$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
A Description of the Audio Bands
Frequency Band
Description
Consequences
Finding the Right Placement in the Room
Vocals in the Control Room
Lead Vocal Mic Placement
Exercise Pod: Recording Background Vocals
Placement in the Room
CHAPTER 9: RECORDING ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS
Finding the Right Placement in the Room
CHAPTER 4: RECORDING BASICS
The Signal Path
Choosing a Preamp
Setting the Recording Level
PREFACE
DI Setup
Horns
Headroom
Exercise Pod: Setting the Recording Levels
Gain Staging
Exercise Pod: Proper Gain Staging
Exercise Pod: Finding the Right Placement in the Room
Acoustic Instrument Mic Placement
Exercise Pod: Recording Acoustic Instruments
The Acoustic Piano
Solo Sax
Solo Brass Instruments
Horn Sections
Solo String Instruments
If It's Distorting
Compression Basics
Using the Compressor
Exercise Pod: Setting Up the Compressor
Welcome to the Audio Recording Basic Training
CHAPTER 1: MONITORING
The Listening Environment
Determining the Listening Position
Standing Waves
How Much Compression Do I Need?
Percussion
Acoustic Quick Fixes
Exercise Pod: Improving the Listening Environment
Basic Monitor Setup
Exercise Pod: Speaker Placement
Limiting
Equalization Basics
Using the Equalizer
Exercise Pod: Using the Equalizer
Recording Drum Percussion
Recording Hand-Held Percussion
Other Acoustic Instruments
CHAPTER 10: RECORDING ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTS
How to Listen
The Magic High-Pass Filter
Recording Electronic Keyboards
Equalizer Setup
Exercise Pod: Recording the Lead Vocal
Latency
Background Vocal Mic Placement
Phase Switch
Tweaking the Drum Sound
The Vocals
Microphone Preamp Controls
Gain, Level, Trim
Metering
Input Pad, Pad, Attenuation
Checking the Drum Phase
Exercise Pod: Checking the Drum Phase
Getting the Overall Drum Sound
Panning the Drums
Checking the Drum Phase
Assigning the Drums to a Group or Subgroup
The Bass
Exercise Pod: Balancing the Bass and Drums
Typical Condenser Microphone Applications
Condenser Microphone Examples
Microphone Directional Response
Omnidirectional
CHAPTER 6: RECORDING THE DRUMS
The Keys to a Great Sounding Drum Kit
The Tuning Technique
Exercise Pod: Tuning the Drums
The Basic Track
Setup
Where to Place the Players in the Room
The Talkback Mic
Hyper-Cardioid
Figure Eight
Proximity Effect
Snare Tuning Tips
Kick Drum Tuning Tips
Tom Tuning Tips
The Headphone Mix
Setting Up the Headphone Mix
Exercise Pod: Basic Tracks
Microphone Accessories
The Subkick Mic
Don't Forget to Record a Count-Off
High-Pass or Rolloff Filter
-10 or -20dB Pad
Pattern Selector
Miking the Individual Drums
Miking the Bass Drum
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
Attack and Release
Gain, Make-up Gain, Output
Gain Reduction Meter
Acoustic Guitar Recording
Recording Preparation
Exercise Pod: Recording the Acoustic Guitar
Bypass
Electric Bass Recording
GLOSSARY
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
Setting Up the Mic Preamp
CHAPTER 7: RECORDING GUITAR AND BASS
Keyboards
High-Pass Filter / Low-Cut Filter
Phantom Power, 48V
Instrument Input, Hi-Z, DI
Using the EQ During Drum Tracking
Exercise Pod: Tweaking the Drum Sound
Using the Compressor/Limiter During Drum Tracking
The Recording Drummer
Exercise Pod: Balancing the Lead and Background Vocals
Background Vocals
Guitars
Exercise Pod: Balancing Guitars
Subtractive Equalization
DAW Recording
Getting Sound into the Computer
The Computer Interface
You've Got to Hear Yourself
Getting the Best from a Singer
Vocal Doubling
Recording Background Vocals
Threshold
Recording the Guitar Direct
CHAPTER 14: THE FINAL RECORDING
Exercise Pod: Setting Up the Mic Preamp
Compressors/Limiters
Compressor Controls
Ratio
Electric Guitar Recording
Miking the Amplifier
Exercise Pod: Recording the Electric Guitar
Exercise Pod: Balancing the Keyboards
Loops
Exercise Pod: Balancing Loops
Cymbals Tips
Personal Headphone Mixes
Microphone Controls
Cardioid
Tuning Tips and Tricks
Leakage
CHAPTER 11: RECORDING IN STEREO
The X/Y Configuration
Exercise Pod: Recording in Stereo
Exercise Pod: Microphone Placement 101
Choosing the Right Mic
The Secret to Mic Placement
Phase Cancellation: The Sound Destroyer
The Dynamic Microphone
Dynamic Microphone Characteristics
Typical Dynamic Microphone Applications
Dynamic Microphone Examples
The Ribbon Microphone
Acoustic Phase Cancellation
The ORTF Configuration
Stereo Accessories
The Spaced Pair
Using a Stereo Mic
Ribbon Microphone Characteristics
Typical Ribbon Microphone Applications
Ribbon Microphone Examples
The Condenser Microphone
The 3 to 1 Principle
Electronic Phase Cancellation Audio Recording Basic Training
Checking Phase
Exercise Pod: Checking Phase
Condenser Microphone Characteristics
Checking Phase by Listening
CHAPTER 12: THE RECORDING SESSION
Limiting
Compressor/Limiter Setup
Equalizers
Recording the Acoustic Bass
CHAPTER 8: VOCAL MIKING TECHNIQUES
Recording Lead Vocals
EQ Parameters
The Scratch Vocal
Direct Boxes
Miking the Cymbals
CHAPTER 13: THE ROUGH MIX
Miking the Snare Drum
Snare Drum Bottom Head Miking
Miking the High-Hat
Miking the Toms
Pop Filters
Shock Mounts
Exercise Pod: The Microphone
Overdubs
Recording in the Control Room
Exercise Pod: Overdubs
Use the Big Part of the Studio
Basic Listening Technique
Exercise Pod: What to Listen For
How Loud (or Soft) Should I Listen?
CHAPTER 2: THE MICROPHONE
Exercise Pod: Using the High-Pass Filter
The Principles of Equalization
CHAPTER 5: MICROPHONE PLACEMENT BASICS
Microphone Technique 101
Fake Stereo
Recording Acoustic Instruments with Pickups
Using Compression
The Acoustic Preamp/DI
Microphone Types
Choosing the Best Place in the Room
Combined with an Amp
Why a Separate Mic Amp?
Exercise Pod: Drum Sound Check
Exercise Pod: Balancing the Drums
Direct Box Types
Amplifier Emulators
CHAPTER 3: BASIC RECORDING GEAR
The Microphone Preamplifier
Overhead Position Two
Miking the Room
Sound Check
Individual Drum Sound Check
The Quick Effects Setup
Building the Mix
The Drums
Setting the Levels