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