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Recording at Home – How to Choose a Microphone

Recording at Home – How to Choose a Microphone It’s time for another Beat Lab Blog Series! In this series of articles, we’ll be covering topics focusing on recording at home. Though most of the world seems to be handling the COVID pandemic well enough to beat lockdown, here in sunny California many of us are back inside. As long as we are why not share some tips on the recording process? In this article, we’ll cover one of the basics of recording from anywhere, choosing a microphone! There are many styles and options when it comes to microphones, and we’ll break down the basics for you. We’ll share some links to options sold on Amazon, if you happen to purchase via any of those links we’ll earn a small commission which will help us beat this large economic downturn. Carry on below!     So, you want to start …

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Harmonize It! – 6 Tips for Recording Better Background Vocals

Harmonize It! – 6 Tips for Recording Better Background Vocals If you’re making music with vocals and want to spruce it up a bit a good place to start is by adding background vocals. Background vocals can play the supporting role, be used for call and response, beef up a chorus, or simply add harmony to choice parts of a song. No matter how you use your background vocals, there are many different ways to actually record them and each method will warrant specific results. 1. Layering Tracks The most common technique (and simplest) is using the same microphone your lead just used, then layering the tracks, this technique is especially useful if you are limited to one microphone. Even if you only have one microphone that doesn’t mean you have to have the same exact sound as your lead, if you have more than one option for preamps/compressors/EQs (hardware or …

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Balling On A Budget: Getting the Most Out Of Your Home Studio

Balling On A Budget: Getting the Most Out Of Your Home Studio   As modern music producers, we are blessed with many options for our creative tools and we all have gear we dream of being able to work with. While higher quality gear gives you higher quality sounds right out of the gate, it is not the missing ingredient of your music creation. YOU are the most important ingredient! An intimate knowledge of your setup and the sounds it gives you will take you further than an expensive piece of gear. Knowing your setup will also translate to understanding any other setup, and implementing expensive gear whenever you’re able will be the icing on the cake. Below we’ll cover some budget options to get your home studio up and running, as well as what to understand about the gear to get the most out of it.     Whether you have …

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3 Free Ways To Vastly Improve Your Mix Before You Press Record

3 Free Ways To Vastly Improve Your Mix Before You Press Record Recently, Ross Hughes from Pro Tools Expert went over techniques to improve your records before you even get into the intricacies of what kind of gear and software to use. I felt it would be useful to go over them here since we don’t always spend enough time mastering the basics of making records. And we always need a reminder that our ears are one of the most important pieces of gear we use. Some of the greatest drum sounds, guitar sounds, and vocal sounds ever have been achieved using these techniques, and they’re free!   The Room Matters Whether you are in a fully sound proofed, “dead” room or a lively room with all hard surfaces – instruments are going to sound different at different positions throughout the room. Take some time to listen to your instrument at …

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