Chapter 2: Miking: Getting a Great Source Sound

In This Chapter

check.png Exploring microphone techniques

check.png Miking drums

check.png Miking amplified instruments

check.png Miking acoustic instruments

You can do all the right things to get your Pro Tools software ready to record tracks (see Book III, Chapter 1 for more on that topic), but it won’t mean diddly if you don’t know how to set up your mics properly.

As you’ll soon find out, the location of a microphone in relation to your instrument or a singer has a huge impact on the sound of your recording. In fact, just a movement of an inch or two or even a slight turn of the mic can bring out different characteristics in the sound. The art of placing mics is one that you will undoubtedly spend a lifetime discovering.

In this chapter, you discover the fundamentals of using microphones to get a good source sound. You explore tried-and-true miking methods along with some practical miking tips and tricks that you can use right away. You also examine the use of compression and mic placement to control and eliminate transients — the usual peaks in the instrument’s sound. ...

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