What would be needed to record mainly acoustic instruments at home prior to taking them to a proper studio to be processed and mixed?
My band doesn't have loads of money or available time, so I'm looking at this approach as a possible option. On the plus side, I have a reasonably quiet space, a decent MacBook, Logic X, a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20, an Aston Origin, a couple of SM58s and stands etc. I have the basics of Logic, well enough to record multiple tracks but after that, things get sketchier.
My thinking is that we could meet up in the evenings over an extended period of time and record clean, unprocessed tracks using the Aston and maybe another mic for the drums - it's a stripped down 'skiffle-style' kit with just a bassdrum, snare and a wee cymbal/hi-hat thing. We'd use roughly the same set up for the acoustic and electric guitars and the Aston for the vocals. I've recorded my vocal with the Aston before and the mic seems to compliment my voice well enough. We'd aim to DI the bass guitar.
I'd aim to record without any compression or effects and then take the tracks to a decent mixer or studio to be worked on there. Is this feasible? What would be the worst mistakes we could make? Any tips to make this work more effectively? Choose the mixing studio first and get their input? Or wait until we see what we end up with and then speak to different studios? Presumably one plus side of this option is that we could work with a far wider range of mixers/producers across the world if we were happy to trust them to do it without our input.
Any suggestions of another mic that would pair nicely with the Aston Origin and the SM58s? Another Origin or a different style of mic altogether?
Or is it a mad and stupid idea.
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