5 Top Audio Recording Tips
Before recording your audio I’d like to give you my 5 top tips on audio recording so that you can get the most out of your takes. Rather be prepared with the best tips before pressing the red button! Let’s go through them and get your audio recordings top notch!
- Make Sure your Audio Signal is not too hot
If you have turned the preamps too high, it will clip the signal. So make sure when monitoring your input signal that it’s not going into the red.
- Make Sure Your Audio Signal is not too soft
And this goes the same for it being too soft. If you record your signal too soft, you’ll find that you need to turn it up in the mix, and this will bring up the noise floor, which will be extra noise into your mix that doesn’t need to be there.
- Name your Tracks before Recording to them
Then the audio source file will have the same name. Better than keeping the default name like Audio-01. And then later trying to figure out what audio file is associated with which track.
- Record Two Parts of your Instruments or Source.
For example if you’re recording some guitars, record the part two. Both parts will be slightly different. And then you can pan the to different sides for interest in your mix.
Or if you record a vocal part, then second part you can mix in for extra interest in a specific section in the song. Like the chorus giving it a doubled effect.
- Use Punch-In Recording.
Use the punch in recording feature in your DAW. This is a great way to retain the energy and dynamics of your recorded part. Start playing with your audio before the punch in locator and then it can match the levels of your previous part.
That’s my 5 top tips on audio recording. I find these always work for me and keep me on track with getting the best out of my takes, so here’s to helping you do the same.