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Getting Great Sounds: The Microphone Book

Getting Great Sounds: The Microphone Book

ISBN 13: 9781598635706

ISBN 10: 1598635700

Author: Tom Lubin

Pages: 320

Published: 06/24/2009

Print Book Price: $39.99 Add to cart

How to choose and use microphones was once a skill passed down from senior sound engineers to their assistants as they would listen and learn by observation. Today, few large studios have assistant engineers, and an overwhelming number of studios are operated by their owners who are self-taught and do not have the benefit of the "big studio" tutelage. Getting Great Sounds: The Microphone Book imparts these microphone tips and tricks of the pros to make them available to any sound engineer or home studio enthusiast. It explains all aspects of all kinds of microphones, how they work, and how to use them in session recording. The conversational narrative style presents technical aspects in an easy-to-understand, humorous fashion, based on the real-life experiences of its author, a well-known recording engineer.
  • Provides strategies on what microphone to use regardless of specific brands and models.
  • Explains how to set-up microphones for all types of sessions regardless of the type of studio and the microphones available.
  • Covers technicalities and techniques that are applicable in a wide range of sound recording situations.
  • Presents technical aspects in an easy-to-understand fashion, with a great deal of humor based on the real-life experiences of its author, a well-known recording engineer.
  • Companion web site provides audio and visual examples of the book's techniques.
Author Bio
Tom Lubin
Tom Lubin has held numerous positions in the recording and educational spheres throughout his long and illustrious career. Most recently, he was the Western Australian representative for the Australian Film Television and Radio School, after working as head of professional development and training at the Film and Television Institute in Western Australia. Before working as an educator, Tom worked as fi­eld sales manager for Fostex, and as part of their design team, he helped introduce some of the ­first recordable multitrack and digital recording systems. Tom has also worked as managing editor of Recording Engineer/Producer magazine (at the time the premier music and sound production trade publication in the U.S.), where he had the opportunity to interview some of the most prominent music producers of the time. Tom has also held positions at CBS Records Studios - San Francisco, The College of Recording Arts - San Francisco, Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios, and Gold Star. He is a lifetime member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Development of the Microphone;

Chapter 2: Microphone Types, Patterns, and Uses;

Chapter 3: Understanding Sound and Hearing;

Chapter 4: Polarity, Phase Cancellation, and Reverb;

Chapter 5: Impedance and Balance;

Chapter 6: Hum 101, DIs, and Related Transducers;

Chapter 7: Accessories and Necessary Hardware;

Chapter 8: Stereo Microphone Techniques;

Chapter 9: The Recording Session;

Chapter 10: Miking Drums;

Chapter 11: Miking the Guitar and a Bit on Bass;

Chapter 12: Miking Piano;

Chapter 13: Miking Solo Acoustic Instruments and Vocals;

Chapter 14: Miking Classical Acoustic Sections;

Appendix A: Compressors and Limiters: A Brief Overview;

Appendix B: An EQ Primer