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