Getting Great Sounds: The Microphone Book

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How to choose and use microphones was once a skill passed down from senior sound engineers to their assistants as they would listen and learn by observation. Today, few large studios have assistant engineers, and an overwhelming number of studios are operated by their owners who are self-taught and do not have the benefit of the "big studio" tutelage. Getting Great Sounds: The Microphone Book imparts these microphone tips and tricks of the pros to make them available to any sound engineer or home studio enthusiast. It explains all aspects of all kinds of microphones, how they work, and how to use them in session recording. The conversational narrative style presents technical aspects in an easy-to-understand, humorous fashion, based on the real-life experiences of its author, a well-known recording engineer. Features:
  • Provides strategies on what microphone to use regardless of specific brands and models.
  • Explains how to set-up microphones for all types of sessions regardless of the type of studio and the microphones available.
  • Covers technicalities and techniques that are applicable in a wide range of sound recording situations.
  • Presents technical aspects in an easy-to-understand fashion, with a great deal of humor based on the real-life experiences of its author, a well-known recording engineer.
  • Companion web site provides audio and visual examples of the book" s techniques. Contents:
  • Intro - A Place To Begin
  • Chapter 1 - The first link in the sonic chain - Early microphone development
  • Chapter 2 - Microphone types and pick-up patterns
  • Chapter 3 - Polarity and phase - what it is and what it means
  • Chapter 4 - High- low impedance/ Balanced-unbalanced microphones
  • Chapter 5 - Other types of transducers - direct boxes, guitar pickups, etc
  • Chapter 6 - Accessories & necessary hardware - stands, booms, shockmounts
  • Chapter 7 - Stereo microphone techniques
  • Chapter 8 - Setting up a session
  • Chapter 9 - Good sound - Bad sound
  • Chapter 10 - Miking drums
  • Chapter 11 - Miking guitar
  • Chapter 12 - Miking pianos
  • Chapter 13 - Miking solo instrument and vocals
  • Chapter 14 - Miking classical sessions
  • Coda - Vibrations in the universe ©2009, 308 pages.
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