Rock Solid Guitar Stands “Elite 6”

Rock Solid Guitar Stands has been in my home studio for years and years now. I currently own the Rock Solid “Elite 6” guitar stand and I couldn’t be any happier with it. Please allow me to explain.

The Rock Solid “Elite 6” guitar stand showed up in a small enough box and of course it needed some assembly. The whole assembly process was simple and took me 30 minutes from start to finish. Please keep in mind that I was pausing from time to time to make a demo video of the process, hence the 30 minutes in time it took me to assemble the stand. It should take most of you about 15 minutes to assemble the pieces that ship in the box.

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The Rock Solid “Elite 6” guitar stand that I opted for is made of a solid mahogany wood and is simply gorgeous to look at. The two runners at the bottom are wrapped in a soft grip like material as to safely grab and hold your favorite instruments and hold them in place. Each of the six neck rests or neck supports is covered in the same safe grip material, as to keep the necks of your guitars and basses safe from any damage. The whole unit feels solid and well made in my opinion, and should last for as long as I do.

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Let me please explain why I went so big and opted for the Rock Solid “Elite 6” guitar stand. You see, I only own a few instruments these days. I expect clients and friends that I work with to bring their instruments to my home studio, and they will require a safe place to set their electric guitar, bass, or acoustic guitar. Honestly, I can’t imagine a mandolin would fit into the stand, but a banjo sure would. That said, I cant imagine a banjo on any of my tracks unless maybe its a six string banjo. However, when it comes to art, I have learned to never say never.

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The Rock Solid “Elite 6” is made of solid wood, mahogany, no particle board or plywood here. This is great as it looks fantastic to boot. The bottom slats as well as the neck rests, offer a soft yet sticky rubber grip-like material that is both a non slip surface that holds your instruments in place, and a safe enough material as to not harm your instruments finish. I feel absolutely safe leaving my vintage American made instruments in the Rock Solid “Elite 6” for long periods of time without any worries.

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So here is the bottom line. I wanted a guitar/bass stand for my home studio. I went big. I also went with the best I could find. The Rock Solid “Elite 6”  is the biggest “instrument stand” that Rock Solid Guitar Stands make. I believe Rock Solid Guitar Stands make the best instrument stands on the market. You will absolutely love the looks and feel of the all solid wood construction, and the safe feeling it provides. But if you use this link right here, (Rock Solid Guitar Stands), you will see that they also make some other sizes and some other configurations of their incredible good looking guitar stands.

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Rock Solid Guitar Stands is a name that I have come to trust. It is a name that I say often, too, because everyone that sees it asks me about it. Check out Rock Solid Guitar Stands and please make sure you watch the video that I put together for it. I love my Rock Solid Guitar Stands and I am betting you will too.

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5 of the best compression/compressor training courses available today…

Compression is a tool that audio engineers must know. There is just no way around it. Compression is often times hard to understand until you hook up with the right person and the right training course. When it comes to compression, I have had the great fortune of watching the best of the best training courses available today, from some of the greatest online teachers in the audio industry. I have decided to share with you five of the best (of course in my humble opinion) compressor/compression training courses.

Please let me share some thoughts about compression training courses before listing out my personal favorites. For the most part, all of the compression/compressor training courses listed below contain a lot of the same material. In my humble opinion the choice you are about to make comes down to a couple of factors. The factors are the online personality that is teaching the course, price you are willing to spend on the course. Those two factors are perhaps the biggest differences between most compression training courses. To explain what I mean, most of the courses listed below contain a segment or two covering “The most common Compressor Types”, and “The parts that make up a Compressor”. I could go on and on, but just know all compression/compressor training courses teach the same core fundamentals concerning compression. From there it is a matter of personal taste. Again, this is what I have personally come to believe as true.

Plus, if you purchase any of the compression/compressor training products/courses listed here, using the links provided, I will let you have a mixing and mastering video training aide for free. Its called the Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Bonus Offer“. You will get a free download for the two courses that make up the “Ultimate Bonus Offer“, which are the “Pro Mixers Playbook” and “DIY Mastering”. Together these two courses total about 5 hours of video training covering the most important mixing and mastering techniques. Instructions on how to get your free download for the “Ultimate Bonus Offer” will be at the end of this post.

That said, here are the absolute best compression/compressor training courses that I have had the good fortune to watch and learn from.

(In a very special order)… This is the order that I watched these training videos, as I came up through the ranks.

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Understanding Compression“, 147.00 (USD) from Joe Gilder of Home Studio Corner. This course was recently overhauled from the ground up. I have watched both the old and the new, and they are both amazing! “Understanding Compression” is very much an in depth, methodical course covering everything compression. “Understanding Compression” answers all of your questions about compression and then teaches you how to use this powerful tool. Joe Gilder has spent many a year honing the art of recording and mixing audio, and he teaches as someone that truly knows what he is talking about. The viewer is treated to a wealth of compression training from initial “what is compression” all the way to “How to apply compression”, and a whole lot more. This was the very first compression tutorial that I ever consumed, and it got me mixing with compression better than I had ever mixed with it before. From watching “Understanding Compression“, I gained a solid foundational understanding of what compression is, how compression works, and how to apply compression to tracks and whole mixes of all types. AMAZING COURSE!!!

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The complete jumpstart series“, 69.00 (USD) from Graham Cochrane of The Recording Revolution. Graham has made things easy for us. Graham has devoted his life to helping music makers to get better recordings, one cool training course at a time. “Jumpstart to compression” is a single video course found inside of a whole video course series, titled “The complete jumpstart series“. This series takes the viewer on a safe, slow ride through the entire music making process, from editing drums and vocals, right through to mastering your song out as a finished masterpiece. Believe me, everything you will need to know is packed inside “The complete jumpstart series“, and this is one series I highly recommend to those new audio, time and time again. This was the second training series I watched from Graham, and I feel as if I should have watched this first. It really helped me wrap my head around where I was messing up, making mistakes when recording, mixing, and mastering, and how to make music in the best way possible.

