30 Days of Recording Equipment Shootouts

Brandon Drury —  March 15, 2009

I was just wanted to give everyone a quick heads up of what I’ve been up to and what I’m doing now. It’s been settled that my upcoming home recording book is actually going to be a member area here at Actually, it’s not going to be one member area. It’s going to be eight member areas!

The name of the series is Killer Home Recording. Here are the eight titles:

Killer Home Recording: Put Your Rig Together
Killer Home Recording: Audio Engineering Essentials
Killer Home Recording: Bass Recording
Killer Home Recording: Drum Recording
Killer Home Recording: Acoustic Guitar Recording
Killer Home Recording: Vocal Recording
Killer Home Recording: Electric Guitar Recording
Killer Home Recording: Murderous Mixing

Putting the infrastructure together for the member area has been hell. I’ve been very, very specific about features I wanted for my membership area and that has caused setbacks. (I sometimes wonder if I try to make things too good!).

At the moment:

– the text for the member area is 99% finished. I know I have grammatical issues and I guess I’m going to have to scrape up some cash to get someone to proofread this stupid thing.

– the graphics are 95% finished. I’m very close to having all graphics needed.

– The audio shootouts are 2% finished.

I’ve decided that if I really want Killer Home Recording to be the most effective method for crushing the learning curve of home recording, I’ve got to do what I initially set out to do when creating this site. I need audio clips, audio clips, and more audio clips. I’ve got $30k of additional gear sitting in my studio and a maxed out credit card.

The goal is to take the next 30 days to do shootout after shootout after shootout to answer all of your recording questions. We’ll tackle the obvious questions like: What’s the best mic for $300? $500? How much impact am I going to see from mic, preamp, compressor, or converter upgrades? We’ll also get in to much bigger issues to see if they make an impact. How important is the room for acoustic guitar recording? Should a guitar amp be left on the floor? Should a drum kit have a carpet rug underneath it? Is a Neumann going to blow away a cheap vocal mic? Are new strings required for electric guitar recording or are they too bright?

We tackle all of these and a zillion other questions in Killer Home Recording.

So that’s the update. I’ve got 30 more days of shootouts, a little bit of text, a little bit of graphics, and Killer Home Recording should be released. I’m excited by Killer Home Recording. I couldn’t have imagined having access to such powerful information that answers essentially all of my audio engineering questions right from the start.

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Brandon Drury quit counting at 1,200 recorded songs in his busy home recording studio. He is the creator of and is the author of the Killer Home Recording series.

2 responses to 30 Days of Recording Equipment Shootouts

  1. That is killer. But do release a PDF whenever you feel like it. There is some people making mad money out of pdf publishing out there.

  2. I agree with yohami. It would also give you new ways to market your book, as well as another way to get the word out about Recording Review. With a PDF book, you can embed all of the audio clips or provide links to them (bringing people to Recording Review). Just a thought.