Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Console and digital audio workstation (DAW) signal flow inputs and outputs, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording.
So several years ago I had a client contact me about mixing an album he've …been recording. He sent me some MP3s to listen to, and …they are all really fuzzy and distorted and pretty wild sounding. …But I thought, hey it sounds kind of interesting, it will be fun job. …When I got the files to mix, I brought them up on the console through individual channels. …And there was no distortion, everything sounded very clean and sounded a lot …straighter than I expected. It turned out he hadn't created a Master …Bus in Pro Tools and he had been recording his tracks in, leaving them all …at zero and just overloading the Mix Bus on his Pro Tools system.…
So, I'll show you what he was doing right here, this is an easy trick. …Number one he didn't create the master bus. …We're going to leave one in place here so that you can see what's happening. …Here's some drums with all the drum tracks gained up way too high. …(MUSIC) You can see the clip indicators on the master bus, and you can hear the …distortion in the drums. Obviously, all we gotta do is simply …
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