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ReThink Mixing“, 99.00-149.00 (USD) from Graham Cochrane of The Recording Revolution. This course is not just about compression, but there is a great deal of compression knowledge supplied to the viewer inside these videos. Inside “ReThink Mixing” Graham takes the viewer through everything he does in order to get a great sounding mix. All of the techniques that he uses in order to turn in such amazing sounding mixes are explained in great detail. Compression is one of the things that comes up time and time again. Graham explains the many uses he has for compression like on single tracks, bus compression, and even master bus compression, and all in great detail. This series unlocked a great deal of mystery I was feeling when it came to mixing music and applying compression.

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Mixing with Compression” 47.00 (USD) from Matt Weiss of the Pro Audio Files. OK, you have learned what compression is and what all of the knobs actually do. Now what? This is the exact place that I found myself. I had a decent grasp of what compression was, and how to make it work, but I was still missing one critical piece of the puzzle. That critical piece of the puzzle was “how to apply compression in order to achieve a sonic or dynamic goal”. I simply did not know what in the world to do with my understanding of compression, artistically. “Mixing with Compression” is a course that (of course) teaches you how to use compression, but Matt Weiss is a compression using ninja. Matt broke through to me on a whole new level, and explained to me how to apply compression artistically, with a goal in mind. Matt teaches how to get more attack, more sustain, more presence, all with compression. Example after example I gained not only the understanding that I was missing when it came to applying compression, but a confidence of using compression for a goal that was simply missing before watching  “Mixing with Compression“. I rave about this course all the time on the Home Recording Weekly Podcast.

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Compression Made Simple” 97.00 (USD) from Rob Williams of Pro Sound Formula, has been in the music business for 20 plus years now. Rob has learned what you need to know in order to turn in great songs, great masters, and great mixes. Inside “Compression Made Simple” Rob explained what compression actually is, as a tool. Rob makes sure to explain in detail the types of compression, what the knobs actually do, and he explains his formulas for properly applying compression to tracks, mixes, and masters. Rob has a smooth and easy to listen to way of talking, and you can just tell that he knows what he is explaining. Video after video he builds up the viewers understanding and confidence, on all things compression.

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 As my way of saying thank you for using any of these links to make your purchase, I will give you some very special, very detailed gifts, aimed right at you, the person that is willing to learn more about recording, mixing, and mastering.

Each one of these two video training products contains lots and lots of “How to” style videos that are made up of “screen capture” style videos, shot right inside my very own home studio, like you are sitting down with me. Each training product inside the Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Offer” has been recorded, edited, and mixed down with a few main things in mind…

If you are interested in learning the best of the best of the best techniques, the best techniques that have taken me years and years to learn and master, the best techniques for creating the best mixes and masters, all in “over the shoulder” training video form, then get your own copy of Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Offer” today. Make that purchase.

Here is how:

When you use any of the links that I have provided for you in this review post to purchase, I will allow you a download code for the Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Offer“.

As a matter of fact, before you purchase any studio training videos or memberships, come to Home Recording Weekly and use any of the links that I have provided in any of my reviews. That way I can view the sale and send you your free “Ultimate Offer“.

All you need to do is send me an email (kern@homerecordingweekly.com) with the words “Ultimate Offer” in the subject line. Tell me the product that you have purchased, using my link, and I will send you your free copy.

If you are thinking about purchasing any of the training video products that I have reviewed, than now is the time to make that purchase! Get you own Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Offer” today!

5 of the best EQ training courses available today…

You must learn how to apply EQ. Its just mandatory. We all have had to go through EQ training of some sort. To be honest, as a reviewer, I have watched a lot of training courses in my day. Before you read anything further, please know that I would never post a review for an EQ training product that I did not like, and deem worthy of your time and your hard earned cash.

Let me share some thoughts about EQ training courses before listing out my personal favorites. For the most part, all of the EQ training courses listed below contain a lot of the same material. In my humble opinion the choice you are about to make comes down to a couple of factors. The factors are the online personality that is teaching the course, price you are willing to spend on the course. Those two factors are perhaps the biggest differences between most EQ training courses. To explain what I mean, most of the courses listed below contain a segment or two covering “The most common EQ Types”, and “The parts that make up an EQ”. I could go on and on, but just know all EQ training courses teach the same core fundamentals concerning EQ. From there it is a matter of personal taste. Again, this is what I have personally come to believe as true.

Plus, if you purchase any of the EQ training products/courses listed here, using the links provided, I will let you have a mixing and mastering video training aide for free. Its called the Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Bonus Offer“. You will get a free download for the two courses that make up the “Ultimate Bonus Offer“, which are the “Pro Mixers Playbook” and “DIY Mastering”. Together these two courses total about 5 hours of video training covering the most important mixing and mastering techniques. Instructions on how to get your free download for the “Ultimate Bonus Offer” will be at the end of this post.

That said, here are the absolute best EQ training courses that I have had the good fortune to watch and learn from. Please click on the links or the images for more information.

(In no special order)…

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Understanding EQ“, 147.00 (USD) from Joe Gilder of Home Studio Corner. This gem is very in depth, very methodical, answers all of your questions, and comes with one of the coolest tricks for learning the frequencies that no other course has had in it. Joe Gilder has spent many a year honing the art of recording and mixing audio, and he teaches as someone that truly knows what he is talking about. You get a real sense of his knowledge level, and the fact that he is sharing a lot about EQ with the viewer. This was perhaps the very first EQ tutorial that I ever consumed, and it got me mixing better than I had ever mixed before. From watching “Understanding EQ“, I gained a solid foundational understanding of what EQ is and how to apply it to music of all types.

