Ep 031: Home Recording and Mixing with Tim Sincere

Today’s episode is all about getting great sound in an imperfect space. Here to share his wisdom and tips for recording outside of a professional setting is singer/songwriter Tim Sincere. An AudioSkills podcast listener himself, Tim has been recording in the home studio environment and releasing songs on his own for years.

Listen in to hear his insight on recording professional-sounding music without all the high-end gear. He shares lots of awesome advice on overcoming the challenges of recording in a home studio, as well as his own recording process and more.

The audio tip of the week is about optimizing your recording space. Of course, we all have limitations on what we can do within our home studios, but you want to make your space the best it can be in order to minimize noise reflection. Consider your sitting position—are you in a corner or close to windows? If so, try moving as far away from both as you can. Ideally, you want to be as close to the middle of the width of the room as possible. Lengthwise, try to position your desk about a third of the way down the room. Also, if you can, keep your desk at least a foot from the wall. Now these are all tips for an ideal setup, but don’t worry if you can’t apply all of this advice. Do what’s possible for you, and don’t forget that many of us work in imperfect spaces and get great results. Even something as simple as adding rugs, furniture, blankets, and pillows can help cut down on noise reflections in the room. It’s all about working with what you have.

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • Audio tip of the week: Arrange your recording space to make it the best it can be.
  • Advice for getting started with a home studio.
  • Which type of computer is best for someone who’s just starting out.
  • Tim’s current setup and go-to tools.
  • Why it’s important to set recording deadlines.
  • Reasons to use a compressor.
  • Tim’s recording process.
  • Places you should be listening to your tracks—other than your studio.

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