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This post was updated December 2019.

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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 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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Our newly revised and expanded hands-on guide to home audio recording, The Home Studio Handbook: Get Great Acoustics and Killer Mixes From Your Home Studio covers a wealth of topics that newbies and those of you with studio chops can learn from. The 37-page Home Studio Handbook is free and available for download now!

How To Record and Mix Advice From the Pros
Tracking vocals: Making a phrase-by-phrase approach work Choose moderate volume when mixing music
Tracking vocals one phrase at a time Three easy fixes to improve your guitar tone when recording
Recording vocals in a home studio Prepping for an audio mix: Get your session, tracks, and notes in order
Mix with your song structure in mind Vocal recording advice for the experimental at heart
Seven music mixing tips to help you maintain perspective Consider this when mixing with headphones
Mixing bass guitar in your home recording studio How to overcome the challenges of mixing in a home studio
Mixing vocals in your home studio Tips from a veteran mixing engineer
Five mistakes that can lead to a muddy mix Audio mixing fundamentals with engineer Graham Cochrane
How to make better audio mixes with panning Introduction to Audio Mastering
EQ and your audio mix: Five tips for spectral success Stage and studio advice from a vocal producer
Add clarity to your audio mix using pre-delay Avoid these common mistakes to get the most from audio mastering
Mixing rap vocals to cut through the music track How to get a great vocal sound in your home studio
Mixing on headphones in your home studio Stereo width and audio mastering
Audio mastering basics for your home studio Butch Vig on record production
Fixing your audio mix: how to tweak that problem bass note Twelve EDM production tips for producing massive and original dance music
Mixing Drums: How to mix drums and percussion in your home studio Getting the best from your live music recording
Home recording tips – 9 mic placements for recording a snare drum Limit your takes and make better recordings
Panning adds width to your audio mix (Irreverent) Recording tips from Mitch Easter
The four essential elements of EQ and your audio mix Pre-production tips for recording drums
Don’t boost – reduce! Subtractive equalization and your home studio mix Producing great hip hop vocals
10 Mixdown Tips for the Aspiring Audio Engineer Producing Background Vocals
Home Recording Tips – 10 Mic Placements For Acoustic Guitar SNL Drummer Shawn Pelton Shares Recording Session Performance Tips
How To Record a Snare Drum in Your Home Studio Home Studio Recording Tips From a Pro Studio
How to Record Piano in Your Home Studio Your Home Studio Mix – Recording Tips For Better Results
Re-amping and Your Home Studio How To Record A Great Vocal Take
How To Record Bass Guitar – Recording tips for the home studio and beyond Quincy Jones: Tools For Success
How to Record a Saxophone – Recording tips for the home studio and beyond In the Studio with Trevor Horn
Recording Electric Guitar Behind the Glass with Joe Chiccarelli
Recording Acoustic Guitar Behind The Glass with Daniel Lanois
Creating a Great Composite Vocal Recording
Gear and Your Recording Space Producing and Prepping for Recording
Make the most of your studio time (and space) 5 things to do before recording in a professional studio
Working with plug-ins: A beginner’s guide Budgeting for your recording session
Meet the Audio plug-in: Your start-up kit 10 ways to lay the groundwork for an amazing vocal recording session
The essential studio gear for your home studio Getting great results when you’re the singer AND producer in your home studio
Choosing a signature vocal mic for your studio Seven things to consider when shopping recording studios
Going mobile: A look at music making apps Seven tips for recording great keyboard parts in the studio
Virtual synths and musical instruments on your mobile device Improve your EDM production skills with close listening
The B-3 in action: Five examples of Hammond organ done right Actively test – and improve – your listening skills
Six tips for adding Hammond organ to your music Preparing to record in a professional recording studio
Remote collaboration: Nine tips for sharing music tracks Prepping for the recording studio, Part II
Mastering Gear and The SoundLAB at Disc Makers What is the difference between loudness, volume and gain?
Acoustic treatment and your home studio Are you ready to work with a vocal producer?
Are your home studio acoustics killing your mix? Music production basics – Part 1: amplitude and automation
Pros and cons of the Figure 8 mic pickup pattern A record producer’s pre-recording prep work
The recording equipment you really need for your home studio setup The record producer and pre-production
A quick buyer’s guide for your home studio microphone How to choose a recording studio
Isolation headphones and your home recording Audio mastering for vinyl
Signal Processing For The Home Studio Owner: Part 1, Compressors, Limiters, and EQ Psychology and the Music Producer – an audio engineer often has to do it all
Signal Processing For The Home Studio Owner: Part 2, Gates, Delay, and Reverb So this guitarist walks into a recording studio…
Quick tips for recording better tones in your home studio The Mantra of a Successful Recording Studio
Recording Studio Microphones: Good, Better, and Wow! Audio Mastering – The Mysterious Post-Production Art Form
Using compressors and limiters Ear Fatigue and Mixing Music – Know the Signs, Avoid Mistakes
Dithering – Adding “Good Noise” to Improve Your Home Recordings
Drum Tuning Advice for Recording and Gigs

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