It’s not your equipment, it’s how you use it 

 December 23, 2020

By  QJé composer

It's not your equipment, it's how you use it! 

Here are 3 Top Takeaways to Set Up for High Quality Sound 

When I had a recording studio, I would get drummers coming in asking, 'Can you make me sound like John Bonham?' 
To which my reply was, 'Can you play like John Bonham?' 
The point is, your equipment can't make you sound like anything
But how you use it, how you set it up, and how your voice actually sounds, will ultimately determine the quality you send down the line. 
Do this first 
So perhaps work on the sound of your voice first. Make sure that what comes out of your mouth is interesting and emotionally engaging. (Get a voice coach if possible). Then get a good webcam and a good mic. And finally, set them up properly


A great mic in a bad acoustic will simply reproduce that bad acoustic (with your voice in it) really well. Result = you sound awful.
A reasonable mic in a great acoustic will capture the sound of your voice well, and surpass even a Neumann U87 in a bad acoustic.
So here are your takeaways:
  • Your Voice First (Speak Well: Sound Great)
  • Acoustics Second (Dry/Dead Acoustic is best - carpets, soft furnishings, bookshelves - anything to break up the reflections from hard parallel surfaces [walls and ceiling])
  • Equipment Third (you don't need to spend a fortune, but opening up your laptop and Zooming without an external webcam and mic won't do you any favours).
Have Fun: Go Play. 😎
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QJé composer

Hi I'm QJ - a composer of music and sonic art.
My music is mostly dark, cold and unsettling.
A theme park full of intense, scary rides, and sonic thrills.

It's sometimes about social issues I feel strongly about.
It's designed to elicit emotional responses.

I hope you enjoy some of it.
Please do leave your comment: I want to learn about how you react to music - especially mine (even if it makes you uncomfortable).

Enjoy the roller-coaster! ... and big thanks.

QJ Short Bio...
Composing Music to be enjoyed purely as an emotional, imagination-triggering listening experience, and for Film & TV.

Ex-Rock/Pop producer, artist and song-writer.
Now Solo Artist/Producer (interested in collaborative projects).

Former Chorister, Classical Pianist & Rock Guitarist/Keyboard player / session musician.
Former Song-Writer, Record Producer, Label Owner.
PRS member. Music Publisher. High Quality Sound Guy (engineer / producer).
Former commercial studio owner.