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<ul><li><p>WWW.AUDIO-ISSUES.COM1</p><p>Simple Tricks to Improve Your Recordings</p><p>ARE YOU FOLLOWING THESE SIMPLE RECORDING TIPS FOR A STUDIO QUALITY SOUND?</p><p>For a few quick recording tips to get started, this eBook lays out some simple guidelines on improving your recordings.</p><p>From simple recording mistakes in the digital world to simple-to-use tips on finding the sweet spot of an instrument, the following eBook covers the most important subjects of audio recording.</p></li><li><p>WWW.AUDIO-ISSUES.COM</p><p>Simple Tricks to Improve Your Recordings</p><p>2</p><p>THE #1 MISTAKE WITH DIGITAL AUDIO RECORDING</p><p>Everybody wants to record audio like the great engineers of history. You might read interviews and books about their warm sound and smoothly saturated tape. And then you try to apply those same ideas to your recordings.</p><p>Big Mistake</p><p>Digital audio recording is a bit different than what you read about in the history books about tape saturation and overloading your pre-amplifiers. </p><p>Today, digital audio is not so lenient towards overload. Digital clipping is one of the worst sounds an audio engineer can hear. In the old days, engineers liked pushing their levels to saturation to get that warm tape sound. </p><p>But now, the only thing you accomplish by pushing digital audio to the max is horrible digital clipping.</p><p>No Clipping Please</p><p>Now, with digital audio recording we have to record at an optimum level without distorting our preamps, causing that horrible clipping. </p><p>When you are getting levels into your DAW, make sure you are getting a good enough level to record with before it clips. A nice rule of thumb is to record the loudest part of the signal at around 3/4 before you reach 0dB. If your meter goes from green to RED, then somewhere in the middle of the orange part should be a nice enough level.</p><p>So when setting levels, make sure your audio is being recorded like in the area shown in the picture. </p><p>Not too quiet so that your audio is too close to the noise-floor, but not so loud as to cause clipping.</p><p>24 Bit Recording</p><p>Also, make sure you are recording at 24 bit since it will give you much more headroom than recording at 16 bit. </p><p>With 24 bit recording the signal to noise ratio is much higher and you can effectively record at lower levels without introducing too much noise into your signal.</p></li><li><p>WWW.AUDIO-ISSUES.COM</p><p>Simple Tricks to Improve Your Recordings</p><p>3</p><p> Conclusion</p><p>By setting your levels correctly you can avoid a few problems in the mixing phase. </p><p>You avoid that pesky digital clipping that ruins your audio completely, and by recording at 24 bit you have enough volume and headroom to play around with without the noise floor posing a problem to your recordings.</p><p>Keeping simple things like this in mind helps smooth out any kinks you might have later. Get it great without digital clipping and your audio will be saved.</p></li><li><p>WWW.AUDIO-ISSUES.COM</p><p>Simple Tricks to Improve Your Recordings</p><p>4</p><p>21 RECORDING STUDIO TIPS FOR A SMOOTHER SESSIONThere are many ways to screw up your recording session. Whether you are the artist or the engineer there are certain practices you can adhere to when you are recording. If you are working in a commercial studio or recording at your friends home recording studio then try not to screw up your studio time in any of the following ways.</p><p>1. Being late If you are the engineer show up early to make sure everything is working properly. If youre the musician dont make the engineer wait around for you.</p><p>2. Not changing the strings of your guitar Scummy strings cant be fixed in the mix.</p><p>3. Not knowing your parts Its a waste of time and money to come unprepared.</p><p>4. Singing with a cold Reschedule your vocal session if you know you cant perform.</p><p>5. Giving a lackluster performance Not everything can be fixed in the mix.</p><p>6. Being disrespectful It goes without saying, the engineer is your best friend. So treat him well.</p><p>7. Recording for recordings sake Similar to not knowing your parts. If you are just piling on parts without a clear direction, its still a waste of time and money.</p><p>8. Recording a badly sounding drum-kit Replace the drum heads and tune your drums. Itll be worth it.</p><p>9. Not having a plan Make sure you know what you are going to do during the session. A good plan goes a long way.</p><p>10. Dont cram too much into one session Dont try to record drums, bass and orchestra in the same three hour session. Recording takes time, so plan accordingly.</p><p>11. Skipping the warm-up Singing first thing in the morning is hard isnt it? So is nailing a 200 bpm solo without warming up your fingers.</p><p>12. Recording too hot Better be safe than sorry. Record at lower digital levels to avoid clipping.</p><p></p></li><li><p>WWW.AUDIO-ISSUES.COM</p><p>Simple Tricks to Improve Your Recordings</p><p>5</p><p>13. Not being in tune Im sorry. Its a pet peeve, but people are prone to forget to tune their instruments.