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What are the important points that affect the sound quality of home recording?


Nowadays, home recording is mainly based on personal computers. If you feel like it, you can also make music on your iPad or iPhone. How can you make a professional sound with cheap equipment? I will summarize the issues of amateur creators.

If it's digitally complete, the only difference is the editing technique

Absolutely build a monitor environment

Recording of live songs and acoustic instruments is severe

In the mix, first master the compressor

Mastering has become easier

A DAW is an indispensable tool for anyone who makes full-scale music , except for singers whose activities are mainly live and distribution . In recent years, the price has become reasonable, and a huge amount of high-quality software sound sources and effect plug-ins are installed as standard equipment. For those who make tracks with just sequences and sampling without recording instruments, the editing technique is directly linked to the finished sound quality.

If you want quality, building a monitor environment is essential

Even if you made a recording and music work only in the iPhone, if people enjoy music is enjoyed "without discomfort", and E Toi quality of a certain class.

However, it is out of the question if the processing is not even taken for granted, such as the noise that makes you feel "Hmm?" And the feeling of volume is small. Even if the same amateur is a competitor, there is a much lower chance that someone you know will enjoy your music.

Now that music distribution on the Internet has become commonplace, many users do not know what kind of terminal they are listening to. It may be just a smartphone, you may be using high-spec headphones for tens of thousands of yen, or you may be playing YouTube on your TV.

Sound creation that is supposed to be listened to on many terminals is not headphones or speakers made for listening, but

  1. Monitor speaker

  2. Monitor headphones

However, daily use is the rule of thumb.

Absolutely standard as a monitor headphone for a long time | Sony MDR-CD900ST

Although sites that explain these details are numerous, there is no deformation element to the sound In a nutshell that the "sound quality characteristics characteristic flat" that.

In addition, you can check even the finest sounds with high resolution that sets it apart from those for amateurs. In many cases, professional engineers use both ① and ②, and it is common to check ① with several types. Consideration for sound output is different from cloud mud.

It's not a matter of taste, but it's common for all members to use it.

If you use monitor headphones that are used by professionals, there is almost no problem.

Performance cannot be brought out unless the monitor speakers are set properly.


Monitors are good, but the important thing is that you know what they are. Comparing the reference CDs you often listen to at home, at friends' homes, cars, headphones, iPhones, etc., and knowing in advance the tendency of the speakers you are using will help you mix down and create sounds.

Powered speakers have become the mainstream of monitor speakers, and the reproducibility of sound output tends to improve regardless of the environment. However, if you do not set it properly, you will not be able to bring out the original speaker performance . The accuracy changes dramatically with only a few centimeters difference.

Three Walls to Get Home Recording Grades for Live Songs and Acoustic Instruments

Home recording of "live songs" and "acoustic instruments" that require microphone recording will greatly increase the difficulty of improving sound quality. There are three major factors:

  1. Higher probability of noise than in the studio

  2. Trial & error period to remember the habit of sound

  3. Analog equipment is apt to make a difference in price and quality


As you can imagine immediately, there is a high probability that noise will be mixed in at home . Unlike a soundproofed studio, there is a high probability that air conditioning, various living sounds in the house, and environmental sounds such as motorcycles and sirens heard from the outside will be mixed in. If you use a condenser microphone with good sensitivity, you can even hear the sound of the hands of the clock. Very few people can set up a recording booth at home.

There are plenty of tutorials on microphone recording such as vocals and acoustic guitar in books and online. But for home recording, is the floor flooring? Is it a tatami mat? Reverberation sounds vary depending on whether it is concrete or floor material or wall material. Even if you set it according to the manual of a professional engineer, you cannot get the sound as you imagined.

Therefore, it is necessary to record many times and repeat trials and errors to understand the sound tendency of the room.

Depending on your experience, you will know what kind of instrument (voice) suits what kind of microphone. The same applies to the microphone settings. It is not possible to record the vocal and guitar sounds that you can hear with the microphone as they are, so make a habit of searching for points by trial and error in detail where and where to put the microphone.

In particular, users who start making music with digital instruments rather than with live instruments tend to work with EQ and effects. Since live instruments make full use of their materials, the final difference will be made by keeping the tone at the time of recording as best as possible.

Compared to those acoustic instruments, electric guitars and basses have significantly improved amp simulator quality, so if you use them safely with line connections, you can avoid the recording advantages of miking and recording environments.

In the mix, first master the compressor

Writing the continuation (2020.09.12)

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