Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating your own style, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording.
I've run you through a lot of parts of the recording process that have kind of…baffled me along the way when I was younger, and I want to get those out in the…open and clear and something you can really understand.…When a piece of music is being recorded there's a kind of magic or fantasy that…almost has to happen.…You want something to be more than what it really is.…You want something very dramatic.…You want something exciting and inviting.…You want to create a place that the listener wants to go to, be inside that song.…
So take a lot of these techniques and think of limitations that will help you get there.…Think of the fantasy that you placed on records when you listened to them as a…child and try to imbue the tracks you're recording with that kind of excitement.…Check out Tape Op magazine, the magazine I do--…we have free subscriptions in the United States--and my studio on the web at…jackpotrecording.com.…Thanks very much for watching.…I hope you got a lot of information out of this.…
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