Home Studio Simplified



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 048-Developing A Mix System

    HSS Episode 048-Developing A Mix System

    07/04/2020 Duration: 19min

    ANNOUNCMENTS Quarantine Song Challenge- Are you a musician or instrumentalist that has currently found yourself indoors more than usual, and with extra time on your hands? Well, in order to break up the monotony and create a little fun, I am doing a "Quarantine Song Challenge".   Details: Starting Friday April 10th, I am giving all who would be willing, a challenge. The mission should you choose to accept it, is this: Create a song within a 2 week time-frame. That would put you handing in your final submission on Friday April 24th. This should be a version of your best rough mix, or if you're very productive a completed masterpiece that's fully mixed and mastered. I will then choose 3 of the best submissions and showcase them on my channel live for all to hear and give my personal feedback as well. The submission with the most votes will be mixed and mastered by yours truly.   Technicalities: Submissions need to be in high quality WAV files preferably 24bit. If your hopeful of winning, make sure that you

  • HSS Episode 047-The McGurk Effect

    HSS Episode 047-The McGurk Effect

    23/03/2020 Duration: 18min

    ANNOUNCMENTS Recent live stream success - HSS Live-Artist Spotlights 006 https://youtu.be/GPT-_TGlt84   EAR TO THE GROUND 1 New music is no longer a thing, thanks to a pair of lawyers who created an algorithm to write every single musical melody that can possibly exist. Rather than claiming all music as their personal property, however, the duo have released their entire catalog of tunes into the public domain, in the hope that this will bring an end to copyright lawsuits.   Lawyer, musician, and programmer Damien Riehl came up with the idea after realizing that all singer-songwriters are essentially walking on a “melodic minefield”, because there are only a finite number of melodies that can exist. As such, with each new song that gets written, the chances of creating something genuinely unique decreases, and the possibility of writing a melody that has already been recorded by someone else increases.   In a recent Tedx Talk, Riehl explains that this wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for the ridiculo

  • HSS Episode 046-Understanding Studio Roles

    HSS Episode 046-Understanding Studio Roles

    03/03/2020 Duration: 17min

       Announcements Patreon Page Gear Giveaway Winners have been picked!!!   Ear To The Ground Electro-Harmonix Oceans 12 Guitar Pedal https://sonicstate.com/news/2020/02/27/new-ehx-dual-stereo-reverb-pedal/   3 FREE PLUGS -  A1StereoControl,  Tal-Chorus-LX,  CamelCrusher https://www.productionmusiclive.com/blogs/news/8-best-free-vst-plugins-2020   Human Speech A.I. https://sonicstate.com/news/2020/02/12/   human-speech-ai-cloned-from-5-second-samples/   Main Thought Often misunderstood, and at times misrepresented, either by mistake or lack of knowledge, are the various phases that take place in the studio to bring about a completed song.   In the old days, an artist would hire a manager. The manager would then arrange studio time and hire a producer who would then oversee the production of the project and work closely alongside the recording engineer and the mix engineer to see that the vision of their clients band was held in highest priority and sounded it’s best.   Duri

  • HSS Episode 045-Interview with Adamental

    HSS Episode 045-Interview with Adamental

    08/02/2020 Duration: 01h08min

    Adamental is a Christian hip-hop recording artist / producer who has been featured on Rapzilla's platform for independent artists, and has been making beats for up and coming as well as established artists. Today, we dive into his creative process as he displays his talents by making a beat on the fly. To see the visuals along with his process head over here:

  • HSS Episode 044-10 Ways To Overcome Creative Blocks

    HSS Episode 044-10 Ways To Overcome Creative Blocks

    31/01/2020 Duration: 24min

    Announcements Patreon Page Gear Giveaway (Donner Alpha FX Guitar Pedal) Cakewalk by BandLab Tutorials Forthcoming Interviews   Ear To The Ground MIDI 2.0 https://www.musicradar.com/news/what-is-midi-20-and-what-does-it-mean-for-musicians-and-producers 3 FREE PLUGS - Blindfold EQ, Caelum Tape Cassette, Beatskills Slam PUP  []https://www.gearnews.com/best-free-plug-ins-this-week-slam-pup-plasticityfilter-and-stepinator/ []https://www.gearnews.com/best-free-plug-ins-this-week-blindfold-eq-tape-cassette-iterativesincluster/ Main Thought         Overcoming Creative Blocks Get it down on paper. Write your main ideas down in columns, and list absolutely everything that comes to mind. Don't be afraid to step away. Always carry a notepad. Put some fun in your studio. Don't retread your steps. Broaden your horizons. Get a fresh perspective. Explore other creative disciplines. Go against the flow. Sleep on it, when you can.

