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