We’re back with another FAQ Friday! I hope you have all had a marvellous week and are staying safe and healthy!
Before we jump into our FAQ Friday questions, I just wanted to take a moment to focus on the positive things we’ve been able to do over the past couple of weeks in the midst of the current situation. We have been able to give you 4 full courses, bringing you ones from Brad Wood, Matt Starr, Tony Franklin, and myself. I hope you have all been able to learn something from each of these courses and are using this time where we are all stuck at home to develop your mixing skills and making the most of the situation!
We are also giving you a free 30 day trial of the Produce Like a Pro Academy! The Academy is an amazing place where you can learn and develop your skills, and also collaborate with an incredibly supportive community. There are also forums within the Academy where you can post your mixes and get feedback that will help you develop even further! Click here to get your 30 day trial of the Produce Like Academy!
Now, onto FAQ Friday! Today’s featured question is: I’m looking to upgrade my interface and add tons of microphones to my mic locker. With all the different options out there how do I know I’m getting the right ones for me? Does it matter?
If you are looking to upgrade your interface, especially if it is 10-15+ years old, I say go for it! The interfaces you can get from companies like UAD and Audient these days are incredible, and are a fraction of the cost of what interfaces used to be.
You may also feel you need to upgrade your interface so that you can have more inputs if you are moving into recording live drums or bands and need to have more mics set up, and I get that. So at the end of the day: if you want to upgrade your interface, I am not going to argue with you. An upgraded interface will likely give you an increase in quality, as well as flexibility, and you can get a lot of bang for your buck with the systems that are out today.
As for microphones, the most important thing is to be selective and to be smart about how you spend your money. There is a massive price range when it comes to microphones, and you really can sink a lot of money into them, but you don’t necessarily have to. For example, if you were to walk into someone’s studio and they had 20-30 microphones to mic up a band, with just one really nice vocal mic, one nice ribbon, a handful of 57s, and then maybe 10 or 15 mics from Lewitt, AudioTechnica, etc., no one is going to think they don’t know what they are doing!
In order to make sure you are getting the best microphone for your needs and for your budget, go to Audio Test Kitchen and test out a bunch of mics! See which ones sound the best and compare different price ranges to decide where you want to invest, and where you can get a more inexpensive mic, while still getting a great sound. No matter what your budget, there is a mic that will work for you!