  • HSS Episode 043-The Audio Video Parallel

    HSS Episode 043-The Audio Video Parallel

    12/04/2019 Duration: 06min

    View the video portion of this podcast here: HSS Podcast on YouTube  

  • HSS Episode 042-Which Microphone Is Best For My Home Studio

    HSS Episode 042-Which Microphone Is Best For My Home Studio

    08/02/2019 Duration: 16min

    This episode has a video version as well on the YouTube channel if you'd like to view it there.   Links mentioned in this podcast: Recording Acoustic Guitar Podcast Interview with John Hehman Affordable Studio Gear

  • HSS Episode 041-Mentorship

    HSS Episode 041-Mentorship

    26/01/2018 Duration: 29min

    Home Studio Simplified   After a long hiatus I'm back. I assure you I did not want to go, but necessity called and I had to answer. It's this little thing called priorities and responsibility. Aside from family responsibilities, church needs, and job/schedule changes there comes a time when one has to realize that their dreams must at time be put on the back burner so that the dreams that are bigger than they are can develop. I have found to, that in order for your dreams to gain momentum, or forward motion of any kind, there must be a yearning within to see the dreams of others come to fruition as well.   No man is an island and we all have areas of expertise that can help the next guy. By doing so, we in turn gain experience and a sense of accomplishment that cannot be felt and internalized by merely climbing the mountain alone.    Can it be done? Can one really climb to the top all on their own? Yes! But, what if when you reach the top you have no one to share in your victories, or worse yet, to help you t

  • HSS Episode 040-Recollection and Free Stuff

    HSS Episode 040-Recollection and Free Stuff

    31/05/2017 Duration: 26min

    On April 13th, in the year 2015, the very first episode of Home Studio Simplified was released.  Since then I have had the amazing opportunity to interview a myriad of great people: Justin Clark Singer/Songwriter Don Cherry Founder of "Strings With Wings" John Hehman Mix Engineer from Chesterton Indiana Maor Appelbaum Mastering Engineer Ethan Winer CEO of Real Traps Warren Huart CEO of Produce Like A Pro/Producer/Mix Engineer Graham Cochrane CEO of The Recording Revolution Brian Wampler CEO of Wampler Pedals Joe Gilder CEO of Home Studio Corner  All of this has taken a lot of work. But it's been fun! No, it's not always easy to manage the time that it takes to put together podcasts, videos, upkeep a Facebook Page, and run a blog, as well as work a full time job. However, I continue to do so with the hope that someone out there may find something that is said or done informative and useful.  I will admit that there have been times I've been wrong, there have been times that I have not covered thing

  • HSS Episode 039-Interview with Joe Gilder

    HSS Episode 039-Interview with Joe Gilder

    27/04/2017 Duration: 53min

    Today we interview Joe Gilder of Home Studio Corner! Joe has been another one of my long distance mentors and has helped thousands within the space of a Home Studio make better sounding music. We talk some methods, get philosophical, and even talk a little business as well.   Here are some links to find Joe: Website: http://www.homestudiocorner.com/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/joegildermusic/ Podcast: http://www.homestudiocorner.com/category/podcast/ The Simply Recording Podcast: http://simplyrecordingpodcast.com/ Music: http://www.nimbitmusic.com/joegildermusic YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/HomeStudioCorner Twitter: @joegildermusic   Here are some more links to find me: The YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/homestudiosimplified Show some love, win some gear: https://www.patreon.com/homestudiosimplified My Music/Portfolio: https://www.reverbnation.com/1sounddoctrine Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/homestudiosimplified/

  • HSS Episode 038-DIY for the Home Studio

    HSS Episode 038-DIY for the Home Studio

    25/03/2017 Duration: 21min

    In this episode I discuss some of the benefits of DIY for the Home Studio. Below are some links to my recent projects. Enjoy!   The DIY Studio: https://youtu.be/dvlthaNNeTA The DIY Pedal Board: https://youtu.be/vMmM91abGPs The DIY Desk and Recording Light: https://youtu.be/9rPSbOj3Hcw    

  • HSS Episode 037-Brian Wampler Interview

    HSS Episode 037-Brian Wampler Interview

    12/02/2017 Duration: 01h01min

    On today's show we have Brain Wampler the President of Wampler Pedals. We discuss some of the mindsets that go into his pedals and also where the ideas come from. If you have not checked out his YouTube channel, you owe it to yourself to watch some of his gear reviews as well as his great guitar playing. This was the most laid back of all the interviews thus far and one that I honestly have to say was the most fun. Below are all the links you need to find Brian and to join in Chasing Tone with him, as well as some of his other products discussed in the podcast.     Wampler Pedals Website: http://wamplerpedals.com/ The Wampler FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wamplerfanpage/ The Wampler YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/wampcat Wampler on Twiiter: @WamplerPedals Wampler on Instagram: @wamplerpedals Wampler on SnapChat: @brianwampler Chasing Tone Podcast: http://bit.ly/Chasing_Tone_Podcast DIY Pedals book: http://amzn.to/2lrG6h8   *The Rock'em Sock'em Robots Vid: Low Blow Teaser

