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Recording and Producing Audio for Media by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 19. Music Recording

Music recording is foremost about the music. Recording technique and technology are the means to the end, not the end in themselves; they are employed only to serve. Although great music and great musicianship cannot be defined, you have to know when it is there. If they are not part and parcel of a recording, there is little you can do with the microphone selection, placement, and mixdown that will bring about an aesthetically successful recording.

Assuming the music and musicians can “cut it,” there are general guidelines that can serve as starting points to help smooth the recording session. There are no rules. The guidelines are just that. It is not possible to predict that by selecting a specific mic for a given ...

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