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Whether you are a budding audio engineer or a serious musician looking for simple answers to the complex questions of the audio world, Home Studio Simplified is here to help. This podcast is hosted by an audio engineer and multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years of experience. From gear reviews, to practical application training, interviews, and much more, you are sure to learn something useful.

Home Studio Simplified Robert McClellan

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Whether you are a budding audio engineer or a serious musician looking for simple answers to the complex questions of the audio world, Home Studio Simplified is here to help. This podcast is hosted by an audio engineer and multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years of experience. From gear reviews, to practical application training, interviews, and much more, you are sure to learn something useful.

    HSS Episode 055-The Black Friday Battle Plan

    HSS Episode 055-The Black Friday Battle Plan

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Both the September and the October edition of the HSS Song Contest is over, and the submissions for the contest just keep getting better!
    September Winner - Micheal Reynolds - Grey
    October Winner - Mark George - The Other Side of Sound
    If you'd like to get involved in the next song contest be sure to click the link in the show notes, or if you're watching on YouTube check the description of this video for any applicable links.
    The November Edition of the song contest is soon coming to a close and the deadline for this one is the 30th
    There will be a December Song Contest as well! r
    The Ultimate Cakewalk Course is going to be available soon! This is a 6 hour course complete with PDF guides for every Module as well as a set of Multi-Tracks to mix along with. This course will have you up and running with everything Cakewalk has to offer in the shortest amount of time possible, and give you a mix you can add to your portfolio as well. 
     
    EAR TO THE GROUND
    BOSS Pocket GT-https://bit.ly/The_BOSS_Pocket_GT
    Combining premium BOSS guitar tones with integrated YouTube learning, this pocket-size amp/effects processor pairs with your smartphone or tablet to create the ultimate go-everywhere lesson studio. Watch YouTube content in the companion BOSS Tone Studio app and create song lists, set loop markers, and more. Access deep editing tools to emulate the tones of famous players or craft new sounds all your own. And with automatic user memory switching, you can change up sounds as a YouTube video plays! Adding in other great features like Bluetooth music streaming, USB audio interface capability, and more.
     
    Get yours here and help out the show at no extra cost to you with the affiliate link: BOSS Pocket GT
     
    Strymon Nightsky-https://bit.ly/Strymon_Nightsky
    NightSky is a reverberant synthesis workstation, and a powerful, hands-on experimental sound design platform. NightSky gives you real-time continuous control of reverb, pitch/processing, rate/core size, harmonics, and even a synth-like resonant filter with multiple modulation waveshapes, plus a step sequencer with variable glide. You haven’t heard a pedal like this before.
     
    Create vast soundscapes with just a few notes from your instrument. Apply mind-bending pitch and harmonic manipulation to your reverb tails, with synth-like filter sweeps. Enter a world of new sounds that blow away the boundaries of what is possible with reverb. With pioneers and adventurous sonic explorers in mind we created a reverb pedal that can go where none have gone before.
     
    Get yours here and help out the show at no extra cost to you with the affiliate link: Strymon Nightsky
    Izotope NeoVerb Reverb Plugin-https://bit.ly/NeoVerb
    From the minds behind Ozone and Nectar, and powered by legendary Exponential Audio technology, iZotope Neoverb is the most intelligent reverb plug-in for music producers. With built-in presets you can save time and leave the trial and error behind, allowing room for creativity. Design unique spaces for vocals and instruments in seconds, without muddying the mix, and use its complete arsenal of tools for defining the perfect sound that doesn't get in the way.
     
    3 FREE PLUGINS
    OB-XD 2.1 - FREEWARE SYNTH
    OB-Xd is based on the Oberheim OB-X. It attempts to recreate its sound and behavior, but as the original was very limited in some important ways a number of things were added or altered to the original design. OB-Xd was designed to sound as good and as rich as the original. It implements micro random detuning which is a big part of that sound. 
     
