Violins, violas, celli and double basses. Imagine having the opportunity to record a live string section: Where do you begin? In this step-by-step tutorial, produced by the experts at Sing Canary, you'll see and hear everything you need to know to setup, mic and record strings.
Recording orchestral instruments is an art that requires precise setup, positioning and knowledge of acoustics. It also requires you to understand the way these instruments produce sound. This tutorial explains the precise microphone positioning needed to bring out the rich tones these classical instruments produce.
Once the section is recorded, you're taken back into the studio for a look at EQ, compression and mixing techniques. From there you'll also learn about overdubbing techniques that transform small ensembles into full string orchestras.
Every engineer has to be ready for any recording situation. This tutorial, Recording Strings , gives you the foundation you need to create awesome sounding orchestral sessions.
Table of contents:
3. Stereo Mic Technique
4. Room Mic Summary
5. Spot Mic Technique
6. Spot Mic Summary
7. Round Up of Mic Set Up
8. Mic Preamps, Phase & Gain
9. Filtering The Spot Mics
10. Compressing Strings
11. Tracking The Strings
12. The Quintet Session
13. Large Section Mic Set Up
14. Large Section Decca Tree
15. The 19-Piece Session
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TAKTO has a unique blend of instrumental components, which brings up a well-refined sound: two flutes (alternating transversal in C, in G, bass flute, contrabass flute - the only one in Brazil - and piccolo), clarinet (and bass clarinet), 7-strings guitar, percussion (and drums), and some times vocal complements.
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