Fundamentals of Audio Recording, Day 2

All right, third installment in the series about my fun-time classes at Robotspeak, and we’re back to Audio Recording, so let’s get to it!

Wednesday, Fundamentals of Audio Recording, Day 2:

Recording, Day 2, finished up talking about mics: dust cover to protect your mic, proper winding of cables, etc. then some basic micing techniques: how to mic a speaker, on axis vs off axis recording to minimize plosives. We hit up some basic mixing from there.

In terms of field recording, there’s a handy piece of equipment called a dead cat, which sounds both cute and morbid, so it caught my attention. You’ve probably seen these on TV since they’re used very often to help with eliminating wind/atmosphere sounds on recordings ;)

Dead cat: you know you’ve seen it before, you just didn’t know what it was called.

We hit up some basic mixing from there :)

Some of the key things I learned:

– Aim for a “half full” recording with 6 db of headroom. It’ll be easier to mix with later.

– Again, trim all that inaudible bass! I heart this sooo much!

– Placing the hi end on the kick drum will help place the sound in the mix and help you avoid the MUD. Keep it clean when dealing with bass, fo sho.

– As to vox, find the awkward “throat” range (use your exaggerated Q), usually between 650-800 that’ll sound thickish like someone’s been drinking a lot of milk. This can then be dipped out to clear up the vox.

– The key to good mixing is making room for each sound in the sonic spectrum and removing the offense as opposed to only boosting the yummy bits :)

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