CourseHow to Expertly Record a Singer-songwriter (Small Room Series)

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This course will conquer these issues:

  • The vocal does not sound full or "In your face" because of phase problems
  • The acoustic guitar sounds thin and you are not sure how to fix it
  • The recordings have a "Boxy" sound
  • It is hard to know where the mics should be placed to get a "Pro" result.
  • You are stuck using the acoustic guitar's pick up and those always sound terrible in a mix!
  • You do not know how to plan recording sessions to have zero wasted time.
  • You are unsure how to record so that other musicians (Or studios) can layer additional parts.

It is deceptively challenging to record a vocal and acoustic guitar at the same time.

Whether you are a singer-songwriter that records your own songs, or an owner of a studio, I made this course so that you can easily make fantastic sounding recordings of singer-songwriters.


Why is it so challenging?

  • Many of the issues listed above cannot be fixed during mixing. You have to get it right on recording day.
  • All voices and acoustic guitars sound different. There is no "Paint by number" for recording a singer-songwriter.
  • Having two microphones so close together always creates problems. It will never sound good unless you follow a plan and understand how to listen for issues.

What you will learn in this course:

  • Learn how to quickly set up microphones on singer-songwriters and get fantastic results.
  • Learn how to adapt the techniques by knowing what to listen for and how to fix problems.
  • Learn how to record the vocal on it's own, using my 4 Vocal EQ Points technique.
  • Learn how to add a professional touch to recordings made with a sm58 (Vocal) and a DI acoustic guitar.


What is Needed?

  • Two microphones
  • Two microphone inputs
  • A musician

What Kind of Gear will Be Used in the Course?

  • The course uses microphones that are all $700 and below.
  • I also filmed most of the course in my control room, which is not an acoustically designed room, but closely resembles many bedrooms and small studios. The ceiling is 7 ft (2.1 Meters) high, and the room is 15 feet (4.5 Meters) wide.
  • Everything in the course is relatable. No big mixing consoles or crazy expensive mics.
  • Everything I do here at my studio can be done in your studio too.singer-song-two-2

What is in the course?

  • 12 core lessons with multiple videos in each (39 Videos Total)
  • Total video time of the core lessons is 3 hours and 1 minute
  • 2 bonus units (23 bonus lessons and hours of bonus video)
  • Text articles
  • Listening examples
  • Direct email support from me with custom step-by-step instructions
  • Immediate access to all the course materials
  • Video downloads of core lessons are availablesinger-song-two-fig-8-microphones-00_00_54_09-still008


  • The First Questions to Ask Before Any Recording Session (5:32)
  • The Single Mic Recording Set Up (2 Parts: 8:26, and 7:01)
  • The Typical Set-Up - Two Cardioid Mics (10:47)
  • Two Figure-8 Microphones (Three Parts: 7:04, 7:11, 7:54)
  • When and How to Use the DI (7:22)
  • Lo-fi Set-up - A sm58 and DI Signal (7:22)
  • Creating a Reverb Chamber for Improving DI Acoustic Guitar (Two Parts: 19:13, 3:39)
  • Basic Approach to Recording Piano with Vocals (4:35)
  • Recording with Other Musicians in the Room (5:35)
  • Recording the Acoustic Guitar on it's Own (10:44)
  • Recording the Vocal on it's Own (12:50)
  • Creating a Basic Mix (28:24)singer-song-two-fig-8-microphones-00_32_51_04-still004

Bonus Unit: Acoustic Treatment

  • The Room is Apart of the Sound (6:07)
  • What Makes a Great Recording Room? (5:57)
  • Ceiling Treatment (6:57)
  • First Reflections (5:25)
  • Second Reflections (2:12)
  • Bass Traps - How Important are They? (5:05)
  • Do You Have to Treat Both Surfaces? (3:12)
  • Diffusion (5:32)
  • Intro to Control Room Treatment (6:53)
  • A Closer Look at my Standard Sound Panel (6:49)
  • How to Make Absorption Panels More Effective (2:42)singer-song-reverb-chamber-lesson-7-00_10_00_14-still003

Bonus Unit - Engineering Foundations

  • How to Develop Your Ears (8:09)
  • Why Do People Want to Record with YOU? (4:29)
  • It Is Never About the Gear (8:28)
  • Understand What Happens to Pitches at High Volume (5:26)
  • Being Unique in Your Field (4:23)
  • Are Headphones Good to Mix With? (4:23)
  • How to Know When Your Ears are Being Tricked (4:14)
  • The Middle-Frequency Range is King (7:01)
  • Using Reference Mixes (7:12)
  • Low Volume = Good Recordings (3:52)
  • Cool Trick for Knowing if the Vocals are Too Loud (4:11)

Bonus - Step-by-step email support directly from me (Ryan)

  • Something sound a little off and you can't figure out why?
  • Just email me a short audio file, and I'll give you a custom step-by-step process on how to improve.


  • You get immediate access to all the videos. Total video time is 3 Hours, 1 Minute. (03:01:00)
  • You never expire or go out of date. You have this course for life.
  • Download the core lessons

30 Day Money Back Guarantee

  • I want you to be completely happy with the course and coaching. If you are not happy for any reason, just email me within the first 30 days from your purchase and I'll refund 100% of the purchase price for this course.
  • No risk. The only thing you risk is not getting the course, and allowing unsure microphone technique to hold you back the sound of your singer-songwriter recordings.

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