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Discover the industry secrets to recording crisp, rich instrument tracks and vocals in any type of recording environment. Join renowned audio engineer Bobby Owsinski as he walks through the process of miking and tracking a complete song by Underground Sun recording artist Iyeoka and A-list session musicians in a top-of-the-line studio—in a way that is applicable to any recording space and musical genre. Learn how to select the correct microphone and polar pattern for each instrument, with hundreds of revealing listening examples for drums, acoustic and electric guitar, piano, keyboards, and more. These professional techniques offer critical insights for those just getting started in the recording process, and a trustworthy reference guide for more seasoned engineers. Bobby also demonstrates how to monitor and sculpt EQ settings, why and when to process your input signal, and how to choose the right outboard gear for the track. This course employs 360-degree, 3D visualizations that provide an unprecedented perspective of the equipment, players, and microphone placements discussed. Plus, with the raw audio files provided, you can critically listen to every recorded example at home with your DAW of choice at full 24-bit resolution.
This was already discussed in the previous chapter, but it's important enough to cover one more time. One of the most important, yet overlooked, parts of a drum mix is checking the phase of the drum mics. This is important because not only will an out of phase channel suck the low end of the mix, but it will get more difficult to fix as the progresses. In this video I am going to show you how to quickly check the phase before you record. A drum mic can be out of phase due to a miss-wired cable or poor mic placement. Either way, it's best to fix it now before the recording goes any further.
After you've recorded a little bit and have all the drums together in the mix, go to the kick drum channel and change the selection of the clarity or phase parameter. Is there more or less low end? Choose the selection with the most bottom end. (music playing) Go to the snare drum channel and change the selection of the clarity or phase control. Is there more low-end or less? Choose a selection with the most bottom end.
(music playing) Go to each tom mic channel and change the selection of the clarity or phase control. Is there more low-end or less? (music playing) Go to each similar overhead mic and change the selection of the clarity or phase control. Is the more low-end or less? Choose a selection with the most bottom end.
(music playing) That's all you need to do. Usually you won't find much of a problem but this quick and easy step can be invaluable that one time that you do. Sum it all up. It's important to check the phase of the drum mics, because not only will an out of phase channel suck the low end of a mix, but it will get more difficult to fix as the mix progresses.
Check the phase by selecting the phase parameter on each drum channel and use a selection that provides the best bass response.
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