    Now, while not copying originals, some of the features were taken to a better point. Continuous blendable multimode filter (HP-Notch(BP)-HP in 12 dB mode and 4-1 pole in 24 dB mode). Also, like many synths of the OB-X's generation, the OB-Xd has no internal e

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    HSS Episode 054-8 Vocal Tips for Better Performances

    HSS Episode 054-8 Vocal Tips for Better Performances

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    The August Edition of the HSS Song Contest is over with Mark George coming out on top as the winner. Although it was incredibly hard to choose a winner, Mark’s song,  “The Other Side of Sound” was picked due to its arrangement, it’s clarity and balance, as well as the interest it generated even as an instrumental piece. You can hear the song and listen to my comments on it here: (https://youtu.be/AN9DeEWihcw?t=3988)  
    The September Edition of the HSS Song Contest is on!   
    Here are the guidelines for the contest.
    Original non-copyrighted work  No lewd lyrics or vulgarity  One submission per entrant  File submission in WAV or MP3  Deadline September 25th  Upload your songs here: http://bit.ly/September-Submission
     
    Why would you want to upload your song?   
         The main purpose I started the song contest was to inspire musicians to release more music and to generate interest in others music, while providing insight and constructive dialogue from a professional standpoint on how to improve the song submitted.
         Now, a few months into the HSS Song Contest routine, this segment of the channel has taken on a life of its own! The community it has created and the feedback that has been generated from within the community is amazing! There have been collaborations, friendships, and professional connections made as a result of the contest and so many have claimed that they are learning more and more every single time around.
          The song that is chosen as the winner receives a free mix/master of the winning entry from yours truly and the results are shared on the channel to help everyone benefit from knowing what went into it.    
    Wanna join the HSS Session Players? (https://bit.ly/Session_Player_Sign-up) From time to time I am asked to help out on a project or need some instrumentation for personal client work. While I can play a Bass, I am not a Bassist. That said, I am creating a list of Session Players that I can call on to work on projects. If you’d like the opportunity to work on some projects and collaborate with other like minded musicians. Sign up!
    EAR TO THE GROUND
         Every guitarist knows that becoming a better player takes lots and lots of practice. Positive Grid’s “Spark” amplifier is a Bluetooth-connected practice amp/speaker packed with features including tons of onboard effects, a nice assortment of I/O ports, dual speakers, and a wealth of panel controls and presets. 
         It gets better: With the Spark’s free companion app, you can play along with tunes that you stream through the amp and have your mobile device display which chords to play as you go. Or, you can have the app lay down an accompanying drum and bass track for you to jam along to. The Spark mobile app (for Android and iOS) gives you access to a massive library of amp models and effects that let you emulate the sound you get from classic tube amps, acoustic amps, bass amps, and other types of amplifiers. You can also create customized effects using virtual pedals for Overdrive, Noise Gate, Delay, Modulation, and Reverb, or you can access Positive Grid’s BIAS-powered tone library that contains more than 10,000 amp and effects presets that let you mimic the guitar sounds of your favorite players such as Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and many others. 
         If you’re a guitarist and you’re looking for an affordable mobile rig to practice with at home, at work, or even on your commute, the Spark may be the solution you;re looking for..
    -This months 3 FREE Plugins- 1. Temper Temper is a modern digital distortion plugin featuring a rich saturation stage and a unique phase distortion. Use the variable saturation curve to add warmth and edge to your sound, and let the phase distortion bring character and clarity through your mix. Tem

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    HSS Episode 053-Online Collaboration Best Practices

    HSS Episode 053-Online Collaboration Best Practices

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    The July Edition of the HSS Song Contest is over with Gary Brun coming out on top as the winner. Gary’s song was chosen by a panel of judges that I had arranged to be on the show for the livestream. (https://youtu.be/j0FMqBJ6ypY) The August Edition of the HSS Song Contest is on! (https://bit.ly/August-Song-Submissions) -One file per submission
    -No copyrighted material
    -MP3 or WAV format 
    Wanna join the HSS Session Players? (https://bit.ly/Session_Player_Sign-up)  
    EAR TO THE GROUND
    -THIS MONTHS 3 FREE PLUGINS HAS BEEN REPLACED BY ONLINE COLLABORATION TOOLS-
    1. Flock With Flock, team members can exchange messages, share files, host video conferences, manage to-dos, and set up calendar events all from one easy-to-use app. Flock integrates with popular business tools such as Google Calendar, Google Drive, Asana, MailChimp, and Twitter, making it easier for team members to stay on top of things without juggling a dozen different apps. 
    Flock’s free plan gives your team:
    Unlimited team members and one-to-one messages 10 public channels for group conversations Unlimited 1:1 video calls 5GB storage for file sharing and 10K message history for quick search Built-in productivity apps such as shared notes, polls, and reminders  Unlimited integrations for third-party services, such as Asana, Jira, or Google Drive Need more room? Flock PRO unlocks enhanced admin controls, group video conferencing, unlimited channels, guest accounts, more file storage, and access to priority support. At just $4.50 per user per month, we think it’s a steal, but our free plan is pretty generous and well, free. It’s your call.
    I like the sound of this one so much that I am going to try and integrate this immediately to see how it works! Wanna test it with me? (https://hsscollab.flock.com?i=1k8l2322e813eli1)
    2. Slack If you’ve heard of team chat, you’ve probably heard of them. IM, channels, video calls, integrations and bots for hundreds of third-party tools; Slack has it all. But the free plan limits you to 10 service integrations, so choose wisely.
    Slack’s free plan
    Unlimited users, messages, and channels Unlimited one-to-one voice and video calls  5GB storage for file sharing and 10K message history Up to 10 apps or service integrations For video conferencing (up to 15 participants) and guest accounts, you’ll need to upgrade to a Standard plan that costs $6.67 per user per month. There’s also a Plus plan that adds more features at $12.50 a user per month. 
    3. Microsoft Teams Initially an exclusive for businesses with Office 365 subscriptions, Microsoft Teams has since launched a free plan for small businesses. We love its innovative features such as inline translation for messages and the ability to record meetings with automatic transcriptions. Also a plus, its deep integrations with OneDrive and Office 365 services.
    Microsoft Team’s free plan
    Up to 300 users Unlimited messages, channels, and search Unlimited audio and video meetings with up to 250 participants 10GB of team file storage + 2GB per user 140+ apps and service integrations For advanced collaboration features such as meeting recordings and automatic transcriptions, you’ll need to pony up for an Office 365 subscription.  Office 365 Business Essentials costs $5 a user per month and the full-featured Office 365 Business Premium will set you back $12.50 a user per month.
     
