial: How To Record and Mix Drums - Part 3: The Toms - Recording & Mixing Drums
Part 3: The Toms. Learn how to record and mix drums with this simple, free tutorial! We cover the basics, including recording, gating, EQ, compression, and mixing!

Free Tutorial: How To Record and Mix Drums - Part 4: The Cymbals - Recording & Mixing Drums
Part 4: The Cymbals & Overheads. Learn how to record and mix drums with this simple, free tutorial! We cover the basics, including recording, gating, EQ, compression, and mixing!

Free Tutorial: How To Record and Mix Drums - Part 6: Compressing Drums - Recording & Mixing Drums
Part 6: Drum Compression. Learn how to record and mix drums with this simple, free tutorial! We cover the basics, including recording, gating, EQ, compression, and mixing!

Top Five Recording and Sound iPhone Apps
Learn about the top five iPhone applications designed just for musicians, as well as recording and sound engineers.

Review: Heil Sound PR 30 Large Diaphragm Dynamic Microphone
The Heil PR30 is a very unique microphone; it represents a new way of thinking about dynamic microphone technology, backed by the experience of one of live sound's greatest innovators, Bob Heil. The PR-30 is an ideal microphone for guitars and vocals -- and, surprisingly, one of the finest drum overhead mics I've ever used. Check out this full review on About.com!

Guide: Mixing In Pro Tools | About.com Home Recording
Part 2 of 6. A beginner's guide to mixing in Pro Tools, complete with a free session file you can download to follow along! Topics include mixing with compression, EQ, and blending sources together to form a finished product in ProTools. In part 2, we learn the basics of mixing the kick drum.

Guide: Mixing In Pro Tools | About.com Home Recording
Part 4 of 6. A beginner's guide to mixing in Pro Tools, complete with a free session file you can download to follow along! Topics include mixing with compression, EQ, and blending sources together to form a finished product in ProTools. In part 4, we learn how to mix bass guitar.

Free Tutorial: How To Record and Mix Drums - Part 2: The Snare - Recording & Mixing Drums
Part 2: The Snare Drum. Learn how to record and mix drums with this simple, free tutorial! We cover the basics, including recording, gating, EQ, compression, and mixing!

Free Tutorial: How To Record and Mix Drums - Part 1: The Kick Drum - Recording & Mixing Drums
Part 1: The Kick Drum. Learn how to record and mix drums with this simple, free tutorial! We cover the basics, including recording, gating, EQ, compression, and mixing!

Free Tutorial: How To Record and Mix Drums - Part 5: Using the Noise Gate - Recording & Mixing Drums
Part 5: Using a Noise Gate. Learn how to record and mix drums with this simple, free tutorial! We cover the basics, including recording, gating, EQ, compression, and mixing!

Free Tutorial: How To Record and Mix Drums - Part 7: Basic Mixing for Drums - Recording & Mixing Drums
Part 7: Final Mixing. Learn how to record and mix drums with this simple, free tutorial! We cover the basics, including recording, gating, EQ, compression, and mixing!

Review: Bias Peak LE 5 Audio Recording and Editing Software
A review of the Bias Peak LE 5 software package, ideal for stereo editing, mixing, and recording!

Condenser vs. Dynamic Microphones
If you're recording or mixing live sound, you'll need to select a microphone. Learn the differences between condenser and dynamic microphones.

How to Mix Drums in ProTools Free Downloadable Tutorial
Mixing drums is complicated, especially in a home studio! With this tutorial, you'll learn the basics of mixing drums in Pro Tools, complete with a free, downloadable session file, and audio files to practice on!

Tutorial: Mixing Drums in Pro Tools Part 2: Panning Drums - How to Mix Drums in ProTools - Free Downloadable Tutorial
Part 2 of 5. Mixing drums is complicated, especially in a home studio! With this tutorial, you'll learn the basics of mixing drums in Pro Tools, complete with a free, downloadable session file, and audio files to practice on! In part 2, we look at panning the drums in Pro Tools.

Tutorial: Mixing Drums in Pro Tools Part 3: Compressing and Gating Drums - How to Mix Drums in ProTools - Free Downloadable Tutorial
Part 3 of 5. Mixing drums is complicated, especially in a home studio! With this tutorial, you'll learn the basics of mixing drums in Pro Tools, complete with a free, downloadable session file, and audio files to practice on! In part 3, we look at gating and compressing the drums in Pro Tools.

Tutorial: Mixing Drums in Pro Tools Part 5: Making the Mix - How to Mix Drums in ProTools - Free Downloadable Tutorial
Part 5 of 5. Mixing drums is complicated, especially in a home studio! With this tutorial, you'll learn the basics of mixing drums in Pro Tools, complete with a free, downloadable session file, and audio files to practice on! In part 5, we look at balancing the mix to perfection!

Tutorial: Mixing Drums in Pro Tools Part 4: EQing Drums - How to Mix Drums in ProTools - Free Downloadable Tutorial
Part 4 of 5. Mixing drums is complicated, especially in a home studio! With this tutorial, you'll learn the basics of mixing drums in Pro Tools, complete with a free, downloadable session file, and audio files to practice on! In part 4, we look at EQing, and just how to use it sparingly yet effectively.

How To Set Up a Pro Tools Session
Getting started in Pro Tools is very easy! In this tutorial, we learn how to set up a Pro Tools session, including a downloadable session file to get you started!

How To Set Up a Pro Tools Session - Free Digidesign ProTools Tutorials
Getting started in Pro Tools is very easy! In this tutorial, we learn how to set up a Pro Tools session, including a downloadable session file to get you started!

How To Set Up a Pro Tools Session - Free Digidesign ProTools Tutorials
Getting started in Pro Tools is very easy! In this tutorial, we learn how to set up a Pro Tools session, including a downloadable session file to get you started!