</p><p>14. Not having enough cables Say youre doing a location recording and you didnt bring enough cables. Its not only a huge waste of time to go and get what you forgot, but it also reflects poorly on you as a professional.</p><p>15. Not being familiar with how things work If you are working with a new piece of equipment, or working at a new studio then its imperative you dont look stupid when youre trying to figure out how things work.</p><p>16. Fix it in the mix?- If you know you can(and will) fix it in the mix, then use this sentence. If you know you cant fix it, dont lie. Its one of the more common lines in the audio industry.</p><p>17. Communicate Even though engineers and artists are a closely bred species they do not share all the lingo thats inherent to them. If the engineer isnt a musician then getting too musical will be confusing. Likewise with an engineer getting to audio-engineer-y.</p><p>18. Dont do drugs I know what Bill Hicks said about drugs and music, but its usually not a good idea to be stoned or drunk during a recording session.</p><p>19. Bring extras Extra strings, extra picks and extra drum sticks for instance. Some things break and its better to be prepared when(not if) that happens.</p><p>20. Break the session into chunks Its better to record two energetic four sessions than one long eight hour one where the last two hours people are tired and uninspired.</p><p>21. Not being comfortable As an artist, much of your performance is based on how you are feeling when you are recording. If you dont feel comfortable then your playing will suffer.</p><p>Conclusion</p><p>Think about it, there are just as many things you need to NOT do in order to get that great recording down on tape. </p><p>Just like its all about following the right guidelines for recording, engineering and musicianship; there are also some pitfalls you need to avoid.</p><p></p></li><li><p>WWW.AUDIO-ISSUES.COM</p><p>Simple Tricks to Improve Your Recordings</p><p>6</p><p>THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT A KILLER DRUM RECORDING</p><p>Its simple: a great sounding drum kit will sound better and need less mixing than an out-of-tune, worn out drum kit. </p><p>Getting a great drum recording is so much easier if you devote the time to getting the drum kit sounding its best.</p><p>Drums Need Tuning Too</p><p>I was recording drums recently at Allusion Studios and we spent a long time making sure each drum was tuned correctly. </p><p>We used a drum dial to get each drum sounding its best. Just like you would tune a guitar or bass you should make sure each of your drums are tuned as well.</p><p>A few quick tips on drum tuning</p><p> Stretch the heads out. The heads will go out of tune fast if the heads arent stretched out.</p><p> In order to choke the tom sound tune the bottom head a little higher than the top head.</p><p> On the floor tom, tune the bottom head lower than the top head to get that falling floor tom sound</p><p> Use the drum dial to get the drum sounding good all around, but use your ears for the final fine-tune.</p><p>A Great Sound With a Great Instrument</p><p>Once we had the drum sounding as good as possible we proceeded to mic things up. </p><p>To get a more natural drum recording we used large condensers on all of the toms. The condensers were much more sensitive to everything around them but the bleed actually created a very natural, earthy sound. </p><p>We were looking for an old-school but modern sounding drum sound so I think with the condensers we added an extra element dynamic microphones wouldnt have had.</p><p>;tag=audiprodtips-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0002E2TVM</p></li><li><p>WWW.AUDIO-ISSUES.COM</p><p>Simple Tricks to Improve Your Recordings</p><p>7</p><p> Conclusion</p><p>Finally, by taking the time to get the instrument sounding as good as possible, using great microphones into pristine sounding pre-amps we were able to get a kick ass drum recording. </p><p>It just makes you feel better that you have a great sound recorded; a drum sound that doesnt need every mixing trick in the book to sound great because its already 80% there.</p></li><li><p>WWW.AUDIO-ISSUES.COM</p><p>Simple Tricks to Improve Your Recordings</p><p>8</p><p>TOP TEN METHODS FOR RECORDING ACOUSTIC GUITAR</p><p>Recording acoustic guitar requires a totally different method than recording the electric guitar.</p><p>Since its an acoustic instrument as opposed to a plugged in electric one there are a few different techniques that you need to keep in mind when tracking an acoustic. </p><p>Read on for my top ten recording tips for an easier acoustic experience</p><p>1. Use a condenser microphoneCondenser microphones are more suitable for recording acoustic guitar than the dynamic microphone. The sensitivity of the condenser helps capture the sound of the acoustic guitar as accurately as possible.</p><p>2. Avoid too much bassIts a common misconception that the best sound from the acoustic guitar is captured at the sound-hole. Normally, a microphone pointed at the sound-hole results in too much bass.