Tip & How-To about Music

Studio Recording at Home; Part 1

For all of the musicians who want to record their demo, or even your next album, without paying pricey studio fees, this is the tip for you!

First, let me say that it doesn't matter what DAW software you're using, as long as you're familiar with it and can navigate it easily.

For that "full" sound that you hear on most recordings on CD and radio, here's a what you've gotta do:

4 guitar tracks (two for each side of the stereo image, pan two out just a bit farther than the others).

2 bass tracks (one recorded direct in [DI], the other amped)

A single drum track

Vocals to taste

For the guitars, if you don't have an amp, or the equipment to record an amped guitar, there are plenty of amp simulation programs available. If you are using an amp, you'll want to place the mic in front of the amp, slightly to the side, pointed at the midway point between the center and the edge of the speaker.

For bass, recording DI without a DI box can be a pain. That's where the amp sims come into play. Record two tracks simultaneously, and only apply the amp sim to one track.

That's all for this tip. Stay tuned for part Deux of Studio Recording at Home!

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