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Preparation Makes for the Best Recordings

When I was first getting into recording, there was a lot of talk about whether gear or engineering skills had the most impact on the quality of a recording.  A lot of newbies (like me) were setting up home studios and we had to decide how to spend our budgets[…]

matt levings one mic recording

Recording Acoustic Guitar and Vocals with One Mic

I’m loving these Songsmiths recordings. Songs played in their simplest form captured by one mic. Simple, beautiful. Recording acoustic guitar and a vocal with one mic eliminates the phase issues that can crop up when using separate mics on voice and instrument. In that 2-mic scenario, each mic picks up[…]

hayley recording audition on my home piano

Hayley Chooses Living Room Over Studio

14-year-old Hayley chose to play the piano in my house for her Songsmiths audition instead of recording in the studio (eish, but the piano needs a bit of attention, sorry). I set up my portable recording device on top of the piano where it could capture more voice than instrument, and[…]