Posts tagged recording
Room Mics

I was on a miserable train coming home from London and I remember reading an article in our then music bible, the NME in which Rick Rubin was saying that they “didn’t use any reverb on the drums so far”, and then later hearing the Red Hot Chili Peppers record drum sound with this massive reverb all over it. “Lyin’ Rick!” I thought. Every time Chad Smith hit the snare - kerrrblamm!

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Back Up

This topic is boring, I know, but they aren’t going to tell you this one at recording school. But let me share a couple of tales of woe to convince you to do what you should be doing anyway…

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Credits

credits are one of the things that got me into this mess in the first place. I'd get a new record, throw it on for a listen, tear apart the packaging and pore over the liner notes, reading who did what and where…

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How loud should I record?

read a lot of crap on the internet, and people have been confused since the onset of digital about what level is best to record. On tape, it was a little complicated. You were recording high enough to stay away from the noise floor, but low enough to avoid distortion, and the side effects were kind of level and source AND machine dependent; maybe you wanted to to over-record the snare to get some tape compression…

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