</p><p>3. Be aware of the sweet spotThe sweet spot is at the 12th fret, normally where the neck joins the body of the acoustic guitar. </p><p>Recording acoustic guitar with a microphone pointed at the sweet spot usually captures a good blend of highs, lows and mids.</p><p>4. Use New StringsNew strings are a must if you want to record a clear and brilliant acoustic guitar. No amount of mixing is going to fix an acoustic guitar with old and worn strings.</p><p>5. Record DirectIf you are looking for an alternative sound and your acoustic guitar has a plug, it might be a good idea to record direct. </p><p>Just plug your guitar into a DI box and use some of the great guitar recording software thats available to spice up your acoustic guitar sound.</p><p></p></li><li><p>WWW.AUDIO-ISSUES.COM</p><p>Simple Tricks to Improve Your Recordings</p><p>9</p><p> 6. First Fret BrillianceIn order to capture the delicate sound of the string a microphone placed at the first fret can pick up the intricacies of the strings. This can bring a whole new dimension to your acoustic guitar sound. </p><p>Check out the First Fret Trick When Recording Acoustic Guitar for more information.</p><p>7. Record in StereoRecording acoustic guitar in stereo will capture a much fuller and wider sound than only using one microphone. </p><p>8. Double-track with different mic techniquesIf you are double tracking the same guitar part for added depth, try experimenting with different microphone techniques. </p><p>Not only will it give your guitar parts added depth by double-tracking but the difference in sound might create some interesting textures.</p><p>9. Use ribbons for a different soundRibbon microphones, if you have access to them, can give your acoustic guitar sound a smoother and different sound than recording with a condenser.</p><p>10. Subtle position changes nail that perfect soundThe way recording works is that even the slightest microphone change can affect the sound. </p><p>By just subtly changing the position or direction of the microphone you can find that perfect acoustic guitar sound you are looking for.</p><p></p></li><li><p>WWW.AUDIO-ISSUES.COM</p><p>Simple Tricks to Improve Your Recordings</p><p>10</p><p>AN EASY WAY TO FIND THE SWEET SPOT ON AN INSTRUMENTEngineers spend a lot of time talking about the sweet spot when recording. </p><p>Gotta find the sweet spot or this is where the sweet spot is is often heard(or some combination of the same meaning) and it can make the novice engineer wonder what the hell they are talking about.</p><p>Luckily, finding the sweet spot on instruments isnt as hard as finding the other, more elusive sweet spots. But what do people mean when they talk about the sweet spot on an instrument?</p><p>Balance</p><p>The sweet spot on an instrument is where the complete sound of the particular instrument is represented as well as possible. The area where the microphone picks up both the highs, lows and everything in between.</p><p>You want to capture the fullness, brightness and whatever other-ness that particular instrument has in abundance. So by finding that sweet spot you can make your job easier since thats where the instrument shines.</p><p>One Microphone</p><p>When you are working with only one microphone its all the more important to find the sweet spot. If you mike up an instrument and its lacking a certain character you cant really fix that in the mixing phase. </p><p>By finding the sweet spot you can be certain that you have the best balance you can get from one microphone.</p><p>Multiple Microphone Techniques</p><p>When you are working with multiple microphones you might not face the same challenge in finding the sweet spot. You can devote more time to capturing a few different characteristics of an instruments and then blending them together to get a nice balance. Alternatively, you could use one microphone for the sweet spot and another either for ambience or to accent a certain area of the instrument.</p><p> For example: Recording an acoustic guitar with one microphone at the sweet spot by the 12th fret and the other by the 1st fret picking up the strings.</p></li><li><p>WWW.AUDIO-ISSUES.COM</p><p>Simple Tricks to Improve Your Recordings</p><p>11</p><p> How Does Balance Sound?</p><p>The acoustic guitar has a sweet spot at the 12th fret, or where the neck joins the body. </p><p>When you are looking for the sweet spot its a good idea to grab a pair of headphones, set your microphone to record and then just strum away around the microphone until you find the desired balance from your guitar.</p></li><li><p>WWW.AUDIO-ISSUES.COM</p><p>Simple Tricks to Improve Your Recordings</p><p>12</p><p>10 WAYS NOT TO RECORD YOUR AUDIO</p><p>Beginners make newbie mistakes, and it is up to those who know better to offer them some solid audio recording tips. </p><p>But to some experienced sound engineers its not always so apparent what is easy to follow and what isnt.</p><p>Like a teacher that is so familiar with a subject he expects the students to see how easy it is immediately. </p><p>Well, sometimes the most common mistakes are the simplest to overlook and the ones engineers dont bother to tell you. They just expect you to know why thats wrong and how to do it right.</p><p>So without further ado, here are a...</p></li></ul>