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An Introduction to Equalization - A free download from Audio Masterclass

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

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

"Guitars used..." by Brian Hugh Griffith

Q: Which is the best compressor and equalizer?

Q: Should I upgrade my Shure SM58 and use technical solutions for noise and ambience?

Doppler phasing - extreme creativity in the studio

Q: Why does my mixer have a 48 volt switch?

An asymmetrically biased microphone with a really fruity tone [with audio]

How can an expander help in live sound?

When working in a new theatre, always find out where the tielines go

What is the difference between gain and level?

Demonstrating the Waves J37 analog tape emulation plug-in and comparison with a real tape recorder

Open up your mic and preamp, take out the connectors and solder the cable directly. Discuss..

Connectors may just be the weakest link in your recording chain. One RP visitor has an answer...

In response to Shock news - Digidesign's Mbox 2 is lacking in bass punch!, Daniel Enstrom writes...

"Well, measuring sound is close to not possible. As the article describes there is hard to hear the difference between 0.01% and 0.003% distortion.

The thing is that the difference you hear much more possibly is something else. Like different volume or different frequency response. Try this if you want maximum punch...

Take a good microphone of your choice, remove the contact in the bottom and fasten a fresh cable directly to the wiring. Open your preamp and do the same thing.

Do a recording and listen! Now you can hear that things really open up!

This means that there is more to it than just EQ and tech spec. The cables, the connectors, and so on also gives or takes the colors of your recording. If you want hard-hitting punch I suggest black and white.

This is so much more fun for us recording engineers. No magic, just magic.

Better sound, less flexibility."

Hmm, anyone ready to give this a go... and let us hear the results?

By David Mellor Thursday November 30, 2006