No, we’re not talking about the kind you give us – although your thoughts and comments are always appreciated and encouraged.
But today, we’re talking about the nasty kind of feedback – the kind that makes you feel (and most likely look) like this picture.
There are a lot of ways to create feedback in the studio, but we’re going to go through a few steps and precautions you should take when working in your studio to reduce the chance of a nasty feedback loop.
1. Never have your monitors on when there is a mic on in the area.
This can happen to those of us who record themselves a lot. It’s easy to get inspired and decide to throw down a quick vocal line. If you have a mic picking up signal from the speakers that is in turn sending signal to the speakers, a feedback loop will be created. This is never fun.
2. Keep your monitors off when plugging in instruments, mics, or other gear.
This can help to keep your monitors in good shape, as it will also reduce the “pops” that can occur when doing this. If there’s an issue with an instrument, mic, or piece of gear, it can sound pretty horrible coming through your speakers!
3. Set up your monitors correctly.
This means a couple of things. First, you should always have your volume control, mute switch, or other way to cut the sound from your monitors easily accessible. This means that in a split second, you’re able to stop feedback from coming through your speakers. This can not only save your monitors, but it can also save your ears.
One thing I like to do is have a separate power strip set up for my monitors. This allows for easily turning them on and off, but it also allows for an easy way to stop feedback if I ever needed to.
4. Think about your bussing/routing before you make the patch or click the mouse.
This is quite possibly the best way to eliminate the chance of feedback. Before sending audio out a certain bus in PT and into another, be sure that there isn’t a loop that can be created. A loop is where the input is sent to an output, and that output is the input of the initial track.
If you follow these tips, you’ll be much safer when it comes to feedback. Do you follow any other rules? We’d love to hear about them if you do!