We say it all the time at KGMC, you don’t have to put a ton of money into gear to get some ideas recorded. Money helps, but if you’ve got a bad song, or you’re doing it wrong, it doesn’t matter.
If you need some help picking out some essential pieces of gear to get it going, talk to us. We all write and record to differing degrees, on different computers, with different software, different instruments, different music, etc. You get the point.
The guy in the video is doing a recording challenge with a $300 budget, and his recording sounds great. Of course he knows what he is doing and he has a great song, but the gear isn’t getting in the way.
In this video he works on vocals and some auxiliary sounds. He’s using an old laptop, Garage Band, $30 headphones, a $79 microphone, a homemade egg shaker, a free Garage Band soft synth, and a tambourine. How do you think this sounds?
The key is to write good music and learn how to use the tools you have or can afford to purchase. Don’t let the pursuit of gear get in the way of you making and recording music. There’s no excuse.
Write. Record. Repeat.
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With all of the different pedals, and the different things to think about when acquiring and assembling your rig of pedals, there can be some confusion every step of the way.
“So what kind of cables should I use? Does the reverb go before or after the flanger, and is that before or after the compressor?”
Thankfully the good staff of Premier Guitar put together an extensive Survival Guide on all things regarding pedals.
Everyone has the preference in string, because we all have a preferred feel and tone in our fingers and heads.
Here is one of our favorites, EXP by D’Addario.
D’Addario’s breakthrough EXP Coated Technology produces strings with the natural tone & feel of uncoated strings, with at least 4 times more life. EXP’s allow a guitar’s voice to ring true.
With the creation of our new EXP Wire manufacturing facility we have invested in wire coating machinery which allows us to fully control and develop advancements in coating technology for wound strings that is second-to-none in the guitar string industry.
The EXP Wire machine draws wire from rod, anneals, cleans, coats, cures and spools wire in one continuous process. This ensures our tight tolerances and specifications are adhered to.
We test every spool of wire with a sophisticated digital micrometer which measures the concentricity of the coating thickness to 2/10,000 of an inch. We have successfully reduced the coating thickness by at least 50%, which allows the string to retain even more of its inherent brightness and natural uncoated tone, while maintaining EXP’s renowned durability and long-life characteristics. You won’t believe they are coated!
This is a common problem for newbies and veterans alike, PHASING! Its basically what results when you put more than one microphone on a single sound source. The sound traveling to each microphone arrives at the same time essentially, but a different part of the sound wave is picked up by each mic. When this happens you get exactly the opposite of what you intended. Instead of this big cool sound of two or more awesome mics, you get a thin, nasally, metallic sound.
There are definitely ways around it. One of the easiest ways, but takes another person, is to put up one of the microphones, and while placing the other microphone(s), listen with headphones. You will definitely hear phasing going on. It will sound exactly like a phaser guitar pedal as you move the second microphone. It doesn’t matter if you are mic’ing a guitar or an amp or a snare drum. It’s physics baby.
There is another type of phasing that occurs with outboard gear and cabling too. Check out this page on what phasing is and how it occurs. LINK
Check out this video on how to fix it once you have it recorded. This also is an aid to know what phasing is and how to stop it before you get it recorded.