Online resources for demo recording

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If you're looking for hints and tips on how to improve the quality of your recordings, there are some great free podcasts out there that cover the basics. I've linked to the websites of some below. Most of these sites have links to iTunes so you can subscribe and get new episodes as they become available.

The daddy of them all was Ryan Canestro and Jon Tidey's the Home Recording Show, which ran until 2015. They covered lots of useful subjects and while the gear references aren't up to date, you'll still get a lot out of each episode. All episodes are archived on the site, so you can still download them from

My current favourite is the Simply Recording Podcast, which is very much aimed at beginners. Each week tackles one subject in detail and follows up with a quick tip for improving your mixes. The podcast is fast and punchy - there's very little waffle and Joe Gilder and Graham Cochrane just get on with it. They're fun to listen too, too.

Through Joe and Graham I've started listening to Dave Pensado's podcast (each episode is also available - with video - on YouTube). He's a Grammy-winning mixer who shares his entire work process so you can understand what it is that he does. He also gets in some really interesting guests...

You may also want to swing by:

Kevin Ward's Mix Coach - another podcast namechecked by the Simply Recording guys. Each episode is short - they rarely run past ten minutes. (Edit: after listening to a good forty of these podcasts, I can't really recommend them. They're often rambling and unfocused and you aren't going to learn anything that isn't covered elsewhere.)

The Audio Skills podcast - again, general advice aimed at making your home recordings sound "radio ready"

Kern Ramsdell's Home Recording Weekly - Kern can meander a bit, so each episode runs to an hour or so but there's good stuff here.

Thanks. One of my goals this year is to better understand recording and mixing.

Hey everyone,
why do your recordings sound like ass?
Find out by reading this eponymous pdf:

This an insanely helpful and worth-the-time resource, so don't be put off by the title. Smile

Okay, wise-ass, maybe I'll just read it then!

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Joe Gilder is awesome! I've learned quite a bit using Studio One from his vids. And yes - he's quite fun to listen to!

Thanks @b00n - that looks like an interesting and thorough read. I look forward to checking it out.

@b00n That document is true. Every word of it. Also hilarious.

@b00n This doc is great. Biggrin

"NPCP like a motherfucker, and this is just the first song of the set. Nothing to do but put up a mic and step out for a smoke. Even if you don't smoke."

I've read 80 pages so far. Great stuff!

Thanks @b00n it's loaded good stuff
Russ Dirol

Here's a really good article on how you should approach equalization (EQ).

I'm a fan of the Recording Revolution material... mostly because he emphasizes skills over gear, and pushes for the low budget studio, perfect for my bottom line. Smile

Even more sweary, ranting and (if you ask me) hilarious than the Yep pdf is this:

Very guitar centric, but transferable if you get the big picture.
Slipperman is Tim Gilles, owner and main engineer of the sadly defunct Big Blue Meenie studios in New Jersey, and he definitely knows what he is talking about.
The Yep thing and Slipperman's distorted guitars from Hell are tings I revisit regularly and I learn a lot on each iteration...