Adding Analog Warmth

Adding Analog Warmth

Hi, I know that we are all in the Digital era of recording our music using modern audio interfaces with great quality AD/ DA convertors, but no matter we have high end gears, we still lack that smooth Analog tape Saturation tone in our mixes. That’s why all the major Audio Plug-in companies sell Analog Tape Saturation plugins to use in our Digital Recording medium, one of my favourite Analog recorder is the STUDER 24- track machine and TASCAM 4- Track Open Reel recorders. I still cant forget the tone how it sounds great. Please do what the video of how the Reel are manufactured and used.

How to record guitar sound?

How to record guitar sound? 

Everyone who walks into my studio ask me this question. 

Guitarist: How to record guitar sound and how do I get that great BIG ROCK sound of my electric guitar sound of my cabinet tone?

Digi Sound Studio: My goto answer is MIC the Guitar to your cabinet!

Guitarist: What mic is the Best?

Digi Sound Studio: Any Mic will do its Job!

Guitarist: What!!!

 

Digi Sound Studio: YES, Trust me,  You can get that BIG Rock Sound using any mic , it can be a dynamic or a condenser mic or both. There is no special mic manufactured for specific need. The Big Secret is your Mic Techniques and how you place it! And with some small adjustment in your DAW , you can create THAT awesome sound of your guitar!

To know more about this, Join our Audio Engineering Course now. 

Call us at 9884145966 or Email at : babalkp@gmail.com

Mic Pre and Compressor

Hi Folks,

Many people have this question of using a Hardware compressor or a software compressor in their recording chain. 

Mic Pre & Compressor

Well, it all depends on how you want to record in your DAW. Remember, mostly your MicPre signal is recorded dry in your Signal path straight into your DAW without any processing. What we all do in the insert are all POST work not PRE.  So if you want your compressor to act during the recording stage, you will need a Hardware Compressor in your chain like your old school console style of tracking (Recording). 

But be sure of the correct settings in your compressor before you hit the RECORD button! Later, this take cannot be UN-DONE! 

One Simple TIP which i do during Recording:

  1. Record MIC 1 directly using your PREAMP straight into your DAW
  2. Recording MIC 2 using the Hardware COMPRESSOR and then to your DAW

By doing this, you will have 2 audio Tracks, so that you can blend or decide which you want in your Project.

 

Good Headphones for Recording

Good Headphones for Recording

Hi folks,

Many of my friends ask me a common question when they walk into my studio. “Which one is a good Headphones for Recording?”

My goto answer is Sennheiser HD280 Pro for recording in the Studio. Not because I am using! Its because this type of headphones are called CLOSED PACK Headphones for session recordings. It holds your ears very tightly and cancels your external noise entering your headphones and also mainly prevents headphones leakage into your mic. So this is very popularly used in many studios.

Also I recommend replacing the Headphones EAR PADS as they get dirty and worn out of heavy usage, check these photos which shows damaged ear pads and replaced with new ones which can be done ourselves.

damaged-earpads hd-280-pro hd-280-headphones hd-280-pro

Voice over Recording

Voice over Recording

Recording a Voice over for video, short film. E-book or a documentary is challenge for a sound engineer. Rather than focusing on Mic Pre’s and which plugins to use for the Voice chain, It is more important to concentrate creating a comfortable ambience for the voice over artistes. Here are some simple points follow to record a good voice over.

  1. Have enough well lit light for the artiste
  2. Place the mic steady so that it does not cover the Script
  3. You can use a condenser mic or even a Dynamic mic for Voice over
  4. Keep a bottle of water for the artiste and make them comfortable

Following these simple tasks we can achieve great results in our recording voice for any purpose. Here are some of my goto plugins for an voice over.

  • Avid’s EQ7 stock plugin – to filter out the LF from the room
  • Avid’s Dyn3 Compressor – to maintain at a constant level
  • Avid’s Desser – to remove the HF “Esses” from the words if its really hitting your ears!

Here is my studio setup for typical Voice over recording. For recording your Voice over, Please call 9884145966 or if you want to learn the art of Recording Voice,  call us at 9884145966 or email at babalkp@gmail.com

DSC_0038 Mic Voice Over setup

Vocal Microphone Technique

VOCAL MICROPHONE TECHNIQUE

Hi there,

Many people ask me this common question. Which is the best mic for Vocal Recording? This is one of the tough question to answer them!

I always tell them the same thing which i teach here for my students. Whether you use a normal Dynamic mic or a Condenser mic with a basic audio interface, its fully dependent on the ROOM you record. That’s the BIG SECRET. Any condenser mic can receive from 20Hz to 20 KHz right… So it means it can capture almost everything we hear in the place were its placed! so many starters, bedroom studio owners etc., tell that they receive external noise, its too boomy, its picking my traffic sound, birds sounds etc…

neumann condensor mic

 

YES, this is true! How can this be solved? How to get a broadcast sound studio quality sound even with your Shure SM58? Do I require a high end mic pre like Neve, API or SSL?

Dynamic mic

All can be done by just using a Dynamic mic or a basic condenser mic and just buy using your basic audio interface.

If you wanted to know more about on how to record Vocie over, Vocal recording for a song etc or do voice dubbuing for a short film etc. Join our recording Course now. Contact 9884145966 or email us at babalkp@gmail.com