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EQ Made Simple“, 97.00 (USD) from Rob Williams of Pro Sound Formula, has been in the music business for 20 plus years now. Rob has learned what you need to know in order to turn in great songs, great masters, and great mixes. Inside “EQ Made Simple“, Rob breaks down the most common types of EQ, and he explains his formulas for properly applying EQ to some of todays multi track sessions. Rob has a smooth and easy to listen to way of talking, and you can just tell that he knows what he is explaining. Video after video he builds up the viewers understanding and confidence, on all things EQ.

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EQ Strategies“, 37.00-117.00 (USD) from Bjorgvin Benediktsson of Audio Issues, has a lot to offer todays music makers. “EQ Strategies” is of course a multiple video training course, but Bjorgvin also includes a handy eBook PDF packed full of EQ frequency charts and spectrum run downs. For the money, Bjorgvin has offered up a truly unique package stuffed full of EQ training. I learned a lot just from listening to Bjorgvin share his thoughts, as he went through the multi track session. I am sure you will too.

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Jumpstart to EQ“, 69.00 (USD) from Graham Cochrane of The Recording Revolution has made things easy for us. Graham has devoted his life to helping music makers to get better recordings, one cool training course at a time. “Jumpstart to EQ” is a video series inside of a video course, titled “The complete jumpstart series“. This series takes the viewer on a safe, slow ride through the entire music making process, from editing drums and vocals, right through to mastering your song out as a finished masterpiece. Believe me, everything you will need to know is packed inside “The complete jumpstart series“, and this is one series I highly recommend to those new audio, time and time again. This was the second training series I watched from Graham, and I feel as if I should have watched this first. It really helped me wrap my head around where I was messing up, making mistakes when recording, mixing, and mastering, and how to make music in the best way possible.

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Mixing with EQ“, 47.00 (USD) from Matt Weiss, The Pro Audio Files, is probably not for the beginner, but instead for the more “EQ savvy” among us that are perhaps looking to better understand the types of EQ, and the parts that make up the EQ. Inside “Mixing with EQ” you will find discussions about EQ filter types, how these filters work, and of course loads and loads of EQ tutorials galore. There is a lot of teaching packed inside this series, but I would not choose this training series as your first. I would honestly wait until you understand EQ a lot better, and then come back for this gem.  “Mixing with EQ” will then answer all of your questions about EQ selection, types, and how the EQ’s interact with your recorded audio.

Ultimate offer

 As my way of saying thank you for using any of these links to make your purchase, I will give you some very special, very detailed gifts, aimed right at you, the person that is willing to learn more about recording, mixing, and mastering.

Each one of these two video training products contains lots and lots of “How to” style videos that are made up of “screen capture” style videos, shot right inside my very own home studio, like you are sitting down with me. Each training product inside the Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Offer” has been recorded, edited, and mixed down with a few main things in mind…

If you are interested in learning the best of the best of the best techniques, the best techniques that have taken me years and years to learn and master, the best techniques for creating the best mixes and masters, all in “over the shoulder” training video form, then get your own copy of Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Offer” today. Make that purchase.

Here is how:

When you use any of the links that I have provided for you in this review post to purchase, I will allow you a download code for the Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Offer“.

As a matter of fact, before you purchase any studio training videos or memberships, come to Home Recording Weekly and use any of the links that I have provided in any of my reviews. That way I can view the sale and send you your free “Ultimate Offer“.

All you need to do is send me an email (kern@homerecordingweekly.com) with the words “Ultimate Offer” in the subject line. Tell me the product that you have purchased, using my link, and I will send you your free copy.

If you are thinking about purchasing any of the training video products that I have reviewed, than now is the time to make that purchase! Get you own Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Offer” today!

Hope this helps you on your EQ  journey.

“EQ Strategies” Platinum by Bjorgvin Benediktsson of “Audio Issues”

“Using EQ is the first step to making your instruments play well together”. That was taken from eBook PDF that ships with “EQ Strategies” Platinum version. That is the absolute truth, as you will see performed time and time again by the biggest names in the business. Shouldn’t you learn all that you can possibly ever know about this important tool and mandatory function? I say, “yes”. “Yes, of course you should”. What follows is my video by video breakdown/review of “EQ Strategies” Platinum from Audio Issues, and my amazing “Ultimate Bonus Offer” video training package at the end of the review. I hope you enjoy and learn from both.

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EQ Strategies” Platinum ships with a PDF titled “EQ Strategies”, that contains over 64 pages and roughly 15 (plus) chapters of EQ information, with chapters titled,”The Principals of Great EQ’ing”, “A Simple Yet Effective Guide to Drum EQ’ing”, “The Ultimate Guide to Acoustic Guitar EQ’ing”, and “5 Need-to-Know frequency areas of the vocal”, just to name a few. Four video segments are also included inside “EQ Strategies” Platinum, and if you ask me, this is where the learning really takes place. The first video I watched, “6 Warning Signs That You Don’t Know the First Thing About EQ” sets the tone for what is to come. Although it may sound like like a shame video, it is very informative and very helpful. Bjorgvin goes through 6 major things we should know about, and understand, before moving forward in our EQ’ing.

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One by one, inside, “EQ Strategies” Platinum, Bjorgvin addresses some of the most common mistakes we all make at some time or another, and puts to rest so many of the questions most people ask about EQ. Things like “boosting versus cutting EQ”, what “Q” is and how to apply your “Q” when boosting and cutting EQ, how to not make “like” instruments clash in a mix, and this is just to name a few examples.

