The other day I had a songwriting session with my buddy Joel. At the end of the session, I set up a mic to record the song we had written.
(This was just to capture the song so we wouldn’t forget it.)
I set up a single mic, grabbed some headphones, did a quick level check, and recorded.
In the headphones, the balance between my voice and the guitar sounded fine. When I listened back later I realized the guitar was MUCH louder.
No big deal, it was just a scratch recording.
But I was intrigued.
Then I remembered a vocal session I had a few years ago.
I was recording by myself, and I somehow managed to sing an ENTIRE VOCAL TAKE into the BACK of the microphone.
How can this happen?
How can I possibly not notice this while I was singing?
Answer: At the time, I was a MUSICIAN, not a recording engineer.
The two can’t really coexist.
I was focused on the performance, not the recording.
If you’re like me (both the musician and the engineer), the solution to this little predicament is to develop a healthy distrust of yourself.
When you’re performing, you can’t make critical recording decisions.
Separate the two.
Record/perform first. Then analyze/listen.
Rinse and repeat.
A lot of my VIP training material is centered around helping you record your own music in your own studio.
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