Digital Home Recording Tips – part 2

At O’ they have published part 2 of the Digital Home Recording Tips .

In the first half of this article, I answered one of the most common questions in recording, “How do I get rid of background noise?” I shared some simple ways to capture clean audio to begin with, so you don’t have to hassle with software noise reduction and other “fix it in the mix” hacks later. My strategy, in other words, is to fix it before the mix. This time, I’ll address another common question by going deeper into the equipment side. Below, I’ll share my personal gear recommendations — microphones, mixers, power conditioners, compressors, and other recording equipment that’s worked well for me. I’ll also explain how you can soundproof your home studio inexpensively and effectively.

You can read part 2 here.

Digital Home Recording Tips – part 1

At O’ they are doing a piece on Digital Home Recording. What is needed to make a great recording in your own home and how to sound professional.

One of the most common questions posed by beginning and intermediate recordists is “How do I get rid of background noise in my recording?” It’s all too easy for 60-cycle hum, air conditioner drone, mic cable crackle, traffic noise, and many other ugly artifacts of modern life to sneak into our pure audio signals.

You can read part 1 here.




New Weekly Feature – Quality Podcasting and Vidcasting

Hare Krishna! My name is Rupa Madhurya das and I’ll be posting a series of articles on the equipment I use to produce my “Classes and Bhajans” podcast. I post both audio and video recordings of Classes, Bhajans, and other events that I have the opportunity to attend. Since I currently live in Dallas, much of the content is of the Dallas area.

While it is certainly possible to record classes in a quick and easy manner, the results will often be lower quality than desired. It takes an investment in time and equipment to produce high quality content.

Ok, so where do we go from here? This post is a quick introduction of myself and what I intend to cover. I’ll first write an article on each piece (or category) of equipment that I use and then wrap up with a series of how-to articles.

So, without further introduction:

Recording equipment:

  • Marantz PMD 660 2-track digital recorder
  • Microphones
    • Audio Technica Pro-70 Lavalier / Instrument Microphone
    • Audio Technica 1800 Series Wireless microphone System
    • Audio Technica AT831R Lavalier microphone for wireless system
    • AUDIX i5 Instrument Dynamic
    • Sennheiser e825S Vocal dynamic
    • Sony ECM-MS957 Stereo
  • Behringer Eurorack UBB1002 portable mixer
  • Sony HDR-SR12 Camcorder
  • Square Perfect SP2700 Light kit


  • Sony Vegas Video Pro (will discuss free alternatives for audio only)
  • Wave Arts Power Suite 5 VST Plug-in
  • dBpoweramp music converter
  • DiVX Pro

Ok, that looks like a lot doesn’t it? Future articles will cover each item, why I use it and possible alternatives. Also, keep in mind that recording a class is much easier than a bhajan and requires less equipment. If you are doing audio only then some of this will also not be relevant.

Next week? In depth coverage on the Marantz PMD 660 as well as some alternatives.