One of the most appealing aspects of listening to music is good audio clarity. If you’re into music production or aspiring to be an audio engineer, this is one fact you constantly need to be aware of, in order to produce the best quality sound every time.
We were drawn to this topic after kicking off the month of April with several queries from a few of our readers about the audio techniques used in some of the before and after examples on our homepage. Here at Tunedly, we take pride in making sure the producers and sound engineers on the team are trained and experienced in cranking out crystal clear audio when they work on a track. That’s why we have put together these smart April audio tips to last you a lifetime. Here goes…
Have a good recording space
No matter how good the equipment you are using or the strength of your voice, recordings will sound crappy if the room or area you’re working in is not acoustically conducive. There’s a reason why studios are built with special soundproofing and sound treatment features. And while your recording space may not necessarily be a studio, it’s a good idea to do some research in order to have an idea of the basic requirements you will need to ensure your area is good for recording sound.
Optimizing your space could mean the difference between creating a song demo that gets you a foot in the door, so to speak, and continuous rejections, even if you have a great song on your hands.
Choose microphones suited to your needs and of good quality
The quality of your microphones and the types you select can also affect the sound you produce. It isn’t always about getting the most expensive microphone setup either. It’s about getting the best microphones suited for what you want to do. For instance, a microphone that works great with your voice may not be good with recording a guitar or drum track.
Here again, you will need to do some research on types of microphones (condenser, dynamic; cardioid, omnidirectional; diaphragm size, etc.) and related equipment. With that said, be wary of stocking up on too many microphones. Use only what is absolutely needed for the purpose of your recording.
Practice and prepare
This is another April audio recording tip that is extremely important. As with anything else, some amount of practicing and preparation are necessary before you can hit your stride. Practice different setups and recording arrangements to see what works best for the sound you’re trying to achieve.
At the same time, prepare yourself vocally (if you’re going to be singing), tune instruments if you have to, and prep others on what will be required if you’re recording with other people. While the practice and preparation phase can be time-consuming, it will surely be worth it once you do it right and manage to produce some awesome-sounding audio.
Let’s face it, audio recording and production can be quite technical. It takes a good amount of practice and ear-training to start getting it right, and we haven’t even touched on the areas of mixing and mastering. It’s fine if you want to tackle this area of music making on your own. In fact, there are many successful music creators who do their own thing. On the other hand, if you aren’t getting it right, it’s best to leave it up to studio pros to provide you with a winning sound.
Thankfully, you don’t have to look too far. Tunedly puts you in touch with some of the world’s best session musicians and producers, to include mixing and mastering professionals. There’s also the possibility of landing a publishing deal and earning more royalties when you become a Tunedly member, so that’s another reason you might want to get on board.
And that’s our last April audio tip. Have fun!
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