Recording software offers
truly excellent virtual amp and instrument
sounds, which makes it an easy decision
to abandon miking source sounds.
And, let’s face it, there’s also trepidation
amongst some home-studio engineers
that they won’t be able to capture
fabulous miked tracks without kick-ass
gear and a great-sounding room. Get
over it! Here’s how to wield mics with
no fear, and add dimensional impact to
your homegrown tracks.
Just because you don’t live in a big, commercial
studio doesn’t mean that all the
recording environments in your home are
crap. Even the tiniest apartment has spots
that offer a “clean” sound without obnoxious
reflections, noise leakage, or other
sonic gremlins. Take the time to seek out
these optimum areas.
Minimize the effects of less-than-stellar
room sounds by close-miking amps,
instruments, and vocals. You can always
add ambience with signal processing.
Record through as clean a signal path as
you can. Avoid compression, EQ, and other
gizmos—just stick the mic in front of the
source sound and dig the organic bliss.
Just Do It!
Some musicians are always saving up for
the “right” mic or preamp, and, as a result,
no miking ever gets done. Well, using
stunning gear is always a treat, but, trust
me, brilliant recordings can be made with
inexpensive tools. Use your noggin, be creative,
outfox limitations, and you’ll likely
record something amazing—even if it’s
with a $49 Radio Shack mic.