Killer Home Recording Shootouts

Killer Home Recording: Electric Guitar

Killer Home Recording: Electric Guitar
  • Multiple Mics On A Cabinet
    What's the deal with using more than one mic on an electric guitar cabinet?
    Your Benefit:
    Find out immediately if there is any obvious boost in your guitars sounds by using multiple mics!
  • Guitar Speaker Cable Wars
    In Killer Home Recording: Electric Guitar we tried out four different speaker cables.
    Your Benefit:
    You find out if there is any significant change in tone when using a cheapo cable. If anything is lost by using a super long cable. You'll see if anything is gained by using an expensive name brand cable.
  • Taking Away The Toys
    In most of the shootouts for Killer Home Recording: Electric Guitar I used my Manley TNT preamp through my Distressor compressor into my Mytek AD96. How big of impact does all this crap have on electric guitar recordings? What would happen if I just plugged straight into a Presonus Firestudio.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll hear the real world benefit the high end gadgets have on the recorded electric guitar tone. You'll get to put into perspective the impact of these gadgets on a tone which you've heard numerous other factors change (mics, mic placements, amps, etc).
  • Royer R121 vs The World
    In Killer Home Recording: Electric Guitar we toss the Royer R121 in the ring with numerous other popular electric guitar mics.

    Competitors
    1. Shure SM57
    2. Royer R121
    3. Sennheiser MD421
    4. Cascade Fathead
    5. Shure SM7b

    Your Benefit:
    You'll find out if the Royer R121 is the undisputed kind of metal guitar tone or just another flavor. You'll see if any mics that cost a fraction of the cost can give the Royer a run for its money. You'll be knowledge to decide if the Royer R121 is worth the money.
  • Power Tube Distortion vs Pre Amp Gain
    We compare the effects of power tube distortion vs pre amp gain on a metal guitar tone.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll find out if it's worth all the trouble (loud volume, cops showing up, divorce, etc) to crank up an amp to incredibly loud levels.
  • Electric Guitar Mic Placement
    If I had a million dollars for every time someone had asked me where to place a mic on an electric guitar cabinet, I'd have more than $5. In Killer Home Recording: Electric Guitar we shed some light on this.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll find out the sonic personality of an electric guitar speaker. We'll show you the sweet spots on an electric guitar speaker
  • High Gain Electric Guitar Preamps
    We tossed 11 different preamps on doubled high gain modern rock guitar tracks. Preamps ranged from nearly from $8 to $3,000.

    Competitors
    1. Vintech 1272
    2. Presonus Firestudio
    3. Great River
    4. Manley TNT
    5. Martech
    6. Octane
    7. Presonus ADL 600
    8. Presonus Digimax D8
    9. Presonus Studio Channel
    10. RNP
    11. True Systems P-Solo

    Your Benefit:
    You'll know the difference between high end preamps, budget preamps, and a bunch of preamps in between. You'll find out if a high end mic preamps are a solution to your guitar tone problems.
  • Guitar Layering Experiments
    We go through 16 layer variations of electric guitar.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll hear the possible benefits of a whole bunch of layers, the benefits of active octave power chords, the benefits adding all kinds of random jibberish, the benefits of blending different tones, and you'll know if all this junk is really worth it.
  • DI Inputs Put To The Test
    We compare several different DI inputs.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll know the difference between Hi-Z inputs and standard inputs. You'll hear the difference between Hi-Z inputs on a Presonus Firestudio, M-Audio Octane, and Great River MEQ-1NV.
  • Clean Electric Guitar Preamps
    We test numerous mic preamps on a jazzy guitar sound.

    Competitors
    1. Manley TNT
    2. Martech MSS-10
    3. M-Audio Octane
    4. RNP
    5. Presonus Studio Channel
    6. Trident S20
    7. True Systems P-Solo
    8. Vintech 1272
    9. Presonus ADL 600
    10. Presonus Digimax
    11. Presonus Firestudio
    12. Great River MEQ-1NV

