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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.
Many drummers who don't have a lot of studio experience aren't sure of exactly what they should bring to a session and what they should do when they get there, here's a little guidance you can offer them in order to make your job of recording them easier. Change your heads. Nothing will help the sound of your drums like new heads. Get a set of new heads--or at least the top ones--and either change them before you get to the studio, or make sure that you have enough time to do so before recording. Make sure your drums are in tune. Tune your drums as previously described or hire someone that really knows how to do it.
Not only will you learn something, but you'll get a much better sounding recording as a result. Bring all your snares to the session. You never know if and when a particular snare is right for the song until you try it. Sometimes you can be surprised about how good or how bad a drum sounds in the context of recording, so to be safe, bring as many snares as you can to the session. Bring extra heads, sticks, beaters, and cymbals. Just like onstage, this is the professional thing to do. You have to have backups in case you break a head or crack a cymbal.
Even if you usually only play with a certain type of stick, bring several kinds, plus mallets and brushes, since that could be the perfect sound for the track you're recording.
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