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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.
Where the singer is placed in the room makes a big difference in the sound that's why it's important to find the right place in the studio for vocalist before recording vocals can begin. In general, vocals sound better when we record in an open space that's why many vocal booths not only feel tight but sound very closed as well. Rooms with low ceilings can also be a problem with loud singers as they can cause the room to ring at certain lower mid-range frequencies. That's why it's important to move the vocalist in to the biggest part of the studio when recording a vocal overdub.
All vocals and instruments sound best when there is some space for the sound to develop. If the room sounds too big, and has too much ambience place some screens or gobos around the vocal. The right distance is 4 or 5 feet on each side of the singer or a little longer than the singer can touch with his arms outstretched. The bottom line is the more space the better a vocal will sound.
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