in-studio RECORDING OPTIONS


TRACK BY TRACK MULTI-TRACK RECORDING

  • Each instrument is recorded individually to guide tracks (either recorded or played live), and the parts are built up one by one.

  • Each sound source is isolated, without spill from other instruments.

  • It gives the most flexibility for later mixdown options and overdubs/editing, due to the lack of spill between sound sources. 

  • You can concentrate on getting each part right before moving to the next.

  • This method is ideal for some complex arrangements, and where tightness is vital. 


ALL IN ONE ROOM SIMULTANEOUS MULTI-TRACK RECORDING

  • This method is ideal for when a group feels most comfortable playing in the same room as each other.

  • Each sound source is balanced in the room prior to recording, mic'd up and the musicians play the piece all in the same room at the same time.

  • Often you can't beat the feel of a great live take.

  • Sometimes spill between various sound sources is an asset to the final mix rather than a hinderance.

  • There is the option to over dub further instruments/vocals afterwards. Also there are still various editing/mixdown options available using this method.

  • This can be the fastest method if everyone is playing on form.

  • This method lends itself particularly well to acoustic groups such as those often found in folk music, where the nuanced ebb and flow of a live performance is vital. 


SIMULTANEOUS MULTI-ROOM MULTI-TRACK RECORDING

  • This method is somewhere in between track by track and all in one room.

  • Musicians can see each other and hear each other while performing at the same time, but have isolated original sound sources in different rooms.

  • Here you get the benefit of the energy from a live performance, but each sound source can be overdubbed or edited easily if required, leading to a very tight result.

  • The full scope of mixdown options are preserved.

  • This method is sometimes used to build up a complex arrangement section by section. For example, the rhythm section, the guitars, brass, vocals.

  • This can be an effective method when recording a complex arrangement that requires a lot of live energy and also dynamic power in the final mix.


We often use combinations of these methods on projects, its horses for courses!