A Quick Guide to Music Recording


With the right knowledge, techniques, and music production tools, creating and producing your music is always exciting and stimulating. However, the process can turn out frustrating and emotional. Whether as a novice or professional, you need to be well-versed with the studio basics in order to record and produce high-quality music. Music recording today is done using a process known as multitrack recording where the instruments used are recorded separately then combined later. This recording process allows you to edit the sound from each music instrument independently; meaning you can work on the entire process alone rather than hiring a team of sound engineers and instrumentalists. Below is a 5-step process music recording guide to help you from start to finish.

1. Create a track to follow
This step creates a guide for other musical instruments to follow along with. It can be done by using a simple click to set the tempo or using a pre-recorded drum loop for musicians who cannot follow clicks. The alternative method for songs without a steady tempo is creating a scratch track.

2. Record the rhythm section  
It is well known to all musicians that rhythm is the foundation of any song. Everyone in a band follows the bass or drum, which in the usual sense, should be the first instruments you record. In songs that do not use a drum or bass; then another rhythmic instrument such as an acoustic guitar can be used.

3. Record the harmonies
After building a good foundation for your music, then it’s time to create a chord structure. You can do so by adding rhythm guitar, synths, horns, piano and many others- it all depends on the song.

4. Record the melodies
With the basic chord progressions in place, we proceed to form the melody using a combination of instruments. The dominant instruments (usually lead guitar or lead vocals) are recorded first. Afterwards, we fill the gaps by including all the supporting melodies.

5. Add color
As part of the finishing touches on the song, we add some little nuances and effects that add flair and color to the main track. These could be piano fills, percussion fill, background vocals or sampled sound effects.

However, most people experience difficulties in recording when it comes to finding competent musicians who can play different instruments. If you cannot find the right people for the job, then you can outsource session musicians from websites like Fiverr who can help you out at very affordable rates.

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