The advancements in technology have made recording much easier, and now rising stars can effectively compete with the big fish in this sea of the music industry. How is this possible? Often, one can record even without the expensive gear that the rivals have. But you have to be smart about your purchase. Below, we look at some key tips that can help your recording setup rise to the next level.
A Good Preamp
A good preamp is a powerful tool that every recording setup should have. Preamplifiers are sold at varying prices with varying details, so it's important to take a close look at several of them before you make a purchase. Not only does the preamp amplify the volume, but many add characteristic changes to your tone, such as adding some warmth. They help in producing a superb sound compared to when plugging your microphone or guitar directly to the recording interface. If you decide to go with a tube powered preamp, you can also upgrade them for improved performance (depending on what type of tubes ship with the unit).
You do not need to buy large chunks of books to improve your recordings as this will only overburden you and consume much of your time. Why not try the trial and error method? You can download some recording software such as GarageBand dedicated for music recording. With the help of YouTube and or sites like GearSlutz, you can download some tutorials that will help you master how to use and program the software for best results. The internet can be useful also to helping you learn the art of using other recording instruments.
By good, it doesn't necessarily mean that they should cost you thousands of dollars. On the other hand, a very cheap set will only make life harder on you and will leave you with sub par recordings. Do some research on what others use for their setups for a pair that can get the job done. Another important thing to know in regards to your choice in monitors is that you have to learn their tonal characteristics by comparing them to other speakers. For example, you can listen to your recorded tracks on car stereos, headphones and on some cheap computer speakers and compare the quality of sound on these instruments to that of your monitor. If the sound differs from that projected from your monitor, you can tweak this up a little bit when mixing. Your aim is to get a mix that will sound great on any application and not just your monitors.
Good Condenser Microphone
This might be somehow expensive but in the long run very helpful. Investing in a good condenser microphone will pay you back in spades. No matter how strained your budget is, a good condenser mic should be considered a mandatory tool. This is because, with the condenser microphone, you will be capable of recording even the acoustic instruments such as mandolins, acoustic guitars banjos among others. There are plenty of options available in the market which your budget without much strain to your wallet.
Good Mastering And Recording Software
It doesn't have to be expensive, just make sure its user-friendly and reliable. A good mastering software will give your recording that final gloss that professional recordings are known for. If you get good enough with the software, it will eliminate the need of hiring professional engineers to master your finished songs thus save you some money. A common way to save money on good mastering software is by buying one version lower than the newest available. While it might not have all the features on the newest version, it should still work well. Best of all, it should go for much cheaper than the newest version as retailers consider it old stock and would want to get rid of it.
Music recording has been made easier and readily available to everyone thanks to the advancement in technology. With the tips above, you can set yourself up for success by ensuring that your recording setup is ready to give you some quality results.
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