$29.99
Audio Recording Basic Training
The Hands-On Survival Manual for Musicians
By Bobby Owsinski
Item: 00-38882
UPC: 038081431901
ISBN 10: 0739086006
ISBN 13: 9780739086001
PRICE: $29.99
Series: Boot Camp
Category: Pro Audio Textbook
Format: Book & DVD-ROM
If you're new to recording and don't know where to begin, or your recordings aren't as good as you'd like them to be, Audio Recording Basic Trainig is here to help. Built around a series of hands-on recording exercises designed to show you how to listen and work like a recording pro, best-selling author Bobby Owsinski reveals the tips, tricks, and secrets to all the different facets of recording---including miking a drum kit, recording vocals, and miking just about any electric or acoustic instrument. See how the pros handle setting up a headphone mix, build a rough mix, and use compression and equalization to make their recordings sing. Learn where, when, why, and how to mic virtually any instrument, and become proficient at finding the right place in the room to record. The book also features an accompanying DVD-ROM filled with lessons specifically developed to take your recording chops to the next level.
TITLE COMPOSER
Microphone Controls
The 3 to 1 Principle
Recording Electronic Keyboards
Exercise Pod: Speaker Placement
Gain Staging
Lead Vocal Mic Placement
GLOSSARY
Standing Waves
Acoustic Quick Fixes
Exercise Pod: Improving the Listening Environment
Basic Monitor Setup
Choosing a Preamp
Setting the Recording Level
Headroom
Exercise Pod: Setting the Recording Levels
Recording Lead Vocals
The Scratch Vocal
Finding the Right Placement in the Room
Vocals in the Control Room
Exercise Pod: Balancing the Keyboards
Loops
Exercise Pod: Balancing Loops
CHAPTER 14: THE FINAL RECORDING
Pop Filters
CHAPTER 6: RECORDING THE DRUMS
Combined with an Amp
High-Pass or Rolloff Filter
-10 or -20dB Pad
Pattern Selector
Microphone Accessories
Electronic Phase Cancellation Audio Recording Basic Training
Checking Phase
Exercise Pod: Checking Phase
Checking Phase by Listening
Fake Stereo
Recording Acoustic Instruments with Pickups
Using Compression
The Acoustic Preamp/DI
High-Pass Filter / Low-Cut Filter
Miking the High-Hat
The Headphone Mix
Gain, Level, Trim
Metering
Input Pad, Pad, Attenuation
Phase Switch
Exercise Pod: Miking the Individual Drums
The Subkick Mic
Miking the Snare Drum
Snare Drum Bottom Head Miking
Setup
Where to Place the Players in the Room
The Talkback Mic
Leakage
PREFACE
Welcome to the Audio Recording Basic Training
CHAPTER 1: MONITORING
The Listening Environment
Getting Sound into the Computer
The Computer Interface
Latency
CHAPTER 4: RECORDING BASICS
Recording Preparation
Exercise Pod: Recording the Acoustic Guitar
Electric Bass Recording
Recording the Acoustic Bass
Exercise Pod: Balancing the Lead and Background Vocals
Background Vocals
Guitars
Exercise Pod: Balancing Guitars
Determining the Listening Position
The Signal Path
CHAPTER 8: VOCAL MIKING TECHNIQUES
Keyboards
Compressor/Limiter Setup
Equalizers
EQ Parameters
A Description of the Audio Bands
Using the EQ During Drum Tracking
Exercise Pod: Tweaking the Drum Sound
Using the Compressor/Limiter During Drum Tracking
The Recording Drummer
Building the Mix
The Drums
Setting the Levels
Frequency Band
CHAPTER 7: RECORDING GUITAR AND BASS
Exercise Pod: Balancing the Drums
Omnidirectional
Exercise Pod: Microphone Placement 101
Percussion
Condenser Microphone Characteristics
Typical Condenser Microphone Applications
Condenser Microphone Examples
Microphone Directional Response
CHAPTER 5: MICROPHONE PLACEMENT BASICS
Microphone Technique 101
Choosing the Best Place in the Room
Solo Sax
Solo Brass Instruments
Horn Sections
Solo String Instruments
Exercise Pod: Recording the Lead Vocal
You've Got to Hear Yourself
Getting the Best from a Singer
Vocal Doubling
Exercise Pod: Proper Gain Staging
DI Setup
If It's Distorting
Compression Basics
How to Listen
Basic Listening Technique
Exercise Pod: What to Listen For
How Loud (or Soft) Should I Listen?
