Let’s get into some microphone placement techniques. Assuming you’re using a dynamic microphone such as a Shure SM57, here are some general rules and guidelines to keep in mind. Assuming you’re using a dynamic microphone such as a Shure SM57, here are some general rules and guidelines to keep in mind ...
Recently, I had the great fortune to be invited to the John Lennon Bus to participate in a very cool and unique recording session. In January 2011, I checked out the bus and learned what the organization is all about at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim. The bus is essentially a state-of-the-art recording studio that’s outfitted with all the latest and greatest equipment for recording audio and video -- and it ROLLS, baby!
When I think back to when I was 13 or so growing up and learning to play guitar, there were definitely some moments of discovery that I consider key in my musical journey. The first time I heard Van Halen was one of those moments. It wasn’t only the fact that the songs kicked ass or even David Lee Roth’s swaggering personality; it was the guitar! The guitar sounded HUGE!
With Collective Soul, I have to take a different approach when it comes to doubling since there are three guitar players in the band. What we usually do is to have each guy play his part using a completely different guitar/amp setup for each track. When it comes to solos or any melody bits, I’ll typically double them using my homemade amp so we have some options at mix-down.
Hey, check out this interview I did the other day with musician, producer, engineer and mixer extraordinaire Shawn Grove. He’s worked on every Collective Soul record since Dosage and is currently putting the finishing touches on the debut CD from Magnets And Ghosts featuring Dean Roland of Collective Soul and Ryan Potesta.
Hey, any Rush fans out there? A few years ago, I had the unique opportunity to do something really cool, something a Rush fan would definitely freak out over. My band Collective Soul had recently recorded a live concert DVD called Home, and the director invited us to his post-production studio to talk about the project.
Re-amping is basically the technique of recording a clean D.I.’d track straight out of your guitar and then later using a re-amping box such as Radial’s X-Amp to send it out of your DAW and to the amplifier of your choice.
Now let's touch briefly on the subject of recording levels and the importance of proper gain staging. If your signal chain consists of one mic into a pre and then into your recording interface, then it's pretty simple.