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