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Constant communication between the engineer, producer, and musicians is crucial to a smooth running session. In this video, we'll look at setting up a dedicated talkback mic so you can always hear exactly what's happening on the other side of the glass. Before tracking, it's important to put at least one talkback mic as close to the middle of the tracking room as possible. This is so that you can hear the musicians talking to you between takes. The type of mic doesn't matter, but it's best if it's set on omni if it's set up in the middle of the studio. While you can hear the players talk over the open mics that are miking the instruments, especially the drum mics, it's usually not loud enough to really hear.
Drummer: Okay, how's the cymbal crashes? 'Cause I was putting them in a couple of different spots a little bit more. You guys cool with that? Bobby Owsinski: You don't want to have to boost the level of any of the channels and destroy your settings in an effort to hear what someone is saying to you. Drummer: If you think we can do one or two more, let's go for it. Bobby Owsinski: Adding a dedicated talkback mic, or even two in a large studio, will make it a lot easier to hear what everyone has to say after each take. male speaker: Testing, 1-2-3, check, check, check. Bobby Owsinski: Just make sure to mute it when the band is playing as it'll sound will sound tremendously trashy and distorted since it's set up for people talking and not playing.
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