    Your Benefit:
    You'll hear the difference between mic preamps ranging from robo cheap to turbo expensive. We'll make it a little easier to decide which preamp is right for you and your clean guitar sounds. You will compare this shootout with the High Gain Electric Guitar Preamp shootout and decide if all guitars benefit from the same preamp.
  • Overdoing The Gain
    There is much talk about how a person should avoid overdoing the gain, but seldom is this ever put into any real context. Some genres require quite a bit of gain. In Killer Home Recording: Electric Guitar the goal is to shine some light on the issue.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll know what happens with too much gain. You'll knoow a quick and easy way to determine if too much gain is being used.
  • Microphone Shootout
    Competitors
    1. Alesis AM51
    2. Audio Technica AT2020
    3. Audio Technica AT4033
    4. Audio Technica AT4040
    5. Audio Technica AT4050
    6. Audix I5
    7. Behringer C1
    8. Cascade Fathead II
    9. Gefell M930
    10. Groove Tubes GT57
    11. Karma K58
    12. Karma K10
    13. Karma K6
    14. Karma K35
    15. M-Audio Nova
    16. MXL V63M
    17. Neumann M147
    18. Oktava MK219
    19. Oktava MK012
    20. Peluso 47
    21. Peluso 251
    22. Royer R121
    23. Sennheiser MD421
    24. Sennheiser PL-20
    25. Shure SM57
    26. Shure SM7b
    27. Shure SM27
    28. Studio Projects B3

    Your Benefit:
    You'll know if expensive mic required for electric guitar recording? You'll know if an SM57 good enough? You'll know if an Audix I5 be better? Find out if ribbons like the Cascade Fathead II, Karma K6, or Royer R121 stack up against dynamics like the Sennheiser MD421, Shure SM7, SM57, or Audix I5? Find out how a budget microphone Behringer C1 or MXL V63M handle electric guitar?
  • Layering
    I wish I had a million dollars for every time we've fought about layering high gain guitars. Some people insist that two hard panned layers is all you need. Others like to add a third layer down the center. Others say that four hard panned layers is absolutely required.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll immediately know the differences between 2, 3, or 4 layers of high gain electric guitar. You'll never waste time recording 4 layers of electric guitar when you'd be happier with two. You'll never settle for less when four layers is exactly the sound you are looking for.
  • 20 Layers
    We tracked 20 layers of a metal guitar riff to illustrate the benefits, if any, of playing the same riff 20 times.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll know any possible benefits of recording an electric guitar track 20 times. You'll know the difference between the way two different high end preamps known for their electric guitar preamps stack (Vintech 1272 and Great River MEQ-1NV). You'll know the real answer to the big time debates we've heard about this high end preamp and that high end preamp in a situation where the tonal qualities of each preamp should be perfectly clear if you subscribe to the preamp stacking argument. You'll know if this preamp stacking argument is a crock or not.
  • Amps N Emulators
    I tossed together some random clips of DI guitar either reamped through a real amp or ran through various emulators.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll know if emulators are ready for real deal recording yet
  • Room Mics
    Killer Home Recording: Electric Guitar we tossed a Royer R121 6' in front of a guitar cabinet with its null facing the amp in a typical room we all are likely to be recording in.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll know if there are any benefits to recording distorted elecrtric guitars with a room mic

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Killer Home Recording: Vocals

Killer Home Recording:  Vocals
  • Vocal Mic Placement
    We tossed a Peluso 251 in front of our female singer and put it in five different positions.
    Your Benefit:
    This is THE most valuable shootout / illustration in this entire book. If you skip the concepts laid out in this illustration, you die...almost!
  • Vocal Microphone Shootout Four
    We tossed 16 mics on a soft pop chick vocal.
    Competitors
    1. Studio Projects B3
    2. Shure SM27
    3. Shure SM7b
    4. Peluso 251
    5. Peluso 47
    6. Neumann M147
    7. M-Audio Nova
    8. Karma K6
    9. Kama K58
    10. GT AM51
    11. Gefell M930
    12. Behringer C3
    13. Audio Technica AT4050
    14. Audio Technica AT4040
    15. Audio Technica AT4033
    16. Audio Technica AT2020
    Your Benefit:
    You'll know what a ton of microphones sound like on a soft pop chick vocal. You'll know the benefits, if any, of buying an expensive microphone. You'll hear the difference between a mic that costs $26 and a mic that costs $2,600.
  • Vocal Preamp Shootout Three
    We tossed 10 preamps on a soft pop chick vocal.

