Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding phase, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording.
Understanding phase in the recording studio is one of the most important …concepts, in my mind. When I first started recording, I didn't …ever check the phase, like the polarity buttons, and check phase on drums, or …anything like that. Anything miked with two microphones, or a …DI and a microphone. Can have phase issues between those two …sources, and I didn't understand that. So, one day I got a call from a mastering …engineer, and he said, hey your snare's out of phase with your overheads on your …drum tracks. And I said, what do you mean? …And he ran me through the process. He said, oh yeah, I got some other …records from the northwest that had the same problem.…
Well, guess who recorded that one too. So, first of all, I'll show you the real …basis of what I'm talking about. If you put two mics on the source and the …mics aren't right next to each other capturing the audio at the same time, …they may arrive at the mics at different times. …When this happens you're actually going to have a phase relationship that's not …
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