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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.
Recording the acoustic guitar and stereo can very satisfying in ear candy in a mix, providing a lush deep sound field. By placing a pair of cardioid microphones at an angle to each other, and as close as possible without the tips touching, a very realistic stereo image of the guitar can be captured. With the X-Y technique, each of the two microphones captures sound directly in front of it. If positioned near the sound hole, one will the neck and one will capture the body depending on where the mics are positioned. This produces a very nice, clear, focused, tight image without lot of the sound of the room.
(music playing) Be sure to set your preamp controls so the mics are at same level which, will create the most balanced recording. Start with the array about two feet away, then move it backwards or forwards for more or less ambience.
(music playing) To sum it all up, recording the acoustic guitar in stereo provides a sense of depth that you can't get any other way. The easiest way is with the stereo mic but another way is with an identical pair of mics configured in an X-Y array. (music playing)
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