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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
Exercise Pod: Balancing Loops
CHAPTER 14: THE FINAL RECORDING
GLOSSARY
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Exercise Pod: Recording the Lead Vocal
You've Got to Hear Yourself
Getting the Best from a Singer
Vocal Doubling
Microphone Types
The Dynamic Microphone
Dynamic Microphone Characteristics
Typical Dynamic Microphone Applications
If It's Distorting
Compression Basics
Using the Compressor
Exercise Pod: Setting Up the Compressor
Dynamic Microphone Examples
How Much Compression Do I Need?
Recording Background Vocals
INDEX
Shock Mounts
Exercise Pod: The Microphone
Direct Boxes
CHAPTER 6: RECORDING THE DRUMS
The Keys to a Great Sounding Drum Kit
The Tuning Technique
Recording Electronic Keyboards
Fake Stereo
Recording Acoustic Instruments with Pickups
Using Compression
Direct Box Types
Exercise Pod: Tuning the Drums
The Ribbon Microphone
Ribbon Microphone Characteristics
Typical Ribbon Microphone Applications
Ribbon Microphone Examples
Background Vocal Mic Placement
Exercise Pod: Recording Background Vocals
Placement in the Room
CHAPTER 9: RECORDING ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS
Limiting
Equalization Basics
Using the Equalizer
Exercise Pod: Using the Equalizer
High-Pass or Rolloff Filter
-10 or -20dB Pad
Pattern Selector
Microphone Accessories
Recording Drum Percussion
Recording Hand-Held Percussion
Other Acoustic Instruments
The 3 to 1 Principle
Electronic Phase Cancellation Audio Recording Basic Training
Checking Phase
Exercise Pod: Checking Phase
Pop Filters
Checking Phase by Listening
CHAPTER 10: RECORDING ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTS
Getting the Overall Drum Sound
Don't Forget to Record a Count-Off
Limiting
The Condenser Microphone
The Magic High-Pass Filter
Finding the Right Placement in the Room
Amplifier Emulators
CHAPTER 3: BASIC RECORDING GEAR
The Microphone Preamplifier
Why a Separate Mic Amp?
Tuning Tips and Tricks
Snare Tuning Tips
Kick Drum Tuning Tips
The Acoustic Preamp/DI
Combined with an Amp
CHAPTER 11: RECORDING IN STEREO
The X/Y Configuration
Equalizer Setup
Electric Guitar Recording
The Drums
Microphone Preamp Controls
Tom Tuning Tips
Exercise Pod: Recording in Stereo
Gain, Level, Trim
Metering
Input Pad, Pad, Attenuation
The ORTF Configuration
Stereo Accessories
The Spaced Pair
Using a Stereo Mic
Cymbals Tips
Miking the Individual Drums
Miking the Bass Drum
Phase Switch
Exercise Pod: Miking the Individual Drums
CHAPTER 12: THE RECORDING SESSION
High-Pass Filter / Low-Cut Filter
Phantom Power, 48V
Instrument Input, Hi-Z, DI
Setting Up the Mic Preamp
The Subkick Mic
Miking the Snare Drum
Snare Drum Bottom Head Miking
Miking the High-Hat
The Basic Track
Setup
Where to Place the Players in the Room
The Talkback Mic
Omnidirectional
Choosing the Best Place in the Room
Horns
Compressor/Limiter Setup
Equalizers
EQ Parameters
Panning the Drums
Tweaking the Drum Sound
Using the EQ During Drum Tracking
Overdubs
Recording in the Control Room
Exercise Pod: Overdubs
Standing Waves
Acoustic Quick Fixes
Exercise Pod: Improving the Listening Environment
Basic Monitor Setup
The Bass
Exercise Pod: Balancing the Bass and Drums
The Vocals
Exercise Pod: Balancing the Lead and Background Vocals
Latency
CHAPTER 4: RECORDING BASICS
The Signal Path
Choosing a Preamp
Recording Preparation
Exercise Pod: Recording the Acoustic Guitar
Electric Bass Recording
Recording the Acoustic Bass
Exercise Pod: Speaker Placement
Setting the Recording Level
CHAPTER 8: VOCAL MIKING TECHNIQUES
Background Vocals
Exercise Pod: Setting Up the Mic Preamp
Miking the Toms
Leakage
How to Listen
Basic Listening Technique
Exercise Pod: What to Listen For
How Loud (or Soft) Should I Listen?
Headroom
Exercise Pod: Setting the Recording Levels
Gain Staging
Exercise Pod: Proper Gain Staging
Recording Lead Vocals
The Scratch Vocal
Finding the Right Placement in the Room
Vocals in the Control Room
Guitars
Exercise Pod: Balancing Guitars
Keyboards
Exercise Pod: Balancing the Keyboards
Compressors/Limiters
Compressor Controls
Ratio
Threshold
Miking the Cymbals
Overhead Position Two
Miking the Room
Sound Check
The Headphone Mix
Setting Up the Headphone Mix
Exercise Pod: Basic Tracks
Personal Headphone Mixes
Attack and Release
Individual Drum Sound Check
Recording Without Headphones
Gain, Make-up Gain, Output
Gain Reduction Meter
Bypass
The Click Track
Making the Click Cut Through the Mix
Don't Forget to Record a Tuning Note
Exercise Pod: Drum Sound Check
Checking the Drum Phase
Exercise Pod: Checking the Drum Phase
A Description of the Audio Bands
Exercise Pod: Tweaking the Drum Sound
Use the Big Part of the Studio
Frequency Band
Description
Consequences
Using the Compressor/Limiter During Drum Tracking
The Recording Drummer
CHAPTER 7: RECORDING GUITAR AND BASS
CHAPTER 13: THE ROUGH MIX
The Quick Effects Setup
Building the Mix
Solo Sax
Solo Brass Instruments
Horn Sections
Solo String Instruments
Exercise Pod: Microphone Placement 101
Choosing the Right Mic
The Secret to Mic Placement
Phase Cancellation: The Sound Destroyer
Cardioid
Hyper-Cardioid
Figure Eight
Proximity Effect
Microphone Controls
Acoustic Phase Cancellation
Percussion
Condenser Microphone Characteristics
Typical Condenser Microphone Applications
Condenser Microphone Examples
Microphone Directional Response
Exercise Pod: Using the High-Pass Filter
The Principles of Equalization
CHAPTER 5: MICROPHONE PLACEMENT BASICS
Microphone Technique 101
Exercise Pod: Finding the Right Placement in the Room
Acoustic Instrument Mic Placement
Exercise Pod: Recording Acoustic Instruments
The Acoustic Piano
CHAPTER 2: THE MICROPHONE
DI Setup
Lead Vocal Mic Placement
Loops
Miking the Amplifier
Exercise Pod: Recording the Electric Guitar
Recording the Guitar Direct
PREFACE
Welcome to the Audio Recording Basic Training
CHAPTER 1: MONITORING
The Listening Environment
Subtractive Equalization
DAW Recording
Getting Sound into the Computer
Setting the Levels
Exercise Pod: Balancing the Drums
Checking the Drum Phase
Determining the Listening Position
The Computer Interface
Acoustic Guitar Recording
Assigning the Drums to a Group or Subgroup