Record & Mix Drums for Studio and Live Sound
Getting a perfect drum sound isn't easy! Learn how to record and mix drums with this simple, free tutorial! We cover the basics, including recording, gating, EQ, compression, and mixing.

Recording Studio Advice for Bands Recording an Album
Are you getting ready to enter the studio for the first time to record an album? Here's some tips to keep you on the right track, and make the most of your time in the studio!

Neumann KM184 Stereo Pair Microphone Review
A review of the Neumann KM184 matched stereo pair microphone kit, the perfect choice for recording studios and concert tapers alike.

How To Replace Audio in iMovie, Step 2
Replacing an audio track in iMovie is one of the simplest things you can do in this powerful video editing suite. In this article, you'll learn the basics of audio replacement that you can use with any movie and any audio file, quickly and easily, without any special software.

How To Replace Audio in iMovie, Step 3
Replacing an audio track in iMovie is one of the simplest things you can do in this powerful video editing suite. In this article, you'll learn the basics of audio replacement that you can use with any movie and any audio file, quickly and easily, without any special software.

How To Replace Audio in iMovie
Replacing an audio track in iMovie is one of the simplest things you can do in this powerful video editing suite. In this article, you'll learn the basics of audio replacement that you can use with any movie and any audio file, quickly and easily, without any special software.

How To Replace Audio in iMovie, Step 4
Replacing an audio track in iMovie is one of the simplest things you can do in this powerful video editing suite. In this article, you'll learn the basics of audio replacement that you can use with any movie and any audio file, quickly and easily, without any special software.

Inside Ultimate Ears - A Look At Ultimate Ears' Legendary Quality
In 1995, Ultimate Ears revolutionized custom monitor technology. And with popular products such as the super.fi 5 Pro and UE-10 Pro, they continue to reach deep into both the professional and consumer markets. A four-part article.

An Introduction to Garageband
Apple's Garageband is one of the most powerful music making tools available for home studios. It's cheap, works on most modern Macs, and allows you to do everything you need to record and mix your own music. In this article, About.com's Joe Shambro walks you through the basics of using Garageband.

Free Garageband Tutorial | About.com Home Recording
Apple's Garageband is one of the most powerful music making tools available for home studios. It's cheap, works on most modern Macs, and allows you to do everything you need to record and mix your own music. In this article, About.com's Joe Shambro walks you through the basics of using Garageband.

Free Garageband Tutorial - Part 3 | About.com Home Recording
Apple's Garageband is one of the most powerful music making tools available for home studios. It's cheap, works on most modern Macs, and allows you to do everything you need to record and mix your own music. In this article, About.com's Joe Shambro walks you through the basics of using Garageband.

Free Garageband Tutorial - Part 4| About.com Home Recording
Apple's Garageband is one of the most powerful music making tools available for home studios. It's cheap, works on most modern Macs, and allows you to do everything you need to record and mix your own music. In this article, About.com's Joe Shambro walks you through the basics of using Garageband.

Free Garageband Tutorial - Part 5| About.com Home Recording
Apple's Garageband is one of the most powerful music making tools available for home studios. It's cheap, works on most modern Macs, and allows you to do everything you need to record and mix your own music. In this article, About.com's Joe Shambro walks you through the basics of using Garageband.

Using GarageBand - A Tutorial on Making Music in GarageBand - Garage Band Help
Apple's Garageband is a powerful, easy program to make music at home! In this tutorial, we look at the basics of making a song in GarageBand with the included loops.

Using GarageBand - A Tutorial on Making Music in GarageBand - Garage Band Help
Apple's Garageband is a powerful, easy program to make music at home! In this tutorial, we look at the basics of making a song in GarageBand with the included loops.

Great Budget Microphones - Audix I5
Great Budget Microphones - A Review of the Audix I5 as one of five great mics under $200

Five Great Microphones Under $200 | About.com Home Recording
Microphones are the most important part of your recording studio, but they can easily become the most expensive; the better the microphones, the better the sound you'll get! Check out our top five picks for value-priced microphones -- all under $200 -- that pack a high-priced punch.

About.com: Great Mics Under $200 - Shure Beta 52A Review
Part of About.com's Five Great Mics Under $200 -- The Shure Beta 52 is an exceptional low-frequency microphone for bass amps, kick drum, and any other recording where you need ultimate low end.

Great Budget Microphones - KAM C3
Five Great Mics Under $200 - KAM C3

Great Budget Microphones - Rode NT1-A
Five Great Mics Under $200 - A review of the Rode NT1-A microphone as one of About.com's 5 Great Microphones Under $200!

Great Budget Microphones - MXL 990 Small Diaphragm Condenser Pair
A review of the MXL 990 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphones.

Top 5 Pro Tools 7 Plug-Ins | About.com
Looking for the best plug-ins for Pro Tools 7? In this article, we'll take a look at our top five Pro Tools 7 plug-ins, offering the best bang for the buck.

Building Pro Tools 9 Studio on a Budget
With Pro Tools 9 and the new line of MBox systems, building a budget-priced Pro Tools studio on a budget has never been easier. About.com's Joe Shambro walks you through building a complete Pro Tools 9-based studio that's fully-featured, but won't break the bank.

What is a VST Plug-In and How Do You Use It?
What is a VST plug-in? A VST plug-in is a type of software used in professional and home recording studios, and this article offers an in-depth description.

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How to Digitally Distribute Your Album
It's never been a better time to distribute your music digitally. Learn how to sell your album on iTunes, eMusic, Napster, and other digital distrbutors.

How to Record a Live Concert
Recording a live concert can be the easiest way to get a high-quality demo or, if you're a fan, a great way to bring home a souvenir.

