Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding input signal path, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording.
The basics of audio recording starts with signal flow. …Getting the signal from the mics or the input sources to the recording device is …the first stage of recording anything. Now here at my studio, Jackpot Recording, …we've got a huge patch bay, almost a 1,000 points. …We have signals coming in from the microphones, we have inputs to the …console, inputs to Protools, microphone preamps, equalizers, compressors, you …name it. All those things show up on the patch bay …and we patch things in to each other from one to one to one to one.…
But let's break that down to something simple. …This thing scares people, this doesn't. Now you know what a microphone is. …You put it in front of musicians, you put it in front of instruments, you put it in …front of singers, everybody that's making sound in a room is probably recorded with …a microphone. The output of a microphone has a really …low voltage, a low AC voltage, and that signal can go down the mic cable for a ways. …But it has to be turned into a higher voltage, what we call a balanced line …
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