Home Recording Studio – Learning Lessons

If I can’t find a band I’ve decided to concentrate on getting a recording studio for my drums setup in my basement office. I’ll work on selling my original 1967 Fender Twin Reverb Amp and a 1966 Fender Mustang that has a lot of replacement parts on it.  That should get me a substantial start on the funds necessary to buy the equipment to do some quality recording work at home.MustangA1

TwinReverb1I’m not doing this to make money although if that becomes a byproduct I’ll certainly not turn it away.

I want to use it to learn the nuances of recording.

There is a huge difference for me between playing live and recording.

Playing live your slight flaws and imperfections are lost in the concoction of noise being produced by all the players, amps, speakers, crowd, building, etc.  Your mistake is here now and immediately vanishes.  Subtleties get lost in a sea of sound.

In the studio every missed beat, imperfect stroke is captured for an eternity.  It can be singled out, amplified and completely shatter your confidence.

Sometimes the live energy does not translate to tape in the studio, and what sounded great in the moment can sound just awful when listened to in playback.  I have noticed when I am working with even basic recording software and basic recording equipment that even less is required that what you think.

I have experimented with recording some basic rhythms and then going back and overdubbing some different percussion sounds.  What I have found is that what I thought sounded great and just right as I am  laying it down is way too much when I listen to the playback.

There was one instance where I placed a simple bell sound every so many measures and I ended up cutting 75% of the hits until I thought it sounded right.

This is what I hope to accomplish by having a basic yet professional recording setup in my home.  I hope to learn a million more simple lessons like that one.

I also hope to be able to create some nice tracks to use and be able to collaborate online.

The ability to collaborate over long distances really opens up the possibilities who knows where it may all end up over the next 5 to 10 years.

But I do miss playing live and I will keep looking.

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