For a lot of guitarists recording guitars is one of the best things they like to do. If you want to record your guitar you need to know the sound will vary depending on factors like the kind of guitar, the player, the amplifier, and recording methods utilized. Check out some great tips to help you consistently record your guitar with great results.
When you’re ready to start recording you need to make sure you prepare yourself properly. Make sure you have all the equipment you need like guitars, new strings (make sure they fit properly), new tubes, and any other necessary gear.
Make sure you thoroughly check your intonation and tuning. If you want to get the best tone possible during recording don’t wait to the last minute. Double check your tuning before each take so you don’t find yourself in the mix trying to fix any tonal issues.
Setup Your Amp and Mic
You need an amp and Microphone for your home recording. For the microphone you can get the Shure SM7. It will be up to you if you want to use a condenser mic or a single dynamic mic. The condenser mics are known for recording clearer sounds.
For the amp you can try out the Shure SM57. First plug into your amp and then position your mic in the middle between the speaker and yourself. You can experiment a little to see if you like the mic closer or further away from you.
How close or how far the mic is from you will dramatically affect the sound. Make sure your mic is plugged into an input on your audio interface. Use your recording software to pick what input you are going to use to give your mic a signal. Now just ready the track to record and start recording your guitar sounds.
Adjust the Gain on the Amp
If you don’t adjust the gain on the amp it could cause the recording sounds of your guitar to sound too light in the mix. You must achieve the best gain so you can get good recordings and avoid distortions. Use reverb to add more flare during the mixdown. If you are going to add a stereo reverb during recording you will need a couple tracks.
You should definitely make use of compression because it can make the tone of the instrument sound more even. Try implementing EQ after compression to get cleaner sounds. If you want a more laid back sound you can add the EQ before the compression.
Use a high input DI box to record a DI feed on a spare track. Recording a clean DI track with the amps will allow you to reprocess it later on. So if you aren’t really feeling the original sound you can play the track back using unique guitar effects. You can even use both the original and the reprocessed sounds to produce an original stereo effect.