How to record guitar on studio one

how to record on studio one - Rename Track and Recolor Track

How to record guitar on studio one. Studio One is one of the finest DAW on earth. I would like to share a bit tutorial on how to record guitar on studio one. Actually, this method is recording audio using Studio One or from wave source. Vocals and Guitars are the same source. Note, the guitar sound source that I mean is acoustic guitar in which you record it using a microphone. So, basically it can be done for recording many instruments. Alright, let’ get started.

Steps on How to record guitar on studio one

First, you need to have Presonus Studio One (of course). If you don’t have one, consider purchasing one, trust me, it is worth buying. Now that you have it, open it. You will see the interface of Studio One and you will see blank project. Click on Create a New Song.

how to record on studio one - open new song
how to record on studio one – open new song

From the picture above, you may see that you need to activate tab User, Name the song on the song title tab, determine where you want to save your song project, sample rate, tempo, time signature. Oh yeah, don’t forget to activate Empty Song. If everything is set up like in the picture above, click OK to finish.

Second, you will see the workspace of Studio one. See the left side of the workspace, find icon Plus, or just right click on the black space. We will add a track to record the audio. In this purpose of recording audio, we will choose add audio track (mono). For the next project, you may experiment with add audio track (stereo), add instrument track, add automation track and many more. For now, let’s stick with the Audio track mono. See the picture below to get clear idea on how to add mono audio track in studio one to record audio like vocals or guitars.

how to record on studio one - add mono audio track
how to record on studio one – add mono audio track

Third, The audio track is ready. However, you should not begin recording first as you may need to further setting the audio track for future ease. What’s the future ease? the ease of locating the track especially when the workspace is already full of tracks and that you will get confused of where and what or which track you are looking for. To avoid that trouble, Rename and Change the color of the track. For example, because we are about to record guitar, name it A. Guitar (like shown in the picture below). Click the track name to rename it. Then, change the color by clicking the blue box in the left side of the track and you will see many color options. Choose one color that you desire and that you can remember easily that the color you have chosen is for guitar.

how to record on studio one - Rename Track and Recolor Track
how to record on studio one – Rename Track and Recolor Track

Forth, in order for the track to be able to record the audio source from your acoustic guitar, enable the record button in the track. Click the record button to enable it. Initially, the button color is black and blue. Once you click it, it changes to red and black dot button. That means that the track is able to record sounds.

how to record on studio one - activate record button
how to record on studio one – activate record button

Fifth, Before you actually start recording your guitar performance, you need to set the metronome first. Why do we need to set up the metronome? the reason is pretty technical. Metronome is very important to keep your playing guitar on the track and rhythm. If you don’t use metronome, your guitar playing pace may change from fast to slower, or slow to faster without patterned timing. This will be a big problem especially when you combine or mix the guitar playing with another tempo based instrument like drums. If you never used metronome before, get used to it.

To activate the metronome, look at the play bar in the bottom, find the metronome and click it to see the setting. For starter, just copy the way I set metronome like shown in the picture below.

how to record on studio one - activate and setting up metronome
how to record on studio one – activate and setting up metronome

IMPORTANT! you have to activate the Precount. This will give you a preparation when to start recording so that you are not shocked and astounded when the recording starts.

Start Recording!

After setting up the metronome, you are ready to record your guitar. Click on the record button in the play bar in the bottom of the workspace and the metronome should start with the precounter. Below is the condition during recording process when you are playing your guitar. The color of the track is light green.

how to record on studio one - recording process
how to record on studio one – recording process

When you finish, click the stop button to stop the recording and the track should change becomes like below:

how to record on studio one - recording result
how to record on studio one – recording result

This is the end of how to record audio in studio one. For the next, you can record another instruments, mix it with drums or vocals, or directly save it of export it into audio file like wav or mp3 for further editing.

I hope this simple tutorial on how to record audio in studio one can help. Thank you for coming by and read this post until the end of the sentence. If you like this post, please consider clicking like button or share it to your friends. I would be happy to get in touch with my readers in the comment. See you in the next tutorials.

Regards,

Aliv
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Aliv is a passionate music production blogger. He loves to write songs and play guitar. Recently, he moves into digital music production and would like to share what he learned.

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2 Comments on “How to record guitar on studio one”

  1. Hi
    While recording guitar, should I keep the tempo option to timestrech​, follow or don’t follow. What’s their significance?

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