7 Pro Home Recording Tips
Recording music in a home studio is not difficult, but sometimes the quality of it can be less than desirable. It doesn’t need to be this way though, and these Pro Home Recording Tips will help you take your bedroom productions to the next level.
- Improve Your Mic Positioning
Where the mic is placed will depend on the instrument you want to record, the sound it is producing, and the acoustics of the room. You can’t use the same mic positions for every instrument, so take some time experimenting with mic positions before you even begin recording.
- Miking the Drums
Miking up the drums is an art to itself! Don’t go overboard and mic up every single cymbal and drum. Work on perfecting a four mic system which covers the kick and snare drums, and a couple of mics over the top of the kit first.
- Start With the Beats
Of course musicians can play to a click track, but it doesn’t have quite the same feel to it as some proper beats. If using a full drum kit, this is ideally the first instrument to be recorded. If electronic music is more your style, put down the basic beats first, even if you have to change it later. It will make the music sound so much better in the end.
- Think about Dry and Wet
For most instruments, it is better to record them dry, and then add on effects such as reverb and delay later. If you are recording guitars though, you will want to record them wet with the distortion etc. Work out what you want the finished song to sound like first, and then decide on recording wet or dry.
- Mic and DI Recordings
Where possible, record using separate mic and Di signals when laying down the guitars and bass. This means that you will end up with both a unique sound from the amp (which the musician has set themselves), and a clean DI track. In the mix, this then gives you more choices. You can combine them together, use the amp sound if it is good enough, or use the DI track only and then add effects on afterwards.
- Eliminate Unwanted Noise
Using a computer studio has one slight drawback – In a home recording environment, the computer is most likely to be in the same room that you record it. This means that any noise it produces may be picked up on the mic’s. If you can find a way to reduce the fan speed, brilliant. If you can find a way to put a directional mic in such a way that its rejection node is aimed at the source of the noise even better. Ideally though, have the computer in a different room.
- Use Your Ears
It is all to easy to get caught up in the technical aspects of recording, and ignore the actual quality of the musicianship! Once the instruments have been miked up and the room set, use your ears to make sure the music itself is being played correctly. It is the music that counts, after all!