After I gave up on “magic” with analog consoles, there was still one feature that made analog consoles an absolute necessity. Now that feature can be handled digitally, too. The analog console is dead to me.

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What effect can 5 $0.75, 600-ohm 1:1 transformers have on audio? Let’s find out.

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I’m so freakin’ happy with the Boz Digital Labs T-Bone that I’m giving it my Bulletproof Gear Rating. T-Bone is an absolutely sensational plugin that everyone should check out!

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Danmasia puts the Fabfilter Pro-C compressor to the tests.

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We’ve got an exciting update to the good ol’ Panipulator Pan Flipper, Mono, Phase Flipper. Panipulator 2 is available for 32-bit and 64-bit VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX.

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Does a straight man collect mic preamps or shoes? I have no idea. I know that I hate the idea of both. I also know that I could record with the Rane MS1b for the rest of my life and not hear a single downside.

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By far, the most underrated way to get your studio in front of everyone in your local area is to record the big shots in your local area.

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Home Recording

Brandon Drury

These rants are of my struggle in home recording land to ease closer and closer to the major label mega recording goal. Like most home recorders I started out quite humbly with a budget recording software gadget called Sonic Foundry Vegas in my bedroom. After building a bad sounding vocal booth (with no ventilation...oop!) I then converted an almost worse 12'x8'x7' room in which I began to record local bands.

Fast forward 10+ years and I'm still constantly recording local rock, metal, and country bands and solo artists doing the electronic music or rap thing. I quit counting at 1,200 recorded songs and I wouldn't be surprised if that number is pushing 2,000. One of these days I may even get one to sound good. SMILE

While my gear list has grown considerably with a Toft ATB32 console, racks of preamps, Apogee converters, hardware synths, and more I still remain skeptical of the necessity for high end gear, and that skepticism comes through loud and clear here on the home recording blog and on the forum and in my articles.

If you can stand my rants and wouldn't mind learning a few thousand lessons I had to figure out the hard way, check out my Killer Home Recording Series or maybe just join the forum to hang out a bit.

-- Brandon Drury