Audio recording. Guarantees for a good session
These are situations in which we cannot afford any failure when making an audio recording.
We are going to discuss some aspects that will make you always get the most out of any audio recording session. If you want to go deeper into the audio recording and how to get the most out of these, I recommend you take a look at the Music Production Courses that we have available in our online school!
- First of all we have to take into account the format to which we are going to record. We will always try to configure the settings of our software to capture the sound with the best possible quality, we will always have time to lower the quality. Remember to adjust the bit depth (24 bit whenever possible) and the sample rate before starting your recording session. It is important to keep in mind if you are going to interact with more than one project, or if you are recording voices in a separate project, which later we may have problems when importing tracks with different formats to the same project.
- To avoid the awkward situation of the musician delayed listening to their own performance when recording, set a small buffer size, thus reducing latency. Do not forget to increase this value when you are in the mixing stage, in this way the computer will carry out all the processes in a more relaxed way, avoiding annoying crashes.
- Another key factor in achieving a good shot is making a good adjustment to the gain of the input channel (s). It is not a bad idea to ask the interpreter to warm up by taking a test shot. Try adjusting the gain so that the peaks with the greatest amplitude are at an approximate value of -6dB’s, this way you will have some margin before the signal is clipped.
Interpreters often “come up” during final shots.
- The acoustics of the venue where we are going to make the recording will largely determine how the same sound source will be registered. If your room is not perfectly, you will have to try and find a location for the microphone where the least significant problems are the standing waves. As a starting point, try to avoid the central points of the room and those closest to the walls. Remember also that some instruments such as guitars, pianos, percussions … usually amplify certain frequencies that can color the sound source in an undesired way.
- It seems kind of obvious, but it wouldn’t be the first time he’s ruined a recording. Before you start, check that all the cable connections are well made and that you have turned on all the devices or processors you need. Audio interface, microphone preamp, phantom power….
- And finally, to avoid losing our samples among all the files on our computer, it is important to have a good internal organization. Save your project before recording and make sure you know its location, to be able to access all the tracks / takes made in it, in the typical Audio Files folder, whenever you want. Use the Save option every few minutes, to avoid losing the last shots / processes carried out in your project in case the computer or software give any errors.
With these simple tips you can already ensure that you have under control the aspects that depend on you to achieve an excellent shot. The rest we leave in the hands of the interpreter….