In this week’s Audio Premium content, Bobby Owsinski texplains how technique trumps equipment when it comes to capturing great sounds.
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“Contrary to what many might think, just having great equipment doesn’t automatically guarantee that you’ll capture great sounds. Sure, having expensive vintage equipment helps, but when it’s all said and done, technique will trump equipment almost any day. I’m constantly amazed at the sounds that some people can get out of just an M-Box and an SM-58.
“Here’s a list of variables that you must be aware of when recording just about anything. While you can’t really quantify exactly how much each variable contributes to the way something ultimately sounds because each situation, even within the same project, is unique, you can generally break it down to something like this:
“The Player and the instrument contributes about 50% to the overall sound. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less – but always the greatest portion. You can prove this to yourself. Get a player who’s not yet that accomplished and record him with his equipment. Chances are it will sound pretty mediocre. Then get a great player to come in and play on the same equipment. You’ll be shocked how good the gear suddenly sounds. It’s not as dramatic going the other way around sometimes, but you can definitely hear the difference when a mediocre player goes from mediocre equipment to finely tuned studio gear.
Table of Contents
- Secrets Of Mic Placement
- How To Find The “Sweet Spot”
- Placement Considerations
- Phase Cancellation – The Destroyer Of Sounds
- Acoustic Phase Cancellation
- The 3 To 1 Principle
- Electronic Phase Cancellation
- Checking Phase The Easy Way
- Checking Phase The Slightly More Difficult Way
- Times When You Might Want The Phase Selector Reversed
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