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View Poll Results: Has The Advent of Home Recording Changed Your Views
YES - I now accept that there may be more "lo-fi" material that I may listen to 10 31.25%
YES - I consider what I record at home as CD quality 4 12.50%
YES - Home recording is a good thing and the general public are willing to listen to different music 6 18.75%
NO - Due to home recording I feel there is more pressure than ever to stand out 5 15.63%
NO - I want cd quality if I am to part with money 3 9.38%
Other - specify 4 12.50%
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
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Home Recording: Your View and Expectations

A lot of us here are recording at home, obviously in recent years this has become more and more common.


With that being the case - do you still insist on "cd quality" recordings or do you feel yourself going for things with a more "lo-fi" feeling?


And with that being said, do you feel Joe Public now expects more from somebodies demo due technology being the way it is?


Personally, the more I'm introduced to technology the more I can't be arsed with it.


In my opinion something this is "lo-fi" but good:


Discuss, poll incoming.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:07 PM   #2
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I like 'lo-fi' recordings and generally hold contempt for very 'nice' sounding recordings, especially in rock music.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:07 PM   #3
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I don't think it should be that lo-fi, but lower-fi than the stuff that multi-million bands produce is fine. That's so lo-fi that it sounds out of tune. Severely out of tune.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:08 PM   #4
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more hi-fi than this and no thank you

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Old 10-02-2012, 09:12 PM   #5
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I like creating a good sound out of my equipment. I want my music to be pleasing to the ears. Everybody's ears.
Lo-fi recordings only appeal to some people, while I feel that hi-fi recordings appeal to everybody. So i try my best for hi-fi....
....if only I had the money haha.
I guess my music is considered lo-fi....since I only used a Guitar Hero USB microphone to record my album. If you wanna take a listen, click on the SoundCloud link in my signature
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:13 PM   #6
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:19 PM   #7
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My view is that as long as it sounds good, I'll listen to it. Lo-fi can be cool, but I also enjoy well-produced albums.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:28 PM   #8
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I've heard pretty high quality sounding stuff from home recordings... It's a lot to do with knowledge, proper gear, and the amount of time and effort put into mixing and all. Of course, with relatively cheap equipment, you will of course be compromising some things compared to doing studio sessions

That being said, I own a pair of rokits, an sm57, and an m audio mobile pre sound interface, but I havent really finished recording anything Dx Got to be productive!
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:31 PM   #9
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more hi-fi than this and no thank you

Holy fucking hell! Is her voice annoying?!

The guitar sounds good, at least tonewise. But her voice...it's like getting shot in the ear.

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I guess my music is considered lo-fi....since I only used a Guitar Hero USB microphone to record my album. If you wanna take a listen, click on the SoundCloud link in my signature

But see, that's not really that lo-fi. There's a difference between not having a major production facility and having it sound like shit.

Yours sounds awesome. That's ideally what home recordings should sound like, man.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:35 PM   #10
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I'm not picky with the quality of the recordings, if it sounds good, it sounds good. I like albums that "sound like shit" and albums that are recorded in high quality. I just get annoyed with terrible mixing, like Chevelle's Point #1 album. Great album, terrible mixing.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:36 PM   #11
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Anyone one putting any effort into home recording usually can do better than what I consider "lo-fi". Home recording I think is one of best things to happen. It's easy to find recordings that are easy to listen to from underground artists now.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:54 AM   #12
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I strive for "studio quality" in my home recordings. A lot of people have asked me what studio I use, then they're surprised to learn it's all done in my bedroom (and that's all that's done in my bedroom ) because the average non-musician doesn't think about recording at home as an option. I don't like "perfect" music, with perfectly pitch corrected vocals, but I do like to hear a quality product.

If you want to judge for yourself, my band's latest single (and all our music) was recorded and mixed in my bedroom.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:59 AM   #13
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There's a big difference between lo-fi and low-quality.

Lo-fi to me is stripped down arrangements with a ton of space, that almost feels like an old-time recording from when you could just get a single track on something. Often - but not always - a lot of bass.

Low quality has buzzing in the background, constant hissing, poorly sync'd tracks, poor mixing, sickening amounts of reverb - especially on vocals - etc.

Lo-fi is quite fine and sometimes preferable.

Low quality is inexcusable on a release. Even a home release can get pretty good quality if you know what you're doing. Granted a real studio with a real engineer will almost always produce a better quality product, but there's not as much of an excuse now for poor workmanship.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:00 AM   #14
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The lofi stuff that is recorded on a static filled four-track is gimmicky.


Just get a decent mic and audio interface, keep your signal to noise ratio down and get some decent monitors so you can make a good mix.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:01 AM   #15
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You can get a professional quality mix if you know what you're doing.
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You can get a professional quality mix if you know what you're doing.

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how is easier home recording an excuse for lo-fi crap? I've got mates with a Mac and a basic interface and they crank out extremely high quality demo tracks.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:19 AM   #17
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know what i hate? when people w bad equipment try to make their recordings sound all theatric and pro. you know it has obviously programmed drums, too much/too little bass (yet sounding unintentionally empty regardless), too much/too little reverb... idk. i'd rather u just embrace ur shitty setup and make shitty recordings.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:09 AM   #18
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There is something to be said for practicing in one place and recording or 'playing' in another Studio's might help some people get their very best takes in the way playing live gets performers fired up- which also leads to a good performance of the music. It;s also similar to an athlete getting his best performance on game day.
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