Practising with your band is more fruitful if you are able to record everything with a good quality. Then you are able to listen to everything, identify bad notes, make corrections, or simply change arrangements. Recording gives you a lot of possibilities to polish your skills and make you music sounds awesome.
Are you having a hard time identifying the best band recording method?
Of course, you can find on the market lot of recording devices. They are in different price range and they give limited possibilities for recording. There is also the issue of quality, not every recording device is able to record your rehearsal in an easy way giving you as the output a great quality recording.
If you are looking for a perfect solution - so ease of use, awesome quality of recordings, single tracks of instruments as the output, and a great design - ZYLIA is the choice. Practising with your band is more fruitful if you are able to record everything with a good quality. Then you are able to listen to everything, identify bad notes, make corrections, or simply change arrangements. Recording gives you a lot of possibilities to polish your skills and make you music sounds awesome.
Recording audio with smartphone, field recorder and Zylia
This is an example of rehearsal recorded with a smartphone, a typical field recorder, and Zylia Portable Recording Studio. With ZYLIA you can feel the difference... and this feeling of spatial sound, just like being in the middle of your band.
Recently, we had a chance to run beta tests in a private rehearsal room in Gdańsk (BADUUUM Rehearsal Room). Mariusz - owner of this rehearsal place was using ZYLIA recording system to work with local bands. We have collected his feedback and a few pictures to share with you.
"Our experience with Zylia ZM-1 microphone was very fruitful because we used it in our rehearsal studio (Sala Prób Baduuum in Gdańsk) with professionals and amateurs, playing all kind of music from jazz, acoustic pop, reggae, to rock and heavy metal. Technology did convince us, because of its abilities to separate tracks and overall quality of recordings was very high, especially drum set and vocal - which are usually the hardest to record well. It was a great experience and we hope to have a chance to use it on a regular basis."
Mariusz Pawłowski, owner of rehearsal room Sala Prób Baduuum
We want to share few tips about how to prepare for recording your first EP. Feel free to use them with your band.
Your first EP must go straight from your heart!
The best tip ever, always record your music. Record every song, sketch or new riff. I am sure you will make a great use of it as the inspiration at some point in the future.
All you need is to be real with your fans and with yourself.
Quality. In this case, you should focus more on passion in your music than its quality. People will accept raw garage style if they like what you are creating.
Finesse your music. Record your selected songs and listen back to it again. We all know that it is difficult to evaluate yourself while playing with a band, many mistakes are unnoticed. There is a great tool which can help in this process. ZYLIA is a multitrack mic which can record a whole band and separates tracks of every musician from recording. So after your jam session you all can sit back, and listen to single tracks. It’s a totally different thing once you sit down and start listening to the recording. You start to process it and make progress with your band.
…and of course, rehearse and record as much as you can.
The EP flow. Work on your EP flow, so the songs' structure - intro, middle, end part, memorize your riffs and lyrics. Make a clear plan for recording, and make sure everyone knows it. If you choose to go to a recording studio, be prepared. You do not want to waste your money for practicing in a recording studio, it is very expensive. You can always practice with ZYLIA Portable Recording Studio.
Think about your budget. You will need to pay for printing, and the CDs, maybe distribution. Make all calculations and be aware that it is not very cheap:-)
If you choose to record with ZYLIA, then no recording studio expenses will appear:-) Just rent rehearsal room with a decent acoustic treatment and easily record your songs. You can always play with tracks and prepare a balanced recording. No stressful situations in a recording studio. Just you, your band and a great chemistry.
All concerts and gigs are canceled, and you are sitting at home and wondering what to do with your free time, how to show your creative work to the world, stream your concert from your apartment, or just play guitar for others? Maybe it is time to change your living room into an awesome recording space...
It is easier than you expect. Just follow our advice and you will get a good quality recording from your home rehearsal session.
First of all, find a room.
Put your instruments inside in a circle, and plug them.
Arrange the space to make it look cozier :-)
Carpet is recommended if you play drums.
Put ZYLIA ZM-1 multi-track microphone in the middle of the room. Just between all musicians (or in front of you if you play alone). In this way, you can record all sound sources at once.
Plug it to your laptop and get ready for recording.
And the most important element - THE BAND!
After your recording session mix or automix tracks in ZYLIA Studio and share it with your fans.
Start recording music in your own music studio in living room!
Our young stars, FairyTaleShow recording their greatest hits with ZYLIA. It was a great recording session. Like it and share it because guys play cool music.
By Piotr Makaruk
How it is usually done - studio session recording ...
