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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.
Here is an unusual but effective technique for miking the snare that can bring some great results with the right drum and drummer. This method usually works best with a heavy hitter, and can give you some additional isolation from the other drums as well. Position the mic 4 to 8 inches away from the snare, and aim it at the shell, not the top. Move it closer to the bottom head for more snare sound, or closer to the top head for more attack and less buzz. (music playing) Make sure that it isn't aimed at the port of the snare drum, or you'll hear an air blast every time the drum is hit.
So that's another method for miking the snare drum. Point the mic at the side of the snare, away from the air hole. Remember that this technique usually works best with a heavy hitter. (music playing)
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