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Equipping Your Home Recording Studio - A free download from Audio Masterclass

An Introduction to Compression: Basic Compression - A free download from Audio Masterclass

An Introduction to Equalization - A free download from Audio Masterclass

How to start your recordings in a clean and professional way

Do some microphones respond to EQ better than others?

What information do you need on your CD (to make money)?

Q: Compression, EQ or reverb - where should I start?

How to make your recordings sound great in the car

Can you print a vinyl record on a 3D printer?

A $30,000 Neve Melbourn for $4000? Not quite...

The importance of a neat and tidy fade

How to compress a snare drum that changes in level

Yet more proof that you don't need a 'great' microphone

Does your demo look as good as you?

The importance of your demo tape or CD looking good.

The look and feel of your demo CD has a significant effect when someone picks it up and needs to decide whether to listen to it or not.

The audio quality of CD blanks does vary, but not enough to make a difference for a demo, unless the blank is faulty of course. The more significant factor is the appearence of the label side.

Firstly, if you want to impress, you must use a quality stick-on label,well designed and printed. The best labels are the ones with a photo-quality glossy surface. Those that look and feel like ordinary paperjust seem cheap.

Pay attention to sticking the label down evenly, properly, and withoutlumps caused by dust or air bubbles getting underneath.

Also, the CD blank should be just that - blank. Nothing looks worse thana CD with manufacturer's logo etc. covered by a label.

OK, you will have to pay more for your labels, but unbranded CDs usually cost less. It evens out.

Moral - it's your music. Don't make it look cheap.

By David Mellor Friday December 9, 2005