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