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Audio Recording Techniques

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Overview

Discover the industry secrets to recording crisp, rich vocals and instrument tracks. Learn techniques for miking, tracking in-studio, and working in any recording space or genre.

Syllabus

Introduction
  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching this course
  • Using the exercise files
  • Listening to this course
1. Monitoring
  • Setting up your monitors
  • Using a basic listening technique
2. Microphone Basics
  • Exploring different microphone types
  • Microphone directional response basics
  • Hearing different directional patterns
  • Exploring how the proximity effect works
  • Explaining microphone controls
  • Reviewing microphone accessories
  • Exploring direct boxes
  • Exploring amplifier emulators
3. Recording Basics
  • Explaining the microphone preamplifier
  • Choosing a preamp
  • Setting up the mic preamp
  • Setting the record level
  • Using proper gain staging
  • Knowing what to do if distortion occurs
  • Using the compressor during recording
  • Using the equalizer (EQ) during recording
  • Using the high-pass filter during recording
  • Exploring the principles of EQ
  • Avoiding latency
4. Microphone Placement Basics
  • Finding the best place in the room to record
  • Choosing the right mic
  • The secret to mic placement
  • Understanding phase cancellation, the sound destroyer
  • Checking polarity
  • Checking the phase by listening
5. Recording the Drums
  • Finding the right placement in the room for the drums
  • The keys to a great drum sound
  • Tuning the drums
  • Tuning tips and tricks
  • Miking the bass drum without a front head
  • Miking the bass drum with front head port
  • Miking the bass drum with a front head
  • Using a subkick microphone
  • Miking the snare drum: Technique one
  • Miking the snare drum: Technique two
  • Adding a bottom snare mic
  • Miking the hi-hat
  • Miking the toms
  • Miking the cymbals
  • Miking the overall kit
  • Using room mics
  • Getting the drum sound
  • Getting the correct drum mix balance
  • Checking the drum phase
  • Panning the drums
  • Tweaking the drum sound with EQ
  • Using the one-mic drum recording technique
  • Using the two-mic drum recording technique
  • Using the three-mic drum recording technique
  • Using the four-mic drum recording technique
  • Tips for drummers to use before recording
  • Tracking a solo drum part
6. Recording the Guitar
  • Finding the right placement in the room for the guitar
  • Miking the amplifier: Technique one
  • Miking the amplifier: Technique two
  • Miking the amplifier: Technique three
  • Using the Marshall cabinet miking trick
  • Recording the electric guitar direct
  • Prepping for recording acoustic guitar
  • Recording the acoustic guitar with one mic
  • Recording the acoustic guitar with two mics
  • Recording the acoustic guitar with three mics
  • Exploring stereo acoustic guitar miking techniques
  • Recording the acoustic guitar direct
  • Using a limiter when recording acoustic guitar
  • Tracking the guitar part
7. Recording the Bass
  • Finding the right placement in the room for the bass
  • Recording the bass using a direct box
  • Miking the bass amplifier
  • Using a limiter when recording the bass guitar
  • Miking an acoustic bass: Technique one
  • Miking an acoustic bass: Technique two
  • Tracking the bass part
8. Recording Vocals
  • Finding the right placement in the room for vocals
  • Recording a scratch vocal
  • Exploring vocal mic placement
  • Using a limiter on vocals
  • Recording in the control room
  • Setting up the vocal headphone mix
  • Doubling the vocal
  • Getting the best from a singer
  • Exploring background vocal mic placement
  • Layering background vocals
  • Recording the lead vocal part
9. Recording the Acoustic Piano
  • Recording a solo grand piano with one mic
  • Recording a solo grand piano in stereo
  • Close miking a grand piano with one mic
  • Close miking a grand piano with two mics: Method one
  • Close miking a grand piano with two mics: Method two
  • Recording the piano part
10. Recording Horns
  • Finding the right placement in the room for horns
  • Recording a solo sax: Technique one
  • Recording a solo sax: Technique two
  • Recording a solo brass instrument
  • Recording a horn section: Technique one
  • Recording a horn section: Technique two
  • Recording the horn section part
11. Recording Acoustic String Instruments
  • The key to miking any acoustic instrument
  • Recording an acoustic string instrument
  • Recording a dobro
  • Recording the dobro part
  • Recording the string section
12. Recording Percussion
  • Recording drum percussion
  • Recording hand percussion
13. Recording Electric Instruments
  • Recording electric keyboards
  • Recording acoustic instruments with a pickup
  • Recording the synth part
14. Recording in Stereo
  • Understanding the idea behind stereo recording
  • Using the X/Y configuration
  • Using the ORTF configuration
  • Using the spaced pair configuration
  • Using a stereo mic
15. The Recording Session
  • Setting up for a tracking session
  • Setting up a talkback mic
  • Using sound leakage to your advantage
  • Setting up the headphone mix
  • Setting up a click track
  • Setting up for overdubs
  • Recording the rhythm section in the studio
16. Setting Up a Rough Mix
  • The keys to a great rough mix
  • Setting up the effects
  • The rough mix of Simply Falling
  • The final mix of Simply Falling
Conclusion
  • Goodbye

Taught by

Bobby Owsinski

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