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.
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Apr 12, 2019

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


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πŸ‘‰Gear I recommend:

The gear I use:
πŸ‘‰ Scarlett 6i6 Interface:

πŸ‘‰ Blue "Spark" Large Diaphragm Condensor Mic:

πŸ‘‰ MXL V67g Large Diaphragm Condensor Mic:

πŸ‘‰ M-Audio Reference Monitors:

πŸ‘‰ Mogami XLR Cables:

πŸ‘‰ Mogami TRS Cables:

πŸ‘‰ Fender Strat:

πŸ‘‰ Cort Les Paul Style:

πŸ‘‰ Yahmaha Electric Drums:

πŸ‘‰ On Stage Stands:

πŸ‘‰ Warman Pickups:

πŸ‘‰ BOSS ME-50 Multi-Effects Pedal:

πŸ‘‰ POD XT Live Multi-Effects Pedal:

πŸ‘‰ Elixir Strings
πŸ‘‰ Acoustic:
πŸ‘‰ Electric:

πŸ‘‰ T-Racks 5 Plugin Bundle:

πŸ‘‰ Lenovo PC:

Feb 8, 2019

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

Feb 8, 2019

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

Jan 26, 2018
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 to cope with coming back down. 
One famous climber had trained his entire life to be the one to climb Mt. Everest, only to find that when he'd reached the top he was lonely and even contemplated suicide. You would think that after conquering the mountain he'd been on a high, but the famous words he spoke to the reporter who'd interviewed him was this, (paraphrased) "I'd trained my whole life to get to the top of that mountain. It consumed me, it arrested my every waking thought. However, in all my years of preparation to make it to the top I had never made any provisions to come down."
It cannot be said to often or loudly enough, we all need someone else to help us become better at whatever we endeavor to do in life. 
And that's what I want to talk about today. Mentorship.  
Now over the 40 episodes of this podcast I have continually harped on finding someone who resonates with you and instructed you to glean from them. However, today I want to talk about mentorship in an entirely different way than I have previously.
Today, I am speaking to the mentor not the mentored. 
It is a commonly held belief that the trainer will learn just as much by teaching a subject as the student will. I have personally seen this in my own life by teaching guitar on the side. When I signed up the first few for lessons I realized that I needed to go back to the rudiments of guitar and brush up on things I'd forgot or "relearn" things from a beginners perspective again. 
The results were amazing on both ends. It forced me to go over things I really needed to brush up on and it grounded me, by helping me to remember the whole reason why I even started playing. When I saw the progression of young students and the excitement they had in their eyes when they nailed their first chord progression. Priceless!
So, today, my plea to you is this: If you are at a place where you can show someone something that you've learned... do it! If you're a beginner, find someone with less knowledge than you and grow together. If you're an intermediate or expert level mix engineer, guitarist, keyboardist, whatever it may be, reach out to someone that shows an interest and show them what you've learned. I guarantee you will learn something in the process and you might even have a little bit of fun. 
Sometimes just having a fresh set of ideas is enough to inspire creativity!
Which is the best microphone for rap?
Which software is the best for Mastering?
How do you guys process your main vocal with reverb/delay? What settings do you use?
What are some free vst plugins?
May 31, 2017

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:

 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 things the best, or given enough information. There have been time that I have fell short of providing you with the best value, in order to promote an idea or a product that I thought would help to further my own interests. For those times I apologize and would ask your forgiveness.

 I will continue to be a goofball, this is a given, I will continue to post things that are humorous, I may even provide another fake commercial here and there as I did in Episode 026, but I will try my best to always provide something of worth. This is my promise to you. If I should begin to waiver in this area please let me know. I really want to help you. If there are topics that I could cover that I have not, then please let me know.

  This months episode we are celebrating with some offers that you may not know about.

 If you'd like to support the podcast you can join me on Patreon. A mere $5 a month could allow me to release better quality shows more often, and will help to put instruments into the hands of individuals who cant afford them.

