READ ME FIRST: Rules & FAQ for the Recording Course!
Welcome everyone to "Recording for Guitarists", our first course of the tonebase Academy! Together we will untangle the mysteries of digital audio production! Coil your cables, point your mics: it's time to hit the record button!
5 Weeks - 5 Livestreams
Over the course of five weeks, we will explore all the steps from tracking your signal to editing a master take, from mixing your signal to syncing it to a video file. The idea is to deeply integrate the workshops in the forum, each lesson will have its dedicated thread and a workbook!
How to get the most out of it
- Although not required, the workbooks give you a great introduction to what we will cover, so you will greatly benefit from working through the pdfs!
- Some lessons will give you different assignments. Share these with your fellow recording artists in the thread and let's talk and discuss them!
- I will post the answers to the questionnaires (which are at the end of each workbook) a couple of days after the individual live stream took place. If you have questions concerning the topic, ask them in the thread of the lesson!
- Kickoff: 11th January, then each week on Monday at 11am PST.
- In between: Work on your assignments and the questionnaire, post questions in the forum and discuss uploads by other users
- On day before the next lesson: Answers to the questionnaires will be posted!
Frequently Asked Questions
I have no experience in recording, but I am very interested, should I take part?
Yes! We designed the lessons to get you acquainted with all the tools necessary in order to get started in recording!
Do I need special equipment?
If you don't have a USB-Mic, a mobile recorder or a microphone with an audio interface, that's totally okay, you can get started in recording with your smartphone and a laptop, or even with a tablet. We will cover basic concepts of recording that apply for various technical levels - but, of course, we will be covering the use of microphones in conjunction with a computer as well. Editing our takes will require a DAW like Reaper, but the basic concepts of editing apply to any recording software as well.
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I thought so! It’s 6 am here in Australia at that time, but I am always up at that time, and so this will suit me well, as the course will be over before I start work. I have just downloaded the syllabus and I’m getting set up for the course. I must say, it looks spectacular! Thank you so much for the opportunity!
Hello, and like all the others, thank you for running this course. In the past year, like so many others, I have dabbled with reaper, so very interested to take my self learning a step further.
my question is related to equipment. Do you have a recommendation for a power amp to which I can connect my focus rite and my passive but excellent monitor speakers?
many thanks and looking forward to seeing you later.
Thank you Martin.
No problem, I always use passive speakers when mixing because I have a good pair of old but excellent monitors. (and headphones for the recordings). I have been using a relatively cheap Chinese USB amp (Topping) which can be driven directly from the MacBook or from the Focusrite and it isn't bad and doesn't seem to colour the sound too much, but I was hopeful you might have a suggestion for something more appropriate. Really looking forward to some guidance making my recordings better.
I have been doing a bit of home recording already, but I am keen to learn more about the topic. I use a Zoom H6, usually recording the sound directly on it and then uploading the files to my laptop. I have been using Audacity in a fairly basic way for editing, but I believe that Reaper is better, so I'm happy to make the switch if you think it's best to. For video editing I have been using Shotcut, because it's free, but I've struggled a bit with it because it doesn't seem very intuitive to me, and the documentation doesn't seem to be very comprehensive or easy to use. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks, Baz
I have enjoyed your livestream on recording , on replay, as well as your previous.
I want to invest in a pair of microphones and a focusrite.
I know it is difficult to answer and obviously you have not tried all microphones.
Say I will be willing to invest 500 to 1200 Euros in a pair of microphones
What would you recommend.? Neumann 184, AUdioTechnica 4051, or AKG 451s.. or something else.
The AKG C414 you use are large diaprhragm.
I am definitely an amateur,, but like with guitars if you buy too cheap initially , it Will be more expensive in the end. On the other hand at my level there is no need to overshoot.
best regards and lookin forward to following