A year or so ago, I was watching a video from Ronan’s Recording Show.

Ronan talked about how he’s getting more and more into video stuff. He had invested in a mid-level “prosumer” video camera, and he was experimenting with ways to capture high-quality video without a super-expensive camera.

He packed up his camera and went to a professional video set. There were several different “scenes” set up, each with really colorful props and all the proper lighting.

What happened?

The video he captured on his camera looked just as good as the video from the multi-thousand dollar high-end cameras. (If not “just as good,” there wasn’t a hugely noticeable difference.)

The conclusion?

The environment was much more important than the equipment. With the proper lighting, Ronan was able to capture a really good shot, even with an “inferior” camera.

But what does that teach us about audio?

Your recordings need better lighting, not necessarily a better camera.

In other words, if you spend more time getting the “scene” right, it almost doesn’t matter what gear you use to capture it.

A great-sounding amp in a great-sounding room will sound great whether you use a $100 SM57 or a $3,000 Neumann.

Next time you’re getting ready to record something, imagine that your mic is a camera and ask yourself, “Do I need better props and lighting?”

Better props might include:

  • a better guitar
  • a better performance (meaning more rehearsal)
  • a better part (maybe the musician needs to play something different)

Better lighting might include:

  • more absorption (it doesn’t have to be fancy foam; blankets can work great)
  • a different room
  • a different mic placement

If you take the time to think this way, your recordings will inevitably get better.

Ronan is a great recording engineer with lots of audio experience. I’m interviewing him Thursday evening on a live webinar for my VIP members.

Five bucks gets you in, plus you get access to all previous and future interviews and videos, plus some freaky cool bonuses.

It’s all explained here:


See you Thursday…