Recording with Focusrite
Millions of people, from professionals to enthusiasts, record with Focusrite audio interfaces every day. These humble red boxes empower creators with the ability to share their music with the world. The technical aspects of an audio interface, while incredibly important, are meant to disappear and allow the creator to shine.
Whatever you record, there are some basic principles of recording that always matter. At Focusrite, it’s our aim to design audio recording tools that enable you to apply these principles with no limitations. Focusrite Scarlett interfaces are designed to give you outstanding results, no matter your craft. We hope these articles will guide you on your creative journey and help you make your music, your way.
How to record vocals
A beautiful clean, clear, and high-quality vocal can add so much to any track. However, achieving the perfect take can be something of a minefield, so we’ve put together a how-to guide to help you get a great recording.
How to record electric guitar
There’s no instrument in the history of recorded music more iconic than the electric guitar. For clean sounds, the electric guitar offers warm, creamy jazz tones, glassy funk licks, and reggae chops. If distortion is your preference, the electric guitar can produce rock power chords, screaming blues leads, or thrash metal mayhem.
How to record acoustic guitar
The starting point for an excellent acoustic guitar recording is a clean input stage on your audio interface. Focusrite Scarlett interfaces have clean, uncoloured gain and high-performance analogue-to-digital (A-D) converters so that you can capture your tone, your way.
How to record bass
The bigger, badder sibling to the electric guitar, the bass guitar provides the glue that holds a track together. A solid bass sound ties the rhythm section together, and there’s nothing better than having bass and drums sitting in the pocket, locked in the groove, and driving the mix.
How to record keyboard and synths
If you have a studio full of hardware synths and drum machines, your audio interface can be your studio centrepiece and time-saver all in one, increasing the efficiency of your workflow. Recording keyboards and synths can be straightforward. These instruments usually have line-level outputs, which connect straight into an audio interface’s line inputs, making it simple to get a great recording quickly. But there are several things to take into account when recording, and some power-user features that you can apply to your workflow to make the most of your keyboards and synths, and stay connected.
How to record drums
Drum recording is one of the most challenging aspects of audio engineering, and a good drum sound can transform a song, bringing dynamic excitement and a planting that heavy groove in peoples’ heads.
How to record acoustic instruments
When recording acoustic instruments, it’s vital to get a clean sound, free of distortion, noise, and colouration from the audio interface. Which technique you choose will depend on the instrument and the vibe you’re trying to capture, but there are some basic principles you can apply to all acoustic recordings.
How to record a band
Audio interfaces truly come into their own when recording a band. There are three things to consider when choosing an interface for this particular job: the size of the band, what you want to record, and your budget.
How to record spoken word
For most of us, talking seems so natural — until we come to record our voice. As soon as we hit record, we can suddenly find it hard to speak naturally and can trip over easy words. Don’t worry though, even the most seasoned voiceover artists struggle with recording. That said, there are some things you can do to make the job a little easier.