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The next video I watched inside “EQ Strategies” Platinum was “EQ Basics 101”, a great break down video for understanding how to use EQ. Bjorgvin actually opens up an EQ and takes the viewer through what each function of an EQ does, using audio examples. If you are new to EQ this is some amazingly helpful stuff here.

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I should say that I watched the videos inside “EQ Strategies” Platinum out of order, I will list them in an order that makes better sense. The next video I should detail for you is the “Frequency Overview” video, where Bjorgvin goes through the frequencies and details them with easy to understand terms. Bjorgvin describes each part of the frequency spectrum and then he details some useful information about these areas. This is a very useful exercise. Each area has its own issues, and things to look out for, and Bjorgvin relates all he has for the viewer.

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Bjorgvin knows what we need to know, and he shares it all, in easy to understand, easy to digest bites. Bjorgvin explains filtering, boosting, cutting, notch filters, bell curves, and “Q”, how to “sweep” or find frequencies that need cutting, and so much more, and all of it in very good detail, with audio examples.

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“EQ Strategies for EQ’ing a song”, is the next EQ video in the “EQ Strategies” Platinum series. This important video is an hour of deep EQ teaching, so please do not skip this part! Bjorgvin opens up a real multi track session and goes through the tracks, one at a time, and explains exactly what each EQ is doing. Bjorgvin begins with a quick “before and after” play, without EQ and then with EQ, just to demonstrate how powerful EQ really is. The difference is nothing short of incredible. Let me add that Bjorgvin says “always filter first”, which something that I have learned to say as well. That statement has served me very well, and it lends to the level of learning that is happening here. Bjorgvin takes the viewer through his EQ’s, one at a time, and explains each boost and each cut. Bjorgvin is a great teacher, too, and that really lends to the level of training that is unfolding here inside “EQ Strategies” Platinum.

All said, “EQ Strategies” Platinum is a great bundle and one heck of a great deal. Bjorgvin Benediktsson is an audio professional, and he knows EQ. “EQ Strategies” Platinum is a lot of information but it is delivered in easy to digest, bite-sized chunks. Bjorgvin explains the parts that make up most EQ’s, how to use EQ’s, details the frequency areas in detail, and even takes the viewer through a multi track session, track by track, to further detail EQ in action. If you are trying to wrap your head around EQ, how to apply EQ in order to get way better tracks and much better sounding complete songs, “EQ Strategies” Platinum is what you are looking for.

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EQ Strategies” Platinum is a lot of content delivered in PDF files and a collection of videos. “EQ Strategies” Platinum takes a person from “Completely new to EQ” to “Comfortable EQ user”. I have no problems telling you that even the newest to EQ among us will have a much better understanding of EQ, and how to apply EQ to get much better results in your next session, after the first time through “EQ Strategies” Platinum. So the only question left unanswered is “What are you waiting for”? Go now, and use this link right here, and grab “EQ Strategies” Platinum and begin your EQ’ing journey, starting today. Conquer your fears that surround EQ and become that audio engineer that you know is dying to come out.

Before you click to make your purchase…..

Please, if you are about to purchase “EQ Strategies” Platinum, let me reward you. Well, let me first applaud your desire to get a better grasp on EQ (well done my friend), and then reward your thirst for audio knowledge by telling you about the Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Bonus Offer”.

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The “Ultimate Bonus Offer” is about five hours of mixing and mastering training, broke down into two video products. The amazing “Pro Mixers Playbook” is 2.5 hours of pro mixing tips, in video after video, that totally transformed my mixing into what it is today. Each technique that I learned personally from the pros is in the “Pro Mixers Playbook”.

“DIY Mastering” is also about 2.5 hours of video training, but on the topic of mastering. Mastering does not have to be some mystical step of the process. You can actually earn to master your own productions folks, and I can help you to learn the basics. “DIY Mastering” goes over all of the important, must know stuff, from dynamics to multi band compression. Its all in there!

If you use the links found in this review to purchase “EQ Strategies” Platinum, I will send you your very own download code for the the Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Bonus Offer“. Here is how it works…

When you use any of the links that I have provided for you in this review post to purchase, I will allow you a download code for the Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Bonus Offer“.

As a matter of fact, before you purchase any studio training videos or memberships, come to Home Recording Weekly and use any of the links that I have provided in any of my reviews. That way I can view the sale and send you your free “Ultimate Bonus Offer“.

All you need to do is send me an email (kern@homerecordingweekly.com) with the words “Ultimate Bonus Offer” in the subject line. Tell me the product that you have purchased, using my link, and I will send you your free copy.

Episode 82 Live sound, “What I am finding out”

Hello everyone and welcome to Home Recording Weekly. Today I share a few nuggets of wisdom about the art of running a show as the sound person. I just felt like sharing some interesting findings about frequencies, and how they act. I also have some pointers about running a much better gig.

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I also am proud to announce that the 2016 Home Recording Weekly Song Writing Contest is now open and accepting your songs. There are even some new prizes listed. Long time friend of Home Recording Weekly, maker of the finest loops and samples online, The LoopLoft, has donated some killer sample packs as prizes for this years contest. Click here to see the growing list of prizes, rules for entering this years contest, and to learn more about the “Indie Rock Drums Bundle” from The LoopLoft.

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Also, please follow the link provided to learn more about the “Ultimate Bonus Offer“, which is two video courses in one (“Pro Mixers Playbook” and “DIY Mastering”). You will be “jumped over” to a review, but the information for the “Ultimate Bonus Offer” is embedded in the review.

