Audio Recording 101 for Home Studio Musicians

Once they’ve finally gone through the long and difficult process of building their home studio…Newbies are often so proud of themselves that they forget the most important part of what they’re trying to accomplish…They still need to USE that studio to record some music!The problem is…it’s actually way harder to create a decent audio recording than you might think.

PART 1: Common Recording Techniques

If you’ve never actually worked in a studio before, You probably have no idea of the enormous number of steps required to actually take a song idea in your head…
And transform it into a real mp3 file that you can share with the world.

Now let’s take a closer look at each lesson…

1. How to Record a Song

As I’m sure you can guess, recording a song is a complex process.From beginning to end, its a series several hundred tedious tasks.And for beginners it can be tough:
To remember those tasks, and…To understand how they fit together to accomplish one goal.
So in the following lesson, I break down in full-detail, the 4 basic steps of music production, which are:
Recording
Editing
Mixing
Mastering

2. Recording Vocals

Regardless of your musical style, vocal recording is the one skill that everyone wants to learn…Because its the one part of a song that ALL listeners pay attention.
But unlike other instruments…Where the microphone positioning and recording technique lies in the hands of the engineer…With vocals, so much of the control lies with the performer. Which makes it tricky when your singer is inexperienced in the studio.

3. Recording Instruments

Once the vocals sound good, there’s still the matter of everything else.

In popular music, the 4 most common instruments you’ll need to record are:

Guitar
Bass
Keyboards
Drums

The problem is…traditional methods used to recording these instruments in pro studios, don’t always apply well to home studios

4. Microphone Polar Patterns

One of the first things you’ll notice in virtually every product description is a mention of the microphone’s polar pattern.Cardioid, figure-8, and omnidirectional are the 3 terms you hear repeated over and over again.Yet surprisingly, few people truly understand what these terms mean and how to apply them…if they’re even aware of them at all.Which is unfortunate because the polar pattern is an absolutely critical piece of information that must be considered each time you pair any mic with any given recording situation.

5. Stereo Recording: The Methods

Once you have a detailed understanding of microphone polar patterns…The logical next step in your education is to learn the art of stereo recording.While pro studio engineers use it on a daily basis to achieve the awesome wide sounds we hear in music and television…The sad fact is that most home studio owners never even attempt it.Either because they don’t have the right gear, they don’t have the right knowledge, or they’ve simply never even heard of it.And as a result, they wonder why their recordings sound so amateurish.

6. Mixing on Headphones

While traditional wisdom tells us that mixing should ideally be done on studio monitors…In today’s world of independent musicians working in bedroom studios…mixing on headphones has become standard.And while it may not be ideal, the truth is, no one would do it if it didn’t have its advantages.