    Competitors
    1. Vintech 1272
    2. Trident S20
    3. RNP
    4. Presonus Studio Channel - Drive 10 Presonus Studio Channel - Drive 0
    5. Presonus ADL 600
    6. Presonus Firestudio
    7. Martech MSS-10
    8. Manley TNT (Tube, Solid State, and a variety of impedances and modes)
    9. M-Audio Octane
    10. Great River EQ-2NV

    Your Benefit:
    You'll know 10 different mic preamps ranging from $8 to nearly $3,000 can do on a pop vocal chick. You'll know if budget preamps can give the most desirable preamps in the world a run for their money. You'll know if there is anything magical about the two tube preamps in the shootout. You'll know if there is anything to the clean vs dirty preamp debate.
  • Vocal Microphone Shootout Three
    We tossed 11 mics on a country male vocal.

    Competitors
    1. Gefell M930
    2. Karma K58
    3. M-Audio Nova
    4. Neumann M147
    5. Peluso 251
    6. Peluso U47
    7. Royer R121
    8. Shure SM57
    9. Shure SM7b
    10. AT 4050
    11. Studio Projects B3

    Your Benefit:
    You'll know the sonic differences on numerous microphones for a pop/country male vocal. You'll find out if you prefer the $26 mic or the $2,600 mic or something in between.
  • Vocal Preamp Shootout Two
    Listen to 10 different preamps on a male voice doing hippie music.

    Competitors
    1. Great River MEQ-1NV
    2. Manley TNT (Tube Channel and Cool Channel)
    3. Martech MSS-10
    4. Octane
    5. Presonus Studio Channel
    6. Presonus ADL600
    7. Presonus Firestudio
    8. Trident S20
    9. Vintech 1272

    Your Benefit:
    You'll know if it's worth it for hippies to take a brake from peace and love to get a job and buy some kick ass mic preamps.
  • Vocal Microphone Shootout Two
    We tossed 17 different microphones on hippie male vocals.

    Competitors
    1. Studio Projects B3
    2. Shure SM57
    3. Shure SM7b
    4. Shure SM27
    5. Peluso 251
    6. Peluso 47
    7. M-Audio Nova
    8. Gefell M930
    9. Neumann M147
    10. Karma K58
    11. Groove Tubes GT57
    12. Audix I5
    13. Audio Technica AT71
    14. Audio Technica AT4050
    15. Audio Technica AT4040
    16. Audio Technica AT2020
    17. Alesis AM51


    Your Benefit:
    You'll know the differences between mega cheap mics, mega expensive mics, and everthing in between on male vocals.
  • Cheap Preamp Expensive Compressor
    We ran a vocal recorded through two different preamps (Martech MSS-10 and Presonus Firestudio) through a Distressor EL-8x.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll hear if an expensive compressor can make up for the sonic differences in buget preamps.
  • Cheap Mic - Expensive Compressor
    We took a cheap, M-Audio Nova (a whopping $28 on Ebay) and ran it through a Waves Rcomp and a Distressor EL-8x.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll find out if the Distressor can make the Nova sound more expensive.
  • Vocal Preamp Shootout One
    We toss 12 different preamps on a female vocal.

    Competitors
    1. Vintech 1272
    2. Great River MEQ-1NV
    3. Manley TNT Cool Channel
    4. Martech MSS-10
    5. M-Audio Octane
    6. Presonus Studio Channel
    7. Presonus ADL 600
    8. Presonus Digimax D8
    9. Presonus Firestudio
    10. RNP
    11. Trident S20
    12. True Systems P-Solo

    Your Benefit:
    You'll know the difference between super cheap preamps, super expensive preamps, and preamps in between on female vocals.
  • Vocal Microphone Shootout One
    Take a listen a kajillion/bajillion mics on female vocals.