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The all new M3 Holey Board from Chemistry Design Werks is my newest prized possession.

I love how they were able to take a great product to begin with and make it even cooler and so much better. To check out the video demo I made for it, and to check out the new hard cases they are making now by clicking right here or click the image below.

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Thanks for listening to the podcast and get your original songs entered today!

The M3 Holeyboard “Wide” from Chemistry Design Werks

I am simply thrilled with the new M3 Wide Holeyboard from Chemistry Design Werks. I have owned (and absolutely cherished) several Holeyboards in the past few years. A growing pedal addiction has fueled the need for a constant size upgrade, hence the number of Holeyboards I have come to own. I started with a “Standard” sized Holeyboard and quickly grew my pedal collection into a collection that required a “Wide” Holeyboard. I also sprang for the matching “Bomber Case“, a durable rubber-like rubber shoulder case for Holeyboards, just to help keep my rig mobile. As your about to read about, CDW now makes a rugged hard shell case called the “Great American Hard Case“.

Then I got an email explaining that the Holeyboard had gone through a design overhaul. After all it is named Chemistry Design Werks for a reason, right? The owner of the company is the type of musician that is constantly tweaking what is already close to perfection. Hence the newest incarnation of the Holeyboard, the “M3 Holeyboards“. I should add that the M3 Holeyboards come in festive colors and in several sizes. You can opt for the (smaller to bigger) “Amp Top“, “Standard“, “Wide” and the “Big Kahuna” and they ship in “Endless Sumer Blue”, “Vader Black”, “Super Bee Yellow”, “GTO Red”, and “Beech Blanket Walnut”.

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If you don’t know, it is all about the zip tie. With the use of the zip tie comes ease and speed of the often times dreaded pedal swap. Forget putting nasty, sticky, gooey, and impossible to remove Velcro on your pedals and your pedal boards. You, of course could if you felt like it, but I cant ever imagine why you might ever feel like it. Zip ties quickly secure your pedals, cables, and power supplies in place, and in a mere second flat. A simple pair of clippers will cut a tie, releasing the pedal, quickly and cleanly.

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The “Wide” M3 also fits perfectly in the brand new “Great American Hard Case“. The “Great American Hard Case” is built just like a guitar case, and it is lined with a nice, soft, fake fur type material. The “Great American Hard Case” keeps your investment safe and sound, and it is way more crush proof then the “Bomber Case” ever thought of being.

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The M3 is better than ever because they are stronger, colorful, come in fun new sizes, and even can come with a hard case. Chemistry Design Werks has taken a good product and made it even better. That is no easy thing to do. I absolutely love, love, love my M3 Wide Holeyboard. It makes me smile each time I see it, and I love the safe feelings I get from the new “Great American Hard Case“.

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In closing I want to share a fun fact about owning Holeyboards, and that is that people seem to gravitate to them. Get ready for people to stop in their tracks and ask you what the heck it is. People seem blown away by the idea, and that only makes perfect sense because I, too, was totally blown away with Holeyboards, from their conception. Once you explain the use of zip ties and the fact that Velcro is no longer needed, you will be asked where they can get one too. Tell them to visit Chemistry Design Werks.

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Assembly required. The instructions for assembly were easy to follow and these boards go together in no time at all.

Here is a link over to the review post and video that I made for the older version of the Holeyboard.

2016 HRW Song Writing Contest Begins…

The 2016 Home Recording Weekly Songwriting Contest is now up and running!

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Each year, since 2011 (that makes this year 6), Home Recording Weekly has given away thousands and thousands of dollars worth of cool prizes to fellow home studio nuts, recording and performing bands, and amateur song writers alike.

This year is no different in the prize department. I have (however) changed the rules a bit from the contests of years past. Please listen to Episode 81 of the podcast by clicking the “Play” button above and then read below to fully check out how the rules have changed, and how the list of killer prizes has grown, year by year. I always try to deliver the very best in prizes, and I try to reward the very people that I believe follow Home Recording Weekly. The contest runs for three months and I select three winning submissions, one in July, one in August, and one in September, each of the three winners receiving the same prize chest.

Here is a quick look back through the contests from years past….

2011 HRW Songwriting Contest link (not much left online of this years contest)

2012 HRW Songwriting Contest link

2013 HRW Songwriting Contest link

2014 HRW Songwriting Contest link

2015 HRW Songwriting Contest link

Again, please listen to the podcast episode above first. That is the best way to fully understand who may enter and what you can expect to win.

That said, here are the rules for entry and here (in no special order) is a list of the courses, plugins, loops, and tools that I will be giving away to three lucky winners.

Here are the 5 easy rules to follow:

1) This year I am rewarding the amateurs. I am looking for entries from those among us that are trying hard to get that music out of their head. If you are a song smith and you are tracking up your own music, song after song, trying to figure out what mixing is, working hard at figuring out what the whole process of recording a song is, if this sounds like you, well then this contest is for you. I aim to reward the solo song writers this year, and not the bands. Also, if you are a professional (you receive money or goods in return for your services) this contest is not for you. Please do not enter if you would consider yourself experienced, or if your a professional studio folk. I listen close to each submission and I actually talk to each winner, so please follow the rules here. In a nutshell, the song must be your own, and something you made yourself. You may have friends help you with instrumentation of course, as we all loan our talents for each others recordings, right? There is a fine line here, so please email me if you are not sure weather you may enter or not. I will respond quickly.

2) You must subscribe to Home Recording Weekly by simply entering your email (above and to the right of this post) and receive your free “Home Studio eBundle” video series. Besides, you’d be crazy not to. If you are already receiving emails from HRW, you may jump to step 3.

