Lessons Learned – Recording Taiko
If you first learned how to record 5-10 years ago (or more), you were probably taught to record “as loud as possible without clipping.” Back then, in the 16-bit world of recording, this was true. In the 24-bit world of recording, this is no longer true. As a result, my world was turned upside down. What was I to do?
According to multiple articles, I’m supposed to record at a volume that’s “just loud enough and nowhere near clipping.” Typically, that’s somewhere between -20db and -12db. I read it on the internet so it must be true. But rather than take my word for it, try listening to the drum covers for yourself.
Another challenge I faced in my particular situation was the recording environment. My studio is by no means ideal for recording. There’s an immense amount of noise and slapback. I therefore tried two solutions.
First, I tried experimenting with several different mic placements and settings. Second, I tried using different mixing techniques to get a sense of space without capturing too much noise. Hopefully you can hear an improvement through the process.