    Competitors
    1. Shure SM57
    2. Shure SM27
    3. Shure SM7b
    4. Royer R121
    5. Peluso 251
    6. Peluso 47
    7. MXL V63M
    8. Oktava MK219
    9. Studio Projects B3
    10. M-Audio Nova
    11. Gefell M930
    12. Neumann M147
    13. Karma K58
    14. Karma K35
    15. Karma K6
    16. Alesis AM51
    17. Groove Tubes GT 57
    18. Cascade Fathead II
    19. Behringer C1
    20. Audix I5
    21. Audio Technica AT4050
    22. Audio Technica AT4040
    23. Audio Technica AT4033
    24. Audio Technica AT2020
    25. AKG 414

    Your Benefit:
    You'll know the difference between 25 different microphones raning from $28 to $2,600.
  • Microphone Polar Patterns
    We tossed our female singer in front of 2 different microphones (Peluso 251 and Groove Tubes GT57) and had her sing through three different polar patterns.
    Your Benefit:
    You will know the EXACT benefits of using the three different polar patterns at different times. This is one of the most powerful shootouts in Killer Home Recording!
  • Microphone Distance
    We recorded vocals a 1", 3", 6", 12", 24", and 36" using both a Peluso 251 and Groove Tubes GT57.
    Your Benefit:
    You find out the impact of varying the distances from a vocal microphone to shape tone. You see how this effect changes with different microphones. EVERY serious home recorder MUST know this! Don't miss out!
  • Vocal Compression
    We tossed seven different compressors (4 plugins, 3 hardware) ranging from cheap to robo expensive.

    Competitors
    1. Spectrasonics Complimiter 610
    2. Empirical Labs
    3. Distressor EL-8x
    4. Presonus Studio Channel
    5. Waves Rcomp
    6. Oxford Compressor
    7. URS 1980
    8. Waves C1

    Your Benefit:
    You'll hear the impact of hardware compressors vs plugin compressors. You'll hear how aggressive hardware compressors sond against clean hardware compressors. You'll hear the difference between big time bucks in compression land. You'll see if the colored compressor plugins can run with the colored hardware compressors.

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Killer Home Recording: Bass

Killer Home Recording: Bass
  • Bass Amp Micing
    We go through some random trial and error to illustrate a number of concepts in recording bass at home.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll know the possibilities of micing a bass cabinet's woofer and also micing its tweeter. You'll know how different basses sound when ran through the same amp. You'll know how to identify the terrible effects of crappy rooms on bass cabinets.
  • Old vs New Bass Strings

    Your Benefit:
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  • Amps vs Ampeg SVX
    We compare a real bass amp with a bass DI using Ampeg SVX.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll know how Ampeg SXV compares with the real thing. You'll see if there is any real, objective quality difference between amps and Ampeg SVX.
  • Bass Nerd Stuff
    Imagine paying for the most nerdie, anal, and opposite-sex repelling night of bass experimentation in the world.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll learn any potential benefits of using an Eden or Carvin cabinet. You'll learn the sonic differences between an 800RB and a QSC power amp. I'll bore the crap out of you!
  • Modern Bass Options
    We illustrate numerous possibilities provided by modern bass options.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll know the possibilities of micing an amp, blending the amp with a DI, compressinng both the amp and DI, using a De-esser on a bass, using just the original DI, smashing the DI with compression, and using Ampeg SVX. You'll be able to make sense of all these stupid options so maybe you can get a better idea of the route you want to go and where to put your $$.
  • Bass Mic Preamps
    We tossed 12 different mic preamps ranging from robo expensive to robo nothing in cost on a bass cabinet.

    Competitors

    1. Martech MSS-10
    2. M-Audio Octane
    3. RNP
    4. Presonus Studio Channel
    5. Trident S20
    6. True Systems P-Solo
    7. Vintech 1272
    8. Presonus ADL 600
    9. Presonus Firestudio
    10. Great River MEQ-1NV
    11. Manley TNT Cool Channel
    12. Manley TnT Tube Channel

    Your Benefit:
    You'll know the potential sonic improvement delivered by various preamps. You'll have a frame of reference to decide if those potential improvements are worth your cash.
  • Hardware Compression On Bass
    We tossed three different hardware compressors on bass.

    Competitors
    1. Spectrasonics Complimiter 610
    2. Empirical Labs Distressor EL-8X
    3. Presonus Studio Channel

    Your Benefit:
    You'll know any possible positive benefits hardware compression can have on bass. You'll know ways in which a bass track can be manipulated via different attack and release times.
  • Input Impedance On Bass
    We recorded bass DI using five different input impedance settings.
    1. 1M ohms
    2. 3M ohms
    3. 10M ohms
    4. 100k ohms
    5. 300k ohm
    Your Benefit:
    You'll hear the effects of DI input impedance on bass recordings.
  • Bass Preamp DI
    We recorded a bass DI through x preamps ranging from $8 to nearly $3,000.