3) Please, head over and “Like” Home Recording Weekly on our Facebook page. Here is a link to our Facebook page. Hey, you don’t want to miss out on what I am doing in my home studio, right?

4) This step is very important to get right, or I will not enter your song into the contest at all. Sorry, but I cant chase links around to listen to your musical creations. Place your MP3 into a “Compressed ZIP File/folder” (follow link to learn how to do that) and then email me at kern@homerecordingweekly.com and attach the ZIP file (containing your MP3) to the email. Be sure to write “2016 song contest entry” in the subject line of your email. Please, again, do not send me links to your song or your videos. That will not work. If you win, I will play your song on the podcast, so I must have a copy of your song.

5) Sit back and enjoy each episode of the Home Recording Weekly Podcast. That’s easy since you all love the show, right? I will pick one lucky winner a month for the next three months of summer (July, August, and September). Good luck to all.

BTW… If you don’t think you are good enough to enter, don’t be fooled. You are exactly the people I am looking to reward. One entry per person please. If you have already downloaded the free eBundle there is no need to repeat the process just to enter.

Prizes for three lucky winners (all three win the exact same prizes) in no special order….

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From professional mix engineer and Mix Coach associate extraordinaire, Matt Butler, “The Art of Balancing a Mix” training course. Don’t be fooled by the title, this is an amazing mixing course. But the truth no one else is sharing is that you must build a foundation first, before you can get that perfect mix. Matt Butler takes you through a mix session in “The Art of Balancing a Mix“, sharing how he builds the foundation, what is most important in mixing, and of course how he mixes some of todays greatest music.

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From the company that puts musicians first, IK Multimedia, a copy of mixing/mastering plugin bundle “T-Racks3 Deluxe“. This prize is massive. Not only will you receive all the best of todays plugins (the very ones I reach for) but you also get a complete metering suite, and a total mastering suite all in one package.  IK MultimediaT-Racks3 Deluxe” is the freakin bomb guys! This is the mixing suite and mastering suite all of the professionals rave about, and so will you! I simply wouldn’t know what to do if I woke up to find out I had lost my T-Racks3 Deluxe. It would be a bad day to say the least, since I use their EQ,s, compressors, limiters, and so many other plugins each time I make audio. This prize is serious.

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From professional mix engineer Matt Weiss, “Mixing EDM“. This has been one of long time favorites on account of what Matt Weiss teaches about getting a mix to move. Yes, sure, you also learn how to mix an electronic song, but if you ask me the real gold is near the end of the mix series. Matts wisdom really comes thru as he demonstrates ways to get a mix to be wide, deep, and not sterile. “Mixing EDM” is one of the best!

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If you are trying to learn more about anything that is related to the topic of recording, mixing, and mastering, I cant think of a better place to learn then “Groove3 Training“. Groove3 Training is donating One Year, “All Access Passes” to their full training catalogue. Weather its brushing up on EQ and/or compression training, or perhaps your wanting to learn how to master an album, Groove3 Training has exactly what you are looking for. In years past this was the prize that folks started to enjoy immediately. One winner actually found out that he had won while having his auto repaired. He texted me from an automotive garage to let me know he couldn’t believe how amazing  “Groove3 Training” was.

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From professional mix engineer David Glenn, a fresh copy of his newest training series, “Mixing Modern Rock“. This is amazing as rock is my favorite genre to mix. But if it is not yours, don’t even worry. You still will learn essential mixing skills like EQ’ing and compressing the tracks that make up every session we will ever mix. David Glenn is one of todays hottest mixing engineers and he is absolutely killing it in the world of Pop, Rock, and the Christian world of music. David is at the top of his career and he wants you to learn everything he does in order to get a song to sound like a million bucks. No matter what genre you love, “Mixing Modern Rock” will not disappoint.

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From the good folks at Audified, comes the amazingly easy yet professional sounding U73b Compressor The  U73b Compressor is sure to (not only) speed up your workflow, but help you gain better control over those pesky dynamics. Weather you are trying to get a lead vocal to be more present in a mix, or your trying to gel a whole mix together, using the U73b Compressor will quickly get the job done. Follow the link provided to check out my demo video and review post for the Audified  U73b Compressor. But it does not stop there.

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Audified asked if I could give away even more incredible prizes. I assured them I could, so here it goes… Audified would love to reward the three lucky winners with a fresh copy of the brand ne w “MixChecker” plugin. This is a very special tool that allows recording, mixing, and mastering musicians the ability to check their mix on most of the devices that our music will be played back. Lets face it, there are a lot of different ways to playback music and media these days, ranging from home stereos to iPhones. “MixChecker” supplies the mixing/mastering engineer with a close example of what their music/media will sound like when played back across them all. This is such a brilliant tool and a great prize!

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From Home Studio owner and Engineer, owner of the cool and hip “Audio Issues” website, and all around music making professional, Bjorgvin Bendikson, a copy of “Music Production Strategies“. Ka-Freakin-Boom! What could possibly be more topical and more helpful then this amazing prize? Despite his youthful look, Bjorgvin has been in the world of music and professional audio for a long time. He has had his hands in tracking, production, performing, mixing, live sound, and well, the list just goes on and on. I predict “Music Production Strategies” will be exactly what puts your “song-smithing” into overdrive, and helps bring your own ideas to the big stage. You are going to completely devour this course, I guarantee it.

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What can be said about the incredible product designer and professional mixing engineer Steven Slate that has not been said already? Instead of telling you who Steven Slate is, let me just cut to the chase. Steven Slate knows you are going to need to have a copy of his “Trigger 2 Platinum” drum replacement software if you are going to ever turn in a professional mix. “Trigger 2 Platinum” is a well known “must have” workhorse in the music industry. Every mixing engineer has a copy, and now, so will you. I told you that I really want to help the newbie to gain a footing in the world of music making, and here is even more proof. I will be reviewing this precious resource and tool very soon, so please keep an eye out for that.

