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