If you’re reading this, chances are pretty high that you don’t have an ideal space for your recording and mixing. As the most of the people, you’re probably in your home, basement, bedroom, or office maybe.
If that’s the case, then you have to be aware of the fact that the room in which you’re recording, wasn’t built to be a recording studio. Walls, floors and design were not designed to minimize the sound from the outside, or reducing the sound from the inside.
Well, these days a lot of people is making great recordings at home. And how do they make it? Well there’s a couple of things to keep in mind..
First thing is, if you have any bare walls in your room, you need to get as far away from them, as you can.
And why is that?
Because bare room walls reflect sound. If you’re for example trying to record acoustic guitar in your room, and the wall is near your microphone, that’s not good. The microphone will pick up the sound coming out from the guitar, and then, it will pick up the sound which reflected from the wall, back into your microphone.
If you have any bookshelves on the wall, or any shelves with clothes, that will reduce your sound, but still don’t get to close to it.
Just keep in mind to get away from the bare walls. Sometimes it can be the center of your room, and then watch out for maybe some weird sustains from all sides around you. It could happen, so check it out before you start recording for real.
Another thing to keep in mind, is that the microphones are not smart like our ears. Our ears hear the sound, and they have the brain to help them to process that sound, but microphones don’t have brains, so they can’t process it, and observe it.
For example if you are in a room with multiple people talking multiple conversations. You’re listening to all of them, but your brain will help you to highlight the conversation you really wish to hear, or you want to hear the most.
So you can focus on one special thing you want to hear, but microphones can’t do that. They hear all that comes to them, and they can’t control it. Microphone will hear everything that touches it, and the loudest source of sound is going to hear the most. So you need to get close to your microphone, because then you’ll probably be the loudest, and your microphone will hear you the most.
The only problem with this can be a proximity effect which is very often on cardioid microphones. Also, cardioid microphones are the most common microphones for people to have. The closer something is to the microphone, the more bass response it will create. That’s proximity effect.
Also, the closer you get to the microphone, the more variance on the signal you’ll have. And in that case you shouldn’t move back and front while singing. So, this is a bit tricky for vocals. But it’s helpful for the other things. And it will help the microphone to hear only you, and not the reflection.
Also another smart thing to do, and most people forget about it, is to use the back of your microphone. Cardioid microphones which most people have, pick up the sound from the front. The most of the sound will primarily reject to the back of the microphone.
So what’s your task?
To see what’s the sound in the room (or coming from the outside) which disturbs you the most, and then when you find it, put the back of your microphone towards that sound. So in that way you’ll have a clearer picture in front of your microphone, and also you’ll reject the most disturbing sound, and you’ll get away from the bare walls.
So don’t forget to point the back of the microphone against the loudest thing which disturbs you.
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