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Writing a music band or Home Recording

Many musical groups playing at one level or another, sooner or later, are faced with the need to record their work.
There may be various reasons for this.
Someone wants to record a team’s rehearsal for the subsequent “debriefing” in order to get rid of errors that may be noticeable to the listener, but which are difficult to detect directly during the rehearsal.
Someone wants to “run” the program at rehearsals and leave a record, for example, to familiarize invited musicians. They also write demos that can serve as rough material for future studio sessions, or are designed to create a general impression of the material for other people.
Someone writes an album or composition in order to get a fully finished product at the output.

Many young groups are faced with the problem of recording, or rather, the problem of value for money. The vast majority of the bases on which young teams rehearse, unfortunately, cannot provide the desired level of demo recording. The reasons may be different. This is not a very high-quality apparatus for musicians, but it’s not a secret for anyone that if the quality of what is being recorded is low, then it’s impossible to improve it with any “improvers”, you can only “gloss over” and mask it, but it will mask nothing, because everything will sound just bad. Or, even if you have good instrumental amplifiers, a drum kit, vocal microphones and a suitable recording room, in short, a decent sound at rehearsals, all this can be ruined by the elementary unpreparedness of the equipment for recording. A lot of factors can play a role here, starting with the sound of instruments and ending with just the bad work of the sound engineer.

If a team has its own rehearsal base, then as a rule the maximum amount of money is invested precisely in getting a good sound during rehearsals and in creating comfortable conditions for musicians, but, as a rule, the collective does not think about recording material at all or thinks in the least. As a result – the same inability to get a high-quality demo record.

Of course, there is also the option of recording in a serious studio, but a serious studio will require serious money, in which young musicians are usually limited. That is, the ability to use a professional recording studio is often swept away for purely financial reasons.

In general, the picture is as follows: a group of young musicians, which has several ready-made, arranged and rehearsed things, which does not have a lot of money and its own studio. But there is a desire (and a very strong one!) To realize their ideas and convey to people who do not attend rehearsals and do not listen to the team alive.

In this article I will try to acquaint you with how you can, using your home studio and its capabilities, make a good demo of a group that focuses on live sound.

Such a group in theory can be represented by the following composition of musicians, which, of course, may differ from the one given here. So, we have vocals, guitar, bass, drums and keyboards.

You can immediately say that the guitar and keyboards can be recorded in a home studio without any problems (see the article “Home Guitar Recording”). If you try (and you will have to try anyway), you can also record a bass player. But two tools remain that require a special approach to recording.

Let’s start with the drums. In general, we have four paths. The first way: we go to the base or studio, put maximum effort into recording the drums and write them there. Then we bring the record we got home (although the concept of a “home studio” does not mean that the computer should be at home — it can easily fit in the same studio) and cut into the arrangement. That is, we get a few tracks that the drummer will play in the studio. Actually, this method is the most obvious, but the most expensive, because you have to pay for studio time, pay for the work of a sound engineer, etc. It can also be very difficult to find a studio where they can record drums with decent quality, without having to give the last money for the recording.

The second way is to use electronic drums for recording. This refers to an electronic installation (for example, Roland V-Drums) and a sound module with the necessary sounds, or a plug-in with drums. In this case, we are no longer dependent on the quality of the instrument, its sound and the room in which the recording takes place. But, firstly, such settings are quite expensive (often cost comparable to a mid-level proprietary installation), and secondly, the drummer is already constrained by electronic sounds and Midi instructions, so the sound of such drums will be less natural than the sound of a real installation . Although modern tools allow you to get just amazing results. I personally use the DFH Superior plugin.

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