Gotcha! You’ve mastered songs a lot. What do you want to do next? The next thing you may want to do after mastering a few songs on the guitar is to record it. Music recording is an art in which most jobs are technical. Music recording opens a way for the music to be played back and reproduce. When you record your songs, others can hear it (once more) including yourself.
There is loads of information to consider before jumping on the recording process. There are loads of mic’ing techniques to learn, types of microphones and preamps to use and process ideas to pay attention. What is often ignored are the fundamentals that under those techniques and choices you made. The recording space acoustics and the quality of the musician possesses are more important to put your mind in to define great sound recordings.
Learning how to record electric guitar does not need any of your master degree certificates. Everything can be done by anyone as long as the real foundation of making great recordings is followed attentively. Here, you will learn how to record electric guitar like a pro with a little effort to do so.
Tip 1 – Select the Right Guitar
Music recording is very different from playing the guitar for just fun. While amps, effects, and techniques are all important, selecting the right guitar for the job is also important. When you take recording into serious consideration you probably have to consider what type or kind of guitar you have to choose. To find the best guitar that is suitable for you and for the project, don’t be afraid to try it with more esoteric pickups. This will help you get a less generic sounding guitar.
Tip 2 – Go Natural
Try to take a more simple approach to your amp setup. There is loads of amps setup in the audio but you don’t have to make things complicated especially if it is your first time recording. You can start on picking simple amps and other pieces of equipment, fire them and go on. At first, you may don’t want to use a lot of effects. Having a cool natural sound when practicing, is a fine start. Going natural will reveal the real sound in the recording. This is how you can make adjustments best.
Tip 3 – Try Doubling Up
Doubling rhythm parts is what most recording pros did. Try to do the same too. Don’t just double the rhythm parts but the lead solos as well. Doubling up is sometimes hard. It becomes even harder when bends and faster sections arrive. Moreover, doing so takes time so make sure to cover it while you are at your first step. You can do this with ease by doubling the part right after you have just finished a song as it is still fresh in your mind.
Tip 4 – Go straight but with a Limit
Recording electric guitar can be illustrated as like as a student life. If you want to pass the test, you probably have to study first. Always prepare yourself for the project and know what you are doing at every step. Do well in this by preparing and studying everything beforehand but be acquired with some limiting factors. In the recording, you have to go straight but try to limit pedals or effects or you will only mask the true essence of the sound.
Tip 5 – Proceed on Mic’ing, Tuning, and Timing
The electric guitar is the easiest recording equipment in the studio as it is already compressed. Have a dynamic mic and don’t do anything fancy with it. Point the mic straight at the amp or have to angle the thing slightly to achieve the sweet spot for it to sound great. The next thing you have to do is tuning and timing. Tuning can be done with your ears but people often overlook timing. As there are a lot of bands/singers who are not great players but have their timing nailed and had make the sound great, timing is important in recording.
Tip 6 – Make Everything Balance
Editing is not bad but for you to make everything balance, you have to know where to draw the line. If you have no idea knowing the right taste in balancing then you gonna have your time wasted. This is how important to find that so you can prevent spending too much time on editing. Stay your sight in the original feeling you are trying to create and try to get the best performance in the first place. You should be getting a song sounding good without loads of distortion and overdubs on it.
Tip 7 – Consider the Rule and Placement
Know what works. Place what’s right. The recording also has rules and one of them is your mic placement. Where you throw the mic in front of the cab depends on how many different EQ responses you want to get. A lot of music engineers throw the mic right on the grille for the purpose of getting or boosting bass. However, it depends on various cases. If you have a bit wider Studio, you can back it up about a few inches to get a more balanced EQ curve. Also, try spreading some proximity effect and throw all that garbage.
Tip 8 – Make Adjustments
Play the entire parts well. Whether it is your first time recording or not, making an adjustment is important. See to it that everything fits. If you have recorded sound that sucks from the beginning, it surely sucks at the end and that’s very frustrating. Well, no one can perform a very well song in one pass, especially those beginners but every can fit them up. Start recording a little bit a time until you gradually got it better and better.
Tip 9 – Refined what’s already Fine
When you’re done and want to replay the result, there would be some part in which others don’t like. Try changing them. However, if it sounds good to you, don’t punch in or get caught up in little details. Just remember the parts you like and play the whole thing again. Repeat the process if necessary just like what engineers did. Give your best in every part of recording you take. Be careful in every sound you record, one damage can damage the whole track.
Tip 10 – Aim for Perfection
Practice everything over again. Do the recording once more. No one can make it perfect at once so keep on practicing until you got it best. When you prepare, prepare it once more. When you practice, practice it once more. By the time, your effort will open a door for perfection. Have fun in making this experience.
There is a number of ways to capture the sound of your electric guitar these days. We picked just 10 of them – the best of them. By following the tips mentioned above, great recordings can be made every day. No hassle, no worries, no wastes. Whether you are a pro guitarist, dedicated engineer or simply a dreamer who wants to record electric guitar at its best, it’s your time to start recording like an expert.