How To Get Great Home Recordings, Even If You Don’t Have Great Gear
This past week we’ve been talking about the importance of getting great recordings if you want to get great mixes that you’re proud to release.
The fact is, the entire mixing process hinges on the quality of the recordings. If they aren’t good, mixing just becomes a giant hassle.
I’ve been mixing a lot of songs lately and I can tell immediately how easy a mix will be by the quality of the recordings. In fact, it’s counter-intuitive, but the better the tracks, the less of my fancy plug-ins I need.
Instead of my cool Waves plug-ins or fancy UAD channel strips, I can get away with just the normal stock plug-ins to get those recordings sounding great.
You just need to know how to use the equipment you already have to get good recordings. Then the mixing becomes that much easier.
Not only does mixing become easier, but you have to spend less money on premium plug-ins because you’ve already got everything you need.
All you need are some decent recording skills to make great home recordings, even if you don’t have great gear.
In fact, if you know how to position a microphone correctly in your room, even a $100 mic can sound pretty good.
I mixed this song by an Audio Issues student, Bob Gardner and he released it on Spotify as the first single for his new solo project.
And those vocals are recorded with a $100 Audio Technica microphone. Hardly a high-end Neumann!
But it’s more about the performance and the recording skills that you have than anything else. Knowing how to make even the cheapest gear work for you will not only save you money, but it will also save you time during the recording process.
And if you’re trying to get better recordings in your home studio, this week you’ll want to take advantage of the partner bundle between me and Graham Cochrane over at The Recording Revolution.
Use the exclusive discount code, ‘audioissues’ when you’re checking out to get 50% off his Total Home Recording course so that you can learn everything you need to know to get better recordings in your home studio.
And then, because I want to make sure you can take those recordings and transform them into radio-ready mixes, I’m giving you free access to my flagship course, Mixing With 5 Plug-ins.
All you gotta do is grab Total Home Recording through this link right here, use the coupon code ‘audioissues’ and then send me your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org to get free access to my Mixing With 5 Plug-ins course.
Here’s what you’ll learn from Mixing With 5 Plug-ins:
- How To Get a Great Balance and a Fast Static Mix
- How To Create Separation Between Your Instruments With EQ
- How To Create Punch and Tightness in Your Tracks With Compression
- How To Add Depth and Space in Your Mix With Reverb and Delay
When you combine the Mixing With 5 Plug-ins course with Graham’s Total Home Recording course, you’ll have everything you need to produce great tracks you’re proud to release, even if you don’t have expensive recording equipment or pricey premium plug-ins.
Here’s what a student had to say about Graham’s course:
“I just finished the course and I gotta say, that was by far the most beneficial program I’ve ever learned from! It was so cool to learn all the different techniques and little tricks (like using the infinite rack concept or sweetening or body compression for vox). Since your course, I have begun to concentrate a lot harder and pay more attention to the little details that make the mix easier and the recordings sound better. I thank you so much for bringing this all to my attention because it has allowed me to improve my music tenfold at a crucial time before I am ready to release my material. Now my mixtape won’t sound like I made it in a basement, but instead will sound a lot closer to a professionally recorded record. You are a savior friend. Thanks for being such an awesome and open-minded teacher.” –Kyle A.
If you’re ready to take both your recordings and mixes to the next level, get Total Home Recording and Mixing With 5 Plug-ins here.