How to Build Acoustic Panels for a Recording Studio

Making your own acoustic panels can save you a significant amount of money and turn your home studio, a place that, in most cases, was not built for recording, into a well treated, good sounding, place to record. This tutorial will show you how I built the acoustic panels that I’m using in my own home studio including the tools, materials, cost and step-by-step DIY instructions. Approximate total cost per panel (materials only): $25-$30


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Zoom L-12 Review and Setup

The Zoom L-12 is a multichannel mixer, audio interface and recorder. And it can do all of this at the same time!

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Canon 80D Video Menu Setup

The video specific menus on the Canon 80D provide lots of options for setting up your DSLR to shoot high-quality video. This tutorial is a complete walkthrough of the Canon 80D video menu settings.

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Mackie Mix8 Mixer for Podcasting

Another solid entry into the sub $100 mixer shootout, the Mackie Mix8 mixer* has a lot of the features a podcaster would want at a budget friendly price.

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Record Skype using a Focusrite 2i4

Using the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB audio interface*, you can record Skype using several different methods to include a backup recording for redundancy.

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New Motion Graphic Intro for YouTube

Here’s a new motion graphic that will play at the front end of most of my YouTube videos. I’ve been wanting to update the intro to my videos for a long time and I finally got around to it. The key is that it is short and branded. [Read more…]

Mackie 402VLZ4 Mixer

The Mackie 402VLZ ultra-compact mixer* is an excellent audio mixer for first time podcasters. “Built like a tank” the 402 is encased in steel with quality feeling knobs, sealed to prevent dust from invading the insides of the mixer. The first thing you’ll notice when you pull this mixer from the box is how well it’s built and its small size. This thing feels like a road warrior, built to be taken with you when necessary.

 

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Behringer Xenyx Q802USB Mixer Overview

The Behringer Q802USB mixer* is a great choice if you are looking for a mixer that can handle most podcasting applications for less than $100.

A good preamp is where a good mixer starts. The Q802USB has Behringer’s Xenyx preamps and they perform very well in this mixer. With plus 60DB of gain, the preamps in this mixer are enough to power most dynamic microphones including the Heil PR40 and the ATR2100, two of my microphones that require the most gain. Even at the top range of this preamp, I was able to get clean audio.


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How to Setup Any Mixer – Gain Staging without PFL or Solo Buttons

For many podcasters, mixers do not include Pre Fader Listen (PFL) or Solo buttons which are commonly used on more expensive mixers for properly setting audio levels.

 

Gain staging is the process of setting proper audio levels through your entire audio chain. On a mixer this starts with the gain knob (located at the top of each channel strip) which controls the sensitivity of your microphone or input and finishes at the output, your main mix. [Read more…]

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