Do You Need a Direct Box for Home Recording?

01_HosaSidekicksmVirtually all of today’s home recording digital audio interfaces allow easy connection of microphones as well as various high impedance sound sources such as an electric guitar, bass or keyboard. But are you really getting the best possible sound quality plugging your instrument directly into these interfaces? This month we’ll do a test recording of bass guitar using a typical digital audio home recording interface, and then add a direct box into the equation to see what difference, if any, such a device makes in the quality of the sound. Read more…

Review: Iris Ornig’s New Ground

Iris OrnigHere’s an in-depth review of why we recommend CD Baby artist Iris Ornig. She is “a gifted instrumentalist, a talented composer, and a charismatic performer.”

New Ground was released March 3rd, 2009 and features original compositions as well as original arrangements by Ornig. She also produced the CD. The album features Ornig on bass, Daisuke Abe on guitar, Yoshiro Okazaki on trumpet, Danny Grissett on piano and Tony Jefferson on drums. Read more…