EzraplaysEzra wrote:PS I hate Pro tools because it is awesome.
I understand your point. To me, very much a novice, it served to push me. My studio skills went from noob to power-noob over-night.
Getting better in the studio also means that I need to get better with the guitar. Garbage in - garbage out, as they say. Then start comparing it to professional tracks of similar nature. Lots of questions emerged. How did they get that sound? How did they get the guitar to fit into that slot? How did they get the drums pushed back and later pushed forward in the mix? How did they play all of that without having it sound like mud? How did they make that solo scream without assaulting my ears? All kinds of stuff like that.
Each thing that I try to do is being met with another skill that I need to learn. I may never finish this song.
Nuno wrote:Usually I don't use effects when recording, I add them later. But if I want a type of tone in my pedals or amps, I use them.
I discovered something the past two nights. It's been my first real efforts to record something in Reaper using Guitar Rig as a plug-in. Reaper recorded the dry signal, but ran it back to me wet during live monitoring and again during playback. As with any other plug-in, I can save the end result off as one audio file (they call it a "stem") once I like it in order to save on processing bandwidth when recording other tracks.
I'm also trying to find that fine line between playing a good track that doesn't have any unfavorable spike noises and having to use a compressor, but in limited amounts - just enough to let dynamics come through and not kill the tone, but enough to knock down reasonable spikes. Much is a balancing act, I guess.