How to Select an Audio Recording Interface
Building a home studio is really easy, and relatively inexpensive - and you'll be able to record better quality for a lower price than ever before.

Starting a Home Recording Studio: The Basics
Whether you're a musician looking to record yourself or an aspiring record producer, setting up your own home studio is easy -- and less expensive than you think. About.com's resident audio engineer Joe Shambro takes you through the steps to begin recording now!

How To Record a Piano: Microphones, Techniques & Mixing
Looking to record piano? Check out this free, quick tutorial to getting the best sounding piano recording, even in a small home studio.

Starting an Indie Label: Being Your Own Record Label
There's a reason indie music strikes fear in the hearts of corporate record labels everywhere: it's the undeniable wave of the future. In this article, you'll learn how you can easily become an independent record label, and enjoy many of the same resources of major-label bands on a shoestring budget. It's never been a better time to be indie!

Review: Samson C01U & C03U USB Microphones
Think USB microphones sound too easy to be true? Plug these condenser microphones into a USB port, open your sound recording software, and you're all set to go. But how do they stack up to their more conventional counterparts? About.com's Joe Shambro takes the new Samson USB microphones for a test drive.

Free RTAS Plug-Ins for Home Recording Studios
If you're like most people recording on a budget, you find software to be one of the most expensive parts! But don't pirate -- check out our list of the best 100% FREE RTAS plug-ins for Mac and PC, fully Pro Tools compatible!

Behind the Scenes With Stevie Wonder: Mixing "Superstition"
Sometimes, less is more -- especially when recording a hit song. In this article, About.com's Joe Shambro takes you behind the scenes in the studio recording sessions of Stevie Wonder's hit song

How to Record an Acoustic Guitar
One of the most common things people want to record is acoustic guitar. Learn how to record perfect acoustic guitar in any studio.

The Basics of How to Mix Music
If you're new to recording, getting the perfect mix can be a huge challenge. In this article, learn the basics of how to mix music.

Perfect Low End: How To Record Bass Guitar
Getting the perfect low end on your song isn't so hard! In this article, you'll learn the ins and outs of recording bass; no matter what your style of music, it's a lot easier than you think to get perfect bottom tones!

Recording Drums: The Glyn Johns Method
Recording drums can be a lot easier than it looks! Using only four microphones, the Glyn Johns method of recording drums can be a rewarding and great-sounding technique if used on a well-tuned kit with a dynamic drummer.

How to Get Your Music on Spotify & How Much You'll Make
[Updated September 1, 2011] Spotify is one of the most exciting new apps in the music streaming world, and a lot of bands now want to get their music on Spotify. How do independent artists get a piece of the action? In this article, we'll walk you through how to get your independent music on Spotify -- including a look at their compensation model.

Understanding Earplugs: Hearing Protection for Musicians
Of all the tools in your musician's arsenal, your ears are the most valuable (and irreplaceable). Keeping your ears in good shape is of utmost importance; in this article, you'll learn the basics of using earplugs to help conserve your hearing.

How to Spot a Fake Shure Microphone
In the market for a Shure SM57 or SM58? Beware of fakes! This guide will show you how to spot a fake Shure SM57 or SM58 microphone, two of the most common microphones ever sold.

A Guide to Microphone Polar Patterns
Every microphone is different; it takes understanding their function and how they function acoustically to use them properly.

The Basics of Live Sound - Mixing for Beginners
Mixing live sound for the first time? Looking for a way to make your band sound better live? Take a look inside the basics of mixing live sound, including setting levels, using outboard equipment like compressors and effects, and mixing monitors.

Live Sound: How To Fix Monitor Feedback
Feedback is one of the most annoying -- and potentially dangerous -- issues when mixing live sound. In this article, you'll learn, step by step, how to eliminate feedback in a monitoring system. Knowing how to

Live Sound: Monitor Mixing 101 - Keeping the Band Happy
Mixing monitors is one of the most frustrating things for new live sound engineers to learn. In this article, you'll learn the basics of mixing monitors, from ringing out your EQ to making good in-ear monitor mixes.

Live Sound: How to Mix In-Ear Monitors
In-ear monitors aren't a novelty anymore; many artists are now transitioning to in-ear monitors, and that number keeps growing by the day. In this article, you'll learn the basics of mixing in-ear monitors -- and how to keep the musician you're mixing for happy from the first note.

Audio Engineering Basics: Power Management
Managing your studio's electricity usage is the best way to make sure you're making recordings free of buzz, hum, and static. In this article, you'll learn the basics to powering your studio and conditioning your power, giving you better quality recordings every time.

Setting Up Your Home Studio Space - Acoustics 101
Learning how to use and fix the acoustic problems in any room is the first step to getting great recordings in any home studio. In this article, you'll learn the basics of acoustics and how to treat various acoustic problems that pop up in new home studio installations.

How to Mic a Guitar Amp
One of the most common things you'll record or mix in live sound is electric guitar - and getting it right is really easy with practice.

About.com: Start a Home Recording Studio on a Budget
Starting a home recording studio has never been cheaper (and it's never been easier to achieve high quality on a modest budget, either). In this article, you'll learn the basics of how to start a studio on a tight budget, with help from About.com's Joe Shambro.

Home Recording: Set Up a Dorm Room Studio
Are you a college student looking to record your music? Setting up a bedroom or dorm room studio doesn't have to be expensive, and making music on a college budget isn't hard! Check out this detailed guide to setting up a dorm room studio, complete with computer, microphone, and recording interface recommendations.

Optimizing Your Computer For Home Recording
If you're setting up a home studio, the first thing you'll need to do is get your computer ready to record. There's a lot of things you can do to optimize your computer's performance, no matter if you're on a Mac or PC. Check out this list of things you'll need to remember to do before starting to record to make your computer run the best.

