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The Recording Engineer's Handbook

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9781932929003

ISBN10:
1932929002
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
11/1/2004
Publisher(s):
Cengage Learning Ptr

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Summary

Working as a recording engineer presents challenges from every direction of your project. From using microphones to deciding on EQ settings, choosing outboard gear to understanding how, when and why to process your signal, the seemingly never-ending choices can be very confusing. Professional Audio's bestselling author Bobby Owsinski (The Mixing Engineer's Handbook, The Mastering Engineer's Handbook) takes you into the tracking process for all manner of instruments and vocals-- providing you with the knowledge and skill to make sense of the many choices you have in any given project. From acoustic to electronic instruments, mic placement to EQ settings, everything you need to know to capture professionally recorded audio tracks is in this guide.

Table of Contents

Preface
Meet the Engineers xi
With These Special Non-Engineer Guests xiii
PART ONE---Tracking in Stereo
Microphones
1(24)
How and Why Microphones Work
1(1)
The Dynamic Microphone
2(1)
The Ribbon Microphone
3(3)
The Condenser Microphone
6(4)
Condenser Mic Fallacies
8(1)
Condenser Operational Hints
9(1)
Phantom Power
10(1)
Microphone Specifications
10(2)
Sensitivity
10(1)
Overload Characteristics
11(1)
Frequency Response
12(1)
Noise
12(1)
Polar Patterns (Directional Response)
12(4)
Omnidirectional
13(1)
Figure-8
14(1)
Cardioid
14(1)
Hypercardioid
15(1)
Proximity Effect
15(1)
Specialty Microphones
16(5)
Shotgun Microphones
16(1)
Lavaliere
16(1)
PZM
17(1)
Wireless
18(2)
Stereo Mics
20(1)
Parabolic
20(1)
Microphone Accessories
21(4)
Pop Filters
21(1)
Windscreens
22(1)
Shock-Mounts
23(2)
Classic Microphones
25(20)
RCA 44 Ribbon Microphone
25(2)
RCA 77 Unidirectional Ribbons
27(1)
Neumann U47
28(1)
Neumann U47FET
28(1)
Neumann U67
29(1)
Neumann M49/50
30(1)
Neumann KM84 Series
31(1)
Neumann KM54/56
32(1)
Neumann U87
33(1)
AKG D12/112
34(1)
AKG C-12/Telefunken ELA M250/251
35(1)
AKG 451
36(1)
AKG 414 Series
37(2)
Sony C37A
39(1)
Schoeps 221B
40(1)
STC/Coles 4038
40(1)
Shure SM57
41(1)
Sennheiser 421
42(1)
Sennheiser 441
42(1)
Beyer M160
43(1)
Electro-Voice RE-20
44(1)
Royer R-121
44(1)
Basic Recording Equipment
45(14)
The Microphone Preamplifier
45(1)
Why a Separate Mic Amp
45(1)
Vintage Mic Pre's
46(2)
Neve 1071/1083
47(1)
API 312/512
47(1)
Telefunken V72/V76
48(1)
Modern Mic Pre's
48(3)
Great River
48(1)
Manley Labs
49(1)
Vintech
49(1)
Daking
49(1)
Universal Audio
50(1)
Hardy
50(1)
Millennia Media HV-3B
50(1)
GMI
51(1)
Mic Amp Setup
51(1)
Direct Injection
52(2)
Advantages of Direct Injection
52(1)
Types
52(1)
Setup
53(1)
Amplifier Emulators
53(1)
Compressor/Limiters
54(1)
Primary Controls
54(1)
Compressor/Limiter Setup
55(1)
Vintage Compressor/Limiters
55(4)
Telektronix LA-2 A
55(1)
United Audio LA-3 A
56(1)
UREI LA-4
56(1)
UREI 1176
56(3)
Basic Stereo Techniques
59(12)
Types of Stereo Miking
59(12)
Coincident Pair
60(1)
X/Y
60(1)
M-S
61(1)
Blumlein Array
62(1)
The Stereo Microphone
63(1)
Spaced Pair
64(1)
Decca Tree
