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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.
Miking a fiddle, violin, or viola is pretty easy when you know the secret, and that's what I'm going to show you in this video. Place a directional condenser mic pointed at where the bow hits the strings, but tilt it a bit towards the neck, at a distance of about 18 inches. (music playing) Move the mic back a foot or so if you want to hear more of the room or less of the bow or chair noise.
(music playing) After you've found the place that sounds the best, replace the mic with another directional mic, but this time try dynamic. Let's hear what it sounds like. (music playing) Now replace the directional mic with one with an omni-directional pattern.
Listen to what it sounds like. (music playing) Choose the mic that gives you the best sound for the track, then place it where the instrument has the best combination of frequencies and the best balance of direct or ambient sound. That's how we mic a fiddle, violin, or viola.
Start with the directional mic about 18 inches from where the bow hits the strings. Move the mic back to capture more of the room ambiance or decrease the bow or chair noise. Finally, make sure you choose a mic that best suits the instrument's sound. (music playing)
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