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
CHAPTER 2: THE MICROPHONE
Using the Compressor
Recording Background Vocals
The Ribbon Microphone
Ribbon Microphone Characteristics
Typical Ribbon Microphone Applications
Ribbon Microphone Examples
Exercise Pod: Finding the Right Placement in the Room
Acoustic Instrument Mic Placement
Exercise Pod: Recording Acoustic Instruments
The Acoustic Piano
Using the Equalizer
Exercise Pod: Using the Equalizer
The Magic High-Pass Filter
Exercise Pod: Using the High-Pass Filter
The Condenser Microphone
The Principles of Equalization
Horns
Exercise Pod: Setting Up the Mic Preamp
Miking the Room
The Click Track
Limiting
Tweaking the Drum Sound
The Quick Effects Setup
Dynamic Microphone Examples
Equalization Basics
Finding the Right Placement in the Room
Sound Check
Individual Drum Sound Check
Exercise Pod: Drum Sound Check
Making the Click Cut Through the Mix
Don't Forget to Record a Tuning Note
Don't Forget to Record a Count-Off
Compressors/Limiters
Compressor Controls
Ratio
Threshold
Checking the Drum Phase
Overdubs
Electric Guitar Recording
Miking the Amplifier
Exercise Pod: Recording the Electric Guitar
Recording the Guitar Direct
Description
Consequences
Equalizer Setup
Subtractive Equalization
Checking the Drum Phase
Assigning the Drums to a Group or Subgroup
The Bass
Exercise Pod: Balancing the Bass and Drums
DAW Recording
Acoustic Guitar Recording
The Vocals
Exercise Pod: Checking the Drum Phase
Getting the Overall Drum Sound
Panning the Drums
Recording in the Control Room
Exercise Pod: Overdubs
Use the Big Part of the Studio
CHAPTER 13: THE ROUGH MIX
Attack and Release
Gain, Make-up Gain, Output
Gain Reduction Meter
Bypass
Microphone Types
The Dynamic Microphone
Dynamic Microphone Characteristics
Typical Dynamic Microphone Applications
Exercise Pod: Setting Up the Compressor
How Much Compression Do I Need?
Limiting
Background Vocal Mic Placement
Exercise Pod: Recording Background Vocals
Placement in the Room
CHAPTER 9: RECORDING ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS
Cardioid
Hyper-Cardioid
Figure Eight
Proximity Effect
Choosing the Right Mic
The Secret to Mic Placement
Phase Cancellation: The Sound Destroyer
Acoustic Phase Cancellation
Recording Drum Percussion
Recording Hand-Held Percussion
Other Acoustic Instruments
CHAPTER 10: RECORDING ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTS
Direct Box Types
Snare Tuning Tips
Stereo Accessories
The Keys to a Great Sounding Drum Kit
The Tuning Technique
Exercise Pod: Tuning the Drums
Tuning Tips and Tricks
CHAPTER 11: RECORDING IN STEREO
The X/Y Configuration
Exercise Pod: Recording in Stereo
The ORTF Configuration
Shock Mounts
Exercise Pod: The Microphone
Direct Boxes
Amplifier Emulators
CHAPTER 3: BASIC RECORDING GEAR
The Microphone Preamplifier
Why a Separate Mic Amp?
Kick Drum Tuning Tips
Tom Tuning Tips
Cymbals Tips
Miking the Individual Drums
The Spaced Pair
Using a Stereo Mic
CHAPTER 12: THE RECORDING SESSION
Microphone Preamp Controls
Miking the Bass Drum
The Basic Track
Setting Up the Headphone Mix
Exercise Pod: Basic Tracks
Personal Headphone Mixes
Recording Without Headphones
Phantom Power, 48V
Instrument Input, Hi-Z, DI
Setting Up the Mic Preamp
Miking the Toms
Miking the Cymbals
Overhead Position Two