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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.
Acoustic guitar recording requires a preparation that's different from just about any other instrument. Before you begin recording even the first note, here are a few steps to take first. Change your strings, putting on a fresh set of strings will not only help with the tuning, but make the instrument resonate better, this will result in a better recording. Tune your guitar with as precise a tuner as you can get your hands on, and then check the intonation to make sure that it plays through up the neck, listen to your room, listen to how the guitar resonates in the room you're playing in.
Stand back from the instrument, move around the instrument to find the sweet spot where the direct sound of the guitar combines with reflections of the room. Take off noisy pieces of clothing, take off any watches, rings, jewelry, or belt buckles that may bang against the instrument. Also, certain jackets, and/or shirts may have buttons that can cause a problem. Remember that there's more to capturing the sound of the Acoustic Guitar than the way it's miked.
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