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Mitch Gallagher

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How to Make Your Recording Space Sound Great

It's a fact that most home studios are, well, in homes. And while this makes many things easier (for example, getting to the session on time), there is one thing that is inescapable — the average bedroom is... Read more »

10 Electric Guitar Recording Tips

A great guitar track is the result of many disparate items coming together. And while we can't offer suggestions on writing a great song, here are some ideas to make your recording sessions trouble-free and musical... Read more »

Guitars In The Workstation — Making Guitars Make Sense

In the days before digital audio workstations, it was exceedingly rare to have more than three or four electric guitar tracks on a song. Even when 24-track tape machines came on the scene, the number of tracks... Read more »

5 Ways To Get Great Electric Bass Tracks

Honestly, it's not hard to record good bass tracks; the tools — a good DI box, good mic preamps (to plug the DI into), and good compressors are readily available. But getting great bass tracks requires a... Read more »

How to Create the Perfect Vocal Headphone Mix

Few musicians — and no songwriters — would argue with the premise that the most important elements in most recordings are the singer and the lyrics. Perhaps the most critical aspect of modern recording... Read more »

How to: the M-S Stereo Technique

There are some obvious advantages to miking instruments and ensembles in stereo; stereo miking provides a more natural image of the sound field and the width of the stereo field gives listeners the ability to hear... Read more »

Six Ways To Get The Most from Your Studio Monitors

Now that you've bought your dream monitors, it's time to figure out how to get the best from them. In the real world, monitor placement is a matter of compromise — you do the best you can with what you have to... Read more »

Hands On: PreSonus Studio One 3

Just a few short years ago, PreSonus's then-new Studio One software was the new kid on the DAW block — a fresh upstart coming into an arena already populated with mature, full-featured, well-supported apps. But... Read more »

Hands On: BOSS SY-300 Guitar Synthesizer

It's no secret that I love guitar tone — after all, I wrote a book on it! But I also love synthesizers and all the textures and sounds that they can create. So it will come as no surprise that I've always wanted a... Read more »

iOS Update

I had a phone conversation recently with a friend who was planning a concert where he would be using one or possibly two iPads to perform all the music — backing track playback, synthesizers, effects, and more. As... Read more »

How to Multi-mic your Snare Drum

Hundreds of hit records have been made with only one microphone on the snare drum, and there's nothing wrong with that. But there are excellent reasons to use a second microphone on the snare — either... Read more »

How to Use Dual Compressors on Vocals

Two compressors for Vocals? Sure, why not? There are actually a couple of ways to use multiple compressors when recording or mixing vocals. The idea is to use a faster compressor to control peaks and a slower... Read more »

Multi-miking for Acoustic Guitars

An earlier article discussed a number of approaches to miking acoustic guitars in a recording environment; those approaches used a single microphone, which works great in many applications. But there's no need to... Read more »

How to Use Multi-pattern Mics on Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic guitars have a place in many musical styles, but the best method of recording an acoustic can vary. The perfect sound for a new-age solo guitar album would likely not be the appropriate sound for a surf... Read more »

6 Electric Guitar Miking Tricks

With all of the cool amp modeling apps, new plug-ins, and standalone boxes available to the discerning guitarist, you may think that the old-school approach of simply plugging your guitar into an amp and sticking a... Read more »

Should I Record to an External Hard Drive?

Q: I know that "traditionally" we've been told to record to a separate hard drive from the computer's system hard drive. Is this still necessary? My laptop's solid-state hard drive is smokin' fast, it seems like I... Read more »

Hands On: DiGiGrid IOS

Waves has long been known as one of the top plug-in developers in the world. From EQs to compressors, 'verbs to channel strips, guitar amps to synthesizers, Waves has every category of plug-in covered. But now, the... Read more »

Hands On: Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt

Looking for a flexible interface to build your Mac-based studio around that offers tons of connectivity, extremely low latency, lots of extra features, and world-class converters? Prefer Thunderbolt connectivity?... Read more »

Hands On: Antelope Audio Satori

"Satori" is the Japanese word for enlightenment; illumination; comprehension. Not only are these all desirable things if you're a spiritual seeker, but they are also equally important when you're attempting to... Read more »

Hands On: Music Man Majesty Artisan

Dream Theater's John Petrucci has amassed quite a line of signature guitars from Music Man; 6-strings, 7-strings, higher-end, entry level — these outstanding instruments cover a wide range of tonal and musical... Read more »

Hands On: Hughes & Kettner Triamp MKIII

Six power tubes. Nine preamp tubes. Six channels. MIDI control. Onboard noise gate. Switchable effects loop. Enhanced Red Box speaker-emulated DI output. Master insert jacks. Built-in TSC tube status monitoring. A... Read more »

Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt Audio Interface Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_djSspzPgI HANDS ON: Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt Looking for a flexible interface to build your Mac-based studio around, that offers tons of connectivity, extremely low latency, lots... Read more »

Hands On: Antelope Audio Zen Studio

Antelope Audio is a company that specializes in amazing products. Their mastering-grade converters and super-accurate clocks are just two examples. Then there is the Orion 32, with its ground-breaking ability to... Read more »

Hands On Review: IK Multimedia SampleTank 3

IK Multimedia’s SampleTank has been a great choice as a software sample playback engine for more than thirteen years. It’s always been easy to learn, easy to operate, and it came with a great library; and several... Read more »