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Sound Engineering Articles

Sound Engineering, Studio and Production ArticlesArticles, interviews and reviews of the people and equipment plus tips and advice of getting the best out of your equipment.  Some articles will be featured in the relevant instruments pages but we will be providing links here for the avid readers among you.   All the article links on this page open in a new window so you can read the article then come back to the next one - Enjoy!!

A new series of articles provided by professional studio designer John Storyk starts with advice on Internal Room Acoustics and Home/Project Studio design.

Architecture & Acoustics - Costs
What do good acoustics cost? This is typically scary stuff and at least in part for good reason.
Compare Mix?
Checking other recordings can be an extremely useful tool in the mix process. Here are a few reasons why:
Create Unique Recordings
The answer is to break the rules every now and then. Of course, before you can break the rules, you need to learn the rules.
Ergonomics & Room Layouts
This article will specifically discuss the ergonomics of these rooms. Ergonomics is how we arrange the equipment, furniture and any other element in our rooms and how these elements affect the usefulness and comfort of the room.

Tips and advice on furniture for use in home recording studios by Beth Walters and John Storyk

Home Recorders Should Partner With Professional Recording Studios
At a time when home studios have proliferated and technology continues to offer artists easy access to new tools, the professional recording studio may seem to be irrelevant.

How to get a great Bass Sound in your Home Studio
Tips and advice from Michael Laskow TAXI CEO

How do I record a Snare Drum
Tips and Advice from Studio Buddy by Michael Laskow TAXI CEO

How do I record an Organ?
Advice and tips on recording Hammond Organs.

How do I record a Synthesizer
Tips and Advice from Studio Buddy by Michael Laskow TAXI CEO

Is it easier to Mix if each part of the Drum Kit has been recorded onto a Seperate Track?
Tips and Advice from Studio Buddy by Michael Laskow TAXI CEO

Making Unique Mixes
One way to avoid mixes that sound like every other project studio out there is to build your own echo chamber.

Mixing Made Easy
Most people think mixing is complicated. It's really not. Most pros (myself included) like the fact that there's an air of mystery surrounding what we do.

More Bandwidth
I had dinner a couple of weeks ago with a gentleman who is considered to be one of the foremost experts on how the Internet will affect the future of the music business.

Music Metadata
Coding your recordings for maximum royalties.

Room Layout Principles
In the past few articles we have discussed a number of general acoustic principles as well as specific materials that can be applied to room surfaces in your rooms in order to solve fundamental acoustic problems.

The Slice & Dice of Music Editing
Music Editor Brett Perry spills the beans.

Helpful info and links for Road crew and stage staff.
Should I Use Delay Instead Of Reverb
The most common choice for novice engineers who want to make an instrument sound "special" or more like a record is reverb.
Small Rooms - Low Frequency ControlIt is no surprise that industry figures show that there might be over 100,000 "home / project" studios in existence today. This number will grow. In the last 10 years, an audio revolution has occurred, which allows "home studios" to rival the sounds of pro level studios.

Small Rooms - High Frequency Control
Now we're going to cover the control of high frequencies (300-400Hz and up) in such rooms.

Surface Applied Acoustic Treatments
In the last article we left off with a discussion of mid and high frequency control in small listening rooms: basically the control of reflections. The one we discussed at length was console controls. Now we're going to talk about the effect the room's surfaces have on the sound -- and what you can do about it.

Sound Engineering External Articles

A - Z Sound Glossary
Excellent sound glossary explaining each term used in sound and recording with cross-referances to related terms. The site contains text descriptions and information about mixing desks, input devices, wireless microphones, processors and how to use them suitable for beginners to intermediate users. This is a USA site so please remember that their electricity supply works at a different ampage from UK. USA readers should also check out his links section which contains manufacturers, dealers, distributors, hire companies and reference sources.

Archive.org Free Technical Manuals
Includes downloadable manuals for everything from sythesizers to computers and more available to read online or download in various formats.

Free Recording Handbook
Read it online or browse the JeepJazz Question and Answer section.

Free Technical Manuals at Manuals online
Search and download manuals and sound charts in .pdf format (the free Adobe Acrobat Reader required). Includes synths, amplifiers, monitors, mixers, signal processors, digital processors, performance tools, power products, drum, guitar and recording equipment

Studio Musicians Jargonbuster The Studio Musicians Jargon Buster
A book which provides a glossary of musical technology and recording. Nearly 2000 essential terms and processes for home and studio musicians, fully explained, illustrated and cross referenced. This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work.

Home Studio Registry where musicians and composers can swap information and tips.

Recently discovered John Vestman's site which contains some rather cool information and tips for bands and musicians on Mastering and other recording related subjects - great for beginners!
Vocalist motivation
Secrets of Miking
Success Tape Series
How to Prepare for Mastering
Suprising Differences
Cutting a Hot CD
Mastering Procedures
What to Expect from Mastering
Tips for better Mixing
Tips for Recording Vocals
The Myth of Digital Sound
Cassette Mastering Tips
Compression Explained
Studio Monitor Madness

Music and Technology
Resources for the recording musician and blog run by award winning mixing engineer Stephen Sherrard.

Musicians Friend
This popular online musicians store includes a wealth of tips, reviews and buying guides in the articles section.

Planet of Tunes
Technical help for music & video makers, digital artists, multimedia authors and web designers

Sound on Sound Magazine has a wide range of informative tutorials and articles on sound production, equipment and recording available on their website in the Sound Advice and Archive sections. Also worth checking the WayBack machine WayBack machine SOS Archive for older articles.

Glossary of terms for sound engineers.