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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.
A couple of advantages of using two mics to close mic a grand piano is that you get better coverage of all the strings, and you can record it in stereo as well. In this video I'll show you a basic method that works really well. The easiest way to get a stereo spread on the piano is to replace our single mic method in the previous movie, with the stereo pair in an X-Y configuration. Remember that you need identical mics for this to work. Place the mics about 18 inches over the place where the high and low strings cross. If you need a brighter sound, move the mics closer to the strings.
If you need more body, move the mics up a bit. (music playing) If you're not hearing all the high and low notes evenly, spread the angle of the mics out a bit or move both mics left or right on the soundboard.
(music playing) So that's the way to use two mics to mike a piano. Use two identical mics in an X-Y configuration placed over the center of the soundboard where the high and low strings meet. Spread the mics for a greater stereo image and raise or lower them for either more or less body. (music playing)
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