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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.
A bass drum that has a front head with a port can give the drummer and the engineer what they both are looking for. Some drummers like to feel the tension on the beater that the front head provides, while the engineer can get the mic inside the drum closer to the beater. Here I'll show you how to place the mic for just this situation. Just like with the bass drum with no head, there is a packing blanket or some heavy towels inside the drum so the sound will be tight and punchy. Place the mic just inside the hole, point it at where the beater strikes the head. (music playing) You might want to try aiming the mic away from the beater and more at the shell of the drum for a different sound, then place it where you have the best combination of low-end and definition.
That's how to mic a kick drum with the front head port. Place the mic just inside the hole, point it at where the beater strikes the head and move it to where you have the best combination of low-end and definition. (music playing)
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