    MAIN THOUGHT
    1. Check File Formats Producers: Be clear about what format you work with — bit rate, bit depth and file type.
    Musicians: If you don’t know what the producer needs, don’t be afraid to ask! They’ll probably appreciate that you did. If you aren’t sure how to calibrate those sorts of parameters in your DAW of choice, the producer will probably be able to guide you. (Hint, it usually just involves a couple of clicks in your DAW’s “pr

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    HSS Episode 052- Interview with Warren Huart

    HSS Episode 052- Interview with Warren Huart

    View the video version here: https://youtu.be/MTlfZmp-Zhs
    Warren Huart is on the show to take questions from the audience as well as just provide a ton of value (as usual).  Wanna learn from Warren?
    Join the Produce Like A Pro Academy here:
    Join the Produce Like A Pro Acadmey
    If you join before August 1st, post your screenshot here to be entered into the drawing for the Audio-Technica headphones!
     

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    HSS Episode 051-7 Tips For Mixing Better Music

    HSS Episode 051-7 Tips For Mixing Better Music

    Watch the video version of this episode here:
    https://youtu.be/1-STwaPePTE
    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Quarantine Song Challenge Ends Welcome back my fellow fader finaglers! Well, The Quarantined Song Challenge has officially come to a close and the results are in, Chris Sanders was voted as the winner and had a ton of support from the community over on the YouTube channel as well as in the live chat. With a towering amount of vote his submission "The Garden Song" won out over everyone else! Stick around to the end of the podcast, I'm going to play you the song that won!
    After the closing of the challenge I held a poll to see if anyone would be interested in another, and the results were highly in favor of actually hosting another song challenge! So, the folder for upload is available in the description of this podcast/video and if you would like to get in on the fun, just upload your song submission there.
    I am including a few rules that previously did not apply as I have learned from the last song challenge that I should've placed a few stipulations on the legal side of things. Now, thankfully the music police are not knocking my door down but I did have to battle it out with some copyright claims on the YouTube channel as some of the songs that were submitted were already released and held under copyright laws.
    So, due to this, the rules will be a little more stringent so as to keep things streamlined and also to avoid copyright strikes on the channel. Details will be released about this on the channel and the Facebook page soon!
    New Merch Available In other announcements, I have populated the merch store with several more designs at the request of some awesome people within the community. Keep in mind that when you go to the site to check things out that there are a ton of variations available other than just size and color. For instance, you can get you favorite design on a coffee mug, a sticker, a skateboard, or even a shower curtain! Just look around and find something that suits your needs and help support the channel.
    New Ways to Support The Channel I’ve had a lot of people reaching out asking how they can support the channel and compensate me for the time I’m investing into helping others. So, I held a poll to ask what they would feel comfortable with - (what platforms, donations amounts, that kind of thing)
    Although most were very willing to go direct through PayPal there were still some who thought it would be nice to utilize the Patreon account as it has extra members perks built in. In light of all of this, I really aim to be as flexible as possible and at the end of the day people want to use what they are comfortable with. https://bit.ly/Support-HSS
    EAR TO THE GROUND
    THIS MONTHS 3 FREE PLUGINS
    1- Wampler Terraform-
    Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a huge Wampler Fan. I had the privilege of interviewing Brian on the YouTube channel some time ago and not only is Brian an exceptional guitar player but he's also just an all around nice guy.
    Recently, he broke into the digital realm by releasing some FREE, yes you  heard me right FREE plugin emulations of Wampler Pedals! Currently the Wampler TerraForm pedal is available as a FREE download for both Windows and Mac users.
    Not too long ago Wampler Pedals did not have a multi-effects pedal in their arsenal and focused more on the individual boutique style that most companies have adopted over the years, however in November of 2019 Brian and his team unveiled the TerraForm Multi-Effects pedal. Since then it has been received very well.
    Now, in typical Wampler fashion, when they release something it usually exceeds the expectations of potential customers and long time users alike. The Terraform is no exception!
    When Wampler decided to jump into the multiFX market, they did it in style.
    This beast of a pedal comes equipped with 11 custom designed eff

