Home Studio Recording Session – A Closer Look

I decided a while back that I wanted to shoot a video of a full band recording session at my place. There are so many of us that want the best sounding recording possible, WITHOUT $100k worth recording gear. We just don’t have the budget.

There ARE however certain steps we can take to get us closer to that goal. Here’s how I tackle a full on session, with what I have.

“You Are” – written by Doug Butler

Drums- Aaron Badillo

Bass- Josias Badillo
Vocals- Doug Butler
BGVs- Doug Butler, Sean Hebert, Marc Hebert
Acoustic guitar- Doug Butler
Electric Guitars/Synths- Sean Hebert

Gear used:
Macbook Pro
RME Fireface UFX
Focusrite Octopre
Pro Tools 10
Plugins- Massey CT4 and CT5, NI RC24, Slate VCC, Ozone 4 and stock PT plugs

Snare Top-SM57
Snare Bottom-E604
Overheads-SM81’s (XY pattern)
Room Mic-AT4033
Acoustic-SM 81
Electrics-POD X3 Live DI (AC 30 Top Boost model)
Vocals-AT4033 (UFX onboard preamp)

Recorded/Mixed/Mastered by Sean Hebert at
TheGlobalGuitarist Audio Productions

Video work by Jacob Gardner –¬†https://www.youtube.com/user/weirdestjacob


A Piano/Vocal Session With My Little Brother

I had a great evening recording my little brother and working in the studio with him. This is a song he wrote. Go show him some support on his Youtube channel (MarcHebertMusic).

A little about the recording: we used an Audio Technica AT4033 for his vocals, going straight into the RME Fireface UFX onboard preamp. The piano is all midi right into Pro Tools. The software piano is just the stock Pro Tools
virtual piano, and I think it sounds great!

Marc is a very dynamic singer and he did a great job working the mic. It can be difficult sometimes tracking dynamic vocalists, especially if you aren’t using an outboard compressor, if they don’t know how to use some technique on the mic. So that’s a key point to remember if you’re having issues with that in a home studio setting.

Thanks for checking out the video and supporting my little brother. Stay tuned for more like this to come!


Get Over “Gear Acquisition Syndrome”

Some of the best sounding mixes ive ever heard are from the early 90s.

Today’s BUDGET recording gear is better than the pro gear they had then. If you can’t get great recordings/mixes, it’s YOU. Not the gear.

Stop thinking that the next gear purchase will magically give you amazing mixes. Rather, keep recording, practicing and honing your skills. Mic choice, mic placement, gain staging, recording space, quality of the performance, mixing skills…

These have far greater impact on the final product than paying $6000 for 2 channels of conversion.

Have a great weekend folks!