When we decided to produce a new series of tutorials on audio recording and production we searched the globe for the very best trainers and audio professionals ... and we found them at Modern World Studios and Singing Canary Productions!
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.
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Luke wrote on March 19, 2017
I really enjoyed this course. It taught me how to record an quintet strings and orchestra using different techniques and different mics.
Brian wrote on November 3, 2015
Piggybacking off of what Spence mentioned about swapping seats and altered tunings (which can cause their own set of issues) is to have the players do one pass with mutes on and another pass where any vibrato is removed and played straight. This really helps to define parts and add texture without the issues of tuning being skewed.
Ren wrote on November 13, 2014
Great tutorial from Singing Canary Productions, where else is this possible from the convenience of my home, well other than with MPV.
MM wrote on August 19, 2013
Great insight to recording strings, but also recording in general.
Wibbers wrote on July 3, 2013
Brief but informative guide to mic positioning and recording both small and large string sections.
T2C Scott wrote on May 27, 2013
Nice Tutorial... awesome mic placement technics are done here to make a small ensemble sound like a large orchestra .
J Dyas wrote on September 20, 2012
A lot of helpful information. Definitely worth watching a few times.
Spence wrote on July 13, 2012
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.
Emilio Torres wrote on February 15, 2012
Great work! I think it's very accurate and clear.