Eight Questions to Note before Recording

- Oct 18, 2018-

1. Does the sound of the instrument sound good?

Make sure that the instrument is tuned to a better state for an audible better sound. Reducing resonance and outside noise to a lower level.

2. Is the microphone placed in the correct position?

Check that the microphone placement conforms to the 3:1 rule (when two microphones are used to record the same source at the same time, the distance from the second microphone to the first microphone is three times the distance from the first microphone to the source. The effect is better), ensuring that each microphone below is at a 90 degree angle to the upper microphone.

3. Is the circuit connection of the microphone correct?

Phase checking ensures that all microphone cables are properly connected.

4. Is the distance of the microphone from the instrument appropriate?

If the microphone is too far away from the instrument, it will record the sound of the room or other instruments; if it is too close, it may cause an imbalance due to the playing or knocking of too many instruments. Walk around the musicians, put your fingers in your ears and find a better pick-up position. Remember, most instruments require some space for the sound to form. The sound formed by the surrounding environment is an important part of the instrument sound for most instruments.

5. Did you hear the same in front of the instrument as you heard it in the recording control room?

This is your reference point; you should make these two sounds as consistent as possible. It is recommended to do this before considering further retouching.

6. Are there any problems other than microphone placement?

Getting a good sound depends on the instrument, the player, the amplifier and the room. First the player has to be able to play the sound you want to record. In terms of influencing the final sound, the microphone itself does not have the position of the microphone to be important, then the room, the player are important factors, and finally the project itself.

You should trust your ears, first listen to the musician's performance in your studio, find a comfortable position and start placing the microphone. If you don't like the sound you picked, move it or change a microphone. EQ should be the last thing you think about.

7. Is the problem in the signal chain?

Don't ignore the microphone preamp. Usually the better the preamplifier works, the less trouble you have when capturing sound. But sometimes you need to find a combination of microphones/preamps to find the sound you want. Keep trying.

8. Does the problem exist in the player's signal chain?

The guitarist's signal chain can be very useful and can be a potential hazard. On the one hand, by reducing the amount of pedal distortion, you can get a warm and powerful guitar sound, while increasing the amplifier volume to get the delay/distortion of the amplifier and speaker. In addition, small amplifiers and speakers tend to sound louder than large amplifiers/speakers when recording.



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