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Brian Hood is one of todays top mixing engineers, especially in the world of metal. Brian Hood was recently on Episode 79 the podcast (link to that show) and we learned a lot about his studio, how he turned a home studio into a six figure a year business, and a lot more, but he said precious little about his training course. As a matter of fact, he only mentioned it once, and not by its name. Please, allow me.

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Brian Hood wishes to reward the lucky winners with a copy of  his incredible training course, “From Shit to Gold“.  “From Shit to Gold” is not only a super catchy title, but its the only course you are going to need in order to learn how to record, mix, and even master music, from hard rock to molten metal, right inside your home studio. Inside the video modules that make up “From Shit to Gold“, Brian gives away all of his metal making secrets, and I mean everything! I not only watched “From Shit to Gold“, but I learned more about the most important tasks in todays music making that I have not ever even heard mentioned everywhere else. You will learn all about re-amping bass and guitars, “mic’ing up” loud guitar and bass cabs, tracking loud amps in different sized rooms, and so much more. But don’t be fooled into thinking that you will only learn things attributed to making amazing metal music, because these things are important and used all the time no matter the genre. From start to end “From Shit to Gold” is packed with solid, useful information that you just will not find anywhere else.

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Positive Grid… Wow, Positive Grid has already done a lot for todays music makers. Positive Grid has introduced a lot of todays best sounding programs for bass and guitar, and now they are entering the mixing/mastering game with the same mindsets and products that have totally changed how we think about making music.

Positive Grid released three cool and refreshing compressors this past year, the Positive Grid “Professional Compressors“. These compressors were like no other compressors that have even been released before. Let me try to explain… Imagine building the compressor of your dreams out of components and parts from your favorite gear. Were talking about tubes, transformers, and everything in between. Positive Grid has the technology and so they put it to work.  Positive Grid “Professional Compressors” allow you to quickly and easily swap out the parts that make up compressors. Even if you aren’t into electronics and components, and you don’t know the parts that make up a compressor, its ok. You can use your ears and come up with amazing tones that you just wont find anywhere else. Not only can you can put together a compressor that you just cant find on Earth, but you can use it in your very own musical projects. Follow the links provided to check out my demo/review video that I put together in order to explain the amazing, the powerful, the great sounding Positive Grid “Professional Compressors“. Here is a link over to the Positive Grid website.

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From Home Studio Corner owner and professional mix engineer, Joe Gilder, a copy of the totally world famous and completely freshly overhauled “Understanding Compression“. I don’t know why Joe felt that he needed to improve this amazing series, the single video series that started my path to way better mixes, but he did. “Understanding Compression” has been updated and added to and is now even better than it has ever been. I have watched the new version of “Understanding Compression” and Joe has gone all out here. This is one of, if not the first video course I took, and it not only transformed my understanding of compression, what it is and what it does, but it helped me to incorporate compression into my mixing and mastering. I can actually say that the skills I learned from simply watching “Understanding Compression” have also helped me get much better results in my live sound mixing career. I get comments each time I perform live sound, and the bands hire me time and time again. I use compression in many ways, each time I run a live show. I want the lucky winners to have what I have, hence the gift, the prize that is “Understanding Compression“.

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Lij Shaw is a professional studio owner (Toy Box Studios), live sound genius, and mixing guru located in Nashville, TN. Lij routinely records some of the biggest names in the “Pro Nashville musicians circle”, performs live music recording sessions for some of todays hardest touring acts, plus he even records the bands each year at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in the famous “Hay Bayle Studio“. Lij is also the bearded man behind “Recording Studio Rock Stars Podcast“. Lij has worked his way to the top of the ladder and has served the Nashville music scene through his very own “Toy Box Studios“. Lij wants to help those “in the musical trenches”, by donating his most valuable commodity, his time. Check this out; three lucky winners will receive a 30 minute Skype lesson, from the bearded one, Lij Shaw. Lij made it perfectly clear to me that the winners can ask him about anything recording/mixing! Wow, this is freaking amazing! I couldn’t believe this generous offer when he said it, and I sure as heck didn’t give him a chance to take it back! If you are one of the three lucky winners, you can ask Lij for help with whatever it is that you feel you need help with. This is a killer prize, guys, one that I wish I could have for myself!

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Bill Dewees is not only the final word in all things successful voice over, but he is the “Voice Over Expert”. You can listen to our incredible podcast interview by clicking here. Bill has actually put about everything he knows about the world of voice over into one amazing course, titled “The Voice Over Playbook“. This is the course that I constantly rave about, and let me tell you why. Bill Dewees explains everything from recording ideas and editing tips to how you yourself can start finding paying gigs immediately. Bill details everything he has learned about the exciting world of Voice Over from finding clients, branding yourself, and even how to get paid time and time again. I have watched this amazing resource myself and I believe “The Voice Over Playbook” to be not only a “turn key opportunity”, but also one heck  of an investment. I have also used the things found inside “The Voice Over Playbook” to make money. Oh, did I forget to mention that Bill Dewees makes over six figures a year doing Voice Over work? This is one fantastic prize that will continue to pay back over and over again.

