There are some instruments that are often toted as “difficult to record”. These include, Steel Pan, Vibraphone, Harp, Bagpipes (Highland Pipes) and Harpsichord. Having recently recorded a Harpsichord we have come up with our 5 top tips for recording what some might call challenging musical instruments.
In this free video tutorial, James Ivey and Engineer Producer Mike Exeter discuss how to incorporate stereo room microphones into your guitar recordings to create an ambient stereo effect.
The team at Focusrite are delighted to be able to announce their newly updated Scarlett range of USB-C interfaces. We at Production Expert have been very privileged to get one of the very first of the new 18i20 units into the UK to use in a studio session. We have given it the once over, and it’s time to let you know what we think to the improvements and upgrades.
In this article we’ve collated a number of tips, tricks, free video tutorials and premium video tutorials that we’ve published that show how to use microphones as well as a range of placement techniques in a variety of different recording applications. We recommend that you take some time to watch a selection of these videos to help you better understand how to pick the right microphone for the job and how to position and use it appropriately.
We asked our Facebook community “What are the most common mistakes beginners make when recording using a microphone?” We had over 150 responses and one of the stand-out comments was about which way round the microphone should be pointed, or the technical term, how to ‘address the microphone’. Take our just for fun quiz showing some well know and not so well known mics and tell us whether they are end-firing or side address?
I was asked by a friend just the other day why I set up my drum overhead mics the way I did. I explained my ideas and methodologies and he said “Haven’t you tried anything more conventional?” This article is the story of my experiments including audio examples for you to listen to and compare for yourself.
If you are new to recording then you have probably wondered how top engineers get the right mic position for vocals and instruments? Some might suggest there's a trick or a hack, there isn't, but we can guarantee there is one thing they do every time they put a mic up for recording.
At NAMM 2019 Antelope Audio announced the Edge Go, a USB microphone which features internal FPGA chips, which allows the Edge Go to process it’s own microphone emulations of many popular vintage mics. But does it work and is it any good? Let’s find out.
Back in late 2017, I began a series of articles covering how to record various string instruments from ukulele to double bass and I promised to write about recording a harp someday. Today is that day!
If you were to slim down your studio gear collection then what would you need to keep in order to still be able to get your recording work done in your studio? Consider these products your studio gear essentials, what could you not live without?
I have lost count of the number of times I have seen vintage ribbon mics used as drum overhead mics, but have you seen the prices for mics like the Coles 4081 go for on the second hand market? Not to mention that vintage mics have a habit of packing up when you least expect it and most need them. I decided to try some modern ribbon microphones by Sontronics and Audio Technica and put them over my kit and let you hear how they fair. I might have just found a new favourite set of overhead mics.
For years I considered the humble microphone stand as one of the most unsexy studio buys ever. My position on this has somewhat changed recently as I decided to dive my hand a little deeper into my wallet to find out if a microphone stand costing substantially more than my previous mic stands were worth the extra outlay.
There are lots of great audio/music software & hardware products out there in the Pro Audio world. At Production Expert, we review a variety of products designed to make you work smarter and produce better results in your studios. There are occasions when a product is so good we end up buying it for ourselves, these products usually get our Expert's Choice Award (formerly known as Editor's Choice Awards) for being such fantastic products.
Our friends at British microphone company Sontronics have put some of their stunning drum mics together in two packages called the DrumPack and DrumPack Plus. Both packages feature the stunning DM-1B kick drum mics along with SM-1S for snare drum and DM-1T for toms. If you want to take your drum sound to the next level these could be the solutions for you.
I’m sure we have all seen the recording trick where you use a speaker, traditionally the woofer from a Yamaha NS-10 monitor speaker, to record the kick or bass drums from the outside. This technique is an excellent way to capture some real low-end sub tones but, there is nothing pretty about a homemade “Heath Robinson” contraption cobbled together stand arrangement. Could the Solomon LoFreq be an aesthetically and musically pleasing, alternative to the high priced Yamaha or DW alternative?
Our friends at Antelope Audio have been busy with not just one but three new products that were previewed at the recent winter NAMM show and are now officially announced. Edge Go is the world’s first bus-powered modelling microphone designed to give users a complete studio experience with microphone and audio hardware emulations onboard using Antelope’s real-time FPGA FX platform. Antelope’s Orion series also gets an update with the new Orion32+ Gen 3 and Orion32 HD Gen 3. These audio interfaces offer an amazing amount of audio I/O that set a new price and performance standard.
This new Kickstarter campaign caught our attention because it looks useful but looking more closely, we wouldn’t use it. Is it the idea or the execution which isn’t right?
I’m sure like many of you, I was under the impression that “251” style valve condenser microphones were mainly used to record female vocals. John McBride of Blackbird Studios in Nashville is on the record as saying that an original Telefunken 251 is his “go-to” microphone when recording his wife Martina. But how does the new Warm Audio WA-251 stack up as an instrument mic. I invited composer and guitar player Paul Sundt back to the studio to record one of this tracks playing a couple of my acoustic guitars recorded using the WA-251.