    Competitors
    1. Vintech 1272
    2. Manley TNT Tube Channel
    3. Sansamp / Martech MSS-10
    4. M-Audio Octane
    5. RNP
    6. Presonus Studio Channel
    7. Trident S20
    8. Presonus ADL 600
    9. Presonus Firestudio
    10. Great River MEQ-1NV
    11. Manley TNT Cool Channel

    Your Benefit:
    You'll hear the sonic differences in bass DI. You'll be able to determine if a high end preamp/DI is worth your green stuff.
  • Bass AD Converter
    We compare the Mytek AD96 to the stock Firestudio AD converter.
    Your Benefit:
    Find out if the tonal benefit of expensive analog to digital converters is worth your cash.
  • Bass Humans
    We let different bass players play the same riff.

    Your Benefit:
    You will hear the SHOCKING tonal differences in the hands.
  • Bass DI vs Ampeg SVX
    Not sure what a modern emulator can do for your bass sounds when compared to a straight bass DI?

    Your Benefit:
    Immediately find out if those amp sounds you desire are obtainable in the dramatically more convenient world of bass amp emulator plugins
  • Different Basses #1
    Not sure if your bass is adequate for job? Think you may need to spend more? Afraid you've got the wrong bass for the job? You might! We played the same funky part with a number of different basses at a number of different price points to illustrate the impact that price, make, and model have on bass tone. The competitors?
    1. $200 cheapo Fender P-bass
    2. Fender Jazz USA
    3. Schecter Diamond Series
    4. Musicman Stingray
    5. Warwick Streamer

    Your Benefit:
    You'll know the sonic differences from the various families of bass guitar. You'll see how a cheapo bass fits within the ranks of big boy expensive basses.
  • Different Basses #2

    In Different Basses #1 we played a funky thing. In Different Basses #2 we played a thing us rock guys are more likely to record.
    • $200 cheapo Fender P-bass
    • Fender Jazz USA
    • Schecter Diamond Series
    • The most mistreated Schecter of all time
    • Musicman Stingray
    • Warwick Streamer

    Your Benefit:
    You'll get a further idea of what different basses can give. You'll find out how cash fits into the picture and you may be surprised how well an entirely mistreated bass fares.
  • Bass Microphone Shootout
    What's the best bass cabinet microphone? I hear this question all the time. To answer it I tossed up 28 different microphones on the same reamped bass track.

    Competitors
    1. AKG 414
    2. Alesis AM51
    3. Audio Technica AT2020
    4. Audio Technica AT4033
    5. Audio Technica AT4040
    6. Audio Technica AT4050
    7. Audix D6 Audix I5
    8. Behringer C1
    9. Cascade Fathead II
    10. Gefell M930
    11. Groove Tubes GT57
    12. Karma K10
    13. Karma K35
    14. Karma K35
    15. Karma K6
    16. M-Audio Nova
    17. MXL V63M
    18. Neumann M147
    19. Oktava MK219
    20. Peluso 251
    21. Peluso 47
    22. Royer R121
    23. Sennheiser 421
    24. Shure Beta 52
    25. Shure SM27
    26. Shure SM57
    27. Shure SM7b
    28. Studio Projects B3
  • Your Benefit:
    Find out exactly what a $30 mic, a $2,700 tube Neumann, and everything else sound like on a bass cabinet. You'll never have to be afraid ever again that the mic you currently use on bass cabinets is holding you back.

  • Bass Microphone Placement
    Not sure where to place the mic? We give you real world examples of the difference between numerous mic placements.

    Your Benefit:
    You never have to worry about micing your bass cabinets up in the wrong place ever again.

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Killer Home Recording: Drums

Killer Home Recording: Drums
  • Snare Microphones
    We tossed three different microphones on a snare drum.

    Competitors
    1. Shure SM57
    2. Audix I5
    3. Oktva MK012

    Your Benefit:
    You'll know if there is any reason to get mega excited about the various alternatives to the good ol' SM57. You'll know if you are missing out by not using a SDC condenser like the Oktava MK012 on snare drum.
  • Snare Preamp Shootout
    We tossed six different mic preamps on a snare drum.