Apr 27, 2017

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:


Facebook Page:


The Simply Recording Podcast:


YouTube Channel:

Twitter: @joegildermusic


Here are some more links to find me:

The YouTube Channel:

Show some love, win some gear:

My Music/Portfolio:

Facebook Page:

Mar 25, 2017

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:

The DIY Pedal Board:

The DIY Desk and Recording Light:



Feb 12, 2017

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:

The Wampler FB Group:

The Wampler YouTube Channel:

Wampler on Twiiter: @WamplerPedals

Wampler on Instagram: @wamplerpedals

Wampler on SnapChat: @brianwampler

Chasing Tone Podcast:

DIY Pedals book:


*The Rock'em Sock'em Robots Vid: Low Blow Teaser

Jan 25, 2017

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

Dec 31, 2016

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!

Nov 23, 2016

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!

Oct 22, 2016

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

Oct 1, 2016

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.

Aug 21, 2016


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:

The Audio Expert Forum: http://the-audio-expert.freeforums.οΏ½οΏ½net/

Also as mentioned, here is the link to A Cello Rondo! You gotta see this! A Cello Rondo



Jul 6, 2016

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 β€œhone 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:


Jun 19, 2016

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.

May 16, 2016

John and I go wayyyy back. Over the years we both have been music lovers and have even been in a band together at one time. As most of you know I am working in Christian music predominantly and sometimes some Pop sounding stuff. John on the other hand has been working with Metal bands for a long time. So, I thought I'd invite him on the show to share some tips with you that I couldn't provide. Man alive, did he deliver!

In this episode we talk about:

*Recording/Mixing heavy guitars

*Recording/Mixing scream vocals

*Getting Metal drums to set in a mix

*Tape vs Digital

*Adding analogue sound in a digital world

*Deciphering taste terms (Muddy, bright, tinny, piercing, etc.)

Enjoy! If you'd like to reach John here are some links that he has provided:

Apr 21, 2016

Today's podcast has to be a little shorter due to data limits. If you would like to help me get out more podcasts (maybe one a week) go here:

There is now an option to donate weekly, monthly, or even yearly to help defer the costs of data through the podcast hosting service I use.

Over the weekend, I recorded some more tunes from the very talented Justin Clark. Today we will check out one of those tunes. An original song called "Without You".

*For a FREE printable info graphic that will give you a clear step by step process to achieve a better mix click here:

Apr 10, 2016

In today's episode we're going to cover various ways to save time in the studio. As a musician and freelance audio engineer, father of two, and one who has full-time job outside of the studio, I know the importance of time in respect to our passion.

On the one hand, we would like to spend hours tweaking knobs and laying down great tracks. On the other hand, we have a job, a family, church, friends,and even pets that we don't want to feel less than important to us. It can be frustrating when you feel like these things are holding you back from productivity and fulfillment.
So today I want to give you a few different approaches on how you can turn the few moments you're given to work on your passion into a highly productive and musically profitable moment in time.
Whether you are recording yourself, mixing, recording others, practicing, or all of the above, I would like to leave you with just a few tips that I have learned over the years that have dramatically improved the productivity and efficiency of the musical moments of my life.

Today we have our first "sponsor" as well! It is a unique perfume company that helps to alleviate some awkward situations in life.

The back story for our "sponsor":
"Pathetica" was founded by Shloogle Flam, a hypothetical company in a city you've never heard of, from a country that doesn't exist, at a moment in time that never happened, and specializes in ambiguous products that aren't sold anywhere.

Okay, so in remembrance of the now passed April Fool's Day, from Home Studio Simplified's team (a team of one, right now)... "April Fools!!"

Now to get serious. In today's episode we will cover various ways to save time and be more productive with the time we are given within the realm of the studio. Listed below are bullet points of some of the topics were going to cover. Enjoy!

