Careless recordings

This morning, I set up my microphone in my living room and, in the moments between buses driving past, I played my classical guitar.

I’ve mentioned before that Track 3 is a bit of a non-song. I’m not keen on it, but I’m stuck with it, as I don’t have the time to write a song to replace it. I figured I might as well try something different, so I mixed things up a little by recording the guitar parts with my classical guitar. I originally wrote the music with electric guitars in mind, and wrote an energetic drum beat for the chorus which probably won’t work so well any more, but whatevs!

They say that when producing music, nothing is more important than having great recordings to begin with. No matter how good you might be at mixing and mastering a track, you can’t polish a poo.

In the other songs that required guitars, I plugged an electric guitar straight into the computer (maybe going via some effect pedals), but I wanted to use my classical guitar this time. Classical guitars with their nylon strings can sound wonderfully wholesome and earthy. But since there is no direct way to plug one into the computer, you can’t avoid using a microphone, and it is easy for unwanted noise to get into the recording.

There are all kinds of factors to consider. It is often desirable to “deaden” the room by hanging blankets on the walls to absorb sound reflections. Reverb would be added later on to make it sound like your song was recorded in a concert hall or a cathedral or a canyon or whatever you’re into. But I’ve also read that acoustic guitars should be recorded in a real-sounding room, whatever that means. I don’t know. So much information, so little time to experiment and figure it out for myself. It’s overwhelming.

It takes lots of practice to hear sounds properly. No point stressing out, I reminded myself, and I just pointed a microphone at my guitar and played it.

So now I’ve pretty much ticked off everything on my to-do list for the writing and recording stage of the project, and just in time! Tomorrow is the start of week 9 and I am going to start mixing all my bits and pieces together into something amazing! (Positive thinking!!)


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