Home Recording: Five Things Every Studio Needs
If you're starting your own recording studio, chances are you've already picked out your interface, microphones, and cables. But what are the accessories no studio can live without? About.com's Joe Shambro walks you through five gadgets that every recording studio needs.

What Is Unity Gain?
The term. Home Recording.

5 Audio Recording Tips for Engineers to Live By
If you're new to the recording studio, chances are you're not prepared for the worst -- and being stuck during an important session is never good. In this article, About.com's Joe Shambro walks you through five recording studio rules to live by in order to keep your studio running smoothly.

Set Up Your Home Studio for Great Home Recording
The technology now exists for you to create a fantastic home recording studio. Here's the gear you need the know-how to make it all work together.

How to Mix Live Sound With Voltage Controlled Amplifier
If you're a live sound engineer or mixing on analog in your studio, you've probably come across boards with VCAs -- Voltage Controlled Amplifiers. Mixing with VCAs is one of the easiest ways to manage multiple inputs. This free tutorial explains what VCAs are and how easy they are to use!

Avid MBox 2 Mini - Smallest Pro Tools System (Review)
The Avid MBox 2 Mini is the cheapest, smallest, and most portable offering in the Avid line, but how does it stack up to the big boys? About.com's Joe Shambro reviews the MBox 2 Mini.

Westone ES49 Custom Fit Etymotic Musician's Earplugs
The Westone ES49 are custom-fit hearing protection designed with musicians and sound engineers in mind. They're more expensive than most earplugs, but how do they work and what benefit do they offer? About.com's Joe Shambro takes them for a test drive.

What's the Difference Between Wedge and In-Ear Monitors?
If you're a performing musician, you'll be all too familiar with stage monitoring. In this guide, you'll learn the difference between

Recording to DAT: What Is DAT?
DAT - Digital Audio Tape - was once considered the ideal standard for digital recording in both pro and consumer domains. It's outdated, even dead, by today's standards, but it's still a popular choice for tapers and mixing studios. In this guide, you'll learn everything you needed to know about DAT.

Review: Propellerhead Balance and Reason Essentials
Looking for a small, compact recording interface with full-featured sound quality? The Propellerhead Balance -- packaged with Reason Essentials -- is an excellent choice for any project studio looking to record live tracks in a small space. About.com's Joe Shambro takes Balance for a test drive.

Pro Tools LE Version 8 Preview of Features
A full preview of the new features of Pro Tools LE 8, the newest and most advanced multitrack software available. Offering 48 tracks of audio along with full-strength processing, virtual instruments, ProTools 8 LE is the most powerful version yet!

Marshall MXL V67G Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic Review
A full review of the Marshall MXL V67G Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone, a $99, value-priced microphone that packs a high-dollar punch -- perfect for vocals, drum overheads, and acoustic guitar. While it's low-priced, it certainly packs a punch equal to much more expensive mics. About.com's Joe Shambro takes the MXL V67G on a test drive.

Zoom H4 Portable Recorder - Product Review
With impressive sound quality and ultra-portable design, the Zoom H4 -- big brother to the H4N and H2 -- is a remarkable portable recorder. In this review, we take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of this affordable entry into the portable recording world.

Samson Q1U Dynamic USB Microphone (Review)
The Samson Q1U is the first professional-quality dynamic USB microphone, a fantastic value without sacrificing performance. Check out our review of this hand-held USB microphone, perfect for use with Garageband!

What Is Auto-Tune?
Auto-tune is a very popular plug-in for both live performance and pitch correction, but it's also gotten notoriety as an effect used by most pop vocalists today. But how does Auto-tune work? About.com's Joe Shambro takes you through this fascinating software.

Running a Home Recording Studio Business
In today's world of quick-changing technology, it's never been a better time to start a home-based recording studio. Many people are starting home recording studios as businesses, too. In this article, About.com's Joe Shambro walks home studio recording engineers through the process of opening their own home studio business.

Audio-Technica AT4022 Omnidirectional Microphone Review
Audio-Technica has long been considered a top choice for working musicians and audio engineers, with high-quality products offered at reasonable prices. The brand new AT4022 continues this trend -- offering precise performance at an affordable price.

Review: Ultimate Ears In-Ear Reference Monitors
In collaboration with Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, Ultimate Ears has released the Ultimate Ears Custom In-Ear Reference Monitors, designed to carry on the legacy of the UE-10 reference monitor with a nod to the monitoring quality required to work in the world's best studios. About.com's resident audio engineer Joe Shambro takes the UE In-Ear Reference Monitors for a test drive and writes this review.

Behringer ADA8000 Ultragain Pro-8 Digital Review
A review (with audio clips) of the Behringer ADA8000, a value-priced, 8-channel microphone preamp with ADAT digital output. While it's feature-packed, does the low price (and Behringer's reputation) mean low sound quality? About.com's Joe Shambro reviews the ADA8000.

Waves Eddie Kramer Tape, Tubes & Transistors Bundle
In today's digital mixing world, it's often hard to replace that old analog characteristic that many classic recordings made famous. Now, thanks to Waves, it's possible: with the Eddie Kramer Tape, Tubes, and Transistors plug-in bundle. Read a detailed review of the Waves Eddie Kramer Tape, Tubes & Transistors Plug-In Bundle, available in both TDM and Native formats.

Home Recording: How to Re-Amp Guitar Tracks
Recording electric guitar is one of the most frequent parts of any production session, and re-amping has become a very popular way to achieve the perfect sound. What's re-amping, and how's it done? About.com's Joe Shambro walks you through this process and shows you how easy it is to re-amp guitar tracks in your home studio.

