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