Today, I want to take things a bit more advanced and give you some tips on how to deal with guitar recording software and various problems that you might encounter.
At the same time, I do realize that doing this via text only won’t probably be very useful. That’s why what I’m actually going to do is link to some cool YouTube videos by Recording Revolution.
One of the interesting revelations for me when trying to record my guitar for the first time was the amount of work that had to be done in a DAW software (Digital Audio Workstation) before it sounds in even slightly decent.
By the way, if you’re not familiar with DAWs, you can look into guitar recording software like Audacity, Sonar, Pro Tools, or Studio One.
In essence, to record anything, you just need 3 things: the DAW, some cables, and an audio box (an interface). Additionally, if you want to record your guitar from the amp rather than doing it over wire, you’ll also need a good mic and a proper sound-tuned room. Today, we’re not going to talk about it though. Instead, let’s focus on working with your recording software once you have your guitar track recorded.
Approach (a) – wide guitars and clarity
In this first video, Graham presents some tips on how to make your guitars sound really nice with some EQ work. You’ll learn how to bring some clarity into the mix and not make your guitars sound like a “big mushy mess” (his own words).
Approach (b) – guitars in the center
This one is about placing your guitar in the center of the mix. The traditional way of doing things was to go for a wide arrangement, but sometimes, putting the main guitar right in the middle can give you really nice effects.
Using virtual guitar amps and real guitar amps together
The next lesson is about making virtual amps and real amps coexist. Recording on both at the same time is a nice trick to make your guitar tone richer and more interesting, but actually pulling this off requires some practice.
How not to destroy your guitar tone
The last lesson talks about some of the dangers of recording your guitar amp from two mics simultaneously. In the following video, Graham presents one particular problem that you can stumble upon, and that is your mics being out of phase with each other.
Although I know these four videos are basically just scratching the surface when it comes to working with guitar recording software, I believe that they can give you some valuable insights, especially if you’re thinking about sharing some of your music with your followers.