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    Hi everyone,


    I'm posting this here at the request of some over the last year or so since I've been sharing my videos on this forum. I often get asked what are the bare minimum requirements for making nice sounding recordings at home, and luckily gear is more affordable than ever.


    In the first half of this video I spent some time talking about the gear side of things and what you should be looking for as far as quality goes. I've recorded a solo guitar arrangement of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and the second half is a live walkthrough of some of the techniques I use in my recording program to enhance the quality and make it sound more "full."


    There are going to be people that disagree with some of my techniques I'm sure, and some that will want to trash the cheap equipment I'm using and the carpeted bedroom environment I'm in, but the fact is that this is the reality for a lot of us. Most of us are musicians, not recording engineers. This video is geared towards people looking to start creating, not professionals





    Gear used in this video:
    Interface - Focusrite Saffire 6 USB ($60 used)
    Microphones - 2 MXL V250s ($60 each)
    XLR Cables - 2 Rolands ($25 & a lifetime warranty)
    DAW - Logix Pro X ($200)
    Camera - Lumix GX1 ($35 used at a pawn shop)


    All of the equipment used in this video cost me under $500, and although the end product isn’t a top of the line studio-grade production, this will be enough for most applications. I don’t claim to be an expert by any means - I just thought my insight as a musician might be useful to someone. In my own opinion, if you’re a musician looking to record yourself, the emphasis should be on the music and not going too deep down the rabbit hole of the technical side of recording.

    I'm sorry in advance for the ad in the video. Universal recognized the song and did that.
    Guitarist/Violinist - Pittsburgh, PA
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SixStringSolid
    Vibraphone fronted ambient/fusion:
    https://www.facebook.com/InnerUrgeBand/

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    Nice job man! Very informative.

    The only surprise to me was that it sounded so good with the inexpensive mics. I didn't have the same luck, so upgraded.

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    Thank you! I appreciate that. I'm always trying to upgrade gear myself as I can recognize the faults with these cheaper mics, but they'll do for now.
    Guitarist/Violinist - Pittsburgh, PA
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SixStringSolid
    Vibraphone fronted ambient/fusion:
    https://www.facebook.com/InnerUrgeBand/

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    You can find really nice mics that aren't expensive.

    Check this resource out... (I like the piano recordings the best at 9:15). Being able to do the blind tests is amazing.

    B+
    Frank (aka fep)

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    Well done video and nice playing too. I learned some things like your description of the stereo spreader.

    It would be interesting to hear an A - B with compression vs. no compression and specifically listening to attack and transients which can be lost with compression. You can lose that with compression and it is a big part of an acoustic guitar sounds character.
    B+
    Frank (aka fep)

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    Thanks for your thoughts Fep - and thanks for the video recommendation. I’m looking to expand my mic locker a bit myself so I can handle recording a full band.
    What you said about compression is very valid. I like to add some in as a way to add some “sustain” to the sound, as well as being able to make the overall recording seem just a bit louder. A great way to keep the very important transients there is to mix in a bit of the dry signal with the compressed signal. That’ll give you the best of both worlds.

    Compression is awesome but can be easy to misuse
    Guitarist/Violinist - Pittsburgh, PA
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SixStringSolid
    Vibraphone fronted ambient/fusion:
    https://www.facebook.com/InnerUrgeBand/