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