Agreed wrote:Didn't take offense to it so much as it's about as useful as tits on a boar. "Track as well as you possibly can" is step one out of god knows how many. This thread is clearly not intended for discussing whether one should track their stuff well or not, because it is blatantly, almost tautologically true.
Yes you should. You should track well. And so should we all. Then, once that's done... (discussion starts here)
You see what I mean?
Yes, I think I see now. It wasn't so much the declaration, it was the lack of any useful tips accompanying it. I'll throw in a few tracking tips to make up for that:
#1 Record at several different distances and learn to use distance to accomplish the effect you're after.
#2 Point the mic towards the singers, not the nose, to avoid plosives.
#3 Nylon pop filters change the sound, sometimes for the better.
#4 Live mics can be excellent for recording vocals in noisy or otherwise imperfect recording environments.
#5 Choose a mic that works well with your preamp, or vice versa. SM57's and 58's sound amazing through Neve's but they're not so great through the pre's in most interfaces. Condensers, tube mics, and active ribbons are more forgiving of low- to medium-level preamps.