The process of recording a live band has changed with the many improvements made to the technology available today.
Today, you can record one instrument, and later merge them together. It makes the whole process easier, and music engineers can fix minor mistakes. Moreover, it is very difficult to get all the musicians and singers at the same time. So, it is convenient to record vocals and different instruments separately. Later, you can easily mix them with the help of powerful music software such as Cubase. However, recording a live band is not as simple as it sounds, and you need to know certain things which are mentioned below:
- Get the Right Equipment: If you are going to record a live band, you need a powerful laptop that has the capability to run heavy DAW software. Along with it, you need a user-friendly interface that supports multiple XLR inputs. So, the second thing that you need is a good amount of XLR cables in order to cover drums, amps, and room mics. The third thing is dynamic mics for drums and amps. Moreover, you need a reliable set of condensers that can be used as ambient mics in order to capture the overall music of the band.
- Preparation: As it is a live band recording, any mistakes cannot be tolerated. Preparation is one of the important parts of recording a live band. First of all, you need to select songs that you can play live consistently. Secondly, you need to make different sessions for vocals and instruments. Thirdly, you need a place for the practice; it could be a room or a big hall. You just need to keep in mind that the place does not have unwanted reverb.
- Perfect Setup for Capturing Drums: It is difficult to set mics for capturing all the sounds of drums because different parts generate different sounds. Therefore, a four-mic setup is ideal. First, you need to position a mic at the height of six feet from the ground so you can aim down at the kit. Along with this, you need to place a mic close to the kick drum. In order to capture the snare, you need dynamic mics that you set above and point at the snares. The distance should not be more than one inch. The closer you place them, the better sound you will get.
- Vocals: When you are recording instruments and vocals separately, you need to be very careful while mixing them. You have to pitch the music down when the vocals come in. Moreover, you can do some warm-ups with the vocalist before recording. Play the background of the instruments and let the vocalists feel comfortable and understand the music. Let the vocalist feel that he or she is delivering a live performance.
These are some things that you need to know before recording a live band. If you have got these, don’t wait, start recording, and prove you have what it takes to capture great music live!