  • HSS Episode 036-Interview with Graham Cochrane

    HSS Episode 036-Interview with Graham Cochrane

    25/01/2017 Duration: 49min

    On today's show we have Graham Cochrane. Graham is the CEO of The Recording Revolution, a Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Mixing Engineer, and an audio mentor to thousands.   Graham has been featured on Pensado's Place, has taught alongside some of the music industries best and brightest, and has had some awesome interviews with the greats as well on his channel. In spite of all this he is a humble man with great intentions, a willingness to learn, and a passion to help others to learn as well.   Here are some links to learn more about Graham and The Recording Revolution-   Graham Cochrane - CEO The Recording Revolution, Engineer - Pensado's Place #217 Graham's YouTube Channel The Recording Revolution Free Studio Gear Guide Smart Start to Mixing Graham's Music

  • HSS Episode 035-Collaboration

    HSS Episode 035-Collaboration

    31/12/2016 Duration: 14min

    Happy New Year's to all! May your next year be better than ever! In this episode I share some moments that only collaboration can bring and would encourage each of you to find someone to collaborate with next year! It's not only fun but rewarding!

  • HSS Episode 034-Thanksgiving

    HSS Episode 034-Thanksgiving

    23/11/2016 Duration: 27min

    Not a lot of meat and potatoes in this episode, just sharing some thoughts and a plea for a change of mindset. Also, I am sharing the song that we created in the "My Songwriting Methods" series on YouTube. Hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving! Thanks for being a listener!

  • HSS Episode 033-Interview with Warren Huart

    HSS Episode 033-Interview with Warren Huart

    22/10/2016 Duration: 57min

    On today's show we have Warren Huart, Mulit-Platinum Producer, Songwriter, and Mixing Engineer. His credits are vast, his love for music is obvious, and his knowledge of all things recording seems limitless. Yet some of his greatest traits are his humility and willingness to keep learning. Those wonderful traits are expounded upon daily in his blog posts, YouTube videos, and his involvement in the community that he has created on the Produce Like A Pro website. Produce Like A Pro Facebook Page Warren Huart's Website w/credits Produce Like A Pro Podcast PLAP in iTunes PLAP Soundcloud PLAP Academy PLAP YouTube Channel

  • HSS Episode 032-My Favorite SONAR features

    HSS Episode 032-My Favorite SONAR features

    01/10/2016 Duration: 38min

    I am not endorsed or paid by Cakewalk. I am not trying to sway anyone in any direction. My sole purpose of this podcast is simply to share my thoughts on my favorite DAW.   Also covered in this podcast quickly is some info on the Patreon page I recently launched. You can find out more about it here.

  • HSS Episode 031-Interview with Ethan Winer

    HSS Episode 031-Interview with Ethan Winer

    21/08/2016 Duration: 01h05min

      In this episode I interview Ethan Winer an audio expert with years of experience in recording, mixing, and audio in general. Ethan is the Co-Owner of Real Traps, a company that produces high quality acoustic solutions for studios of all sizes. He has wrote articles for several magazines over the years including Tape Op, EQ, and PC Magazine, to name a few. He has been active on forums for years, helping home studio, project studio, and large studio owners from all walks of life better understand their equipment as well as their acoustic issues. I wanted to bring him on the show because he has a knack for explaining things in a simple and understandable way. He also is a champion of dispelling audio myths, which we talk about! Here are some links to get a hold of Ethan: Ethan's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/EthanWiner The Audio Expert Forum: http://the-audio-expert.freeforums.��net/ Also as mentioned, here is the link to A Cello Rondo! You gotta see this! A Cello Rondo    

  • HSS Episode 030-Interview with Maor Appelbaum

    HSS Episode 030-Interview with Maor Appelbaum

    06/07/2016 Duration: 01h04min

    On today's podcast, Mastering Engineer Maor Appelbaum gives some great insight into the mastering process from a Mastering Engineers point of view. His discography is huge and his knowledge about this topic is only preceded by his humbleness. There were several questions that were curated from podcast listeners, Facebook, and from my email subscribers, that we go in depth on. Questions such as: What is the main purpose of Mastering? What are some common misconceptions of Mastering? What does a Mastering Engineer “hone in” on when receiving a mix? What are the major differences between a professional mix and an amateur mix? (The answer will amaze you!) What can we as home studio owners do to provide better source material for Mastering? And of course, every interview has to have this two part question... What is your favorite color? What does it smell like? A big thank you to Maor for taking time out of his day to come on the show! You can reach him here: http://www.maorappelbaum.com  

  • HSS Episode 029-Debunking EQ Myths

    HSS Episode 029-Debunking EQ Myths

    19/06/2016 Duration: 15min

    One of the Mixing Engineers best friends is the trusty EQ. It is one of those mysterious elements that can't immediately be heard, whether it is right or wrong, that is unless it is horribly wrong, or incredibly right. It also is one of the areas of Mixing that requires the most patience and training. However, there are a lot of myths surrounding EQ that I would like to dispel.

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