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by Stuart Charles Black

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Navigate the Site!

  1. Headphone Reviews & Comparisons
  2. Microphone Reviews & Comparisons
  3. Amps, DACs, and Audio Interfaces
  4. The Budget Kings Series
  5. Studio Monitors
  6. Beats, Production, & Turntables
  7. Gaming, Movies, & Pop Culture
  8. Build a Home Studio Guide
  9. Best Of
  10. Resources (You Are Here)

Here you will find all of my helpful articles and how-to guides.

I will be frequently adding to this page, so please check back periodically, bookmark, and share if you found any of this information helpful and/or useful!

Table of Contents

Headphone Amp & DAC Concepts

  1. What is Crosstalk?
  2. Preamp vs. Interface
  3. Tube Amp vs. Solid State
  4. What Is Dynamic Range?
  5. What Is a Headphone Amp?
  6. What Is Asynchronous USB?
  7. What Is Signal To Noise Ratio?
  8. What is Pulse Code Modulation?
  9. What is Pulse Width Modulation?
  10. What Is Total Harmonic Distortion?
  11. What Is Intermodulation Distortion?
  12. The Best DAC Chip In Headphone Audio 
  13. Class A vs. Class AB vs. Class B vs. Class C vs. Class D Amplifiers

Audiophile Concepts

  1. What is THX AAA Technology In Audio & Video? 
  2. Balanced vs. Unbalanced Audio Cables
  3. Do Headphones Need to be Burned In?
  4. What Is Transient Response?
  5. What is Resolution In Audio?
  6. What is the Sennheiser Veil?
  7. What does Sibilant mean?
  8. What is Jitter In Audio? 
  9. What is an Audiophile?
  10. What Is DSD In Audio?
  11. What is Timbre?

General Audio

  1. TRS vs. TS
  2. What is SPL?
  3. What is XLR?
  4. What is Latency?
  5. What is A Melody?
  6. What Is Echo In Audio?
  7. What Is Pitch In Audio?
  8. Digital vs. Analog Sound
  9. Bit Depth vs. Sample Rate
  10. What is Crossover In Audio?
  11. What Is Resonance In Audio?
  12. The Audio Interface: USB vs. Firewire
  13. Closed back vs. Open back Headphones
  14. How Do Noise Canceling Headphones Work?

Music Production

  1. Proper Home Studio Monitor Placement And Positioning Setup Guide
  2. How To Use A Low Pass Filter In FL Studio
  3. How To Use A Synth In FL Studio
  4. What Is Compression In Audio?
  5. What Is Mastering In Audio?
  6. What Is Clipping In Audio?
  7. Acoustic Sound Treatment
  8. What Is A Synthesizer?
  9. What Is VST in Audio?
  10. What is An Oscillator?
  11. What Is ASIO 4 ALL?
  12. What Is MIDI?

Speakers & Monitors

  1. Stereo vs. Mono
  2. Passive vs. Active Speakers
  3. What Is A Nearfield Monitor?

Streaming Platforms

  1. Tidal vs. Spotify
  2. SoundCloud vs. Spotify

Headphones & Their Drivers


  1. What is Headphone Impedance?
  2. What is Sensitivity in Headphones?
  3. What is Output Impedance?
  4. What is a Headphone Driver?
  5. What is a Planar Magnetic Driver?
  6. Dynamic vs. Planar Magnetic vs. Electrostatic Headphones

Equipment Series


  1. How to Choose Studio Headphones (Coming Soon!)
  2. How to Choose a Headphone Amp
  3. How to Choose a Microphone
  4. How to Choose a MIDI Keyboard
  5. How to Choose a Turntable (Coming Soon!)
  6. What are Studio Monitors?
  7. What does an Audio Interface Do?
  8. What does an Audio Mixer Do?
  9. What is a Soundcard?
  10. What is a USB DAC?



  1. What is a Cardioid Capsule?
  2. Condenser Mic vs. Dynamic Mic
  3. Large Diaphragm vs. Small Diaphragm
  4. Home Recording Mic Pop Filters: Why You Need Them
  5. Cardioid vs. Supercardioid vs. Hypercardioid Microphones
  6. The Difference Between a USB microphone and an XLR microphone
  7. Microphone Stands | Finding the Best Home Studio Recording Equipment

Keyboards & Pianos



  1. The 9-5 Paradigm (My first post ever on Home Studio Basics)
  3. The Best Version Of Yourself
  4. 10 Songs That Will Probably Make You Cry (Popular)
  5. How To Repair Your Broken Cassette Tape 


  1. My Thought Process
  2. The Origins of the Home Studio Basics Logo!
  3. The Law of Diminishing Returns
  4. Why I Started Home Studio Basics (New)

more to come, stay tuned…

All the best and God bless,





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James November 9, 2016 - 12:54 pm

What is mixing eq ing and limiting ?

Stu November 13, 2016 - 3:58 am

Hi James!

Well mixing and EQing go hand in hand. Mixing is basically just adjusting and blending the tracks until you get the best sound possible. It’s equalizing the different bands such as low bass, bass, high mid, mid, and highs to achieve a balanced overall sound. A limiter is a lot like a compressor, but is used to reduce peaks and spikes in the recording. A compressor is used to make the overall sound louder without increasing the gain and causing the track to clip and distort. Over compressing can cause distortion however. It’s always important to remember to avoid this.

Hope that helps. Let me know.



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