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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.
Direct injection of a signal means that a microphone is bypassed, and the electric instrument is plugged directly into the console, microphone preamp, or recording device. It's used to capture the pure sound of the instrument which isn't always desirable, and to eliminate the need for an additional microphone, making the session setup faster. There are a couple of other good reasons why a direct box is used though. The so called DI box matches the impedance of the mic preamp to the instrument. So, that the high frequency response isn't rolled off. It also provides ground isolation to eliminate any straight hum that might occur.
There are two basic types of direct boxes. Active which provides gain and therefore needs electronics requiring a battery, AC or phantom power. And Passive, which has no gain, doesn't require a power. The Active box like the Countryman Type 85 sometimes has enough gain to be able to actually replace the mic preamp and connect directly to a storage device like a tape machine or DAW. Passive direct boxes are generally a lot cheaper than the active units. But the cheaper they are, the more the low frequency response usually suffers, which is not the best thing for bass recording.
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