Absolute Beginner guide to recording instruments?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Joseph, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. Joseph

    Joseph Active Member

    Oct 4, 2001
    Hi! I have no idea if this is the right place for this, but my friends and I are in a band, and we want to start recording.

    Now I have absolutely no idea how to go about doing this, and I would really appreciate if someone could help us out.
    We have two guitars, a bass guitar, drums, and two vocals.

    What would we need and what would we need to do to record all of us at once?

    Thank you guys so much!
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

    Mar 20, 2000
    BC, Canada
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    What is your $ budget, available computer? Do you have mics? Need more info? Why do you want to record? For demo's to get gigs? Sometimes its better to hire a studio. Learning costs money better spent hiring a pro. Just saying....

    Without knowing the above but assuming you are serious and have some money, you need a PA and console anyway so look at PreSonus StudioLive consoles 16.4.2 or 16.0.2 . This is a excellent way to get going. You can record 16 channels at a time on a laptop.
    They are super easy to learn and sound excellent. Starting around $1000 used. Maybe even less. Maybe rent this!

    You'll need a handful of mics. Look at Shure SM57 /or SM58's or RODE Dynamics (M1), or Audix Dynamic's, the drum mic kits are super cool. These are all great choices.
    If you can afford the PreSonus PA to go with the StudioLive, all you need is the place to play.
  3. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    Quebec, Canada
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    Honestly, if you have no clue where to start, You will save a lot of MONEY (Yes save!) and TIME if you go to a well established studio. And the quality of your product will be a lot better.

    To have a great recording, you need :
    1. A good sounding room
    2. A good performance (if you are worried about sound and recording, it's hard to perform well)
    3. Good mics and knowledge how to place them
    4. Good preamps and knowledge about gain staging
    5. A good audio interface with enough inputs for the band
    6. Mixing knowledge including, EQ, Comp, Reverbs etc
    7. A good monitoring system (including studio speaker in a threated room)
    8. A pair of well trained ears to recognise what sound good or not.
    To go to a good studio, you need :
    1. To be well rehearse
    2. Having fun to play music !!
    I would encourage any person who wants to learn about recording and take time to do so and make gradual gear purchase.
    But starting up with a full band without experience is hard. It takes a while to be ready for a band and band relationship is so fragile, you may create frictions if it takes too long to produce a fairly good recording.

    Just my 2 cents ;)

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