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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.
Today it's very common to record a bass using a combination of both an amp and a DI, which provides a great combined sound. While the bass will sound full and warm with the direct box, the amp can adjust enough edge that help the bass punch through a mix. Here is how to mic bass amp. Listen closely to the amp as the bass player plays, if there are multiple speakers find the one that sounds the best. Don't forget to protect your hearing with high quality ear plugs like Etymotic Research's ER20s. (music playing) Place a large diaphragm dynamic mic like a D112, RE20, or B52 or even a condenser mic like a 414, a little off center and a couple of inches away from the cone of the best sounding speaker in the bass cabinet.
You can even use a sub-kick mic that we used on the bass drum in an earlier movie. If you don't have a large diaphragm dynamic mic, don't worry, you can get the sound close enough with most high quality mics. Move the mic across the cone to find this spot that has the best balance of body and definition. (music playing) You might also want to try the old school way of miking, which is what I prefer.
Move the mic so it's about a foot away from the speaker just like with musical instruments the sound of an amp needs a little space to develop, which is what this position provides. (music playing) So, that's how we mic the bass amplifier.
Find the best sounding speaker in the cabinet and take a large diaphragm microphone then place it a few inches from the speaker grill. Move it cross the speaker to find the best combination of body and definition. Try moving the mic back about a foot for the old school way of miking.
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