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5 Websites Every Home Recording Studio Owner Needs to Know About

5 Websites Every Home Recording Studio Owner Needs To Know About

Home recording involves so many different aspects and almost every home studio is different. There’s numerous genres of music, hardware and software based recording studios, mastering studios (yes some people master projects at home), and a hundred other different combinations of equipment and gadgets with their own various purposes. What we’ve decided to do is put together a group of 5 websites that can benefit every home recording studio owner, including aspiring audio engineers, musical enthusiasts and everything else in between. Whether you’ve assembled your collection of audio gear and software with the intention to record your band or your own music, you record local artists, you work with indie artists and labels, or even if you’ve established a more professional business platform,  I guarantee that there’s information in these 5 websites that will both enlighten you and improve the way you work in your studio.

Note: These sites are in no specific order of relevancy.
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Learn More About Your Microphones

A picture of Coutant's microphone website.

Frequency Response Charts, Microphone History, Audio Samples, and Microphone Images.

Microphones are a core component of every recording studio, both professional and project, so to start this off my first choice was “Coutant”. I’m not really sure what a coutant is (I googled “what is coutant”, promise), but my guess is it’s the owner of the website’s name. Disregarding the name, this is probably the best resource I’ve found for information on different types of microphones.

Almost every microphone you’ll ever come across in a recording studio is included in the contents, and audio samples recorded from the mics are provided, along with frequency response charts, images, a description of the microphone, and sometimes a brief history of the microphone. Whether you need a frequency response chart for a microphone you own, or you plan to buy one of these microphones and want to know more about it, this is an excellent informational resource for your home recording studio.

Thousands of Audio Gear Reviews

Sound on sound audio gear reviews.

Gear reviews for any kind of equipment or software you have or will need in your home recording studio.

I’m sure quite a few of you are familiar with Sound on Sound, the self proclaimed “world’s premier music recording technology magazine”, and if you’re not you’ll be glad I brought it to your attention. There are so many resources available on SoS that I couldn’t list them all, but the specific one I’d like to bring to your attention is their reviews. SoS has one of the biggest selections of audio gear and software reviews, even rivaling some of the top online musical gear retailers in terms of review quantities. The difference between the reviews found on retailers sites and the ones on Sound on Sound is that SoS’s reviews are much more thorough and informative than anything a retailer or retailers customer would ever consider writing. Before I buy gear for my studio I almost always check for a review of the product on SoS. This could prove to be one of the most valuable home recording studio resources available on the entire internet, especially if you include the rest of the website’s content.

DRUMs, Music, Reviews, Interviews, and More Drums

DRUM! Magazine's website front page.

DRUM! Magazine is more than just drums. From video tutorials to interviews with the pros, you’ll be sure to learn something.

Not all drummers are home studio owners, but EVERY home studio owner should understand drums, the way they work, and recording techniques used for drums. Arguably drums are the most difficult instrument to record, due to them actually being multiple instruments, bleed from closely spaced microphones, vibrations from the drum kit, and the fact that with the exception of a few musical genres, drums play a critical role in every track.

DRUM! Magazine’s website has a large collection of resources, from tutorials and guides under the “lessons” tab to articles written by professional musicians and audio engineers. The great thing about their website is that regardless of the name, there’s a lot of other information that’s not directly related to drums, but very helpful for a home studio owner. I discovered this site when I was searching for different methods to build a sound proof recording booth, and stumbled upon this vast collection of musical information.

What’s a Home Recording Studio without Sounds And Gear?

sounds and gear home studio gear and software reviews

There’s no music production without sounds or gear. Sounds and Gear is an excellent resource for music producers and home studio owners.

The title says it all. Sounds and Gear is a website hosted by JK “Saint Joe” Swopes that offers video reviews of all kinds of music production software (VST plugins, AU Plugins, DAWs, samplers, synths, etc), music production gear, sound libraries, and loops/samples.

The majority of the resources on this site are reviews of various sound plugins. Saint Joe does a good job of going through the stock sounds, the interface of the plugin, and explaining it’s features. I’ve discovered dozens of new plugins on his site that I’d never heard of before but later became great additions to my studio. Whenever you’re looking for some new sounds for your tracks, make sure you check out Sounds and Gear for some inspiration and to help you decide what to go with. Sounds and Gear also has a lot of good tutorials, a lot of them covering the Native Instruments Maschine controller and software and other similar types of gear.

Your Guide To A Home Recording Studio

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Your Guide to A Home Recording Studio. Audio recording and music production resources including guides, articles, and gear reviews to help you get the most out of your home or project studio.

For some reason I feel like you might know about this particular website already. Come on, did you really think I’d leave out 2infamouz? While still relatively new at the time of this article, 2infamouz has put together a large collection of resources for home studio owners like yourself. Currently 2infamouz has 7 authors, including 2 audio mastering engineers, several audio enthusiasts, a model/producer, and yours truly, along with over 40 articles related to music production and audio engineering, all in the span of 2 1/2 months.

From thorough guides on audio processing effects and tools, to gear reviews, 2infamouz is establishing it’s name throughout the home recording studio and music production communities all over the web, and will only keep growing. We appreciate the support of all our viewers and are proud to be helping home studio owners across the globe. Every email and comment from our fans, viewers, and subscribers, telling us how we’ve been able to help them drives us even more to develop a beneficial and relevant website in the constantly evolving world of music production.

March 20, 2013 Music Production 8 Comments

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  1. Djay k March 20, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Only relevant one on the list is Sound on Sound, the others meh, sounds and gears a ghetto site with some over opinionated blogger, who specializes in his view which meaningless, kinda like a backyard mechanic. Kvr-audio, Music Radar, Harmony Central, eMusician.

    • Ayron Thelen March 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      @Djay k
      “over opinionated” huh? :P Well thanks for checking out the page, sorry you don’t like the other 4 websites. I’ve had numerous people say they were all helpful, so I suppose that what’s “relevant” is a subjective matter.
      -Ayron

    • Yulia April 8, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Well, since you didn’t say free, then Ableton Live, Cubase, FL Studio, Garageband (not my favorite, but user frindely and the recording quality is only hindered by the mic and room you use to record with). Tons of people still use Digital Performer (though I have never met one face to face. It tends to be a good program to score with, but people use it to record.) Audacity is available, but incredibly limited regarding recording and workflow. If you aren’t looking to learn or get better with these types of programs, then just go with Audacity and you will record with no problems. However, for more options and sonic adjusting capabilities, check out the other ones I mentioned.Cheers

  2. Isham March 20, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I confirm sounds & gear is the best site I’ve ever found regarding sound packs description and guidance. Very knowledgeable person on beat making soft and hardware also.
    Gearslutz should be in the list as well.
    Cheers
    Isham

  3. Paulette M. Long March 26, 2013 at 4:58 am

    Thanks for the list. I just got started setting up my own recording studio at home. I still need to complete my stuff though.

  4. Andrew James June 24, 2013 at 6:14 am

    The list were great, but I would just like to add one more site that could be helpful for recording studio owners, I hope you don’t mind if I share this with you: Salt Lake City Studio.

  5. Kamal July 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    thank you.

  6. Kamal August 25, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    useful info!

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