Rough Recording for those without partitions

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by SoCalMicSkills, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. SoCalMicSkills

    SoCalMicSkills Member

    Jun 17, 2010
    The beginning of the process for the G String Stranglers is a rough recording. This is how we record in a garage without separate partitions. We are using a Digital 16 track workstation (Yamaha AW 16-G). We run one mic to the snare, one to the bass kick, one to the guitar, one to the vocals. We hook the bass guitar up direct through the hi-z input. The recording device allows me to record and only hear the output of those that we wish to hear at the time so because of the bass being a direct we connect the recording device's output to the PA and cancel all output sound to everything with the exception of the bass and vocals. That way everyone can still hear what each other is doing. The vocals do not necessarily need to be in the rough recording most of the time, but in some of our songs the vocals trigger starts and stops. After pushing the record button there will be a 4 count before the song begins, unless you are using a metronome, which will enable pieces to easily time the beginning when recording over the rough tracks. Remember this is just a rough recording in which all will be re-recorded one instrument at a time, it's mainly just a clicktrack for those who do not have partitions or a full studio. It is ok to get feedback or bleed over in this step in the recording. What you really need to concentrate on here is timing. Make sure that you have no timing issues in this recording, especially with the drums, they will haunt you through the rest of the process. Most of this technique can also be used in a live recording environment. Later we will go over the next steps to get the clean recording.

    This is an example of our (G String Stranglers) latest rough track, Green Eggs & Ham. You'll notice that the guitar cuts in and out at the beginning. This is not a problem because we'll be completely redoing all of the guitars. The only thing salvagable in this recording would be the bass because it is direct.

    YouTube - Green Eggs and Ham.wmv

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