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- Nov 18th, 2010
You can't learn this type of info anywhere - except macProVideo.com! Pro audio engineers share deep secrets about how they choose microphones for common recording situations.
The recording process is a fantastic audio journey. It’s guided by the audio engineer who nurtures a sound from its acoustic inception, emanating from the musician’s instrument as it travels through the air... to the proper microphone placed in an exact position... through the cable to the chosen pre-amp... then into the dynamics processors... through the mixing console’s channel strip where it gets sculpted and shaped and given perspective... until it finally meets up with the other sounds whose journeys have followed completely different paths to the final mix.
And, every step of the way important, hit-making decisions are made by the the audio engineer that determine just how everything is going to work together to make the best recording possible. To master this incredible process we at macProVideo.com are pleased to bring you the first in a series of meticulously detailed tutorials on, “The Art of Audio Recording”.
In this first installment, Introduction To Recording, you will learn all about sound -how it works and the waves that make it all possible. Next you’ll explore all the different kinds of microphones and how and when to use them. You’ll learn about frequency response, polarity, impedance and noise. From there you’ll move on to the application of pre-amps and compression. Finally, you'll turn back to multi-microphone recording techniques and some theory on phase and the audio spectrum.
And this is just the beginning. We will be introducing many more full length live action tutorials in our "The Art of Audio Recording" series covering the recording of drums, guitars, orchestra, vocals and more!
So sit back and enjoy "An Introduction to Audio Recording" by Singing Canary Productions, and begin your journey of enriching your skills as an audio engineer!
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 101: Introduction to Recording
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 102: Recording Drums
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 103: Recording Guitars
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 104: Recording Vocals
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 105: Recording Strings
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 201: Dynamics
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 202: Spatial Effects
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 203: EQ
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 301: From Demo to Master
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 302: The Mix
- (The) Art of Audio Recording 401: Touring An SSL Console
- Analog Mixing Consoles: Layout, Signal Flow and I/O
- Greg Townley 101: Sonic Dimension in Mixing
- Greg Townley 102: Sonic Dimension: Expanded
- Recording The Grand Piano: The Dave Brubeck Sessions
- Rich Tozzoli 301: Producing and Mixing Guitars
- Rich Tozzoli 302: Mix Digital, Sound Analog!
For a full list of the topics covered, see the Tutorial Outline
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Introduction to Recording by Singing Canary Productions is great! This information covered many of the same concepts that I covered in my digital recording class last month. The videos are high quality and contain a lot of useful information for the given amount of time. I look forward to progressing through the rest of the tutorial series!
Excelente curso, muy recomendado.
A great studio course focusing on microphone setup, recording and processing techniques. Really enjoyed the pres and compressor sections - with a close-up look at hardware models of familiar plugin emulations.
A great way to get started into recording, this course pretty much covers all the important aspects to consider throughout a recording session. Even if you're at an advanced level, it'll still be useful.
Really useful as basic foundation or repetition on the topic. A few great new tips and tricks also.. I kept thinking "I know that", which is exactly how re-filling old knowledge should work!
That's a proper sound engineer course. The tutorials for recording here are even better than the classes I've been having at the college. I definetely recommend, they are even cheaper than a real school.
Good course. Learned a lot about mic types and uses as well as mic pre's
Great introduction to audio and also great for more experienced people that want to repeat stuff!
I have an Audio Engineering degree, but these are great when I need to brush up on the basics.
covers most of the basics and is a great starting point to understanding what will affect a recording
Great introduction however hi-res audio files should be provided when A/B-ing mics, preamps and compressors.
Sometimes, it's good to get back to the basics. This course is filled with helpful tips on capturing the best sound and maximizing your studio's performance!!
Very Good Tutorial course. I particularly enjoyed the videos toward the end on Compression,choosing the right mic for the job, and the "Phasing" tutorials
Another focused and clear course on a complex subject..Reccommended!!
Excellent intro into mics, mic placement, compression and phase - all issues which you really need to be well versed in prior to recording.
Good introduction to recording, covering mic types, preamps, mic placement and more.
This really is an outstanding tutorial!! I knew some of the material covered here, but chapters 2, 3, and 4 were particularly thorough and filled in the gaps of what lacked. Highly Recommended!!!
If you're new to the the whole recording process or like I am, wanting to explore why each sound comes out different this will hit the nail on the head.
I started watching Studio Concepts 501, but I think this video is a better starting point. It's shorter, and the dude talks faster and with more inflection. Concepts are taught and illustrated in ways that make them easier to understand. Quality production.
Very helpful videos, especially the explanation regarding phase and the compression settings for vocals, not to mention the different types of mics and polar patterns.
