The Inside Track: Home Sound Recording

Posted on June 4th, 2013 by in Advice & Tips, The Inside Track


This article is part of our series of tips and advice from music industry professionals: The Inside Track. You can check out the full series of tips at The Inside Track.

Hi one and all.

I have been a keen home sound engineer for a good few years, and always look for ways to improve my recordings. I could go on about where to place microphones or which effects to use but there are endless options. Front end and mix down outboard gear can be utilised to good effect in numerous ways; some people might experiment and others might follow the tried and tested methods, e.g. close-micing, or never putting any effects on to the final mix. However the one piece of very simple advice that works for me is while recording use your eyes. Look at your meter levels and dont allow them to go beyond the recommended levels, and when mixing down to 2 track use your ears, or follow your nose. To me this is a good example of objective and intuitive applications when recording.

by Music Jobs member Ray Zarb.

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