The Beginner’s Guide to Microphones

Are you a musician shopping for that first microphone to get your home studio off to a good start? Before you spend any money on a mic, spend just a couple of dollars on some great information—The Beginner’s Guide to Microphones by Brendan Krueger. This book is exactly what it claims to be. It is…

Choosing a Flat Pick for Guitar or Mandolin

Getting into guitar or mandolin picking? One of the first things you will need (besides your instrument) is a good collection of picks. It’s never a bad idea to start out with an assortment—over time some picks will definitely come to the forefront as favorites. Furthermore, until you have a handle on basic flatpicking technique,…

Black Gold Organic Potting Soil

For whatever reason, finding quality potting soil is very difficult anymore. Most brands seem to harbor diseases, weed seeds, and bug eggs. And the nonstandard brands frequently appear to be nothing more than poor-quality topsoil dug up from the “manufacturer’s” backyard! In light of this dilemma, we currently recommend Black Gold organic potting soil. Not…

Choosing Studio Headphones

Whether your headphones are for recording or mixing, attention to quality, shape, and comfort are critical.

How Acrylic Paints Are Made

Have you ever worked with acrylic paints and wondered how they are manufactured? Acrylic paints consist of two parts: Binder. Pigment.   The Binder Because pigment is a dry powder that does not adhere to canvas all on its own, it must be stuck to the canvas with a binder. The binder also prevents the…

Nebo LED Lights

We love Nebo lights. They’re bright, they come in all shapes and sizes, and they attach to just about anything. That last part is what makes Nebo flashlights so handy. Depending on the model, a Nebo flashlight can be attached to a belt, a pocket, a magnetic surface, a nail on the wall, or even…

Merry Christmas 2017

It’s Christmas time once again! Thank you for another great year at Homestead on the Range! We are looking forward to bringing you even more helpful country living information in 2018. Meanwhile, if you are looking for some helpful resources to start the new year right or just for a little interesting reading, allow us…