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