Home recording, songwriting and general music posts archived from the Recording Website and Freedom Exchange recording and songwriting forums. Some of the info here is outdated but many of the songwriting tips, critiques and home audio recording information are still valid.
Freedom Exchange Archive
Sample post: Sometimes when I hear great original songs I get this strange mixture of feelings. On one hand, I’m thrilled to hear such great music and really caught up in the pleasure of the moment. On the other hand, I’m so frustrated with how my songs don’t measure up to what I’m hearing.
Recording Website Archive
Sample post: With vocal compression make sure that you are not overloading the mic and or preamp,use the pads if you have to. Have your singer hit the most powerful sound, listen for distortion, and make the adjustments. Now the level will be a lot lower, this is where the comp comes in. Set the threshold to cause about 15 to 20 db of compression at about 2:1 or 4:1, then make up the gain to an average level. You can’t prevent distortion with a compressor, the sound must be free of distortion before you compress. Compressors are used to control dynamics. Making loud sounds quieter, and quieter sounds louder. Comps narrow the dynamic range. Some comps are used to get a louder average CD, by narrowing the dynamics and pushing the sound up to the maximum. Use a noise gate if recording, so noise dosn’t creep up on you at idle parts. When live, use less compression, but a gate is still usefull here.