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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.
In order to get the cleanest sound, it's important to set the mic preamp properly. (music playing) The best way to set up a mic pre is to adjust the Gain control until the Clip LED just flashes on the loudest sections of the recording, then back it off a little. This gives you the best combination of low noise with the least distortion unless of course you like distortion. (music playing) If you set the gain of the mic amp too low you might have to raise the Gain as in another place in signal chain, which can raise the noise as well.
(music playing) Many outboard mic preamps also have an output gain control. Setting this control too high can cause the next stage of the signal chain to overload. (music playing) Setting it too low can make you turn up the input gain of the next stage in order to keep the level strong, which can reduce noise into the signal. (music playing) Begin by setting the upper control about in the middle, decrease it if you hear distortion or see the overload indicator of the next stage lighting.
(music playing) That's how you set up a mic preamp. Adjust the Gain control until the Clip LED just flashes only on the loudest sections of the recording, then back it off a little. This provides a best combination of low noise with the least distortion.
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