Tha Record Stage

Once your songs are finished, its time to record them properly so that the music sounds the best in the mix.

Recording is pretty straightforward when you know what you're doing. Execution must be top notch, noise must be as little as possible, tracks should have a tempo map so that everything happens on time, and of course the sound of your instruments must be the very best you can achieve. Sounds simple, right? It's not.

On professional recordings there are a million possibilities when it comes to signal chain (where the sound passes through). Starting with the microphone type, brand, position, number of mics, distance from the source, type of room, if there is a preamplifier, a compressor, an EQ, good Analog to Digital converters, the audio interface, the DAW, etc. That is why if you can afford it, go and record your music in a professional studio with a professional engineer.

But if for whatever reason you're not able or willing to do that, I've got you covered.

 

Lesson Plan

These lessons will give you basic insight into the world of recording. How to set up your instruments, your microphones, your signal chain, your DAW settings, etc. It's impossible to cover absolutely everything but you will have a general idea of what to do and the rest will depend on your ears and common sense.

Preparation

  1. Overview

  2. DAW preparation (bit-depth, khz, headroom)

  3. Equipment

  4. Tempo Map

  5. Arming Channels, Monitoring

  6. Microphone types & techniques

Recording

  1. Recording Drums

  2. Recording Bass

  3. Recording Guitar

  4. Recording Keyboards

  5. Recording Vocals

  6. Virtual Instruments

After Recording

  1. Cleaning Up Tracks

  2. Bouncing