Five Things Every Studio Needs — Pop Filter
If you're starting a home recording studio, you'll need to make sure you have all the right gear. In this article, veteran audio engineer Joe Shambro walks you through five essential items every studio needs. You'll be surprised at what you might not have thought you needed!

Five Things Every Studio Should Have — Mic Stands
If you're starting a home recording studio, you'll need to make sure you have all the right gear. In this article, veteran audio engineer Joe Shambro walks you through five essential items every studio needs. You'll be surprised at what you might not have thought you needed!

Home Recording: Five Recording Studio Essentials
If you're starting a home recording studio, you'll need to make sure you have all the right gear. In this article, veteran audio engineer Joe Shambro walks you through five essential items every studio needs. You'll be surprised at what you might not have thought you needed!

Five Things Every Studio Needs — Headphones
If you're starting a home recording studio, you'll need to make sure you have all the right gear. In this article, veteran audio engineer Joe Shambro walks you through five essential items every studio needs. You'll be surprised at what you might not have thought you needed!

Five Things Every Studio Should Have — Drum Key
If you're starting a home recording studio, you'll need to make sure you have all the right gear. In this article, veteran audio engineer Joe Shambro walks you through five essential items every studio needs. You'll be surprised at what you might not have thought you needed!

Five Things Every Studio Should Have — Backup Drive
If you're starting a home recording studio, you'll need to make sure you have all the right gear. In this article, veteran audio engineer Joe Shambro walks you through five essential items every studio needs. You'll be surprised at what you might not have thought you needed!

How Fast Does Sound Travel?
It's one of the most common questions in the sound world: how fast does sound travel? Finding out what the speed of sound is -- and why it can be faster or slower -- is the first step to learning about acoustics and audio! Check out this article for the full answer to the question

Home Recording: How to Convert Milliseconds to Samples
One of the most common formulas used in a recording studio is the calculation of samples to milliseconds (or, milliseconds into samples). In this article, About.com's Joe Shambro teaches you how to calculate the interaction of samples and milliseconds, and how to apply this formula to recording studio and live sound applications.

Duplicating & Distributing Your Music
A collection of tutorials for home recordists and working musicians on duplicating and distributing their projects.

Mixing and Distributing Music: Guide to Going Indie
Once you've recorded your music, you're only halfway to the finish line! In this guide, you'll learn how to quickly get your music mixed, mastered, and on it's way to being sold. It's never been a better time to

Mixing Vocals in Pro Tools | About.com Home Recording
Recording and mixing vocals in Pro Tools isn't as hard as it looks! Check out our free tutorial on mixing vocals, complete with a downloadable session file for Pro Tools. You'll learn how to compress, EQ, and mix vocals to perfection!

Mixing Vocals in Pro Tools | About.com Home Recording
Looking for an easy guide on how to EQ vocals when recording and mixing? Check out our easy guide to mixing vocals, including compressing, equalizing, and mixing.

Mixing Vocals in Pro Tools | About.com Home Recording
Looking for advice on recording and mixing vocals? Check out our tutorial on mixing vocals, complete with a downloadable session file for Pro Tools. You'll learn how to compress, EQ, and mix vocals to perfection!

Avid Mbox Mini Recording Interface - Review
Looking for an inexpensive, full-featured recording interface, compatible with Pro Tools? The Avid Mbox Mini is an excellent choice, featuring a world-class microphone preamp, great-sounding converters, and a portable, USB-powered design. Check out the full review at About.com

Vintage Recording Tips: Getting the "Telephone Sound"
The Telephone Effect gets it's name from how a noise -- typically a voice -- sounds over a lo-fi telephone connection.

How to Build an XLR Cable Cheaply
XLR cables are an absolutely necessary piece to any recording studio or live sound system. They're also expensive -- and making your own can be way cheaper. In this article, you'll be guided through the steps of building your own XLR microphone cables for a fraction of the cost of buying one new.

What Is Phantom Power? How Does It Work?
Phantom Power is used commonly with condenser microphones, but is sometimes used to power DI boxes and effects pedals, too.

Free Test Tones and Ear Training Downloads
Looking for free ear training, to help you recognize frequency tones when needed? Looking for test tones to help calibrate your live sound or recording equipment? Free downloads of test tones from 20 Hz to 20 Khz!

How is sound mixed at the GRAMMY Awards? | About.com
The GRAMMY Awards Telecast is one of the most technically impressive achievements in the music industry today. Audio engineer Joe Shambro takes you behind the scenes of what it takes to achieve such sonic perfection while still balancing the individual needs of the multi-platinum artists performing the event.

What are in-ear monitors?
What are in-ear monitors? In-ear monitors are one of the most well-known topics in audio engineering today. In this article, About.com's Joe Shambro explains what in-ears are, how they're used, and who uses them.

What Are White Noise and Pink Noise?
Have you ever heard of the terms

Home Recording Glossary: Subharmonic Synthesis
For live sound engineers and studio engineers, subharmonic synthesis is one of the secrets of the audio engineering trade; chances are if you've listened to any pop music in the last few years, you've heard it used. In this article, you'll learn the basics of subharmonic synthesis, what it is, and how it's achieved.

Recording & Mixing the Hammond B3
Recording and mixing the Hammond B3 organ is an easy skill to learn for new audio engineers, but there's a few tricks to getting it right. In this article, you'll learn the basics to micing a Leslie cabinet and how to mix the B3 to perfection.

Review: KAM Instruments Fidelio 6.5 High Definition Studio Monitors
A hands-on review of the KAM Instruments Fidelio 6.5 Studio Monitors, a fantastic pair of studio monitoring speakers well-suited for studios at any stage of evolution. Check out the detailed review here at About.com.

