audio tips

Howdy SEA Fans, welcome to another tiptuesday blog post and today we are sharing some basic principles one should keep in mind while recording and mixing a song.

Experienced Sound Engineering Professionals might not find these tips useful but we are sure that it will definitely be helpful for budding Sound Engineers.

Instrument Recording

1. Use a proper microphone for each and every instrument (choose the right one based on the type and model) and with the proper placement according to the condition of acoustics.

2. The level is quite important, keep an eye on the same during recording. During the recording of a Violin, if the level is set high microphone will pick up even the rubbing sound of the instrument. The level is actually different for every instrument and a Sound Engineer should be aware of the same.

3. Each instrument should have necessary clarity

4. Should not use excessive EQ because it will shape the tone and might change the pitch. EQ is leveraged to suit the prevailing acoustic conditions and it is not mandatory to use.

5. EQ is much more effective when mixing rather than during recording time.

Voice Recording

1. During voice recording using a proper microphone is very crucial.

2. Make sure that singers or vocal artists should stand steady in front of the microphone to avoid pitch change. If they move to and fro or towards sideways there will be a change in the pitch.

3. Take care of breathing and pop sound, you can use popup blocker but it is not effective for strong blows.

Mixing

The mixing techniques can are mentioned below are not must follow rules, the working principles can according to the mixing engineer.

1. During mixing you can add a reverb or delay. (add less reverb for percussion instruments and more reverb in high pitch instruments)

2. One should be able to hear the instruments properly in the music and voice should have more presence in otherwords voice should some front in the mix.

3. Compression can be used if necessary.

4. After mixing one should to check the phasing of stereo signals.

There is always a misconception that everything can be adjusted in the mix, but you cant. Go for a retake if you are not confident enough.

Your recording should be of good quality otherwise there is little chance of correcting it during Mixing.

Above all the experience & talent of the recordist, acoustics of the studio and system which you are using plays a very important role to bring out a better production.

Hope you have found the above-discussed tips useful and you share more tips with us as comment below.

Happy Sound Engineering