Songs are now being recorded in home settings with high quality results. The secrets of home recording cover some common mistakes and how to avoid them. The first mistake mentioned is the tendency to buy expensive equipment only to use it in a poor environment. Working to establish an appropriate room to record has a huge impact on the quality of vocals. A concept related to environment is next on the list and recommends avoiding closets. Recording in an area that is too small results in comb filtering, which is the term for sounds becoming thin with questionable texture. The remaining items on the list and a conclusion from the author provide more information to ensure high quality and avoid unintentional effects.
- While being in a small space provides less audible decay, it means more comb filtering, which thins out the sound
- Going for quick and easy acoustic treatments is always a mistake, but the real deal can also be affordable such as with rigid fiberglass
- Once you have the treatment picked, it’s placement is key as you want to typically have the material behind you so the mic will not pick up those reflections
“The biggest mistake people make is buying an expensive mic and an expensive preamp and putting it in an improperly treated room or closet.”