Episode #33 – 3 Ways to Get More Out Of Your Microphones

On this episode, we talk about three powerful ways to get more out of your existing “mic locker.” And in the Quick Tip, Joe talks about an annoyingly time-consuming mixing mistake, and how to avoid it.

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10 thoughts on “Episode #33 – 3 Ways to Get More Out Of Your Microphones”

  1. totally agree about the SM57. I was amazed with how my vocals record with it. toss the Shure wind screen on it and you’re good to go. I also used it to track a harmonica which also blew me away.

  2. Aloha guys!
    Thanks for this podcast about micing things up!
    I have a question regarding drums.
    I have a copy of Slate Digital’s Trigger 2 & have been using it to great effect with my drums in mixes. I usually blend it with the original source, but the results are awesome!
    This is a stupid question so please don’t cringe, but is this just making me lazy with recording drums?
    Is implementing software apps like this inherently a bad thing to do in the long run?
    Or is utilising tools like this to get a great the end result, whilst saving time, the best choice with recording, even though many may consider this a kind of cheating?
    Your thoughts please gentlemen?
    Thank you in advance

    1. It’s not lazy or wrong, but I personally have never used drum replacement. I like the challenge of recording drums that sound great. I also like the challenge of taking recorded drums and making them work without replacing anything. Not saying it’s wrong. I also don’t like to AutoTune my own vocals, even if it would make it sound better.

  3. Hey guys,

    I really liked this podcast episode and besides of that there was nothing new to me, you gathered a lot of “good to know” facts about micing. You talked about how to get better room sound in a small room by moving the mic farther from the source (or the source from the mic, no matter), making the mic to record more of the room sound and less of the direct sound. But there is another very useful technique for home studio guys with small rooms and I don’t know whether you have tried it already or not (I assume yes), but I guess it worth a share.

    The Other Room Mic. And its fate in its name. You put your room mic to some other room that has direct (open door) connection to your recording room and examine the best room micing position in that room. In this “hack”, direct sound comes from a close mic and the room sound (a very “indirect”, but usually way more roomy sound) comes from the other-room mic. We always use large diaphragm for this micing and works pretty well.

    That’s all I wanted to tell.
    I really like your work guys and for me, the “humble” way you face to making music very sympathetic.

    Rob

  4. You guys are great. I always learn something new from your ‘casts. Heard a wise old friend, who also made a killer gumbo, say of life– “Life’s like good gumbo. You don’t make it–you accumulate it.” I’m thinking the same can be said of recording, mixing and mastering. Thanks, guys!

    Keith Elder

  5. Graham, the last track in your new EP is amazing! It totally rocks! It’s nice to see that you can be so ballsy as to venture into the world of virtual instruments and hip-hopish and electronic music, and get a great result and keeping your songwriting the same.

  6. Hey guys! Just recently started listening to the podcast and it’s already had a huge impact on my mindset about recording and mixing. It really is all about how you approach it! Thank you. I did have a question about how to approach mixing an album cohesively. Do you guys mix each song on its own merit or is there a different approach to multiple songs vs just 1 or 2? Thanks for all the material!

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