Review: KAM Instruments C3 Large Diaphragm Microphone for Recording & Live Sound
The KAM C3 is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone that packs a powerful punch in a small package. Offering a crisp, airy sound without being harsh or brittle, the C3 works best as an instrument microphone, with studio vocals being a close second. Read more at About.com.

Review: Waves OneKnob Plug-Ins
A review of the full Waves OneKnob plug-in series, compatible with Logic and Pro Tools, offering superior-quality processing without the hassle of multiple parameters -- perfect for audio engineers needing a quick, simple, and full-featured arsenal of processors with a limited budget.

Does Audio Cable Quality Matter in a Home Studio?
Audio cables are a hotly-debated topic -- and one that draws an immediate argument from all sides. Expensive cables are, well... expensive. How do they stack up to their generic competition? About.com's Joe Shambro explains why expensive cables might be a poor investment for your studio or a/v setup.

How to Buy the Best Studio Monitors for Your Budget
Studio speakers, or monitors as they're commonly called, are one of the most common purchases that you as an aspiring home recording engineer can make. Monitors are necessary for every studio, regardless of your budget. In this article, you'll learn the basics of buying monitors, and how to make the best purchase for your budget.

Using Windscreens and Pop Filters With Microphones
Windscreens or pop screens are useful when using microphones. Read about their differences and purposes from About.com’s Joe Shambro.

The 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards: Home Recording
Are you an audio engineer or music fan who found a great microphone, recording product, or self-made album last year? Nominate it for the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards in Home Recording! Nominations last through February 15 with winners announced March 30th.

Artist Interviews - Behind the Scenes
Take a look inside the creative process with some of music's most exciting artists, from multi-platinum sellers to up-and-coming independent artists. You'll learn the tricks they use to create music, and advice you can use at home! We'll also take a look behind-the-scenes of the production of some of the best concerts and festivals around the world!

NAMM Show 2007 - Live Convention Coverage at About.com
Check out the latest new gear for musicians and recording engineers with About.com's coverage of the 2007 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA! Check in for frequent daily updates live from the convention floor during the convention.

Recording Tips & Tricks of the Pros
Learn the tips and tricks the pros use to pump out best-selling records, all tips that you can use at home! Making great-sounding recordings isn't just about having the best equipment -- it doesn't hurt to have some tricks up your sleeve!

Home Recording Gift Guides - Buying Guides, Gift Ideas and Recommendations for Musicians and Recording Engineers!
Looking for the perfect gift for your musician, recording engineer, or music-loving gadget geek? Look no further! We've compiled a list of the best recommendations of gifts in every price range that even the most picky recording enthusiast will love.

About.com: Music Industry Interviews, Tips & Tricks -- From The Recording Pros To You
Interviews, tips, and tricks from the recording industry's top professional recording & live sound engineers, as well as professional musicians who're recording at home just like you.

Recording with Garageband - A Guide to Using GarageBand to Record, Mix, and Produce Music
Apple's GarageBand is a powerful, easy program to make music at home! Bundled with Apple's OS X, Garageband gives you remarkable music-making power on your desktop. These free guides will help you make the best of your GarageBand setup -- and start recording in notime!

About.com: Microphone Placement Guides
A collection of guides on basic microphone placement for a variety of instruments and recording situations, including guitars, vocals, keyboards, and recording live shows!

Mixing Live Sound - Techniques For Achieving A Great Live Sound
Tips and techniques from industry pros on how to mix sound live, including front-of-house and monitors and how to understand basic acoustics to achieve the best sound possible.

Mixing Your Music
A guide to mixing your work in your home studio! Topics covered include compression, editing, EQing, basic mastering, and other topics necessary for getting your recording to come alive!

Learning Pro Tools: Learn to Record & Mix with Free Downloadable Tutorials
If you're just learning how to use Pro Tools, chances are you're confused! Pro Tools is a very powerful software, but it's also notoriously difficult to learn. In this series of FREE downloadable tutorials, you'll learn the basics of using Pro Tools to mix and record!

Learn To Record & Mix Music -- Free Recording & Sound Tutorials and Guides
Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned audio pro, there's always room to learn something new! From basic recording techniques and microphone selection to advanced tips on mixing everything from drums to vocals, these articles are the first step to becoming a good sound engineer!

The Taper's Section -- Concert Taping Tips & Tricks
A guide for tapers on the best techniques and equipment for the hobby of capturing live concerts. Also guides for bands interested in adopting an open taping policy.

Home Recording Basics
Home recording tips and tricks from the basic to advanced. Learn how to record & mix music in your own home environment with easy-to-follow tutorials from industry pros.

Home Recording Glossary
A collection of terms you'll commonly run into when researching recording and sound techniques, opdated frequently.

Stereo Microphone Techniques - X/Y 90 Degrees
Using the XY stereo microphone technique for taping and studio recording.

How to Sell Your Music: A Guide to Duplicating, Replication, and Distribution
Now that you've finished your musical masterpiece, how will you package and sell it? As a working musician, your goal is always to support yourself with your music. In this guide, you'll learn how to make your CD ready to buy!

How To Mix Music: Four Things To Avoid
It may look easy, but keeping yourself from screwing up a good recording can be hard. In this article, About.com's Joe Shambro takes a look at some tips & tricks to prevent you from making some common mixing mistakes, and in the process, take the quality of your recordings to the next level.

Exclusive First Look: Digidesign Digi 003 Series for Pro Tools 9 - Digi 003-R Digi003
Check out an exclusive first-look at the brand new Digi 003 series for Pro Tools LE and 9, including the 003 Control Surface, and the 003-R Rackmount Interface, bringing Pro Tools 9 quality to project studios of every budget.

