The Internet is a powerful source of wisdom, trade secrets and downright misleading, time wasting guff.  Googling will get you a lot of information about songwriting and home recording etc. but I’ve done some of the hard work for you.  Here are some links to genuinely useful sources of information.  Please contact me if you know of one worthy of inclusion.

20 excellent mixing tips from Paul White, Editor in Chief, Sound On Sound magazine.  Search the SOS back numbers (see Right) for help on everything studio-related.  

One of the most useful sites on the web for everything related to learning how to setup and operate a home studio.  It’s kept up to date and the forums are very active.  It’s affiliated to two US music retailers but that doesn’t seem to influence anything.

With the growth in home recording, more and more magazines are appearing, but SOS is the original and still the best.  Authoritative reviews, huge searchable library of articles and very active forums.

An excellent resource for all kinds of hints and tips on writing songs, plus some stuff on recording.  Highly recommended!

A comprehensive and well-written guide to the mysteries of mastering. Essential reading whether you use the Ozone mastering software or not.

Owned and operated by a US music retailer, but there’s a fairly active forum and some useful information, for example on optimising XP for music recording which can be found here.

Independent of Roland, this well run site was started single-handedly by one Artemiy Pavlov.  It’s a very informative place to hang out if you use Roland gear, particularly synths and workstations.

This is a superb interactive web page showing you all you need to know about the audio frequencies of musical instruments.  Move your mouse over it to get vital data to help you understand and use EQ.  

Part of a larger site called Gootar, this is a free page where you can use your mouse to click notes onto a guitar fret board and it will tell you the name of the chord as well as play the sound of it being strummed.

Share your music tracks on line for free:  an ample 120 minutes of audio and 100 downloads per track.  There are premium services for larger users. Useful for hosting a track so you can post a  link to it on a forum, for example, or for online collaboration.  

Based in Stratford Upon Avon UK, but able to ship worldwide, Richards Guitars is a boutique guitar supplier ‘par excellence’. To say he is passionate about guitars and service to guitarists is a gross understatement.  Over the years I’ve bought four guitars from him and had many friendly chats about all things ‘strings and wood’!  He will only endorse and sell instruments he personally endorses as having the right quality standards.  Highly recommended.

There’s also an active and friendly forum here.