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recording for dummies?

me and my band are looking to making a few recording a little more advanced than using a computer mic and sound recorder. we have access to a couple condensor mics and a few standard kind, and a mixer. are there any websites i should check out for a crash course in recording? or any advice on how to set up mics to record a combination of guitar, bass, vocals, and drums? any advice/ info provided would be greatly appreciated.



Pro Audio Guest Mon, 09/18/2006 - 00:47
I just picked up a couple of books from amazon this month to try to learn a bit more myself. I've been playing bass for 12 years, but have just recently gotten into, well more seriously, home recording as well as stereo live recording performances.
I picked up Professional Microphone Techniques, which seems pretty great so far on information, and Modern Recording Techniques, which seems pretty great for overviews about various technical details. It reads more like a textbook with examples and information, it's not really a how to guide, but a compendium of information. Next month, I'm going to grab The Recording Engineer's Handbook and Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science, as I've seen them recommended elsewhere, and am really trying to get a better grasp on this as I rotate into the band's resident recording geek. I'm familiar with bass and related technologies, but I'd really like to expand my knowledge of this process, and a little research is in order. I don't think I'm going to become some recording engineer, but I'm hoping I'll be able to track decent recordings of the Jazz ensemble and Metal bands I play with.

RemyRAD Mon, 09/18/2006 - 19:12
You can make some bitchin' rock-and-roll recordings with a limited cheap mixer and a bag full of inexpensive Shure SM57 microphones into a $20 Sound Blaster card and a shareware recording program. How?? Simply! A big KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) process. Don't play with the crappy equalizer's. Don't play with crappy effects. Keep the gain trims low and the faders high to prevent distortion. Put a foam pop folder on the vocal microphone. And voilà! Instant decent recordings. Don't forget the duct tape! Separation?? If you need separation, see a lawyer. Otherwise, fugedaboutit.

Separation between church and state is better than drums and guitars
Ms. Remy Ann David

cfaalm Tue, 09/19/2006 - 02:39
I agree with Remy. The less equipment is involved the simpler the operation and the better the result.

I made decent recordings (as far as clarity and punch go) with not even a very good 12ch mixer, no eq, touch of reverb on vocals, Beyer NC301 on kick and a really old vintage Sennheiser 421 on snare and even a few crappy karaoke microphones on the overhead, all in one go to a DAT-tape. I think it sounded better than most Ramones recordings :wink:

Later on I made recordings with my band using a 01v96, DMK6 drummics and a bunch of other stuff, but it didn't improve much. Maybe these karaoke mics were something special after all :D