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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.
You're going along recording and all of a sudden something sounds distorted. What do you do? In this video I'm going to show you the steps to take to troubleshoot what's causing distortion and how to eliminate it. If something sounds distorted use these following steps to track it down. Is the microphone preamp overloading? Check to see if the red overload LED light or the meter is peeking into the red. If so, decrease the input gain or select the input pad or the pad on the mic if it has one. Is your signal path overloading in another place? If you're using a console regardless of the size or an outboard compressor, check to see if any overload LEDs are lighting or if the meters are peeking into the red.
If so, decrease the output level of the stage just before the overload. Is your DAW overloading? Once again, check to be sure that no overload LEDs are lit. This shouldn't happen if you keep your input level between -6 and -10 dB. If it does, decrease the input level on the DAW or the output level of the previous gain stage. Is your playback signal path distorting? Are you listing back in a console? If so, is one of the channels overloading? Are the monitors turned up too loud? Are there any overload lights lit anywhere in signal path? If so, decrease the level from the DAW first or turn down any input level controls in the playback signal path. Is it a mic or cable? Replace the cable first.
Is the sound cleaner? If not, try a different mic. Is it any better? Is it a cabinet ravel? Sometimes a recording picks up something that you can't hear live unless you really look for it. For instance, a buzz coming from a loose amp handle can sometimes be heard as distortion. Go out into the room and listen to the instrument and the environment closely, but be sure to have the player play the exact same part as when you heard the distortion. Sometimes the sound will only come from a single note, so while playing the same part you ensure that it can happen again so you can track it down.
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