Many bands that are new to the studio take a hands-off approach, standing back while a studio engineer sets up mics and obtains sounds. How many of us have heard something strange on the studio monitors and thought, “He’ll probably fix that in the mix”? Then there are those of us who, to reduce cost or gain creative control, have built our own studios and recorded ourselves. Often, these makeshift facilities use somebody’s borrowed home or apartment, or set up in a business that’s closed for the weekend.
Whether we’re the engineers or the engineer is working for us, the band just won’t sound right without reasonable mic placement. Here are a few tips, in order of operation.