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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.
It's always best to have another miking technique ready if the one you normally use doesn't seem to work. Remember that the song, the player, the instruments itself, and the arrangement play more into the sound of the instrument then the mic and placement technique that you use. Here's an alternative way to mic the acoustic bass. As in the previous technique use a ribbon or large diaphragm condenser mic if you have one, move the ribbon mic to a place right above the right-hand and point it towards the higher strings. Be careful not to get the mic too close to the strings, or you'll pickup finger noise, a foot or 18 inches should be enough. (music playing) Choose the place that gives you the best tone and definition.
(music playing) Let's have a listen to the same setup, this time using a large diaphragm condenser mic instead of a ribbon mic. (music playing) Just as a comparison, let's listen once more but instead we will use a mic that you are sure to around the SM57. (music playing)
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