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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.
Does your acoustic have a built-in pickup? Many of today's electro-acoustic models either have a pickup, transducer, or microphone built inside, and it's another way of recording the acoustic guitar. Let's take a closer look. By plugging the pickup into a direct box you can actually capture the sound of the guitar without using any microphones. (music playing) The problem is that direct sound by itself usually doesn't sound better than a microphone. (music playing) Ultimately, any internal acoustic pickup should be combined with the microphone to achieve the best results.
Even the best internal systems can't reproduce the full natural spectrum of an acoustic guitar. A combination of both an internal pickup and a microphone will also allow more options when it comes time to mix. As you can see, and hear, using the direct output from an acoustic guitar with pickup is convenient but never sounds quite as good as with the microphone. However, when you combine the too, you can capture an acoustic guitar sound that's much better than the sum of its parts. (music playing)
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