Want to learn more about our products? Or, if you already own D.W. Fearn products, do you want to learn how to get the most from your gear?

Doug Fearn has produced a series of video tutorials that cover the entire product line. These videos are designed to help you understand recording equipment, how it is designed, what to watch out for to avoid problems, and how to improve your recordings.

These are long videos, and some of the early ones are in multiple parts. If you are interested in learning more about the art and science of recording, these tutorials are for you.

Using the VT-2 Microphone Preamplifier

This video introduces the VT-2, explains what each control does, gives you some starting points for various situations, and explains why tubes sound different from solid-state devices, and how to use that knowledge to improve your recordings. (Running time: about 25 minutes, in two parts.)

Part 1

Part 2

Using the VT-4 and VT-5 Equalizers

This video covers both the VT-4 (mono) and VT-5 (stereo) Vacuum Tube Equalizers. Learn some of history of equalization, what the controls on the VT-5 do, and how the VT-5 was designed.

Part 1

Part 2

Using the VT-7 Compressor

This video introduces the VT-7, explains what each control does, gives you some starting points for various situations, and explains some of the principles of compression and how to use that knowledge to improve your recordings. (Running time: about 24 minutes, in two parts.)

Part 1

Part 2

VT-3 Vacuum Tube DI (also PDB Passive Direct Box)

Learn about the D.W. Fearn VT-3 Vacuum Tube DI and the PDB Passive Direct Box. Hear the history of the VT-I/F, the predecessor of the VT-3, and learn about the theory and practice of recording electric instruments direct.

LP-1 Line Pad

The LP-1 Line Pad is a simple device, but using it effectively requires some insight into the principles involved. This tutorial is short, but has a lot of useful information that will help you to use the LP-1 better.

VT-12 70dB Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamplifier

Doug Fearn describes the features and operation of the VT-12 70dB Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamplifier, a special-purpose mic preamp designed specifically for use with ribbon microphones. Along the way, you will learn about how various types of microphones work (condenser, dynamic, and ribbon), and why 48-volt phantom power can be a hazard to ribbon mics and how the VT-12 helps you to keep your ribbon mics safe.

VT-12 Tutorial (all in 1 part)

VT-24 Four-Channel Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamplifier

The latest product from D.W. Fearn: a 4-channel version of the acclaimed VT-2 mic preamp, in the same 3RU space.

Using the VT-7 Compressor and the VT-5 Equalizer on the Mix Buss

Now you can hear what the VT-7 and VT-5 can do on your mix bus, or for mastering. Uses actual songs.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Recording a Song from demo to final mix

The technical meets the artistic in the recording studio. This video of a recording session from May 2017 follows the recording process from beginning to end.

Building a Control Room

We build a new control room at D.W. Fearn. Watch the process from the design stage through the first session.

Recording In Improvised Spaces

This is a multipart series than is different from the other videos. The goal is to share the knowledge that Doug Fearn has acquired in 50 years of professional recording.
The “Recording In Improvised Spaces” series focuses on the home studio, particularly for the recordist who has to make-do with space at home that is needed for other purposes as well as recording. It is illustrated with actual recording sessions from the D.W. Fearn shop.
Segments will be added as they are completed.

Part 1 Overview

Part 2 Basic Acoustics

Part 3 Setting Up Your Session (added May 27, 2013)

Part 4 The Session (added July 8, 3013)

Tommy McIntyre DSD recording

Classic Recording Techniques for a High Resolution Future

Doug Fearn and the Hazelrigg Brothers discuss classic recording techniques using ribbon microphones and vacuum tube mic preamps using a minimal number of mics to record a jazz trio directly to DSD. Learn the history of ribbon microphones and the Blumlein configuration for stereo recording. The event was organized by the Boston AES and hosted by Futura Productions.