An Intro To Recording A Homegrown Record In The U.P.

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Not all music is made in a multi-million dollar studio.  In fact, I’d be willing to bet that most music made today is made in bedrooms, basements, kitchens, closets, barns, and bathrooms.

Shown: Recording drums in a bedroom, I don't suggest sleeping while recording.

As some might say, “No budget, no problem”

My love is recording.  I will tell you that, and sometimes unfortunately for two morning hosts they hear it quite a bit through my rambles before I walk out the door for the day.  One of the things I’ve discovered throughout my years of recording is that sometimes knowledge is worth more than any expensive piece of recording equiptment.

I’ve been serious about it 2005, when I started working in a studio in Houghton.  Since then I’ve recorded a bunch of records for friends in very different circumstances:  on my laptop in my apartment, in a basement with four microphones, at the NMU audio studio, helping out at Da Yoopers studio, and did I mention basements?

Or sometimes living rooms...

Why am I going on about this?  Most the budgets were tiny except for the Houghton and the NMU studio.  Those two experiences I knew the least, and they suffered in quality.  Some of the others though, are amazing sounding and you would never know that they were done in such an economical fashion.  Anyone can record, you just got to have the know how.

So with that, the next series of posts will be about the experience of recording one of my friend’s projects called The Underground West out of Houghton.   I’ll step through the days of drumming in a basement, recording guitars in a bedroom, and vocals at his dad’s house.  I promise pictures, humor (hopefully), and not being this long winded!

First up, KNOWLEDGE!

Audiotuts and Studio Buddy are nice for tips and just some interesting points about recording.  For literature I totally recommend TapeOp because of the interviews and stories.  If you want to dig deep, The Recording Engineer’s Handbook and The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook are great resources with out breaking the bank totally.

With that, I say if you read any information, just remember that most of these are general ideas and to try out your own ideas as well.  There is no such thing as a bad idea!

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