Technology has a done a lot for the home recording artist. However, it still requires both patience and persistence to accomplish a studio quality sound. Here are a few tips to help point you in the right direction:
#1 Take Your Time
In order to achieve optimal sound it’s important to take a moment to dial in your tone. The settings you use when playing live are rarely the same ones you want to use when recording. Take a few minutes to adjust the levels on your amp and pedals in order to get that perfect tone.
#2 Adjust your Microphone
When recording with an external microphone try adjusting both the distance and angle from your amplifier. This can make a huge difference in terms of how wide and clean the sounds captured from your amp are.
#3 Double Track
Record multiple tracks of the same part. The more the better. Make sure to vary the ranges between them as well. Some high (more treble) and some low (more bass). Also, try adjusting the effects on each one as well. Example: If the part you are recording has distortion, try adding a subtle clean version as well. This will round out your instruments sound.
A good way to make your tracks more compelling is to add Pans. This is where the sound goes from one side to the other. It’s up to you to choose the right parts to do this, but if done right it will make your recordings sound much more professional.