Before you get to enjoy the music, there is a process known as music recording. Music needs to be recorded before the world can hear and starts to appreciate its lovely melody and meaning. Music is linked to our emotions and it can be used as an extremely effective tool in managing stress. Making music for musicians can be easy as it is their passion. However, is the process the same for people who are beginners? When you are new to it, here are some tips for recording music:
- Make sure your instruments are in recording condition. If your drum heads need to be replaced, replace it. Check your guitar strings and other instruments. These are very basic but can cause problems when ignored. For a more professional recording, check your instruments that they are ready for recording.
- Use a dynamic microphone. Do you have a poor sounding room? If you can’t find a soundproof room, change your microphone instead. Dynamic microphones can pick up less of the room ambiance and gives you a drier and clear sound.
- Position your microphone properly. Remember, even a wind from plosives can directly affect your recording. To avoid this, try positioning your microphone slightly a few degrees so your mouth is not directly in line with the diagram.
- Turn down the music when recording vocals. When you are recording with the microphone, it can cause clipping. This happens because it is fighting with the volume of the music tract which can be very loud. The key here is to turn down the music in your DAW.
- Remove any source of noise as possible. If you can, remove any sources of noises when you are recording such as laptop fans, fridges and unnecessary outside interference. The aim here is to capture less of those unnecessary sounds for your music to be recorded flawlessly.
- Check your recording space. Before you finalize your recording space, try recording in different areas to check which area is best for you. Some space may be good for mixing but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is also good for recording.
- Record anytime you have a chance. And keep it. What you record is yours whether it’s good or bad. Get a storage device and store your recordings and label them accordingly. You might find those recordings useful in a few years time.
- Control breath sounds. When recording vocals, make sure you turn your head to the side every time you breathe to avoid recording breathing sounds. It can be edited later but controlling it saves your editing time.
After recording, you can clearly point out the mistakes and it’s quite normal. Just follow these tips and practice more. It won’t be long before you can make your recording perfect.