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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 058-Interview with Jesse Josefsson

    HSS Episode 058-Interview with Jesse Josefsson

    This podcast sponsored by:
    The Pro Mix Academy
    Today we are going to be talking with Jesse Josefsson of Sync My Music. Sync My Music is a website that's devoted to helping musicians just like yourself discover the world of sync licensing for tv and film as a means to make a side income or even go full time as a music producer. 
     
    Jesse has had placements on the Discovery Channel, CNN, Disney, and the Travel Channel to name a few. 
     
    He has very graciously stopped by here today to share with you his knowledge as well as help you get a grasp on how this could benefit the ambitious musician.

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    HSS Episode 057-Interview with AudiosErgeon

    HSS Episode 057-Interview with AudiosErgeon

    Today we are going to be talking with a fellow musician and podcast host, "AudiosErgeon".
     
    "AudiosErgeon" is a hobbyist musician that likes to produce his own music and you can tell that he has fun doing it.
    He recently started a podcast that he uses as a creative venture to open a world of exploration into what he calls Space... the podcast is entitled Life In Space.
     
    The episodes revolve around synthesis, music theory and just a whole lot of other cool stuff.
     
    The website:
    https://moogcraft32.wixsite.com/mysite
     
    "AudiosErgeon" on Soundcloud:
    https://soundcloud.com/moogcraft-32

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    HSS Episode 056-Musicians and Depression

    HSS Episode 056-Musicians and Depression

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Live Mix of Mark George's song "Ghost Dance" as well as Marcel Walden's Mix break down of "Out of the Blue"
    YouTube Membership!!!
    Sign up for Membership of $9.99 a month and receive every tutorial I have made and any I will make in the future so long as you are still a member!
     
     
    EAR TO THE GROUND
     
    Whether for work, school or doctor's appointments, almost everyone has used Zoom. But for musicians who want to play together online during the pandemic, the popular conference call platform doesn't cut it. Musicians and scientists on opposite coasts have been trying to find solutions. Fortunately,  Audio Movers and Jack Trip software.
     
    The Internet is widely used for audio communications. Numerous collaboration applications exist that make it trivial to carry on a conversation with almost anyone, worldwide. Likely, you already use these applications regularly. What is thought of as traditional phone lines have even largely migrated towards running over the Internet. So, why is performing music any different?
    The answer lies in the problem of trying to keep a common rhythm going between remote musicians. Maintaining a shared beat or sense of pulse is difficult if it takes too long for one musician's sound to reach another's ears. There can be drastic consequences. The "Happy Birthday" effect is familiar from family video conferences. The length of time for sound to get between individuals makes it impossible for the group to sing together. Singers find themselves in a situation of "I'm waiting for you and you're waiting for me" and that's the problem.
     
    Video calls are engineered for turn taking in conversation. Music is different because it involves simultaneous coordinated activity rather than alternation. Tightly synchronized performance only works over the Internet with extremely low-latency audio applications like JackTrip.
     
    A group’s ability to maintain a steady pulse is heavily impacted by what is known as latency. This is a term which refers to how long it takes for one performer's sound to reach the another's ears. It is typically measured in milliseconds (msec), or 1/1000 of a second. Research has found that the ability to perform syncronized rhythms together requires a latency below 25-30 msec one way. There isn’t a hard and fast number for this because everyone is different and musical situations differ. Particularly important in this regard is the speed or tempo of a piece (measured in beats-per-minute). Slower tempo can tolerate relatively longer Internet latencies.
     
    To help put this into perspective, sounds traveling through air 25 feet (roughly 8 meters) take about 25 msec. We're comfortable playing or singing together at distances within this range. As a group spreads out, say across a football field, the ability to keep a coordinated rhythm becomes increasingly difficult. This is why minimizing latency is so important.
     
    Here's a seemingly simple question: Can musicians in quarantine play music together over an Internet connection? We've migrated birthday parties, happy hours and church services to video calls these days, so couldn't we do the same with band practice? Across ubiquitous video conferencing tools like Zoom, FaceTime and Skype, it takes time for audio data to travel from person to person. That small delay, called latency, is mostly tolerable in conversation — save for a few overlapping stutters — but when it comes to playing music online with any kind of rhythmic integrity, latency quickly becomes a total dealbreaker.
     
    This video follows pianist and composer Dan Tepfer down the rabbit hole. Tepfer often occupies the intersection of music and innovative technology (just check out his Tiny Desk concert), and by proxy has served his fellow musicians as a tech support line of sorts. A public inquiry on Twitter led him to jazz trombonist M

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    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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This show is a show that’s simple, fun and easy to understand. I like the honesty that the host has about studio gear and personal taste in musicians lifestyle. It’s amazing 😉 the quality of sound and production values that’s in use on this podcast. I see this quickly becoming the big show on podcasts for guys like myself that are into doing there own production in music and podcasting as well and totally can see myself using some of these tips in my own podcast in the future. The host is a very kind and thoughtful person who has many years under his belt in doing this kind of great work. We can all learn something here even if your not already in music production or just starting to get into it. Let’s see more of these great show to come in the future and my hats 🎩 off to you Home Studio Simplified!

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