Home Recording Tips – The Basic Fundamentals

The home studio can be a black hole that sucks enjoyment from life and zaps creative energy. These home recording tips may help.

Sound recording can be a great tool for song-crafting. With the incredible advancement of digital recording has come an ever-increasing amount of learning. It’s inevitable that at times the fundamentals of recording audio will get lost. But do not let them! The foundation of a successful audio recording will never change. So here are some home recording tips that are never to be forgotten.

1. Start by having a good sounding room for recording audio. A poorly sounding home studio will get the process off to a bad start. Do not do that to yourself. Develop a solid recording studio design for your space. Adequate sound treatment will save you many headaches later on. DIY bass traps and broadband absorbers can be constructed very cheaply.

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2. Of all the home recording tips, this is probably the one that was most painful to learn. Never use the “I can fix it in the mix” excuse when things are not going right. Identify the source of the problem while it’s happening and take care of it while recording audio. I learned this the hard way. So if the musicians can’t play well, do not record them.

3. Microphone placement of the dynamic mics and condenser mics is essential. There are standard guidelines available. But these are not set rules. Experiment. What works for some people might not work for you.

4. Use a click track. If you do not know why, then give up! Some musicians refuse to play to a click due to the fear of losing the “feel” or the “human quality.” If they try to refuse, make them do it anyway. They will become better musicians and thank you later. It will also make editing infinitely times easier.


5. EQ is a great tool. But it doesn’t work magic. Overdoing it can result in a weak mix. Adjusting microphone placement during the audio recording stage will lead to a more natural sound and less processing later on. Your final mix will thank you. And you will thank yourself.

6. When it comes to compression, less is more. Use as little compression as possible. It needs to be transparent. You don’t want to actually hear the compression.

7. Give your ears adequate rest during the entire audio recording process. Fatigue will lead to incorrect frequency compensation and a bad mix.

8. More home recording tips to come… as I remember them.