Audio Recording Techniques

Course details

  • 5h 17m
  • Beginner
  • Released: 10/24/2012

Discover the industry secrets to recording crisp, rich instrument tracks and vocals in any type of recording environment. Join renowned audio engineer Bobby Owsinski as he walks through the process of miking and tracking a complete song by Underground Sun recording artist Iyeoka and A-list session musicians in a top-of-the-line studio—in a way that is applicable to any recording space and musical genre. Learn how to select the correct microphone and polar pattern for each instrument, with hundreds of revealing listening examples for drums, acoustic and electric guitar, piano, keyboards, and more. These professional techniques offer critical insights for those just getting started in the recording process, and a trustworthy reference guide for more seasoned engineers. Bobby also demonstrates how to monitor and sculpt EQ settings, why and when to process your input signal, and how to choose the right outboard gear for the track. This course employs 360-degree, 3D visualizations that provide an unprecedented perspective of the equipment, players, and microphone placements discussed. Plus, with the raw audio files provided, you can critically listen to every recorded example at home with your DAW of choice at full 24-bit resolution.

Learning objectives

  • Optimizing your listening environment
  • Listening to how different microphone types affect recording
  • Choosing the right microphone for the right recording application
  • Positioning microphones for a wide variety of recording scenarios
  • Utilizing proper gain staging, preamps, and direct boxes
  • Avoiding phase cancellation
  • Using a compressor, equalizer, and high-pass filter during recording
  • Setting up a headphone mix
  • Adding the right amount of compression or equalization
  • Capturing great sounds from drums, guitars, basses, keyboards, pianos, strings, and vocals
  • Creating a great drum set sound
  • Getting the best out of any singer
  • Dealing with microphone leakage
  • Utilizing a variety of stereo miking techniques
  • Setting up and producing a recording session
  • Creating a rough mix in any digital audio workstation (DAW)
Microphone Basics
Recording Basics
Microphone Placement Basics
Recording the Drums
Recording the Guitar
Recording the Bass
Recording Vocals
Recording the Acoustic Piano
Recoring Horns
Recording Acoustic String Instruments
Recording Percussion
Recording Electric Instruments
Recording n Stereo
The Recording Session
Setting Up a Rough Mix
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