3 Simple Solutions That Make Your Sounds Suck Less
There are three types of recording problems that are most common. Luckily, they are easy to fix if you know where to look or what to do.
Problem #1 – Bad From the Source
You have to start from the source. If you don’t even like the instrument as it sounds in the room, it’s never going to sound good in your DAW.
A few years back I observed a fellow engineering student record an electric guitar amp. He quickly threw up the mics and started recording without even a second thought to how it sounded.
I politely asked him if that was the sound he wanted.
“Oh…it doesn’t sound great, but I’ll fix it later. I’m more of a fix it later in the mix type o’ guy.”
What an idiot.
Sure, you can do crazy changes to a track while you mix. But wouldn’t it be easier to spend 2 minutes trying to get a good sound before hitting record?
If you don’t like the source sound, try to change it. Move it around the room, change the settings of the amplifier. Make adjustments to the instrument until it sounds good. Then bring in a microphone.
Problem #2 – Bad In Your DAW
Does your instrument sound great in the room but sucks in your DAW?
It all has to do with your microphone.
- Mic selection.
- Mic position.
- Mic technique.
Just like you move the instrument around in a room to get a better sound, you also move the microphone. The sweet spot of the cone on an amplifier is a good spot to start but it’s not always the sound you’re looking for.
Use the right mic for the job, in the right position, to pick up the right sound you are looking for.
It’s really as simple as that.
Problem #3 – Bad In the Mix
Even if you’ve got a great sounding instrument translating well into your DAW, you still want a little more out of it.
80% of the work has been done, but you just want to sprinkle it with glitter.
Put the cherry on top. Give it some makeup.
That’s when you pull out your processors.
EQ, compression, delay and reverb and saturation.
EQ makes it fit better. Compression makes it sit better.
Delay and reverb add depth and space.
And last but not least, saturation gives it that X-factor. That extra 10% you need to get your mixes sounding more pro.
Those are the three solutions to your sucky sounds. Whether your problems are recording or mixing related, that’s how you fix them.
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