In a previous article, we talked about how easy it is to learn musical instruments thanks to tools such as Hi-Lite Piano. Playing instruments is only the beginning; soon, you’ll be recording your own cover of popular songs and posting them on YouTube.
While you can easily record a cover using nothing but your smartphone, going the extra mile to record higher quality audio is what will attract thousands of viewers. It is also easier to do than you think, especially with the next several tips and tricks we are about to cover in this article.
Get a Good Instrument
You can’t record high quality audio without using a good instrument. By good, I didn’t mean expensive. There are plenty of instruments designed for beginners and enthusiasts and they are incredibly affordable.
If you want to record a high-quality guitar sound, for instance, you need to know the type of guitar you need to use. Buzzharmony.com has an interesting article on different types of guitars and the sound characteristics they make when played.
As for your vocal, you need a good microphone. That brings us to our next tip, which is….
Pick Up an Audio Interface
A USB audio interface is one of the best investments you can make if you are serious about recording covers. Like instruments, you can find an audio interface that suits your needs and budget without a problem with so many options on the market.
There are a lot of options to choose from indeed. The Zoom H5 is very popular among those who want a portable recorder instead of a USB one. M-Audio has several audio interfaces on the market, including its budget-friendly guitar interface. There are also products designed to be used with your smartphone.
A good audio interface processes your audio signal and maintain its quality. You can’t expect to get great sounds by plugging your microphone or electric guitar directly to your computer; you need the audio interface to amplify and process the signal properly.
Get a Room
The room in which you record your cover matters too. A room with open walls and short ceiling tend to create more reverberation. You’ll hear feedback and echo and the sound you get will be rather muffled in the end.
What you want is a well-insulated room that doesn’t produce that much echo. Of course, you can also place blankets to cover the open walls in order to reduce the echo. You can also record in a room with plenty of sound-absorbing materials.
Some YouTubers even record their covers inside (or facing) the closet or under a bedcover. Jackets and other clothes create a makeshift recording booth and help eliminate unnecessary feedback, allowing you to record clearer vocals and better instruments for your song.
The goal is to get a clear and clean audio input that you can process later. You have the option to use an audio editing software or a multitrack editor to add effects, organize different instruments, and produce a full cover of your favorite song like a pro.