How To Build a Taping Rig - Getting Started Taping Live Music - Live Recording Rig
Looking for advice on getting started in the world of concert taping? Look no further! This is the ultimate guide to getting started, from the ground up. Info on picking microphones, a preamp, and a recording interface are all included.

Recording Tips & Tricks: Drum Mics: The SSL Listen Mic Compressor
The SSL Listen Mic Compressor is a FREE plug-in that's a true favorite of mix engineers everywhere. The LMC-1 is based on a limiter built into vintage SSL equipment; it's perfect for getting an overdriven drum tone! In this article, you'll learn how to use -- and where to find -- this valuable plug-in.

Was Susan Boyle Auto-Tuned on Britain's Got Talent?
It's been reported that Susan Boyle's knock-your-socks-off performance on Britain's Got Talent was digitally enhanced by Auto-Tune pitch correction. What does this mean, and how does it reflect on SuBo's true talent? About.com's resident audio engineer Joe Shambro explains the ins and outs of Auto-Tune of live performances -- and how to spot an Auto-Tuned vocal.

Stereo Microphone Techniques - ORTF
Using the ORTF stereo microphone technique for taping and studio recording. Page 2.

Stereo Microphone Techniques - A/B
Using the A/B stereo microphone technique for taping and studio recording. Page 3.

Review: Blue enCORE 100i Instrument Microphone
The Blue enCORE 100i is the latest offering from Blue Microphones, designed as a low-cost, multi-purpose instrument microphone. Built to the highest standards, the Blue 100i is a bargain at around $85. But how does it stack up to the competition? About.com's Joe Shambro takes this microphone for a test drive.

Review: Shure Beta 98 D/S Drum Microphone - Shure Beta 98 98A
Recording drums -- and mixing live drums -- is always a challenge, but with great tools, it becomes a lot easier! The Shure Beta 98 D/S is a fantastic microphone for toms, snare, and ust about anything else you can clamp it to. In this article, About.com's Joe Shambro takes the Shure Beta 98 D/S for a test drive.

Review: Nady RSM-4 Ribbon Studio Microphone -- About.com Home Recording
A full review of the inexpensive yet astoundingly useful Nady RSM-4 Ribbon Microphone, a fantastic addition to any microphone collection at a price that can't be beat.

Review: Propellerhead Abbey Road Keyboards Refill Collection for Reason
A full review of the Propellerhead Abbey Road Keyboards refill collection for Reason, a collection of unbelievably good keyboard samples from legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Review: Antares Harmony Engine Plug-In
Antares Harmony Engine is an awesome plug-in from the makers of Auto-Tune, the world standard pitch correction software in professional studios everywhere. Harmony Engine promises easy replication of harmony vocals and chords, and it doesn't disappoint. About.com's Joe Shambro takes Harmony Engine for a test drive in this review.

Review: Acoustica's Spin It Again - Vinyl to CD Transfer Software - NAMM 2007
Transferring vinyl to CD has never been easy, especially cleaning up of the audio after the fact. But along comes Acoustica, a small software company, with Spin It Again - the easiest to use vinyl transfer and audio restoration software I've ever seen, with an equally incredible price - only $34.95!

Review: Ultimate Ears UE-11 Pro Custom Earphones
The UE-11 Pro is one of Ultimate Ears' flagship monitors. Four drivers and a passive crossover network custom-molded to your ears, the UE-11 is a perfect product for home recording studios, professional musicians, and live sound engineers. About.com's Joe Shambro takes the UE-11 for a test drive and reports the results.

Review: Superlux S241/U3 Condenser Microphone - About.com
A hands-on review of the brand new Superlux S241/U3, a fantastic small-diaphragm condenser microphone with an even more stellar price tag -- only $125.

Review: Heil Sound PR-20 UT Vocal Microphone for Stage & Studio
The Heil PR-20 UT is a fantastic microphone; it sounds great on most everything, and it offers exceptional value for the money. But how does it stack up to the competition? Check out this full review of the Heil PR-20UT.

Review: Sennheiser E904 Drum Microphone
The Sennheiser E904 is a superior-quality drum microphone, best suited for toms and snare. While it's not the cheapest, it offers performance reminiscent of Sennheiser's famous MD441 at a fraction of the cost.

Review: Sennheiser Evolution E901 Kick Drum Microphone
The Sennheiser E901 kick drum microphone is a fantastic product -- and it makes getting the perfect kick drum tone extremely easy. How does it stack up against the competition? About.com's resident audio engineer Joe Shambro puts this mic to the test.

Review: JH Audio JH16 Pro Custom In-Ear Monitors
The Jerry Harvey Audio JH16 Pro represent the absolute latest in monitoring technology, offering portable, high-quality monitoring in a compact, relatively affordable package. How does it stack up against the competition? About.com's Joe Shambro takes the JH16 for a test drive in both the stage and studio.

Home Recording Glossary: Flanger (in Live Sound & Recording)
A definition and explanation of Flanger, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Home Recording Glossary: A/B Listening
A definition of A/B listening in the About.com Home Recording Glossary.

Home Recording Glossary: Attenuation
A definition of attenuation from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Home Recording Glossary: Auxiliary (Aux) Send
A definition of auxiliary (or aux) send, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Home Recording Glossary: Envelope
A definition of envelope, used in audio recording, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary.

Home Recording Glossary: Gain
A definition and explanation of gain, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Home Recording Glossary: Multiprocessor
A definition and explanation of a Multiprocessor from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Home Recording Glossary: Normalization
Are you needing to normalize an audio file, or, really, just want to know what that normalize button does? A definition and explanation of a Normalization from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Home Recording Glossary: Stereo Image
A definition and explanation of Stereo Image, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

All About Balanced Armature Drivers | About.com
What is a balanced armature driver? If you're shopping for earphones, chances are you'll have a choice between a balanced armature driver and a dynamic driver. In this article, you'll learn what a balanced armature is, and how they make your earphones sound great.

