Home Recording Myths

121219Decvarious010-e1360599793438Home recording. It’s something thousands of musicians struggle with in an attempt to produce a record while keeping costs down as much as possible. While searching for a tutorial online for one of my own recording projects, I found a great site that caters to musicians looking to create quality recordings from their own home.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Home recordings just won’t cut it. Well, according to Graham Cochrane from therecordingrevolution.com, that’s arguable. He spends his time writing articles to teach amateur producers that, with time and a lot of practice, you can really do it yourself!

It’s definitely been interesting exploring what all he has to offer and this site may becomes on of my ‘go to’ sites when I need advice or inspiration.

One of the first articles I took special notice of was about the myths of home recording.

The first myth he covered was about preamps in audio interfaces. He argues that the built in preamps really will work just fine for you, and you shouldn’t NEED to drop a lot of money on external pre’s.

The second myth is the belief that home recordings are only good for demo’s and “real” recordings require a studio with thousands of dollars worth of equipment. This is also untrue. More gear and money does not automatically equal better quality recordings. 

Next he explains that just because you have Pro Tools, the industry standard Digital Audio Workstation (or DAW) doesn’t mean your recordings will sound amazing right off the bat. It’s what you put into these recordings that makes them amazing. Just because you lay down a track in Pro Tools, doesn’t automatically make it gold.

Lastly, it’s all about the mix. I’ve heard this one time and time again, just because you think it sounds good, doesn’t mean it does. You have to listen, and re-listen to songs on as many different speakers in as many different settings as you can to ensure that a recording is as good as it can be.

I just very briefly summarized his points here, but if it interests you, I would highly recommend checking them out for yourself. You can read part one here, and part 2 here.

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3 thoughts on “Home Recording Myths”

  1. I agree with his assessment. It is all about using the tools that you have at your disposal. Also, a technique called gain staging is extremely important, even when you’re mixing in the box. Whether your stacking plugin devices in series, parallel or parallel-series, you must set the input and output levels to desirable levels. Most importantly, close your eyes and use your ears when mixing.

  2. thank you for this blog. I’ve done nothing but home recordings. The BIG studio recording thing just never felt like a comfortable place for me to be. I’ve done some more professional recordings in the long distant past but things tended to go a bit pair shaped. I’ll look into this with great interest. cheers

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