Looking for a great all around go-to studio microphone? Then put the Rode NT1a (or newly updated NT1) on your list. In the wake of last week’s article on affordable microphones vs expensive microphones I thought I would share one of my all time favorite affordable mics. For around $200 US, you really can’t go wrong with having one of these in your mic locker. Check out the review and sound sample at the end.
Have a great loop, but don’t know what to do with it? If you think like an arranger and producer you can actually create a rich and dynamic song built around a simple 4 or 8 bar loop. This summer I wrote and recorded an entire song around a simple guitar loop I created and I want to share some of my approach in hopes that it might spark your creativity.
So just this week my band released our most recent EP entitled Lower. It’s a simple 5 song album that was tracked, mixed, and mastered in my own project studio. I thought today I would not only share it with you, but highlight a few lessons (good and bad) that I learned from this specific project.
Less Is More
I would say the biggest lesson that was re-enforced on this project was that less is more in the recording phase. I think I did this well when it came to guitars. During the tracking process I kept stripping away guitar parts until we were left with the absolute foundational parts. This made the songs easier to mix and they sounded bigger in the long run. Go figure.
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Last year my band at church decided to record a few Christmas songs. More than that, we wanted to track it all together live, with only 8 inputs. The process was a fun challenge and I documented a little bit of hit here. Today I wanted to share that Christmas EP with you for free and also offer three critical lessons I learned from the experience that might prove fruitful in your recording endeavors.
1. You Can Get A Monster Drum Sound With Just 3 Microphones
I think my biggest surprise (a pleasant one) with this project was just how big and balanced of a drum sound we captured using only three mics. This tracking session is what officially sold me on the recorderman overhead approach, mostly because we got such a solid snare and tom sound in the overheads. With no close mics other than on kick drum, the overheads had to capture the cymbals cleanly but also maintain the punch and snap of the snare and toms.
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In case you were confused, I like making music in my home studio. There’s an inherent sense of satisfaction that comes from achieving quality recordings in a humble environment. Sure it has it’s challenges, but hey, it’s the future of music and I’m all about this recording revolution we are living in.
Gotta Love The Home Studio
This week my band released our latest original EP, Grace And Truth, and it was a total home grown project. From recording drums in my dining room to using half real guitar amps and half amp modelers, it was a total DIY effort. For more details and discussion on how things went down, be sure to listen to this episode of the Simply Recording Podcast.
In the mean time, here’s a track from the EP for your listening pleasure. If you like what you hear, feel free to download your own copy from iTunes. Just click the image below! Thanks in advance for your support!
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Looking for some new Christmas music this season? Well look no further. My band just released a brand new EP featuring our spin on three classic Christmas tunes and you can download it right now!
Stripped Down and Simple
This EP was fun to record because we decided to track it all together, live. We literally setup shop in someone’s house (living room and dining room), put up 3 mics on the drums, one on the acoustic, one on the electric amp, and ran the bass direct. We rehearsed a bit, and then laid it down a few times into Pro Tools.
It felt super laid back and old school. We had to “get it right” at the source and that kind of pressure helped us to perform well (in my humble opinion). We added a few extras to the mixes as we wrapped things up, but over all this project was a quick, simple, and stripped down recording experience. Take a listen to one of the tracks if you like!
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