I have been trying to record on and off now for a while in Logic Pro. I get pretty frustrated with it easily as I’m not able to produce what I hear in my head. Know what I mean?
I have decided to simplify things a little and shoot for near acoustic versions of the songs to start with and release though. Hopefully I will be able then to build upon those tracks by adding other instruments at a later date.
Some of the songs I will record were written back as far as 1994 and I was tweaking some of the lyrics/melodies this week to one of them! I don’t think the tweaking ever stops.
A number of you have much more experience with recording projects, so what are the first steps you recommend to recording to avoid getting tied up in the details too early?
- Decide on a tempo and use metronome.
- Decide on best key for song.
- Decide on the intro, outro and transitions.
- Record scratch track by recording vocals and guitar together (separate inputs).
I was actually wondering whether to use a metronome or not – but if I wish to build on these tracks later, it’s probably better that I do.
Brian once told me I should record the guitar using two inputs (direct and SM58) to give it a little lift. After initial trial runs with using only one input, I think Brian is probably right. However this would mean recording the acoustic first and then adding the vocals.
My recording equipment includes iMac, Logic Pro, SM58, and Focusrite Scarlett.