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TECH TIPS: Soldering Basics for the Absolute Beginner

Soldering is a method of using a conductive material (solder) to connect a wire with another device, such as another wire, a 1/4 inch plug, a guitar pickup or a circuit board. Solder is a metal alloy with a relatively low melting point; you can think of it as conductive glue. Electronics solder is usually […]Read More »

An In-Depth Look at Constructing Orb Recording Studios, Austin

Orb Recording Studios is a 5,600-square-foot facility built from the ground up on an acre of Texas hill country just 25 minutes from downtown Austin. The studio is the vision of co-owners C.B. Hudson (lead guitarist for Blue October) and Matt Noveskey (bassist for Blue October) who sought to merge the quality of renowned East […]Read More »

STEREO GUIDE: Put Together a Rockin’ System on a Budget

If you’re a musician, chances are you take great pride in carefully crafting your music, especially when you’re in the studio. So why are you still listening to your favorite tunes on tiny earbuds or the blown out computer speakers that came with your PC ten years ago? You want your music to be heard […]Read More »

Build Your Own Home Studio (Part 2 of 2)

Read Part 1 here. PERMITS In most states you’ll need to submit your plans to the local building department for approval for any type of major renovation (read – permit fees and inspections).  If your plans involve building walls, hanging doors, running electrical and HVAC and you aren’t a do-it-yourselfer, then I’d recommend bringing in […]Read More »

Build Your Own Home Studio (Part 1)

So you want to build a home studio?  I own Night Train Studios in Westford, MA, a 1,000 sq. ft recording studio that I built in 2003 (that’s a 12’ x 15’ Control Room, 12’ x 18’ Iso Room A, 12’ x 10’ Iso Room B, 6’ x 10’ Iso Room C, 4’ x 6’ […]Read More »

GEAR GUIDE: Home Mixers

While many programs have integrated mixers that can entail hours of clicking away to make the perfect mix, there are physical mixers that can be used to make the process easier and leave the power of perfection at your fingertips! Since the downturn of the economy, producers are now moving their studios into their personal […]Read More »