    Competitors
    1. Manley TNT Cool Channel
    2. Great River MEQ-1NV
    3. Presonus Firestudio
    4. Vintech 1272
    5. True Systems P-Solo
    6. Manley TNT Tube Channel
    Your Benefit:
    You'll know the difference between $8 preamps and $2k preamps on snare drum. I'll let you decide what kind of impact the high end preamps deliver and if it's worth your $$$. You'll choose your favorite mic preamp on snare drum.
  • Kick Drum Preamp Shootout
    We used sive different mic preamps on kick drum.

    Competitors
    1. Trident S20
    2. M-Audio Octane
    3. Martech MSS-10
    4. Manley TNT Cool Channel
    5. Presonus Firestudio
    6. Presonus ADL 600
    7. Vintech 1272

    Your Benefit:
    You'll know the effects of $8 preamps and $2k preamps on kick drum. You'll know the impact high end preamps will make on your drum recordings.
  • Drum Overhead Microphones
    We illustrate three possible overhead mic possibilities.

    Competitors
    1. LDCs - Gefell M930
    2. SDCs - Karma K10
    3. Ribbons - Cascade FatheadII

    Your Benefit:
    You'll know the differences in sonics between $100 overheads and $2,000 overheads. You'll hear the differences between SDCs and LDCs. You'll know what ribbon microphones are capable of on drum overheads.
  • Minimal Mic Options
    We recorded a drum kit in a variety of popular minimal micing styles.

    Competitors
    1. Spaced Pair Overheads
    2. Spaced Pair Underheads
    3. XY
    4. Recorderman
    5. Glen Johns

    Your Benefit:
    Find out what a drum kit can sound like with just two microphones. Hear the possibilities of the most popular minimal micing schemes.
  • Close Mics and Processing
    We toss up some close mics and process them with EQ, compression, and parallel compression.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll know what dry, unprocessed drums sound like. You'll hear what a little EQ, compression, and parallel compression can do. You get an idea how to process your own drums
  • Matched Overheads
    We test matched overheads vs random, unmatched condensers.
    Your Benefit:
    Learn the effects of matched overheads vs random condensers on drums.
  • Kick Drum Microphones
    We toss 7 different mics on a kick drum.

    Competitors

    1. AKG D112
    2. Sennheiser e602
    3. Shure SM7b
    4. Sennheiser MD 421
    5. Audix D6
    6. Shure Beta 52
    7. Shure Beta 91

    Your Benefit:
    You'll know which kick drum mic is right for you. You'll find if there really is a magical kick drum microphone.
  • Modern Drums With 2 Mics
    We give it hell to snag a modern drum sound with just two microphones.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll see just how close we can get to a modern drum sound with just two mics. You'll realize the significance of the overheads in any drum recording. You'll know the role the source plays in a drum recording.
  • New Heads vs Old Heads
    We record the same drums (same drummer, same room) with old heads and brand new heads
    Your Benefit:
    You'll hear the sonic benefits, if any, of switching drum heads

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Killer Home Recording: Acoustic Guitar

  • Acoustic Guitar Pick Shootout
    We illustrate the potentially enormous effects the pick has on the quality of acoustic guitar recording.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll be aware of just how big of impact different picks have. You'll know the specific tonal qualities of thin picks, medium picks, and thick picks.
  • Acoustic Guitar Microphone Shootout
    We toss x microphones on a Taylor acoustic guitar.

    Competitors
    1. AKG 414
    2. Audio Technica 4033
    3. Audio Technica 4040
    4. Audio Technica 4050
    5. Audio Technica AT2020
    6. Audix I5
    7. Behringer C1
    8. Cascade Fathead II
    9. Gefell M930
    10. Groove Tubes GT57
    11. Karma K-Micro
    12. Karma K10
    13. Karma K35
    14. Karma K6
    15. Karma K58
    16. M-Audio Nova
    17. MXL V63M
    18. Neumann M147
    19. Oktava MK012
    20. Oktava MK219
    21. Peluso 251
    22. Peluso 47
    23. Royer R121
    24. Sennheiser MD421
    25. Shure SM57
    26. Shure SM7b
    27. Shure KSM27
    28. Studio Projects B3
    29. Alesis AM51

