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12 Key Take Aways From Recording Live In The Studio

Just like I said I would, I finished my in-depth report on my recent trip down to Mexico to record Los Borders, a funk fusion band.

In case you’re interested in the full report I thought I’d give you a quick tease preview.

For the full report I’ve now included it within the Recording & Mixing Strategies as a not-so-secret but unadvertised bonus.

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No problem.

You can still learn something from my key take-aways from the recording session.

During Set Up

  • Make sure the instruments sound good in the room before you even think about using your gear.
  • If you don’t like how something sounds, change it.
  • Working with limitations forces you to find uncommon solutions to problems. Sometimes that’s a good thing.
  • If you don’t know how to do something, do some research and educate yourself.

During Test Recordings

  • Test each instrument in every room. Instruments will sound different depending on where you put them, even in different places of the same room.
  • Use portable baffles to isolate two instruments in the same room.
  • Mics sound different with minuscule movements. Take ten minutes to experiment with different mic placements. You’ll thank me during mixdown.
  • Beware of clipping. Take enough time to listen to both the quiet and loud signals of an instrument to get the best level into your preamp and into your DAW.
  • Expect the unexpected. The Recorderman method wasn’t something I thought would work and it definitely wasn’t my first choice. However, it’s the sound that matters and that technique gave us the sound we were looking for.

During Recording

  • Make your musicians comfortable. Their headphone mix must sound great to them so they can get in the groove.
  • Show them how good they sound. Do a quick test recording of a few songs and let them listen. It will inspire great performances for the rest of the songs.
  • Good musicians make your life easier. It’s not always possible but working with high-caliber musicians is such a pleasure. Make sure your musicians are well rehearsed and can actually play their parts.

As promised I’ve emailed all my customers with their free report as well as a bonus multi-track of one of their songs that you can use for practice.

Like I said before, both the report and multi-track are now included as a free bonus you get when you purchase any of the Strategies Bundle options:

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About Björgvin Benediktsson

I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m a musician, audio engineer and best-selling author. I help musicians and producers make a greater impact with their music by teaching them how to produce and engineer themselves. I’ve taught thousands of up and coming home studio producers such as yourself how to make an impact with their music through Audio Issues since 2011.

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