Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Comparing four common vocal mics, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording.
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Larry: Choosing a vocal mic for a recording session is one of the most …important things you can do for the vocalist, for the song and everything. …There's no wrong or right. A lot of mics have different qualities. …Singers have different qualities, like my friend Erin Sutherland here. …Everyone sings differently, and they sing differently on different songs. …The mic's reactor for the different singers. …I've spent tens of thousands of dollars amassing the collection of mics that I …have available to me right now. It took a long time, it took a lot of work. …I've got em now. And what I'll do frequently is put up a …few mics, in this case four, and just hear what they really sound like on the singer.…
And what they sound like in the song. Sometimes you'll use, like, one mic for …an entire album with a certain vocalist. Other times you'll try some mics out and …go, you know, this would be great on slower songs. …This would be great on faster songs. There's no right or wrong, like I said earlier. …
First, Larry introduces basic signal flow techniques that will improve any recorded sound. Then he explains some of his recording secrets, like how to capture acoustic guitars and vocals at the same time, how to choose the best microphone for a vocalist, and how to use stereo mics and room placement to create an ensemble sound on a single performer.
- Understanding input signal path
- Gain staging
- Checking phase on a drum kit
- Miking snare drums
- Comparing vocal mics
- Recording live acoustic guitar with vocals
- Using distortion with bass guitar
- Finding the best drum placement in rooms
- Recording upright piano
- Creating your own style