4 Tips for a Flawless Live Recording

Thanks to current digital technology, multi-track live recordings are anything but rocket science today.

Howdy SEA Fans, Welcome to another tiptuesday blog post and today we are discussing some tips which will be quintessential for those FOH Engineers who want to perfectly record a live band performance.

Regardless of whether it is a self-sufficient HD recorder or a compact notebook with a powerful audio interface: 16 or even 24 tracks can be captured on the hard disk or flash memory without any fuss.

This is particularly easy with digital mixing consoles that stream their channel strips directly into the computer via USB, but also the playback of the recording signals via an analog console is quickly done.

The following 4 tips should help you to bring FOH and recording as stress-free as possible on the stage.

Don’t try to experiment with new Gadgets
Only use equipment that you know well for the recording session.
Nothing is more annoying than a messed up recording, because in the heat of the moment something has been messed up.
That sounds trivial, but when the recording is added to the FOH job, the stress level increases.

Preparation is a must.
Careful installation of the backline and microphones helps to limit later crosstalk in advance.
Record at least two songs and make sure that no clipping occurs.
No matter whether you record with a notebook or a 19-inch recorder: Document before the gig, on which lane which signal lies.

Record the Atmosphere
Set up microphones for the hall atmosphere.
Favorable positions are at the edge of the stage and / or at the FOH-Platz.
However, FOH should not stand 20 meters away from the stage.
Unsuitable for Atmos microphones are places where the audience can cough directly into the microphones or kick their tripods.

Better in front of the fader
Ideally, the signals for the multi-track recorder are picked up by a send path from the FOH console.
This should be pre-fader, because the recording level remains constant, even if you have to adjust for the hall during the concert.
If your console does not have a free pre-fader aux, you can work with a post-fader send if necessary.
However, this may make the later mixing more difficult.
Alternatively, you can use a separate recording mixer.

Hope you have found the above-mentioned tips useful.

Do share you perspective about the tips shared above as a comment below.

and as always Happy Sound Engineering !!!

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