Myth #1 – You Need High-End Gear for Great Recordings
How much money do you really need for great recordings?
If you’re a snobby purist that likes to troll on people on Gearslutz, you think that you need the most expensive microphones and pre-amps.
And I would chuckle, virtually pat you on the head and go mind my own business because I don’t negotiate with trolls on Gearslutz.
The fact is, you need less than $1,000 to get all the equipment you need to get started recording at home. Some, like my buddy Graham over at the Recording Revolution, say that you only need $300 to get started.
Regardless of the exact number, the fact is that you don’t need this mic, or that pre-amp to get good recordings. You just need the bare minimum to get started, as well as a good song and a killer performance.
If your recordings don’t end up sounding great, it’s usually not the gear. It’s the skills of the person using the gear.
In fact, to get started recording vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, along with many other instruments in your home studio, you only really need one microphone.
The simple large-diaphragm condenser microphone.
A good mic like that won’t cost a lot. And once you know how to use it, you can get great recordings immediately.
It doesn’t have to be a specific brand, almost any halfway decent audio brand will get you started. You can always upgrade later. The important part is to know how to use it.
I tend to talk about mixing a lot more than recording, but the fact is, the recording process is way more important!
If you don’t get good recordings at the source, the mixing process is infinitely harder.
So for the next week or so I’ll be focusing on the recording process so that you can get better recordings in your home studio, using the gear you already have. I’ll be busting myths, sharing tricks and taking names! (I’m not sure I’m using that term correctly…)
To start us off I’m sharing an exclusive video from the Singer/Songwriter series about condenser microphones.
This video is usually only available as a part of one of the Expert Home Vocals packages but this week I’m making it available for free to anybody who’s interested in getting better recordings from their home studio.
This video will teach you:
- The importance of the condenser microphone
- How they differ from the dynamic microphone
- Why condensers are great to use for capturing vocals, acoustic guitars and other acoustic instruments in your home studio.
- How to use different polar patterns
- How to use the bi-directional polar pattern to create a stronger dual vocal recording
- How to use the polar pattern to minimize bleed from other instruments