Recording Studio Tips.

Advice to help you record.
The best home recording tips.

The recording studio tips page has advice and tips to help you in your home recording studio.

The home recording tips page is a quick reference guide to some of the information on this site but in a shortened version.

I hope you find the help you need but if not, come back to this page as more will be added to this page in the days, weeks and months ahead.


Microphones

  • Experiment with different microphone types and patterns.
  • Try different microphone positions.
  • Compare the difference between using one microphone and two microphones.


Recording

  • Record drums fist to have a timing track or use a metronome.
  • Record at 24-bit to have a greater dynamic range.
  • Record at 44.1kHz or 48kHz to help preserve hard drive space.However if you have the space or the track is small and simpletry 92kHz or even 192kHz
  • If recording a wet signal record a dry as well just incase the wet doesn't sound right in the mix.


Acoustic Guitar Recording

  • Use new strings but allow to settle in and stretch a bit.
  • Try using different microphone types
  • Try using different microphone patterns
  • Try using different locations in the room


Electric Guitar Recording

  • A small amp might produce the sound you want.
  • Try the amp at different volumes.
  • The position will affect the sound so try different positions.
  • The microphone placed in the center of the speaker will produce a bright sound.
  • The microphone placed on the side of the speaker will produce a warm sound.
  • The distance the mic is from the speaker will affect the sound close will produce a punchy sound a foot away and the sound will be fuller.
  • Try a stereo mic technique placing one mic close and one at a distance and/or using different types of microphones


Mixing

  • Cut low frequencies on guitar parts, below 50Hz.
  • EQ in small amounts and try cutting rather than boosting.
  • Drums and bass tend to work best panned to the center but this is not a rule.
  • Pan the parts recorded with stereo mics hard left and right for fullness.

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