I remember when I started recording years ago. I was using less than ideal equipment, recording in my basement that had no walls. I could never understand why my mixes always sounded like crap. I always held the assumption that if you placed a SM57 in front of a guitar cab you would automatically get GREAT results! Boy was I wrong. Actually, the best advice I can give you is this: If you really aspire to have great sound, regardless of what “everyone” says….you really do need a legit setup. You need experience. You must understand that everything fits into a bigger puzzle piece. The professional results will start to come the more you record. You learn by doing. You learn by failing!
In the audio/video world, everything works together. Yea, sure….that $1k Neumann LDC is great, but it’s pointless without a treated room with a great set of studio monitors. Even then, if you don’t know how to use a compressor, a stereo imager, and the other processing equipment that goes along with creating a great track, you’re going to get pretty crappy results!
Everything must work together! I personally think a great recipe for success is this….record, mess up, learn, record again. Wash, rinse, repeat!
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