Compressing Audio for a Live Music Performance Video

Most of us know what it sounds like when you’re sitting in a room, listening to someone play acoustic guitar and sing. So, when you see a video of a guy in a room playing a guitar and singing, you have an expectation of how it should sound. That’s my theory anyway. The first time […]

Recording Acoustic Guitar and Vocals with One Mic

I’m loving these Songsmiths recordings. Songs played in their simplest form captured by one mic. Simple, beautiful. Recording acoustic guitar and a vocal with one mic eliminates the phase issues that can crop up when using separate mics on voice and instrument. In that 2-mic scenario, each mic picks up a bit of what the […]

Hayley Chooses Living Room Over Studio

14-year-old Hayley chose to play the piano in my house for her Songsmiths audition instead of recording in the studio (eish, but the piano needs a bit of attention, sorry). I set up my portable recording device on top of the piano where it could capture more voice than instrument, and I’m happy with the results. […]

Jaco Labuschagne is First to Record His Songsmiths Audition In-Studio

I recorded Jaco and his guitar with a single mic. No worrying about bleed and phase-cancellation. I did worry that I wouldn’t get the right balance between the voice and the guitar. Can’t do much to change that once it’s recorded. Well done, good luck and thanks for coming through, Jaco. To learn how to […]