Here’s how to get fancy recording demos — and also tips for good sound regardless of your approach.
- This is the big time… the only that separates you from the experts is how expensive your gear is and how much experience you have doing good recordings
- Typical tracks:
- One mic per vocalist (maybe dynamic due to bleed?)
- Usually at least one mic on each guitar amp (could be more)
- At least a DI line from the bass player
- Anywhere from one to MANY mics for drums
- Lines from keyboards
- Room mic for ambience (optional but cool for thickening, esp. drums)
- (Some folks will wait and do the vocals later)
- Need an interface that will handle all those mics! (sometimes an interface + an add-on with more inputs)
- Get a good signal on each input (avg about -15 dB, don’t ever hit the red)
- Cut down on the bad echoes and other junk by hanging blankets or other dampening materials
- At lower volumes or in some spaces this may be less of an issue… just a demo
- We are going to have a whole show on this down the road, for more than demos
- Worry about mixing it later!
- But leave plenty of time for this step 😉
- Using a real DAW for this is a good idea…
- Congratulations, you’re practically making an album now. Seriously.