Most home recording enthusiasts are musicians who began setting up a home recording studio in order to begin making their own songs and albums. When you record yourself, you’ve got a lot of freedom, and you can often save a lot of money, too.
Unfortunately, it’s not all so simple. Recording yourself can be difficult and time consuming, especially if you don’t have a friend nearby to help you out. Here are a few tips to help you record yourself easily, and to help your recordings sound better when they’re finished.
Don’t drop the details. Acoustics and proper mic placement are still as important when you’re recording yourself as when you’re recording a full band. Don’t just press record on your computer and wander over to your microphone; make sure that the mic is in the right place, and if necessary, move it to a room where recording will sound better.
I know what you’re about to ask: if you’re in another room, how can you press record? Well, work it out. I use a netbook with a remote connection to control my main computer when I’m in my recording space, but you could also buy a cheap wireless keyboard or mouse. Be ingenious-after all, you’re a musician with a home recording studio. You’ll figure out something spectacular.
Remember your bias. If you’re recording yourself, you’re going to have to realize that you’re biased in one way or another. Most often, this means that you’ll hate every single recording that you make. Go easy on yourself. If you’re not getting anywhere while recording a track, leave your last take and come back to it after a while. Get a friend’s opinion if you can. You might be amazed at how good it sounds if you’re willing to step away for a few hours and come back to it. You’ll also save your ears some work, as long periods of mixing and recording without rest can often cause ear strain.
Make sure to have extras lying around. There’s a good chance that at some point during a recording session, you’ll need another XLR cable or instrument cable or something, so keep some extras around. Nothing can be as frustrating for a self-recording musician as having to quit a session just because a few extra lines weren’t in the room.
Do you have any other tips for recording yourself in a home studio? Post your thoughts in the comments section below this article.