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Home studio posts – recording tips for producers, engineers, and musicians

Our studio and recording tips offer insight on acoustics, microphones, producing, gear, plug-ins, and everything in between.

This post was updated September 2018.

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Ready to learn how to record your music in your own home studio? Looking for advice on recording equipment, acoustics, and being a recording engineer? We’ve got a ton of home studio blog posts we’ve published over the years, and we’ve collected most of them here for you. Dig in to interviews with great music producers, tips on how to build your home studio, and recording insights from the pros.

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Tips from the Pros

Choose moderate volume when mixing music

Budgeting for your recording session

Vocal recording advice for the experimental at heart

Seven things to consider when shopping recording studios

Consider this when mixing with headphones

Mix with your song structure in mind

How to overcome the challenges of mixing in a home studio

Five mistakes that can lead to a muddy mix

Improve your EDM production skills with close listening

Actively test – and improve – your listening skills

Tips from a veteran mixing engineer

Audio mixing fundamentals with engineer Graham Cochrane

Prepping for the recording studio, Part II

Preparing to record in a professional recording studio

Introduction to Audio Mastering

Mixing on headphones in your home studio

Stereo width and audio mastering

Stage and studio advice from a vocal producer

Avoid these common mistakes to get the most from audio mastering

What is the difference between loudness, volume and gain?

Are you ready to work with a vocal producer?

Audio mastering basics for your home studio

A record producer’s pre-recording prep work

Are your home studio acoustics killing your mix?

How to choose a recording studio

Butch Vig on record production

Twelve EDM production tips for producing massive and original dance music

Audio mastering for vinyl

Psychology and the Music Producer – an audio engineer often has to do it all

A study in record production: Miranda Lambert and Beck

Limit your takes and make better recordings

Audio repair and restoration: tools of the trade

Virtual synths and the art of imperfection

(Irreverent) Recording tips from Mitch Easter

So this guitarist walks into a recording studio…

Panning adds width to your audio mix

The four essential elements of EQ and your audio mix

Producing great hip hop vocals

Don’t boost – reduce! Subtractive equalization and your home studio mix

Producing Background Vocals

The Mantra of a Successful Recording Studio

SNL Drummer Shawn Pelton Shares Recording Session Performance Tips

Using Auto-Tune in Your Home Studio

Audio Mastering – The Mysterious Post-Production Art Form

Ear Fatigue and Mixing Music – Know the Signs, Avoid Mistakes

Food and the Recording Studio – A Serious Recording Tip

Dithering – Adding “Good Noise” to Improve Your Home Recordings

To capture the tone of Eric Clapton, George Harrison, and Tom Petty – stay out of the way

Home Studio Tips from a Big Studio Designer

Quincy Jones: Tools For Success

In the Studio with Michael Jackson

In the Studio with Trevor Horn

Analog Recording in Digital Times

Creating a Great Composite Vocal Recording

Behind the Glass with Joe Chiccarelli

From Your Project Studio to The Sound Machine

Behind The Glass with Daniel Lanois

Drum Tuning Advice for Recording and Gigs


How To Record

Getting great results when you’re the singer AND producer in your home studio

10 ways to lay the groundwork for an amazing vocal recording session

Three easy fixes to improve your guitar tone when recording

Prepping for an audio mix: Get your session, tracks, and notes in order

Recording vocals in a home studio

Seven tips for recording great keyboard parts in the studio

Seven music mixing tips to help you maintain perspective

Mixing bass guitar in your home recording studio

Mixing vocals in your home studio

How to make better audio mixes with panning

EQ and your audio mix: Five tips for spectral success

Add a little jelly to your home studio recordings

Add clarity to your audio mix using pre-delay

Mixing rap vocals to cut through the music track

How to get a great vocal sound in your home studio

Music production basics – Part 1: amplitude and automation

Home recording tip: save samples to speed up noise reduction

The record producer and pre-production

Fixing your audio mix: how to tweak that problem bass note

MIDI FAQ for beginners

Mixing Drums: How to mix drums and percussion in your home studio

Getting the best from your live music recording

Five tips for recording vocals at home

Home recording tips – 9 mic placements for recording a snare drum

Pre-production tips for recording drums

10 Mixdown Tips for the Aspiring Audio Engineer

Home Recording Tips – 10 Mic Placements For Acoustic Guitar

Home Studio Recording Tips From a Pro Studio

Your Home Studio Mix – Recording Tips For Better Results

How To Record A Great Vocal Take

How To Record a Snare Drum in Your Home Studio

Signal Processing For The Home Studio Owner: Part 1, Compressors, Limiters, and EQ

Signal Processing For The Home Studio Owner: Part 2, Gates, Delay, and Reverb

Quick tips for recording better tones in your home studio

How to Record Piano in Your Home Studio

Re-amping and Your Home Studio

How To Record Bass Guitar – Recording tips for the home studio and beyond

How to Record a Saxophone – Recording tips for the home studio and beyond

Using compressors and limiters

Recording Electric Guitar

Recording Acoustic Guitar


Gear, software, and equipment advice and reviews

Choosing a signature vocal mic for your studio

Going mobile: A look at music making apps

Virtual synths and musical instruments on your mobile device

The B-3 in action: Five examples of Hammond organ done right

Six tips for adding Hammond organ to your music

Remote collaboration: Nine tips for sharing music tracks

Mastering Gear and The SoundLAB at Disc Makers

Acoustic treatment and your home studio

Virtual instruments – the secret ingredient of film, TV, and video game music

Pros and cons of the Figure 8 mic pickup patternl

The recording equipment you really need for your home studio setup

Making Beats With the Akai MPC

A quick buyer’s guide for your home studio microphone

My six favorite home studio accessories (this year)

Format options for your audio master

Choosing the right audio interface for your home studio

Isolation headphones and your home recording

Recording Studio Microphones: Good, Better, and Wow!


Build your own home recording studio

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