Ultimate Ears UE-4 Pro Hands-On Review
Or, should we say, in-ear review. About.com's Joe Shambro takes the Ultimate Ears UE-4 Pro custom monitors for a spin, and compares them to the company's other, higher-end offerings. How do the UE-4 Pro compare to the UE-18? Find out at About.com.

What is an audio VCA?
Looking for information on VCAs? Mixing with VCAs is an easy way to manage a large-channel mixing session. Check out this definition of VCA from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Review: Korg K25 25-Key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard
The Korg K25 is a cool little keyboard; offering 25 keys with a simple USB MIDI interface, the K25 allows small studios a value-priced way to get cool sounds while recording. How does it stack up to the competition? About.com's Joe Shambro takes the K25 for a test drive.

Review: Tascam DR-680 Portable Recorder
The Tascam DR-680 is an absolutely awesome machine -- four microphone inputs, two analog inputs, and two digital inputs in a small, battery-powered portable box. How does it stack up to the competition and, most importantly, how does it sound? About.com's Joe Shambro takes it for a test drive.

Review: Microphome Microphone Sanitizer & Deodorizer
Microphome is an answer to a lot of musicians' prayers -- a portable, affordable, and high-quality product designed for one very (unpleasant) job: cleaning up the built-up gunk and germs from your vocal microphones. About.com's Joe Shambro reviews this exceptional product.

Review: M-Audio Microtrack II Portable Field Recorder
The M-Audio Microtrack II portable recorder is one of a new generation of recorders. High resolution (up to 24-bit, 96kHz), small and portable (including a built-in battery), and high capacity for high quality recording. But how does it measure up to the competition, and how does it perform in typical recording situations? Check out this full review at About.com!

All About the 3-to-1 Rule: Recording & Sound Reinforcement with Microphones
If you're recording or mixing live sound with microphones, you'll encounter phase problems when using multiple microphones. In this article, you'll learn the 3 to 1 rule, a special rule to remember to help keep phase problems under control.

How to Double Guitar Tracks
Doubling guitar is one of the most common tricks used by recording engineers worldwide. It's something that gives any recording a professional touch -- and it's easy to achieve in your home studio. About.com's Joe Shambro walks you through this very easy technique -- equally easy in Pro Tools, Garageband, or Logic.

Treating Your Space: Making Perfect Acoustics for Recording
Setting up your home studio space can be a hard task! In this article, we take a look at the basics of setting up a space in your home for use as a recording studio!

How to Record and Mix Kick Drum: Perfect Low End
The kick drum -- or bass drum -- is the heartbeat of the rhythm section. It's not easy to record properly, but when you get it right, it's magic. About.com's Joe Shambro guides you through achieving the perfect kick drum sound in the studio.

Four Reasons to Not Pirate Recording Software
Software piracy may seem like a good deal to a studio on a budget, but in reality, it's more trouble than it's worth. If you have your own recording studio, it may seem like a lot to have to budget for software, but it's necessary if you want to record to your computer! In this article, you'll learn the first steps of

How To Buy a Microphone } About.com Home Recording
If you're new to recording or performing live, you'll probably be buying microphones for your studio or stage. Finding the right microphone is easy, as long as you keep in mind a few simple tips! About.com's Joe Shambro walks you through how to select the best microphone for your purpose and budget.

Review: Shure Beta 91A Microphone | About.com Home Recording
The Shure Beta 91A is the latest incarnation of one of the world's favorite kick drum microphones. Descended from the Shure SM91, the Beta 91A offers even wider frequency response and a very convenient XLR connection. How does it sound, and how does it stack up to it's predecessors? About.com's Joe Shambro takes the Beta 91A for a test drive.

What is MADI?
In the world of audio, MADI is one of the most exciting protocols that's quickly becoming a standard in studios and live stages everywhere. What is MADI, and how can you use it to improve your audio workflow? About.com's Joe Shambro explains MADI interfaces.

What is Binaural Recording? | About.com Home Recording
Binaural audio recording is one of the most unique things ever done in audio recording, especially as high-resolution audio becomes commonplace. In this article, About.com's resident audio engineer Joe Shambro explains what goes in to making a binaural recording.

How to Start Recording: Tips for Starting Recording & Mixing Your Music at Home
Learning to make great recordings & mixes is an art form; you'll quickly figure out that it takes a good ear and a lot of patience to make a record! Check out this step-by-step introduction to the basic techniques you'll need to get a great recording quickly and easily!

Build Your Home Studio: Get Started Recording Today!
Whether you're an experienced engineer, a part-time musician, or an aspiring rock star in your dorm room, it's never been easier (and less expensive!) to start your own recording studio. Check out this step-by-step introduction to the basics of recording, from hardware & software necessities to microphones and techniques!

How is sound mixed at the GRAMMY Awards? | About.com
The GRAMMY Awards Telecast is one of the most technically impressive achievements in the music industry today. Audio engineer Joe Shambro takes you behind the scenes of what it takes to achieve such sonic perfection while still balancing the individual needs of the multi-platinum artists performing the event.

About.com: Winter NAMM 2009 Coverage - Live from Anaheim!
Live from the convention floor in Anaheim, join About.com's live coverage of the 2009 NAMM Show, showcasing the best new gear for making music. This year's show runs from January 15-17.

About.com NAMM 2008 Coverage: New Product First Looks
A preview of the best of the best recording gear from the 2008 NAMM Show, the 106th installment of the gigantic industry-only trade show, live from Anaheim, CA!