It’s nerve racking enough to head into the studio. The anticipation of waiting for the recording engineer to hit record can be enough to make your heart race through the rough. We have some tips, a check list if you will, of things you need to check before you hit that record button. It just might take some of the stress out of your day!
You want to make sure that your instrument sounds the way you want in an acoustic setting, basically meaning in the room with you. What you play is what is going to be the base root for everything that flows into that computer for the engineer to later work with. If your guitar is out of tune or the tone doesn’t sound right to you, fix it before you start recording. It will save you time and money to fix the problem live, as opposed to the engineer trying to mess around with your recording to get the sound that you want.
Check out the microphone situation. Hopefully you went to a studio that knows what they are doing, but just so you have the knowledge, make sure they have the 3:1 rule and that any microphones that are underneath are set at a 90 degree angle.
Always check the microphones before you actually hit the record button. The engineer will be able to see and hear which microphones are not pulling their weight. The worst thing would for your tone to sound great acoustic, but the microphone pulls in something completely different. It’s always good to be sure before you start!
You want to double check and make sure that the microphones are the correct distance from your instruments. If they’re too far away, they’ll pick up too much of the room or other instruments. If they’re too close, the sound will be unbalanced with either too much attack or ring, and not enough of the body of the instrument. Walk around the player, put your finger in your ear, and find the spot that sounds the best. Remember, most instruments need some space for the sound to develop. The ambience from the surrounding area is a big part of the sound for most instruments.