Make sure you get the most out of the time you spend recording your music by looking at the following recording tips below.
– Use gear and equipment that you are confident and comfortable with. Don’t waste time setting up or using gear that you haven’t recording with before because it’ll waste valuable recording time trying to figure out how to get the best sound from it.
– Make sure your instrument(s) sound right and are in tune with the room you’re recording in before you set anything else up. Also, check what you instument sounds like with a single microphone before you add others.
– Always be aware of the distance you have been the microphone, make sure you have space that allows you to move back if you need to. Being to close to a mic when performing a powerful ballad will be too overpowering, but too far away on a softer song means you’ll be too quiet. Be sure on the distance before you begin recording.
– Don’t over complicate things. Use the things you know you need in order to get a good, clean recording. Don’t add in unnecessary equipment like extra mics if you don’t need them, especially of they don’t compliment the other mics you’re using.
– Know what you want to get our of your recording session before you start to record, try and do this before you get into the studio. It’s pointless booking studio time if you don’t know what you want to get our of your recording session, always go in knowing what you want to achieve.
– Limit the devices you have in the room while recording and use the shortest cables you have access too, but make sure they’re still good. Doing things like this will limit the likelihood of picking up any other noise sources while you’re recording.
– Having a large number of microphones set up can cause unclear sounds on a recording, the aim is to reduce this to ensure you get a good sound. Hearing is the best resource for pinpointing any issues like these, so make sure you listen out for any phase issues when adding mics.
– It’s important that anyone performing in a studio has access to good standard studio monitors in order for them to perform to the best of their ability. This also means you need an adequate environment in order to perform and get the best sounds.
– Make sure you label what you record and take notes on what mics you used for what tracks in case you have to re-record anything later on. Also, it never hurts to take photos of your setup to know what you used and where it was placed.
– Remember to backup anything you record! The worst thing you can do is have a really successful day recording and then realise you didn’t back anything up. Make sure you backup, and backup again, after every recording session. Also make copies just as an extra backup, you can never be too careful.
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