There's not much to say about this video. If you want to learn about recording, microphones, preamps, what they do, what you have to look out for, this video is for you. VERY comprehensive. VERY well narrated. VERY good video examples and easy to understand schematic graphics. GREAT listening examples! This is how a tutorial should always be :)
Very informative and easy to understand.
I usually watch the tutorials I get from Macpro and immediately go try to implement what was presented. This one was so good I felt obligated to chill for a second and write a review. Most of the tutorials I have are completely logic pro based so it was nice to have a tutorial that had people moving around and very high quality camera shots. I stare at the session view of Logic enough already.I been recording for years on and off and its nice to finally understand what impedance, compression, mic pre gain and trim ,limiting and a ton of other things are and what they do. This tutorial ended with talk of series involving; orchestral, voice, master class on recording a rock band and a tour of the uber-coveted mixing board. I can not wait to own and view them all. I own the tutorial; Sound and Why it Sounds that Way. That one,along with this tutorial, has given me a great understanding about the science of sound, the human ear and how it all relates to music. thank you all for what you do. peaces. p.s 1116.24 ft/sec
Fantastic material-easy to understand and takes you through a journey from the basics to advance materials. Best of all you can learn at you own pace and wehn are not too clear all you need do is just rewind. Good job!
Using video shot in a working studio with audio examples appeals to me. It is the closest I have seen so far to actually being there I like the way equipment in the video is explained/ displayed generically in terms of what it does, more so than just a catalogue of what the studio owns. The presenter is engaging and informative the video is well cut and flows - I watched it straight through and tried out some of the techniques - I also bought 2 more in the series
This really does start at the beginning, and it's done well. I refreshed some basic concepts that I'd forgotten I'd even known, and it all got better from there. Good job - I'm looking forward to the next ones.
Very very nice video...:-D
This tutorial really took me to the beginning, which is exactly where I needed to go, and explained aspects of mics, compressors, and basic techniques that I'd always heard about but never really understood. Highly recommended!
Great video! I really learned a lot. It was fun watching and listening!
Don't get me wrong. I have many macprovideo tutorials that I found extremely useful, but I will say that it's about time we finally got some content on audio recording. This really is a great tutorial. The information covered is clear, well presented and applicable to all all audio recording applications. The content, while introductory, is nonetheless extremely helpful to beginner recorders such as myself. The only thing I will say is that I wish it were a little longer, and that I would expect most intermediate or pro recorders to already know most of this information. Having said that, this tutorial is the solid foundation any beginner needs to before delving further into the recording process. Can't wait for the next one of the series.
This is a well conceived teaching tool and bears several watchings as there are lots of details and good technical information well described in a reasonably simple manner! Some of the basics I already knew but I found some material here new to me especially in the microphone department! I must confess, I'm really looking forward to seeing what other new things will be presented in the other tutorials in this series. I think it's a MUST HAVE learning tool for all studio engineers both pros and home enthusiasts!
Outstanding tutorial. Excellent to jumpstart knowledge in audio recording.
As a beginner I´ve found it really helpful to understand the basics about studio equipment. I´m looking forward to buy the next videos of the serie. (by the way, this is my 10th video of macprovideo and I love them all) Thanks. mauricio.
This tutorial is phenomenal! So incredibly laid out and clear. I can't wait for the rest of the series. Please release the acoustic guitar and vocal recording tutorials soon! And please give some recommendations on good mics at different price ranges when applicable. I can't wait! Thanks!
Thank you macprovideo team for having this tutorial ! The information and the way this videos are presented are pleasurable to watch . Im Looking forward to watch the rest of the series! This tutorial is invaluable !
The staff at Singing Canary Productions does a really great job, with thorough coverage of all aspects of the recording process. I have purchased over 30 MacPro videos and this one is outstanding. the HD video quality is off the chain.
As every tutorial from macprovideo.com (and I have a lot of them) I enjoyed this tutorial very, very much. I learned a lot in a very pleasant way. I look forward for more of this. Wherever I go, I can listen and watch it on my iPhone. Realy, realy cool!! Thank you!!
Awesome tutorial, have been playing for over 20 years and learn't some valuable lessons and techniques. Looking forward to the next seesions in the series.
While titled "Introduction to Recording," I don't think the content is aimed just at beginners. This tutorial focuses on how to capture a good sound - from understanding what a microphone is, to the different types of mics, to how those different types work, to the different applications that each mic type is good for, to pre-amping, to compressing...this tutorial taught me a whole lot about getting good sound *to* my DAW. There's a lot of great material out there (especially here at macProVideo) about using various DAWs and other bits of software, but here we have all that stuff that's so important before your DAW even comes into play. Accordingly, I'd recommend this tutorial to anyone who's not already an expert recording engineer and to everyone who's recording analog instruments and voices. I'm including desktop recording guys (like me), too. Simon Turner is a great narrator, and the folks at Singing Canary did a great job of showing us all this real-world studio studio stuff.