Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating an ensemble from one musician, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording.
Larry: I'm going to show you a really cool trick that, I've never heard people …talk about that much. It's real easy to do, and it's a really …neat effect. You can create a whole ensemble …recording, using only one musician, as long as you do this. …Use a stereo pair of mics in a decent sounding room. …Now what I do, is I take the musician, and move them. …Acou-, leave the mics where they are, and move the musician in the room, so that …they're showing up in different parts of the stereo field. …This is a really great trick, and adds a sense of depth and width to the recording. …So we got my friend Erin back here. We're going to have her sing a, a vocal …part four times over itself, the same part of the song, and we're going to move …her left to right, across the sound field while we record this.…
Or while, we'd run the different takes I should say. …So we'll move up here, and we'll start up here, on the carpet here. …And then we'll do the first take, and then we'll do three more passes. …
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