Recording—Simplified: 4 Recording Tips from The Family Crest

July 24, 2017 | by Jon Simmons

The Family Crest by Emily Sevin

The Family Crest | Photo by Emily Sevin


Recording music shouldn’t be complicated. In this ongoing series, we’re asking musicians to offer their tips for simplifying the recording process. Here, Liam McCormick, multi-instrumentalist and frontman of orchestral indie-rock group The Family Crest, shares four tips that work for them.

How do you simplify the recording process?

The most crucial elements, to us at least, are:

1. Preparation. We make sure we're well rehearsed. The more you know your part and the tighter your band is, the less takes you’ll need and the less frustrated you’ll get.

2. Nerves can ruin a good session, so keep the positive energy flowing. Be supportive and if you need to give notes, be kind and gentle.

3. Use instruments that sound good. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should exclusively use expensive instruments (although most instruments that sound good are fairly expensive), but remember that a microphone can’t fix a bad sounding instrument. If your drum kit sounds dull and thuddy and you’re going for a clean round open sound, generally a mic can’t magically fix that and you’ll waste a lot of time attempting to get the sound you want without success.

4. Be earnest. Write songs that mean something to you and the recording will be easy. You won’t have to search for false emotion and your audience will respond to your genuine energy.

Be ready to record your song ideas wherever you are. Download the Spire app, a free, multi-track recording app for iPhone.

Recording—Simplified: 4 Recording Tips from The Family Crest