Thoughts on recording music

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There is quite a bit of difference between recording music and just playing by yourself or with a group of friends.

I noticed many years ago when invited to the home recording studio of a friend of mine. I put on the headset and boy I’ll tell you the experience was scary. All of a sudden when I spoke I could hear myself through the headset. That was a sensation that took some serious getting used to. There was absolutely no latency so it was like another person was talking to me it was really weird

The next thing I noticed is that the microphones were hugely sensitive. Every noise that my fingers made on the instrument were transmitted into the recording system. That brings me to when I actually started playing I thought I was a pretty good guitarist when I went over there and when I started actually laying down tracks for the music I was recording I was so intimidated and I began to question my musical abilities. I was asking myself “ do I really have any business calling myself a guitarist? “

My friend suggested we take a break. We have had some success on some of the simple tracks and he explained to me that yes I was still very much the guitarist that I was before I walked into the studio but recording is a much different business. Recording even the simplest instrumental track requires immense concentration if you’re going to do it well. Every little nuance is picked up on those microphones and what you play becomes permanent. You have to concentrate very hardMy friend suggested we take a break. We have had some success on some of the simple tracks and he explained to me that yes I was still very much the guitarist that I was before I walked into the studio but recording is a much different business. Recording even the simplest instrumental track requires immense concentration if you’re going to do it well. Every little nuance is picked up on those microphones and what you play becomes permanent. You have to concentrate very hardMy friend suggested we take a break. We have had some success on some of the simple tracks and he explained to me that yes I was still very much the guitarist that I was before I walked into the studio but recording is a much different business. Recording even the simplest instrumental track requires immense concentration if you’re going to do it well. Every little nuance is picked up on those microphones and what you play becomes permanent. You have to concentrate very hard in order to lay down a successful multi track recording.

Once I started becoming comfortable with the recording environment it gradually became easier and less intimidating and I was able to concentrate and lay down the tracks I wanted to make. I no longer have that recording we burned it onto a CD mini mini years ago and I have long since lost it. in the grand scheme of things it wasn’t all that great but it was a great experience in the furthering of my musical development.in the grand scheme of things it wasn’t all that great but it was a great experience in the furthering of my musical development.

Fast forward a couple of years. I was able to acquire an inexpensive digital workstation. It’s actually a handheld unit that looks something like a Tayser because of the condenser microphones on the end of it but don’t be fooled by it’s tiny size. This thing is powerful and has a lot of great tools. There are some recordings on the aforementioned YouTube channel using this four track system

It isn’t just the recording studio. The prospect of doing a homebrew recording of some thing that you’re planning to show other people can also prove to be very daunting. When you are recording yourself you begin to notice all the little idiosyncrasies of your playing or singing and you start to ask yourself “do I really sound like that? “ what you learn to do is realize that you’ve always sounded like that you’re just really hearing it for the first time.

A couple of thoughts crossed my mind. Recording yourself is an excellent practice tool in your musical development. Even if you’re not planning to show your recordings to others, you can get an idea of what you might sound like to others this will give you some ideas of where you can improve

The other thought that I have is that anyone considering becoming a professional musician should definitely get into the recording aspect as soon as possible. you may want to record in someone else’s studio or invest as I did in some modest recording equipment but whatever way you do it you should get into it. It takes getting used to and it does take concentration but it does get easier. It will improve your playing and it will challenge your creative process

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