Making music is a way of life, and those who love it most share it by making an album. Though most albums are digital these days, you still need a collection of songs to showcase your dedication to your art. Check out these mistakes to avoid when recording your own album to ensure you produce a quality piece of art everyone will love.
Not Practicing Ahead of Time
Whether you create your album in a studio or your home, you should be prepared for the session. You or your band should practice ahead of time and have a recording plan. Time is money; the faster you produce your album, the quicker you can market it and go on tour with your best songs.
Choosing a Bad Location
To make a record, you must be in a soundproof room. Interference can ruin a good track or the perfect take. Most recording studios are built with soundproof rooms, but if you choose a DIY space, you’ll want to ensure it’s tight. Road traffic, kids, and pets can cause unwanted interruptions.
Using the Wrong Equipment
To produce a professional album, you need professional equipment. Some of the most important items to keep in mind are the digital audio workstation (DAW), which lets you mix sounds, and audio interference, which converts frequencies into digital sound. You’ll also need headsets and the best microphones for singers and musicians. Make sure you use a microphone that’s ideal for your recording environment.
Recording One Take
It’s a rookie mistake to record your song once and expect it to be perfect. You can’t be certain you’ll get it right the first time. Someone is bound to make a mistake. Further, you should record your songs in layers and in sections to ensure each title on the album sounds its best.
People can see through artists who use effects and autotune too much in their songs. While you may enjoy these tools and find they make your album come to life, you should rely on organic sounds. Experiment with your instruments and strive for a clear sound by properly staging your equipment.
The major mistakes to avoid when recording your own album are using the wrong equipment, indulging in autotune, and not being prepared. Make sure you record your album in a soundproof room where no one can bother you. Get your album recorded sooner than later so you can share your talent with the world.