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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.
Congratulations on making it through the course. Now you should be a lot more familiar with some of the most common mic placement and studio practices used in professional recording sessions. Your ear should now be more tuned what a good recording actually sounds like. That reference point is really important, so this will tell you when something sounds good or bad or right or wrong for the song. Remember, they are like so many other things in life, recording takes practice. The more you do it, the better you get. The more experience you gain, the more you learn what works and what doesn't in a particular situation.
But never be afraid to experiment. Learning the fundamentals is important, but learning when to go against them is important too. Above all, have fun! You can sometimes create magic without it, but everything goes so much easier when everyone is having a good time. For some additional information and exercises on recording, check out my Audio Recording Basic Training Book published by Alfred Music Publishing. You can also learn a lot more about mixing by watching my Audio Mixing Bootcamp course, right here on lynda.com.
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