These days music production is faster than ever. Through years recording process has been moving from analogue to digital domain. As the answer to this shift quite a big spectrum of available DAW software appears. They offer a rich amount of tools for track editing and music arrangements. It is a great progress in music editing. Musicians are allowed to rework their technical skills using advanced software, to correct their mistakes, play with amount of quantization or rearrange a whole song with different groove. The methodology of music recording has changed and this advanced software treatments applied to sound are becoming standard procedure. Technology is blissful and allows amateurs as well as professionals creating great music pieces on their computers. This form of music creation could be perceived as a rather conceptually-oriented, because production process highly contributes to the final sound.
How it was done - live studio session recording ...
Some great albums such as the first album of The Beatles and Led Zeppelin debut were recorded during a live studio session. Musicians used to play song together and recorded songs simultaneously. These records are familiar from the fact, that they were mixed and mastered incredibly fast within tens of hours immediately after recording. For example Led Zeppelin I album was characterized by unforgettable and unique dose of expression, with interesting natural balanced room ambiance, although final record contains some crosstalks and notable leakages on the vocals recordings. However, all these imperfections were admitted to had been done intentionally by the authors. Experimental setups of microphones were highly contributing to the phenomenal sound. Maybe live sessions recording approach is worth to reconsider once again in light of new promising technology? Is it always worth to record each track separately?
Coming back to live studio session recording with the new technology...
ZYLIA Portable Recording Studio comes with a new approach dedicated for music recording. It allows casual users for live studio recording in easier way than it was ever done before. This single recording device offers studio capabilities with no necessity of applying excessive recording equipment. Multiple microphones setup and reflection filters are substituted with a single device. Up till now live studio session recording approach required well equipped studio or rehearsal room with an acoustic adaptation. Often musicians were partially separated from each other losing their emotional connection.
The advantage of proposed solution is ease of use. ZYLIA is connected via USB cable to your laptop and does not require additional power supply. Moreover advanced technology inside of ZYLIA helps to save some space in a rehearsal room and offers a big freedom in instruments setup.
By putting it in the middle of music scene, ZYLIA offers more spatial freedom in a rehearsal room setup making it a quite natural and comfortable for musicians. After initial recording is made, in order to localize each of the sources correctly in space, live studio session can be performed. After recording and processing a significantly enhanced sound of each instrument could be mixed in your favorite DAW software with additional effects applied.
Moreover, it handles well acoustic imperfections present in a rehearsal room.
The huge advantage of such solution is mobility. Musicians can take ZYLIA in an inspiring place and create music outside of the studio environment recording not only their music but also surrounding world. Why not to take several ZYLIA devices and experiment a little bit with several setups during the same record live session like it was done during Led Zeppelin album?
Advanced technology in ZM-1 would allow to record rehearsals and highlight each instrument mapping it on audio clip like if they were recorded separately. When the most important thing is already done and song is recorded, a quick editing will be required before presenting a song further to wider audience.
Finally, I would recommend this device to every musician who is looking for new ways of musical expression, bands who feel more comfortable during a live recording as well as artists who discover sounds through experimental approach. Classical and timeless albums prove that a real eye-to-eye contact between band members during recording creates something which could not be repeated in track by track recording approach. Thanks to ZYLIA device a live studio session recording would be much easier than it has ever been before. It opens a new field for people who would like to experiment with sound and music.
This time we recorded our friends in so cold "old-school" way, a la a single mic technique, but with multi track ZYLIA ZM-1. Results are very nice.
For many musicians recording of their performance is a very obvious thing. For many it is too difficult. Some of them simply is a bit too lazy for that:-)
But why you should record your rehearsals?
1. Hear it all
In many cases you simply do not hear everything when playing with your band. Music can be too loud to catch every tone. You are also very focused on your performance and you do not notice every detail. This is absolutely normal thing. Recording of your rehearsals can help you in identifying parts which need more work.
2. Track your progress
By listening to recordings made within longer period of time with your band you can easily track your progress. This is always very motivating moment.
3. Be critical
It is easier to assess your recording and judge the choice of tone for a particular song. Sometimes instruments do not go well together and you are able to hear it only by listening to recordings. You can adjust tone and check if that works out better.
4. Save good ideas
Jam sessions are great, full of passion and great ideas…. but, in many cases you simply forget what you have played. You lose good pieces and this is very frustrating. If you record your sessions you can always go back to your good ideas.
Recording can be complicated, if you use microphones to pick up either the room, or individual instruments and vocals, and you also need an interface and a computer that will convert your sound to a digital format.
Forget about those problems. ZYLIA ZM-1 gives you a great possibility to record your rehearsal in an easy way only with one multi tract microphone. It enables new post-processing effects such as individual sound sources separation. This technology isolates every instrument from your music piece and saves it to preserve every moment.
Try it out, record your rehearsals and help yourself improve! Be professional.