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- Jan 16th, 2012
Learn how to record a live string section in this informative new tutorial by expert audio engineer, Clint Murphy, at Modern World Recording...
Violins, violas, celli and double basses. Imagine having the opportunity to record a live string section: Where do you begin? In this step-by-step tutorial, produced by the experts at Sing Canary, you'll see and hear everything you need to know to setup, mic and record strings.
Recording orchestral instruments is an art that requires precise setup, positioning and knowledge of acoustics. It also requires you to understand the way these instruments produce sound. This tutorial explains the precise microphone positioning needed to bring out the rich tones these classical instruments produce.
Once the section is recorded, you're taken back into the studio for a look at EQ, compression and mixing techniques. From there you'll also learn about overdubbing techniques that transform small ensembles into full string orchestras.
Every engineer has to be ready for any recording situation. This tutorial, Recording Strings , gives you the foundation you need to create awesome sounding orchestral sessions.
Check out all of our ever-expanding library of Studio and Recording Techniques tutorials below:
- (The) Art of Audio Recording: Introduction to Recording
- (The) Art of Audio Recording: Recording Drums
- (The) Art of Audio Recording: Recording Guitars
- (The) Art of Audio Recording: Recording Vocals
- (The) Art of Audio Recording: From Demo to Master
- (The) Art of Audio Recording: The Mix
- (The) Art of Audio Recording: Recording Strings
- (The) Art of Audio Recording: Touring An SSL Console
- (The) Art of Audio Recording: Dynamics
- (The) Art of Audio Recording: Spatial Effects
- (The) Art of Audio Recording: EQ
- Analog Mixing Consoles: Layout, Signal Flow and I/O
- Greg Townley: Sonic Dimension in Mixing
- Greg Townley: Sonic Dimension: Expanded
- Recording The Grand Piano: The Dave Brubeck Sessions
- Rich Tozzoli: Mix Digital, Sound Analog!
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A lot of helpful information. Definitely worth watching a few times.
Nice series. I feel compelled to point out that in video #13 where he demonstrates how he's done several takes and combined them to make the orchestra sound bigger, it had a lot of problems that we actually talked about in school (berklee). This sounded like it had some chorusing because the parts were just TOO perfect together. This is a common problem, and some ways around this include having players switch seats, trade instruments, even detune a few cents up or down, moving the mics, etc. The goal being to make each take as different as possible.
Great work! I think it's very accurate and clear. Congrats!.
Gave me some new techniques to try out!