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how to make a song longer or shorter

Ever had a music track that's just a hair too short, or a smidgen too long? You don't have to worry about it anymore. Today I'm showing you how to take that music track and either make it longer, or shorter. It's super simple, crazy useful, and best of all -- free. All you need [...]

sell sound effects online

  So you've finally hit that point. You're lookin' to make some skrilla' online with your sound effects. Now, I'd be lying if I said you'd get rich quick, or be able to figure it out from the get go. However, I've managed to make a nice chunk of passive income selling my sounds, and I [...]

The-Power-of-Proximity using the proximity effect to improve your audio

When I first started out in recording, I remember instantly going for the bass knob and cranking it up to try and get that huge radio voice sound. It didn't take long to learn how terrible that technique sounded. Today we're diving into the proximity effect and how you can use it to get that amazing, [...]

Audio_Interface_Overview Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

  I bought my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 on whim back in the winter of 2014. Having used the Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 for a metric ton of theatre sound designs, I figured this little nugget would be a gem. Lucky for me, it's been a complete workhorse that consistently delivers every time, and so I've [...]

condenser vs dynamic mics

  Every person starting out in audio learns that there are two major types of microphones: condenser and dynamic. This video let's you actually hear the difference, so you can better gauge which one you'd prefer to use, and start training your ears to recognize the difference. http://sounddesignacademy.wistia.com/medias/gb03irs0yv?embedType=iframe&videoWidth=800   Microphones being used: Audio Technica AT2020 Cardioid [...]

Audio Technica ATR2100 vs. Shure SM58

This post is for the folks who are debating whether they should purchase an Audio Technica ATR2100 or invest in a Shure SM58 along with an audio interface. It's tough to jump into a new mic when you have no idea what it sounds like, so I went ahead and crafted a solution just for you. These [...]


This video demonstrates the massive benefits of using an external interface with solid preamps over the cheap built in preamp that you find in a USB plug and play microphone. In this case, the microphone happens to have both a USB connection and an XLR jack, so I went ahead and used the exact same [...]


Most podcasters and info spreaders are quick to talk about the gear they recommend -- me included -- for getting great audio. We know all about the ATR2100 or other mics like the Shure SM58 because they get a lot of word of mouth, but even if you have great gear that's only one part of the [...]

      Hello, and welcome to another tutorial from sounddesignacademy.com.  I’m Michael Heuer and today we are going to be taking a look at Room Tone. Now what’s room tone? Room tone is a combination of the reverberation and early reflections you hear in a recording based on the size of a room and [...]

the audio gear needed to start podcasting or a voiceover career

"I think a lot of people mistake my confidence on stage for cockiness in real life, and that's actually farthest from the truth. When I'm on stage, I'm that confident and that cocky because I have a microphone in my hand, and there's a few thousand people staring at me. And I know they're there [...]