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    HSS Episode 050- The Creative's Worst Enemy

    HSS Episode 050- The Creative's Worst Enemy

    ANNOUNCMENTS

    Quarantine Song Challenge- 
    We have had several submissions for the Quarantine Song Challenge and there has been a ton of talent represented! Due to time availability and the decreasing number of submissions, I believe it's a good time to bring it to a close. So, the final day for entering the QSC will be this Friday, May 22nd. The voting will begin the following Monday on the live stream as we all listen one last time to all the submissions and vote on them together. (There will also be offline voting available for those that missed the stream, but it will all take place on the YouTube Channel. The winner will be announced on the live stream Thursday, May 28th. 

    EAR TO THE GROUND

     First up, in today's ear to the ground we're going to cover the IR packs being released by the guys over at Worship Tutorials. 
    One common problem you run into when playing an acoustic live as a DI source is the horrible representation of sound that the DI produces. The fact is, even an $11,000 guitar will sound like trash when pitted against the dreadful DI input.

    In order to combat this, the team over at the Worship Tutorials channel have come up with some IR (Impulse Response) Packs to help alleviate the woes of the sound guy and allow for an acoustic guitar to really shine on stage again.

    Here is a sound example of a Martin D-35 with the IR in action. The first portion is the D-35 mic'd up with an Earthworks S-R25, the second portion is the straight DI source, and the last portion is being ran through the S-R25 IR.

    The next portion we're going to listen to is the Holy Grail IR Pack.     

    This portion of audio is the channel owners beautiful McPherson Camrielle being played through the Line 6 Helix as a Direct Out, and as he's playing he is turning the Holy Grail IR on and off using the on board footswitch. 
    The first portion of audio we're hearing is with the IR off (dry direct out), the next portion is with the IR enabled, The guitars pickup is an LR BAGSS Anthem SL.

    This Acoustic IR pack captures the incredible tone of Brian McPherson® Camrielle.
    These IR’s can be used in any hardware or app that accepts .wav IR files and allow you to get the sound of a world class mic’d acoustic guitar direct. Included in your download are multiple acoustic pickup options to accommodate a wide range of acoustic guitars and pickups. These are meant to make your acoustic guitar sound incredible. They are not designed to make an electric guitar sound like an acoustic.
    IMPORTANT NOTES
    1. INTENDED FOR USE WITH ACOUSTIC GUITARS: Our acoustic IR’s are intended to be used with acoustic guitars. They are not meant to make an electric guitar sound like an acoustic guitar.
    2. CROSS PLATFORM: These .WAV impulse responses can be used in any hardware or application that supports IR’s. This includes products by Line 6 (Helix, HX Stomp, HX Effects, etc), Kemper, Axe-FX, etc.
    3. EXPERIMENT: We’ve included multiple options in this IR pack (more details below). The best idea is just to start experimenting with your guitar and find the IR or combinations of IR’s that sound the best. Our recommendation is to first find the pickup type that fits your guitar best (see the pickup options section), and then experiment with different mic options for that pickup type.
     
    3 FREE PLUGS 

    1- Lagrange by Ursa DSP -

    Lagrange is a unique stereo delay system producing other worldly echoes using granular techniques, where each grain is from a different point in the delay buffer:
    Use basic settings to create immersive stereo imagery with clean early reflections to give instruments a clear place in the mix.
    Use the feedback control to transform your sounds into droning evolving soundscapes.
    Shorten the delay time to create unusual metallic chorus effects.

    2 - Glitch Machines Hysteresis - 

    Hysteresis features

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