Right when i’m on a bit of a gear splurge too. Nice reality check. Thanks.
What would we do without him? Probably live a life of luxury in the Bahamas. j/k.
Nice work Graham.
Im such a suck. xo
Good advice as per usual.
My mix standards always go up over time so it makes sense that something i mixed last year could be mixed again now and possibly made better, but doing that would be pretty ridiculous so i just move on to the next project and make it better than the last. Hopefully.
If your using separate analogue preamps into your interface you might like to try putting some in line xlr attenuators on their outputs. This will allow you to turn up their gain more and get some of the units possibly pleasant distortion. Why spend all that money on digital saturation plug ins when u could be using the real deal analogue stuff you’ve had all along.
Give it a go. Although don’t try it when u want a clean transparent signal obviously.
I recorded some drums the other day and I thought it was all fine n dandy, but then near the end of the session I heard a ring in the room at about 540hz. It wasn’t that bad i thought. I got the drummer to dampen the skin with his finger to stop the ring but it didn’t help so it was coming from the actual shell somehow.
There was already some moon gel on the skin. The drummer said don’t worry it’s just the sound of the metal drum. For the sake of not interrupting his perfect take after take i didnt stop recording. He was on a roll.
Anyway today I listened back and yeah the ring is audible in the room and oh mics. It’s pretty easily fixed by some notch filters but annoying none the less. I should have trusted my gut and fixed the problem at the source and wrapped a towel around the snare or something. From now on I’m not going to settle with “maybe that ring isn’t that bad”!!
Just another thing to double check and be anal about before hitting record.
Learn from my mistakes.
There isn’t a golden bullet in getting a good recording, its a culmination of little things you do that edge you closer to the pros. For instance if you gave any pro recording engineer the average run of the mill home studio gear and a living room to record in, they should be able to capture practically pro sounds. So don’t stress about getting million dollar mics and the rest of it. Knowledge is your weapon. The best way to get knowledge is to DO, but of course also read about and watch videos which will give you all the info you need. A good way to start is to look up the names of famous recording engineers and producers and see what they have to say. These guys have the results to back themselves up, which not all the articles and videos on the internet have.
So next time your trying to figure out how to get a better recording don’t think ‘upgrade my gear’, think ‘upgrade my knowledge’.