These Are 3 Critical Mistakes You’ve Probably Been Making While Recording Music At Home [News]

Graham Cochrane of The Recording Revolution offered a cool guide on improving your home studio recordings by narrowing down three most frequent mistakes people tend to make, along with tips on how to avoid them.

The three specific things would be: recording tracks too loud, not leveraging cardioid microphones, and skipping the sweetening phase.

Full details in the clip at the bottom, a few quotes in the paragraphs below.

You’re Recording Tracks Too Loud

“If you’ve ever heard the advice that you should record as loud as possible without clipping – there’s a problem with that. That advice comes from recording in the analog domain.

“When you’re recording to tape, you’re playing a whole different ballgame. Recording close to the top without clipping is hitting a sweet spot in the analog.”

Explaining how getting close to clipping in digital realm is an entirely different thing, Graham added: “Now let’s say you don’t clip, let’s say you ‘record hot,’ but nothing’s clipping.

“Problem with that is – you’ve got a million tracks in your session that are all close to the top. That all adds up to your master fader, at which point all that signal is going to overload your master fader, which is gonna overload your converters, and your converters are not gonna sound good overloaded.”

Solution : “Take your audio interface gain knob and turn it down. Not the fader in your DAW, the actual gain knob.”

You’re Not Leveraging Cardioid Microphones

“The best part of a cardioid microphone is not part you sing into or play into – it’s the back. It’s so critical, because the back of a cardioid microphone rejects the most sound.

“You can use the mic’s back to reject the worst sound in your room. So mic placement is two full processes – where the mic is pointing is only one half of the battle. The other half is – where’s the back of the mic pointing.

“What do you need to reject the most? It could be a computer fan, a window outside, a door leaking to the rest of the house, the most reverberant wall on your studio…”

Solution : “Strategically point the microphone to whatever sounds awful in your room – that’s you best chance of minimizing that noise.”

You’re Skipping the Sweetening Phase

“What is sweetening? Here’s what most people do – they record their song – they map it out, they record it – does it sound good – and we’re done, we’ll go mix it.

“The problem is – you’re not done. The recording session doesn’t end when you’ve recorded all the main tracks.

“In the sweetening phase, you go through the entire song – intro to outro – and you listen to each section, and you ask yourself, ‘Is anything missing?'”

The dude went on to explain how the song’s second verse is where most folks “get stuck” and when many tunes “begin to get boring.” Watch the clip for details.

Source: Ultimate Guitar

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