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Live studio recording techniques?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Halexx, Sep 19, 2004.

  1. Halexx

    Halexx Guest


    i'm looking forward to record the first full lenght album for my band.We already have a demo, recorded track by track, but now, we want it to be recorded with all the members playing at the same time, as we now have music with open lenght sections, and also want the recording to sond more lively, as we were deceived by the demo, wich sound dull.

    I would like to keep everyone in the same room, as placing each one in his own boot may intimidate some less experienced players in the band. We would play the song list some times , and keep the better versions.

    The question is, will it be possible for me, at the edit, to patch mistake by part of another versions, without making it sound apparent? In another terms, will the leaking from instrument to other mike will show?

    I think that in the early 70 Miles Davis use similar technique with Ted Maceo, do anyone know about it?
  2. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    that is virtually impossible at a budget! for that thing you have to be in a top studio with top mics and isolation techinques so the mics don't capture much of the other instruments! even if you play different takes with the same tempo is almost impossible on a regular budget! but if you have the big bucks... but i'd pick a studio with different rooms where you can see at least 2 members of the band each... or record a live gig!
  3. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    Your best bet will be to go direct with bass, as it will tend to bleed into other tracks the most. If that's out of the question, have the whole band redo takes of song sections where there are clams and use those as editing material. Everyone will have to listen carefully and be sure to play the same chords/notes wherever you decide your punch points to be. You can also get iso on guitar amps by putting a large box and blanket over them. Also listen to the overall mix in mono to check for phasing problems. It can be done, but it's work.
  4. Halexx

    Halexx Guest

    Thank you all for your help.

    Me may go for a multi-booth recordingd with headphone, anyone know a good studio in Montreal for that?
  5. maintiger

    maintiger Distinguished Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
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    If you want to do it yourself, try the following:

    1- Everybody wears headphones-
    2- mike the drums as you need as this track needs to be the keeper- if you don't get the drums right the rest will be guaranteed sh*tand 2- record the bass direct, as has been suggested- 3- put the amps for the guitar in another room of the house and mic them but hear them only with the headphones.
    4- If you are tight skip the scratch vocal, but if you must have one, put the singer behind as many baffles as you can find and give him a lotta gain so he can hear himself.

    Now, as long as the drums are good you can replace other instruments as you need them. If you get a good bass sound and the performance is a killer, so much the better. Rhythm guitar should not be much of a problem either. Now you have a solid foundation to work with Overdub vocals, lead guitars, sweetners, keys, etc. have fun and it will show!

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