Free Tutorials

Free tutorials about everything audio! AudioKickstart.com is still in Beta, new content will be added constantly. 🙂 Questions or comments? Feedback@audiokickstart.com!

Audio Basics

Equalizers explained

The Equalizer (together with the compressor) is one of the tools that you use most when mixing. To change the sound, to make it better or to ‘clean things up’. Let’s have a look at the equalizer.

Compressors & limiters explained

A compressor is a very versatile instrument. To temper dynamics but also to color the sound in a specific way. How to work with a compressor in practice? Check it out in this tutorial.

Picking the right compressor

A compressor is great for colouring sound. To give it more ‘punch’ or ‘warmth’. Which compressor gives you the sound you need?  We look at some of the most famous compressors.

Noise gates and expanders explained

Like a compressor, a noise gate is an automated volume control. But with a different effect: it pushes soft sounds all the way down to zero. Why on earth is this useful? Find out in this one-page tutorial!

Practical(!) audio Theory

AudioKickstart.com is mainly focused on practical audio tips & tricks. But if you know some audio theory, it can actually make your mixes sound better…

Wav, MP3...What audio format should I use?

Every audio format has it’s pros and cons. What format you choose mainly depends on what you want to do with the audio. Confused? Time for some clarification!

What is side-chaining?

You know those dance or hip hop tracks that sound extra punchy because the kick-drum seems to push everything away for a short moment when it kicks in? This effect is created with side-chaining. Learn how it works.

Recording & mixing music

Setting up a home studio

So you are a musician or producer and you want to record and mix your own music. The first thing you have to worry about is what equipment are you going to use and how to set it up. Let’s discuss it in this tutorial!

DIY Acoustics

You can’t make a good mix in a room with bad acoustics. In this hands-on tutorial you’ll learn how to create a good sounding home studio, without spending too much money. 

Mixing audio for video

Mixing audio for video - Where to start?

Whether you are a video editor who also mixes audio for video or you are an aspiring audio post production mixer – this tutorial shows you how to get started. In a very practical way!

Mixing for TV: EBU R128 and LUFS

If you mix something for TV, the audio has to meet strict requirements (EBU R128 in Europe). Learn the basics about these specs in this tutorial.

Mixing audio for video - The mixing process

You want to make sure the audio of your video sounds great. It can be quite a challenge to balance voice-over, music and sound effects. This tutorial helps you on your way.

Mastering audio for video productions

Mastering is a confusing term. In this tutorial you will get a good overview of what mastering is and how to get started with it. So your video will sound clear, warm and punchy.

An introduction to sound design

Sound design. Movies like Star Wars wouldn’t be half as exiting without it. But every video can benefit from good sound design. In this tutorial an introduction to the art of designing sound.