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Kevin Ward, AKA The Mix Coach, is perhaps one of the most famous Nashville based home studio mixing gurus. Kevin knows all stages of music making from production, recording, tracking, mixing, and mastering. I have learned more from Kevin Ward then I could ever possibly repeat in this musical lifetime. Kevin Ward would like the three lucky winners to go through his “Guide to Pop Mixing” course. Let me add that Kevin leaves nothing out as he teaches mixing. He has countless pointers and ideas that will unlock the creative side in you. Kevin knows what is important and he gets right to the teaching in a very face paced, but laid back style. Not only is Kevin Ward famous for teaching people how to mix, but he is famous for teaching people how to mix many different genres including pop, country, bluegrass, folk, jazz and more. Maybe that’s why Kevin Ward is the Mix Coach? Guide to Pop Mixing” is the perfect prize!

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Pro Audio guru Rob Williams of “Pro Sound Formula” is one of the newest professional music makers to make a splash onto the pages of Home Recording Weekly. I actually was able to speak at length with Rob on Episode 75 of the Home Recording Weekly Podcast. Rob has been making professional music for a long time and it shows. His training courses knocked me out and energized me in a way no other course had ever done before. You see, the “Ultimate Mixing Formula” teaches what no other training courses have ever explained. Rob Williams actually breaks down each step of the music making process and explains it in easy to understand terms before he dives in and gets technical. You actually grasp the concepts that he is teaching at the time he is teaching them! Rob Williams has an incredible amount to share as he brings the viewer along on professional recording, mixing, and mastering sessions. But don’t be fooled here, inside of “Ultimate Mixing Formula” he only shows you the in depth stuff once you are prepared for it. The courses offered over on Robs “Pro Sound Formula” are some of the most in depth and inspiring courses I have had the great fortune of watching, period. I still explain this each time I mention Rob and his training courses.

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Nashville producer Kris Crunk knows how to produce pop music from scratch. Kris has been tracking up Professional Pop songs for his entire career and he has learned an incredible amount. I know this because he shares it all inside the insanely packed full of tips, tricks, tutorials, “Pop Production“. There is a ton of industry knowledge packed inside this amazing course, and this is one I watch again, over and over!

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If you are the one person on Earth that has not heard of Graham Cochrane and the amazing Recording Revolution (that he has created singlehandedly), let me be the one to knock you awake: Graham Cochrane is the easiest going music maker, song writer, mixing engineer that you will ever have the good fortune of meeting. Graham started making music in high school and simply never looked back. Lucky for us he has a strong passion for teaching, and thank goodness he does because he is very good at both teaching and making music. Inside the “ReThink Mixing” mix training course Graham calmly and methodical explains each step of the mixing process from pocketing drums to polishing off the vocals. Folks, its all inside of  “ReThink Mixing“, and here is your chance to win.

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The LoopLoft is famous for having the coolest session artists making some of the best sounding, most original, loops on planet Earth. They would love the winner to have a copy of the Indie Rock Bundle. The  Indie Rock Bundle is a collection of the coolest Indie Rock Drums assembled all in one easy to find place. If your tracks are suffering from lame sounding drums, boring drum passes, or maybe your just not finding the right drum parts to play, the Indie Rock Bundle from the amazing The LoopLoft  will have you in shape in no time at all. I have been a long time fan and user of The LoopLoft  loops and samples for a very long time. The reason I love The LoopLoft  loops is that they use some of todays most incredible musicians to play the instruments and lots of the most rad studio gear (consoles, compressors, EQ’s, microphones, etc.) when they record these loops. The LoopLoft  loops and samples are the best, period.

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Episode 80, Remember me?

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I have been going absolutely crazy here, without the power of being able to podcast. My recording interface took a turn for the worse and then quit working on me all together. While having that interface repaired, I replaced it with an interface that would not work with Windows 10, and then I had to get rid of that one. Meanwhile, I was dead in the water. Well, all of that is over now, knock on wood, and I am back online.

I have a lot of great content coming your way, as you will hear all about in todays show.

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I use and love the UPLIFT DESK from The Human Solution. Not only does the UPLIFT DESK allows me to work longer hours more comfortably, it lets me play instruments, while standing up, as I work. If you suffer with an injury that prevents you from sitting or standing too long, the UPLIFT DESK from The Human Solution is your solution. I can’t tell you how much my life has changed for the better after receiving my UPLIFT DESK from The Human Solution. You can also see the Dual Monitor Arm set up I have which makes using multiple monitors a breeze.

 

My brand new (vintage) electric guitar rig….. Tube Works RT-922 tube pre amp, Carvin TS-100 100/50 watt (mono/stereo) Tube power amp, Chemistry Design Werks Holeyboard M-3 in blue, and an “Iso Cab” that is still in the works. I will share the actual building of the “Isolation Cabinet” with you folks as it unfolds.

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Look, if you are wondering id “going digital” with the Mackie DL32r Digital Mixer is for you and your band, I made this video that explains exactly what our band has learned about the process.

We went from all analogue mixing console, loud guitar amps, bass amps, monitors, rack effects, compressors, gates, EQ’s, to running amp cab sims with bass and guitar, in ear monitoring, and the Mackie DL32r. This band has never played better, and never sounded better.

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Make sure to pick up your own copy of the Home Recording Weekly “Ultimate Bonus Offer” when you decide to purchase audio training, or you join a mixing membership. The “Ultimate Bonus Offer” is hours of mixing and mastering training packed inside two products, “The Pro Mixers Playbook”, and “DIY Mastering”. Simply head over to Home Recording Weekly and read the reviews for the product you wish to purchase. Simply use any of the links in the review when you decide to purchase the products, and do exactly what is says to do in the review. All of the information is placed inside my reviews.

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Make sure you get your free “Home Studio eBundle“, a 100% free video training bundle, yours when you join the Home Recording Weekly newsletter. This is a great video series that explains a lot of todays cool recording, mixing, and production tips for writing MIDI, recording guitars, drums, bass, and so much more.