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 064-Interview with Mohamad Faor (MOB)

    08/09/2021 Duração: 01h08min

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  • HSS Episode 063-Interview with Rich Steve Beck

    26/07/2021 Duração: 01h22s

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  • HSS Episode 062-Interview with Ady from Hit The Road Music

    08/07/2021 Duração: 59min

    Here's the video form of this podcast: https://youtu.be/UcF7YbvK_nI

  • HSS Episode 061-Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" (Home Demo Version)

    30/06/2021 Duração: 14min

    Check out the previous videos covering this song here:

  • HSS Episode 060-Production Tips (Mindsets and Practical Applications)

    27/05/2021 Duração: 56min

    Today I am covering some of the bases on Producing Music. Although, I am using Cakewalk by BandLab, these helpful tips can be applied to any DAW.

  • HSS Episode 058-Interview with Jesse Josefsson

    01/03/2021 Duração: 50min

    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.

  • HSS Episode 057-Interview with AudiosErgeon

    01/02/2021 Duração: 01h17min

    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

  • HSS Episode 056-Musicians and Depression

    29/12/2020 Duração: 24min

    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 m

  • HSS Episode 055-The Black Friday Battle Plan

    26/11/2020 Duração: 17min

    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

  • HSS Episode 054-8 Vocal Tips for Better Performances

    08/09/2020 Duração: 26min

    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 improv

  • HSS Episode 053-Online Collaboration Best Practices

    12/08/2020 Duração: 37min

    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 a

  • HSS Episode 052- Interview with Warren Huart

    05/07/2020 Duração: 01h37min

    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!  

  • HSS Episode 051-7 Tips For Mixing Better Music

    25/06/2020 Duração: 36min

    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 shou

  • HSS Episode 050- The Creative's Worst Enemy

    20/05/2020 Duração: 19min

    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 li

  • HSS Episode 049-Live Interview with Matt Boudreau (Working Class Audio Podcast)

    10/05/2020 Duração: 58min

    Watch the video version here: https://youtu.be/w9gV8yqfwzo  

  • HSS Episode 048-Developing A Mix System

    07/04/2020 Duração: 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

    23/03/2020 Duração: 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

    03/03/2020 Duração: 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

    08/02/2020 Duração: 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

    31/01/2020 Duração: 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.

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