*Productive vs busy
*Bus or Aux Channels
*Big Wins
*Mobile Mixing
*Set up preparations

If you would like to sponsor the HSS podcast you can do so here:

Free Mixing Videos here:

For a FREE infographic that will help you get a better mix go here:


Mar 12, 2016

If you have any questions, show ideas, songs, or even a mix you'd like to share, you can email me:


If you are more of a visual person you can visit the YouTube Channel for Free informative videos on tips, tricks, & gear reviews:


Today's Topic: Forward Motion


  • It took Paula Abdul's "Forever Your Girl" a total of 64 weeks - a year and three months - to go from entering the Billboard 200 to reaching No. 1


  • Records that took a loooong time to record and release: Portishead - Third (11 years), Guns n Roses - Chinese Democracy (17 years), Brian Wilson - Smile: (40 years)


  • Whether its “glacier speed” or “Bugatti speed” it's forward motion that matters


  • Major setbacks to Home Studio Hobbyists and Freelance Audio Engineers alike include:

  • Fear

  • Lack of self confidence

  • OCD

  • Losing sight of what really matters most

  • Thinking in terms of money more than music

  • Time


Find That Frequency:

Song: Peace In The Storm

Artist: Robert McClellan

Album: Unreleased Single as of now

Style: Acoustic Instrumental


Difficulty Level: Easy

Mar 5, 2016

HSS Episode 24-Do Expensive Cables Really Matter?

In this episode I discuss some results I got when I did some A/B testing on some high end cables. Also, I recently installed a Furman PL-8 Series Power Conditioner. Was it worth it?

HSS Blog-Are Expensive Cable Worth it?

Gear Review:

New to the arsenal is a Nady RSM-4 Ribbon Mic, I cover briefly my thoughts on this new mic I just acquired for $75 on eBay. Full review of the mic soon to come. By the way, I actually used this mic to record the episode you're listening to!

A link to the PSN Podcast episode with Slau, where he gives some great audio examples of ribbon mics.

PSN-Slau Ribbon Mic Shootout

PSN-Slau Ribbon Mic Shootout-Direct Download link

A New Segment: Find That Frequency

Listen to this short snippet of audio and try to figure out what the offending frequency is that's causing problems in the audio.

Song: Jazzy

Artist: Robert McClellan

Album: Unreleased Single as of now

Style: Electric Instrumental


Thanks to:

Big thank you to Segoviashu who left an honest review in the iTunes store for the podcast!

Thanks to Justin Clark who left a great review on my Thumbtack profile for the Studio work we did together.

Another big thank you to Shi from sunny California for the kind words regarding the Youtube channel and the podcast, as well as John-Paul Ortega who found the episode on Room Acoustics very useful for getting better acoustics in his basement, and in turn he left some kind words in an email.


Thank you as well to all the email subscribers and Facebook “likers”! And thank you to all the YouTube subscribers as well!


If you'd like to join me on sometime for live Q&A or just general randomness you can do so here: Hangwith HSS here

Feb 21, 2016


During tax time we all get tempted to buy that shiny new thing that we want but may not truly need. In this episode I talk about two things that you can buy that will dramatically improve the sound quality of your recordings.

Mogami Cables

Furman Power Conditioners

Feb 6, 2016

In this episode I give several tips to get that vocal to "set on top" of the mix.


Jan 28, 2016

In this episode I talk about a whole slew of things! (EP Release, Free consultation, the recent video series Creating A Song: Step By Step, and some extras...hint listen all the way thru)

If you'd like to reach me by email and ask a question or have some input you can do that here:

Please review the podcast when you get a chance, and thank you in advance!

Jan 14, 2016

I recently wrote about this over on the website, but there is only so much you can cover without making someone read a book. So, I decided to devote an entire episode to it here on the podcast. If you can get these principles down that are covered here, you will get a noticeably better mix time and time again.

I also talk about the video series where I am going to be demonstrating these things as I create a song, from idea to finished product, step by step. Subscribe to the channel to follow along with me on this!

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