I’ve got a random announcement, but first a story…
I spoke at an event a couple years ago. One of the other speakers gave an epic rant that stuck with me. I’ll summarize it for you.
Imagine you’re in the studio recording the next Jimi Hendrix. As he’s warming up on guitar, you can tell he’s about to record something epic, something heroic. What you don’t know is that he’s going to fall over dead after playing one take.
I hope you don’t ruin it.
There are plenty of ways to mess up a recording, but there are only two ways to ruin it.
Heck, you could…
- use too much EQ on the guitar
- accidentally record the room mic instead of the mic on the amp
- compress the track too much
- have the mic FACING THE WRONG DIRECTION
None of these options would be ideal, but at least you captured Lil’ Jimi’s final performance. It could go on to be one of the most famous guitar recordings in history.
But if you did one of the following, you blew it.
Option #1 — You didn’t record the take. Maybe you forgot to press record. Maybe you thought he was just messing around. Either way you missed a huge opportunity. I’ve heard of engineers who will set up mics and press record before the musicians arrive, just to make sure they capture everything, in case something awesome happens while musicians are setting up.
Option #2 — You clipped the converter. This is the big one. For some reason, so many people are obsessed with setting their recording levels as loud as possible. There’s literally no reason to record that hot. You only risk clipping the converter, and that sounds nasty. It can’t be removed or fixed. It’s baked into the track, and the track is forever ruined.
It may seem ridiculously simple, but sometimes the simple things are the most important. Don’t overcook your tracks. Record at conservative levels. Once it clips, you’re done.
Mountain Recording Retreat
The guy who went on the rant about avoiding clipping? His name is Ronan Chris Murphy.
I’ve known Ronan since the early days of Home Studio Corner. He’s a great guy and has worked with some major bands and artists over the years.
He’s hosting a Mountain Recording Retreat in West Virginia in May.
5 nights of audio classes, listening sessions, hanging out, playing guitar, and maybe even golf?
And the best part? Ronan invited ME to come be a part of it. I’ll be teaching a few classes and hanging out all week.
Your ticket includes lodging and meals.
Ronan said there are only a few spaces left, so if you want to attend, click the link below to find out more details.
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Joe “Can’t Pull Off ‘Later Skater’” Gilder
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