Can voice memo recordings work in a mix?

Getting recordings that you captured on your voice memos app to sit nicely in your mix may sound like a daunting task.

It goes without saying that setting yourself up for success with effective phone recording techniques is half the battle. But once you have your recordings captured and dragged into the DAW, where do you go from there?

While nothing will quite replace a high-quality condenser mic in a professional studio environment, with the help of some plugins and processing techniques, we can get our phone recordings to sound surprisingly good in our mixes. In the tutorial video above, we take unprocessed voice memo recordings and walk through the steps we took to make them work in the context of our production. If you’re one of many people who are currently confined to their home setup, this one’s for you.

Do you have any questions on any of the topics covered in the video? Are there any topics you’d like to see us tackle next? Let us know in the comments below.

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September 3, 2020

Max Rewak Max Rewak is a record producer, audio engineer, and music writer, based in New York and currently working in Sounds content at Splice.