So, I’ve hit a bit of a snag. As some of you may know, for the past month and a half, I’ve been working on recording my debut album. I was making what I considered to be fairly decent progress. Up until yesterday night, I thought that I was 85% finished with the record. But then I had a friend help me do a rough mix of one of the songs. (And when I say helped, I mean I gave them the tracks and let them do everything for me.) When I played back the mix, I thought that they had added in a bunch of effects, because I kept hearing what sounded like footsteps in the background and excessive popping noises in the vocals. Then I played back the original take and realized that it had nothing to do with special effects, I just have a really bad microphone. Don’t get me wrong, for the $19 I paid for it, the mic works well. But in terms of something I’d want to release, it just has too many problems.
In truth, I knew from the start that it was not the best product. Anytime I heard a popping noise in the vocals, I told myself that I would just go back and fix it later during the mixing stage. But, after listening to the rough mix, I went through all of the songs I had recorded and realized that almost all of them have these problems.
This left me with three options:
1.) Be lazy and keep on using the same microphone.
2.) Get a professional engineer to clean up all of the audio and potentially pay a whole lot of money that I don’t have.
3.) Buy a better microphone.
For an extended moment, option one seemed like the way to go. But then the lazy side of my brain and the rational side got into a big fight and the rational side won. (I hate it when that happens.) So, after some research, I went down to the nearest music store and bought a new microphone. I started fiddling around with it and can already tell that it works much better than what I was using before. Since I want the album to have a consistent sound to all of the songs, I’ll have to re-record everything, but if that means that the album will actually be listenable (and that’s kind of an important part of any album), then I’m hoping it will all be worth it in the end. Either that, or I’ll just come back later and rant about how much time I wasted. Then I’ll have a mental breakdown and move to Europe, because Europe seems like the perfect place to go after a breakdown. So, either way, I’ll try to keep you entertained.
Have you ever had to start over on a project? In the end, was it worth it? Let me know in the comments down below!