Audio quality is okay. It sounds a little muddier or muffled than I’d want (a lot of lows and low-mids, not as much upper mid and treble). Are you recording with a mic? Experimenting with mic placement, as Majik suggested, can help. If you’re using an internal pickup you could check on the tone controls/EQ for the pickup.
Yes, a Scarlett Condenser mic. The first recording was made with it near the 12th fret (about 15cm off the fretboard), and angled slightly towards the sound hole. I’m going try again, pointing right at 12th fret.
I’m playing stood-up as my chair is really creaky, and I wanted to eliminate that from the recording.
That sound better, Iain. For me I think there is more clarity in the notes. In addition to strings did you try a different mic position and orientation in the room?
I meant to say that if you can’t get away from a central position, you can also rotate how you stand on the spot so you are looking at an angle at the facing wall. All of this intended to influence how the sound waves reflect back off the walls and corners.
I really enjoyed the change you inserted. For me that made it sound more like a song and less like an exercise. So add some lyrics and you have an original song to sing.
Listened to both and yup, there is a definite brighter quality to the second recording.
Having said that, it would make no difference to me which quality you shared your music with.
For me (an expert in lo-fi), it’s all about the music and the feels.
Sound quality is just an afterthought.
OK, you can start casting stones now…
Gotta agree here. I always thought the main point of this section was to show off your learning progress and get feedback on technique and stuff so as long as everything isn’t too muddy I wouldn’t sweat it all that much. I do appreciate the high production covers and collabs people are putting out tough.
Back to the topic: nicely done Ian! I especially enjoyed the long version. Sounding good and very moody! Consider recording video though if you’d like more constructive feedback. Looking forward to more!
Have to agree with everyone else the string change has made a big difference and everything is sounding a lot clearer. As regards to recording quality, don’t worry about any of that for now. As long as things are not muddy, distorted or someone’s vacuuming in the background and you can hear what is being played, that will be enough to solicit feedback, which is all you need right now. When you get into recording full blown covers, yeah you want to ramp the production up but it is something else you learn along the way. But for now focus on the playing.