How To Fix 5 Common Recording Mistakes

1- The root

Make sure to always focus on what’s most important most cases the root of the issue is the music or musician not the gear. Sometimes if a song is not sounding great it might be the song itself.

2- One Take Wonder

There have been  many classic songs that were the first take but that does not mean you should only do one take. There is nothing to lose with doing more takes. This especially true with vocals which can be stitched together from multiple takes to get the best parts from each.

3- Bleed

Bleed can make mixing a pain and can muddy the over all product. Most of the time to fix this just try pointing amps or loud sources of sound away from other microphones. This tiny change can drastically improve sound quality.

4- Mixing

Mixing as you go will help you get a more realistic picture of what the song will sound like in the end and will help you make more informed decisions on overdubbing and the like.

5- The room and tune

Sometimes the placement of an instrument within the room can change the tone. You can use room to get the most out of the sound put up a carpet, cover concrete, and move furniture. Finally ALWAYS CHECK YOUR TUNING!! nothing is worse then getting a good take on song and having to scrap it because someone is out of tune.

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Live Recording: Things To Consider

Live recording is a delicate procedure and the way you go about doing it depends a lot on your environment. The type of venue, how much authority you have, the type of music, the sound equipment, the reasons you are recording. All of this and more must be taken into careful consideration before even starting to record.

Image result for concertSweetWater.com has a very thorough article on the fundamentals of live recording. That will be linked here and it is definitely worth a read.

The first thing to think about is what you want the final product to be. Are you recording for a smooth, polished live album? Do you just need the audio for a well produced live video? A quick social media post? Thinking about these questions will dictate the equipment you use and how much time you spend on this project.

The process for getting the audio does not have to be a grand set up of a dozen microphones placed all over the music area. For example, if you need a decent quality stereo recording and are under a short time limit than a Zoom H4n microphone will get the job done. This is a good way if you need the audio for a live video of the band. After using the H4N then the rest of the work is all mixing.

Image result for h4n zoomThe most important thing to keep in mind when mixing live audio is to be careful not to distort the audio. It is very easy to add too much gain on a live recording or mix the low ends too high. SoundOnSound has a very in-depth article on mixing live recordings. That article can be found here.

The most important things is to be in good communication with the band and venue so they know what you are wanting to attempt and can help as needed. Understand what your role is as an audio gatherer. And as always always expect the unexpected.