    Your Benefit:
    You'll know the differences between 29 microphones running the price gamut. You'll know what robo expensive mics can do and will find any bargains that can perform similarly.
  • Mic vs DI
    We compare recording with a mic vs DI vs blending the two vs parallel compression.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll know the difference between a microphone recording a high end DI from a Taylor recording. You'll hear any potential benefits of blending a DI and a microphone. You'll hear the potential benefits of sending a guitar track to a parallel compressor.
  • Acoustic Guitar People
    We compare two different players recording the same exact riff.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll be exposed to the most POWERHOUSE point of all of acoustic guitar recording. You'll hear the potential tonal differences between two different acoustic guitarists.
  • Rockwool
    Rockwool is a powerful material for treating rooms and constructing gobos. In Killer Home Recording: Acoustic Guitar we compare the effects of recording with and without Rockwool absorbing the early reflections.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll hear how effective Rockwool is in taming an unideal room. You'll hear the sonic possibilities that can be obtained by portable room treatments.
  • Rooms
    We record acoustic guitar in 5 different rooms.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll know the effects of the room on acoustic guitar recording. You will decide how important acoustic treatment is to your acoustic guitar recordings.
  • Old Strings vs New Strings
    We shootout old acoustic guitar strings vs new acoustic guitar strings
    Your Benefit:
    You'll know if there is any significant benefit to taking the time and money to change acoustic guitar strings. You'll discover if there any downsides to changing acoustic guitar strings.
  • Stereo Microphone Shootout2
    Like an idiot I forgot to include the Karma K10 in Stereo Microphone Shootout1 so I tossed together later on.

    Competitors
    1. Gefell M930
    2. Karma K10
    3. Oktava MK012

    Your Benefit:
    Hear three different strereo pairs of microphones on acoustic guitar.
  • Stereo Microphone Shootout1
    Hear four stereo pairs of microphones on acoustic guitar.

    Competitors
    1. Shure SM57
    2. Cascade Fathead II
    3. Gefell M930
    4. Oktava Mk012

    Your Benefit:
    You'll hear how four drastically different microphones pair compare on acoustic guitars.
  • Acoustic Guitar Preamp Shootout #1
    We use 12 different preamps on acoustic guitar.

    Competitors
    1. Vintech 1272
    2. Presonus ADL 600
    3. Presonus Digimax D8
    4. Presonus Firestudio
    5. Martech MSS-10
    6. M-Audio Octane
    7. Great River MEQ-1NV
    8. Manley TNT Cool Channel
    9. Manley TNT Tube Channel
    10. RNP
    11. True Systems P-Solo
    12. Trident S20

    Your Benefit:
    You'll hear the benefit, if any, of preamps ranging from $8 to $2k per channel. You'll gain the confidence to make informed preamp decisions when it comes time to pull out the wallet.
  • Acoustic Guitar Preamp Shootout #1.5
    We've taken Preamp Shootout #1 and changed the mix from a sparse mix to a dense mix. The results are quite dramatic.

    Competitors
    1. Vintech 1272
    2. Presonus ADL 600
    3. Presonus Digimax D8
    4. Presonus Firestudio
    5. Martech MSS-10
    6. M-Audio Octane
    7. Great River MEQ-1NV
    8. Manley TNT Cool Channel
    9. Manley TNT Tube Channel
    10. RNP
    11. True Systems P-Solo
    12. Trident S20
    Your Benefit:
    We'll reinforce all the lessons you learned from preamp shootout #1 and you'll experience what a devastating effect the density of the mix has on individual elements such as acoustic guitar and the mic preamps used to capture those guitars.
  • Acoustic Guitar AD Converters
    we compare four different analog to digital converters on acoustic guitars.

    Competitors
    1. Mytek AD96
    2. Presonus Digimax D8
    3. M-Audio Octane
    4. Presonus Firestudio.

    Your Benefit:
    You'll gain the confidence to make confident decisions about converters. You'll decide just what impact converters have on acoustic guitar recordings
  • Acoustic Guitar Mic Placements
    We highlight 13 different mic placements.
    Your Benefit:
    You'll know the differences in starting mic placements for acoustic guitar. Learn to make acoustic guitar zones work for you.

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