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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.
While you can get a pretty good drum sound with only a single microphone, using two mics is even better. In fact, this was a classic setup for so many hit records of the 50s and early 60s, here's how it's done. If you have two mics available, try placing one in front of the bass drum about a foot away from the front head on a short stand. Position the other mic up about a foot over the drummer's head as an overhead, aiming down at the middle of the kit. (music playing) While your drummer is playing, have someone move the overhead mic around, until the kit sounds balanced with the speakers. (music playing) If you are not getting enough snare, for example, move the mic a little more towards the snare, if you're getting too much, move it the other way.
Don't be afraid to experiment. (music playing)
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