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DIY: How To Repair & Build XLR Cables

If your studio XLR cables is damaged and in need of repair, or your fancy building your own XLR to 1/4" TS plug, you've come to the right place. Joshua Casper shows you how in this useful tutorial.

Music Studio Essentials: Understanding Balanced VS. Unbalanced XLR Cables

Musicians and producers will probably have heard the term “Balanced” & “Unbalanced” used in reference to cables. Most likely those cables were XLR cables. But, do you know what the difference is?

How To Build DIY DI Recording Boxes & Re-Amp With DIYRE

In this article + video Joshua Casper shows how easy it is to build a DIY direct input recording box and passive re-amplifier using DIY Recording Equipment's FE2 and L2A for under $100.

How To Build a DIY MIDI Controller for Ableton Live with the Makey Makey

So you're fascinated with the idea of DIY MIDI controllers or devices that can interface with Ableton Live or any DAW... but don't know where or how to start? Makey Makey does the hard work for you.

Music Studio Construction: Making A Quiet Room

Home or project studios are certainly convenient, but not always well-designed spaces. If you're interested in taking your home studio to the next level here's how to make the room nice and quiet.

How To Build A DIY MIDI Sustain Pedal Circuit

Want an easy DIY music project that'll result in a nifty MIDI sustain pedal? You're in the right place. Joshua Casper shows how to easily create your own MIDI sustain pedal circuit.

How to Build a Simple DIY USB MIDI Controller Using Teensy

Teensy is similar to Arduino, but perhaps better suited to making a USB MIDI controller. Liam Lacey shows how to make your own DIY MIDI controller using Teensy with 8 retro arcade push buttons.

5 Things to Consider When Building Your Own Digital Hardware Synthesiser

Liam Lacey, winner of the Element14 Open Source Music Tech Design Challenge, for his hardware polyphonic digital synthesizer shares 5 pieces of advice for every aspiring DIY hardware synth maker.

How To Build A Condenser Microphone For Less Than $8

If we told you that you could build your own omnidirectional condenser microphone for less than $8 in under 3 minutes you might not believe me. But you can! And Joshua Casper shows you how.

How to Build Your First Amplifier

Curious about building your own amplifier but aren't sure where or how to begin? Here's a great place to start! Joshua Casper takes you though a simple DIY project to make an amplifier on a budget.

How To Build A Simple Hardware Synthesizer

Curious about building your own hardware synthesizer but aren't sure where to begin? Here's a great place to start. Joshua Casper takes you though a simple DIY project with noisy results.

How Pure Data, Free Open Source Graphical Programming Language, Can Help You Create Music Software

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could create software graphically without having to learn how to code? Well, you can with Pure Data (Pd). And best of all... it’s free and open source!

How To Fix Broken Headphones Using These Simple Soldering Steps

This video and detailed step-by-step instructional article shows you how to repair broken headphones! Don't throw them away until after you've tried this!

Watch Timo Preece Recording Unusual Spaces in Berlin for Sound Design

If you're a sound designer who loves the idea of capturing sounds from unusual objects and abandoned spaces then you'll really enjoy this video course from Timo Preece where he captures Berlin!

6 DIY Alternative Instrument Makers You Need to Know About

Looking to be inspired? Then you're in the right place. Here are makers of alternative instruments who you need to know about. Whether you use their instruments or not, they are worth checking out.