65(1)
Near-Coincident Pair
66(1)
Baffled Omni Pair
67(4)
Basic Multichannel Tracking
71(12)
Choosing the Right Mic
71(1)
The Secret of Getting Good Sounds
72(2)
Secrets of Mic Placement
74(4)
Placement Considerations
76(1)
The 3 to 1 Principle
77(1)
Checking Phase
78(5)
Checking Polarity
79(1)
Checking Phase by Listening
80(1)
Checking Phase with an Ocilloscope
81(1)
Checking Phase with a Phase Meter
82(1)
Preparing the Drum Kit for Recording
83(12)
Interview with ``The Drum Doctor'' Ross Garfield
83(9)
Fundamentals of Tuning
92(3)
Individual Instrument Miking Techniques
95(96)
Accordion
95(2)
Miking an Audience
97(1)
Bagpipes
97(1)
Banjo
98(1)
Acoustic String Bass
99(2)
Bass Amps
101(2)
Bassoon
103(1)
Bouzouki
104(1)
Brass
104(3)
Choir
107(1)
Clarinet
107(1)
Conga/Bongos
108(1)
Didjeridu
109(1)
Djembe
110(1)
The Drum Kit
111(6)
Single Mic Technique
112(1)
Two Mic Technique
113(1)
Three Mic Technique
114(3)
Four Mic Technique
117(1)
Kick Drum
117(6)
Kick Tunnel
123(1)
Snare Drum
124(7)
Snare Drum with Brushes
131(1)
Hi-Hat
132(2)
Toms
134(4)
Overhead Mics
138(6)
Room Mics
144(3)
That 70s Drum Sound
147(1)
The Reggae Drum Sound
148(1)
Dulcimer
148(1)
Fiddle
149(1)
Flute
150(1)
Guitar---Acoustic
151(4)
Guitar Tricks
154(1)
Guitar---Classical
155(1)
Guitar---Electric
156(8)
Hand Claps
164(1)
Harp
165(1)
Indian Instruments
166(1)
Leslie Speaker
167(3)
Piano
170(3)
Saxophone
173(2)
Steel Drums
175(1)
String Section
176(2)
Tambourine
178(1)
Vibes/Marimba
179(1)
Vocals
180(5)
To Eliminate Pops and Breath Blasts
183(2)
Vocals---The Hanging Microphone
185(1)
Vocals---Background Vocals
185(4)
Voice Over
189(1)
Whistling
190(1)
The Session
191(24)
Al Schmitt on Preparing for the Session
191(2)
Headphones and the Cue Mix
193(3)
Tips for Great Headphone Mixes
194(1)
Tricks for Loud Headphones
195(1)
Personal Headphone Mixes
196(1)
The Click Track
196(4)
Making the Click Cut Through the Mix
197(1)
Preventing Click Bleed
197(2)
When a Click Won't Work
199(1)
Getting the Most From a Vocalist
200(1)
Recording Basic Tracks
201(5)
Where to Place the Players
202(2)
How Long Should It Take?
204(2)
Fletcher on Recording Without Headphones
206(2)
Leakage
208(3)
Al Schmitt on the Attributes of a Great Assistant Engineer
211(4)
PART TWO---Tracking in Surround
Surround Microphone Techniques
215(6)
Multi-Miking in Surround
215(3)
OCT Surround
215(1)
IRT Cross
216(1)
Hamasaki Square
217(1)
Double M-S
217(1)
Drum Surround Multi-Miking
218(3)
Multi-Mic Method Number 1
218(1)
Multi-Mic Method Number 2
219(1)
Multi-Mic Method Number 3
219(1)
The Drum Halo
220(1)
Surround Microphones
221(10)
The Gsms Holophone Surround Microphone System
221(1)
The Schoeps KFM-360
222(2)
The Soundfield MK V Microphone and 451 5.1 Decoder
224(2)
B Format
225(1)
The Soundfield 451 5.1 Decoder
226(1)
The STL/Brauner Atmos 5.1 Microphone System
226(5)
PART THREE---The Interviews
The Interviews
231(122)
Chuck Ainlay
231(12)
Steve Albini
243(13)
Michael Beinhorn
256(8)
Michael Bishop
264(8)
David Bock
272(8)
Bruce Botnick
280(9)
Ed Cherney
289(6)
Wyn Davis
295(8)
Frank Filipetti
303(14)
Jerry Hey
317(4)
Eddie Kramer
321(8)
Mark Linett
329(9)
Mack
338(8)
Al Schmitt
346(7)
Glossary 353(11)
Index 364


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