With or without eq and dynamics

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by alfonce, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. alfonce

    alfonce Guest

    Hi there again - yes yes yes - sorry to be asking so much.

    What I am doing right now is creating a live set which shall be pre setup as I am using a digital desk and a sequencer as well as loads of live instruments. Therefore I am pre mixing for a live situation.

    However, I want to do a recording before I go live and just wondered how I should approach that. Remember, I've pretty much got a live set in place with everything volume balanced, panned, eq'd, compressed, effected and so on.

    Hmm so do I turn all this off and record all my parts neutrally then start treating them the same as mu live mix???

    For example, there is a guitar that is panned 45 right, with the bass rolled off at 200hz and a slight mid boost and it is set so it is of a medium volume in the overall mix. I know this to sound right in the live mix I have done. But do I pan it back to center, turn its eq off, raise its volume till its is back to peaking at -6db and basically make it neutral?? Then once all the tracks are down, start to add all the paramaters back in and tweak?

    Confused here - my gut feeling is to turn everything off and record neutrally with good signal to noise - but would this be a good recording of that guitar and would it be a good principle for all my insruments?

    Thanks an so sorry again to be asking loads of questions..

  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    if in doubt
    ... do less

    as you gain experience and have specific ideas as to the end result you want
    ... thern you can start to comit to these effects during record
  3. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2005
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    If an instrument sounds good in the live mix when played with certain effects or EQ then go ahead and track it that way if you're getting a good recording of it. A guitar's tone can mean alot to the artist in terms of inspiring the vibe for an excellent performance. If it sounds good...record it.
  4. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Only reason I know of NOT to do everything "going in" is so one can more easily change it in the final mix. If what you have IS the final mix, record away...

    That said, no matter what you do you are not making irreversible recordings here(Are you?). If you do it and don't like it... ahh... make some changes and do it again, any which way you like -- and again, and again, and again - until you do.

    Sounds like the nerves are getting the better of you?

    Calm down. Deep breath now..... In through the nose, out through the mouth..... Yesss... Feel better? Good...

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