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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.
The acoustic string bass is one of the hardest instruments to record for a variety of reasons. First, the tone depends largely upon the player. Second, mic placement is extremely important, and lastly usually the bass is played in a live setting like a jazz trio where it's placed very close to other instruments. That means that there may be leakage from those instruments to contend with. With all that in mind, let's look at how to mic an acoustic bass. Mic position is everything when recording acoustic bass. Just like with an acoustic guitar close miking the f-hole makes the sound muddy with no definition.
So, another approach is needed. (music playing) Perhaps more than any other instrument the bass needs space to really sound right. Place a mic end below the bridge about 18 inches away. This should give you some nice definition along with all the body of the instrument.
(music playing) Also, try to move the mic a bit closer, and move to the position that gives you the right balance of body to definition. (music playing) What kind of mic should you choose? Ribbon mics and string bases seem made for each other, but a nice condenser mic also works as well.
Let's take a listen to how they sound. (music playing) Don't fret if you don't have any of those microphones. Any kind of mic will give you good results with the right placement. It may not have the same low end, but it can still get you a good recording. (music playing) That's one way to mic an acoustic bass.
Place the mic below the bridge of the instrument about 18 inches away. Move it in closure, a further away to get the best combination of body and definition. (music playing).
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