Scratch Tracks

It can be helpful to record rough "scratch" versions of tracks to get a feel for how the song sounds without worrying about getting a perfect take. Scratch tracks can also be used as a reference when recording other tracks (3rd chorus, second solo, etc.. ). This is especially helpful when recording all the tracks yourself. Refer to the Scratch Track page for more info.

Lead Vocals

Voices can sound dramatically different through different microphones so test a few before you buy and keep track of what mic was used for specific recordings. Its common to always use the same mic when recording lead vocals. Refer to the Vocals page for more.


A lot of people mic every drum but you can usually get a very good drum sound by simply miking the kick and snare then hanging a matched pair of mics above the kit in a V pattern for a natural stereo recording of the whole kit. The resulting stereo track can be panned hard left and hard right for an "in-the-kit" sound. Other times you'll want to bring the pans toward the center so the drums won't use up so much of the sound stage.

Try setting up a remote control interface to the recording software within reach of the drum kit. Sonar allows you to map MIDI note combinations to system events. This can be used to turn a MIDI keyboad into a remote control.

Electric Guitars

Often, a single close mic is good enough to record a guitar amp. If you have enough tracks however, use two or three mics/tracks to record the amp close at a couple of angles and from a few feet away to get an ambient version. There will usually be a predominant track but fading in and out different combinations of the tracks can yeild amazing results.


Refer to the Bass page.

Backing Vocals

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Acoustic Guitars

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Electronic Keyboards

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Other Acoustic Instruments

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