This is a great way to fill out an acoustic instrument as well as make a stereo image without doubling up multiple takes. Plug the instrument into an amp, mic it up and also mic the instrument. Make sure the signals are in phase before you start tracking keepers. I have used this technique with mandolin, acoustic guitar, ganjo, and seen here, ukulele. Happy recording!
Congratulations to the Last Lap for the successful launch of their webcast featuring local racing news! It was a blast recording engine noises and theme music for their project.
Experiment with distance. In a small home studio space, it can be difficult to get depth in your recordings. Try putting a large diaphragm condenser microphone in a neighboring room, down the hall, etc. The louder the source, the farther you can put the mic to add another texture. I have used this technique to get bigger drum sounds in a very small room.
Had a nice meeting with @getintheark today to talk about their upcoming session. I am looking forward to having them at the studio in a couple of weeks.
This is my first attempt at a time lapse video with the Go Pro. The audio will give you an idea of what it sounded like. #drums #gopro
We played with this band last night. I liked the raw grittiness of their set. For fans of The Black Keys, Pavement, The White Stripes, etc.
Today’s tip is simple. Record EVERYTHING. It seems fairly obvious but early on in my own recording experiences I would record only when trying to get the perfect take. The perfect take often happens when you’re not trying. When recording with the expectation to get it exactly right, it is easy to play without emotion or nerves can get the best of you. A lot of times someone will say, “Let me practice it a few times.”
I always record the practice runs and often get the keeper takes while the pressure of getting it just right is off. Give it a try and don’t let those perfect takes slip through the cracks!
This picture was taken during a session with @adamkid in 2013.
If you have tracked vocals in a home studio setting, it is likely you may have tried using a “reflection filter”. Though these products can help eliminate unwanted room noise, what is behind the vocalist is also important. To get an even tighter sound, make a “T” shape with a boom stand and drape a blanket over it. This acts as a makeshift vocal booth (still using a reflection filter in the front) when placed behind the singer and will reduce the chance of phasing that can sometimes occur in untreated acoustic environments.