Home Music Recording: Seven Common Mistakes

With the developments in technology today, it has been easier than ever to ditch the expensive recording studio, and record high quality music right at home. Unfortunately, many who choose to make music at home make many amateur mistakes that lower the quality of their music. Below are a couple of important tips of how to avoid the 5 most common mistakes in home recording.

1.) Be aware of your room- The room that you are recording will have a major effect on how your recording sounds. You will want to record in a room that does not create lots of echoes. Hint: your living room is much better than the garage.

2.) Don’t overdo you mixing – many amateur recorders tend to get really crazy with the signal processing, this especially applies when it comes to the effects. Start off slow and build from there, to many effects typically annoy the general listening artist.

3.) Watch those gain levels – When you record make sure you are not recording to high or low with your gain levels. It will be much more difficult later, when mixing, to control the quality of the sound input. Typically, gain levels between 45-60% are appropriate.

4.) You are only as strong as your weakest component – Remember you will want to use or rent better quality equipment for recording. After all, how good would a Paul Reed Smith guitar sound coming out of a Crate practice amp? (the answer is not very good). Make sure your equipment can create and make the sounds you want.

5.) Tune your Instruments Perfectly – Most artists who come to you will not have any idea how important perfect tuning is. Have a high grade instrument tuner handy to make sure all your instruments are in good working order.

6.) Use that metronome – Get a metronome, or at least make sure if you are recording live drums that they have one! It is important to keep you music at a consistent tempo when recording with multiple tracks. If you do not follow the beat and tempo perfectly, it will be hard for later musicians to contribute their parts after your record yours.

7.) Have patience – When you are recording, you will want to fly through each different instrument and each different track. Recording is an art form and it takes time and patience to get everything sounding perfect. Remember you can fix a mistake once it is burned to disc. So take your time, make it perfect and enjoy yourself.