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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.
We all know that most of the sound from a brass instrument comes from its bell. That said, there is definitely a correct way to mic it if you want it to sound natural. In this video, I'm going to show you how a-list engineers do it. First of all, most brass instruments are edgy and benefit greatly from the mellowness of a ribbon mic. So in this movie we're going to start by using a Royer R-121. If the mic is aimed directly at the bell from a close distance, every bit of the spit, excess tongue noise, air leaks, and all the other nasties that every brass player occasionally produces is much more apparent. (music playing) Backing up the mic a bit can result in a better tone without any of those noises.
Place the mic about two feet away from the bell of the horn, but a bit above the bell and aim towards the mouthpiece. (music playing) Now let's try a condenser mic so you can hear the difference. (music playing) Now let's try a dynamic mic so you can hear the difference.
(music playing) If you want to capture more of the room, move the mic back so it's about 4 feet from the bell of the horn. (music playing) Remember, brass instruments can sound very harsh by nature, so try to use a nice mellow mic to counteract that sound. (music playing) Place the mic about two feet away, slightly above the bell and point it down at the mouthpiece.
If you'd like more of the room ambience, place the mic about 4 feet away from the instrument. (music playing)
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