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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.
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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