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What's the hum and noise? 

Welcome to the problems that home studios, and studios built in homes, have. Noise, it's everywhere! That fridge, the hum from the light, the computer fan, the bird out the window, those stinking cars going by, the neighbor's dog barking, the A/C or furnace kicking on and blowing air! ARGH!!!! It's maddening! What's even worse is when you unplug anything you can, turn off the heat, get things perfectly quiet, and there's still so much noise in your recordings. What's a guy/gal to do?!?!

I hear ya, it…

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Balancing life while working from home 

With the introduction of digital audio recording, working on audio from a home studio has become a reality for a solid group of engineers and enthusiasts. Top that off with the cost of equipment getting lower and lower, and you have a recipe for lots of home based businesses. Any one you talk to that knows business will tell you that bricks and mortar (having a building) is expensive. Because of this, more and more people are opting for home studios. But this comes with some consequences that most don't…

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The 80/20 Rule in audio 

Everywhere in life there seems to be a massive inequality at play. I'm not talking about racial or genders here. What I'm talking about is this mystical equation that I keep noticing all over the place. And I'm not the only one seeing it. You've probably heard of the 80/20 rule before, most of us have. Originally it said that 20% of the people had 80% of the money. And subsequently 80% of the people had 20% of the money. But anymore, I find that I hear things like "80% of the work is done by 20% of the…

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Hear more of your mic and less of your cheap preamp 

Back when I first started building my studio out, it was most certainly your average "home studio." I now pride myself on my, somewhat, slogan - "A studio built into a home, not a home studio." The phrase home studio has developed a bit of a bad rap over the years. Let's be honest, the quality of equipment coming out for the home studio market is getting better and better. But it wasn't always good. And still today, having amazing sounding gear won't help if you don't know how to use it properly. In fact,

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Captain, We're Phasing! 

I'm alright admitting that I like sci-fi. Science fiction writing and films can be wildly entertaining. Have you noticed that a lot of the things they discuss in sci-fi end up becoming reality? And if you take a quick look into the science behind the types of things they're doing, they're usually not too terribly far off the mark on the things that are already here and happening. I remember watching Star Trek as a kid and hearing them talking about phasing issues when they were teleporting or having issues

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