The best resources online to become a better Home Studio Engineer
If I had seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants – Isaac Newton
Everything I know about recording music and mixing, a whole 9 years of it, I’ve learned from reading online, scouring forums and article posts, watching YouTube videos and downloading video files, and finding books and memorizing each page … and really, just analytically listening to my favorite records.
But the best online reaources that I’ve found, and continue to come back to, are:
- Pensados Place: If you don’t know about Pensados Place by now, head over to their website or YouTube channel, find an engineer or artist you know, and fall down the rabbit hole. There’s a lot of information, plus, it’s the information you want, from the artist and engineers you admire, about the records you love. Enough said.
- The Recording Revolution: Graham over at TheRecordingRevolution.com, either the website or YouTube channel, has tons of information catering to home studio musicians like us. He’ll prove to you that your gear’s good enough, and you just need to learn how to record and mix like the top dawgs.
- The Pro Audio Files: The people over at ProAudioFiles.com, either website or YouTube, have great videos regarding mixing, the mindset behind the mixing, as well as articles breaking down each processes and tool of mixing.
- Bobbyowsinski.blogspot.com: Bobby O. can be found a lot of places, but his blog has most of the information in one place. Great articles on mix technique , as well as the mindset while mixing.
- Lynda.com: online tutoring site with audio engineering mini classes: recording, mixing, and playing your instrument. (Bobby O. has a class or two on there, but there are others as well)
- Skillshare.com: There’s a few audio engineering courses on skill share, most notable though, are the audio recording and mixing classes by Hip Hop legend, Young Guru. Check it out, it might be helpful.
- Sound on Sound/ Tape Op : Sound on sound and tape op are two of many online audio engineer resources. I recommend, scrolling through both if you haven’t already, but there are a ton more online as well, those two are the most notable.
- Forums: Forums can be nightmarish at times, but they can also be very helpful. Besides just going to places like gearslutz, see if your DAW of choice has a forum community you can join. You’ll be with other musicians using your platform, so if you have any questions I’m sure someone online can help. But be careful, if you’ve never been on an audio engineer forum, you can go down very dark places arguing about gear and how your DAW has “a sound” etc, but it could be the place that some one “brings you the light” tehe.
- YouTube: Do not under estimate the power and depth of knowledge on YouTube, there’s a lot of hidden gem YouTube channels in regards to audio recording, production, and mixing. Find them, subscribe to them, follow them. One i’ve been watching lately is BehindTheSpeaker, Jason has a lot of great information… but like a said there’s a ton of channels out there.
- Microphone Company’s blog or Education/Academy Section: Your favorite microphone’s website most likely has a wealth of information about recording theory, physics, and just plain cool stuff regarding audio engineering. Shure microphones and Neumann Microphones, for instance have awesome websites with enormous amounts of information. It’s usually free which is the best part too.
There you have it. I may have left some key sources out, that I’ve used and still use, but off the top, those are places your attention should be if you’re needing basic skills, lacking inspiration, or in need of new techniques for experimentation. Have fun studying and making records.