Sat 2 & Sun 3 November 2014
10am to 6pm
(Tori Amos / 4 Grammy nominations)
- Minimum age: 18
- Music Tech Foundation Knowledge
- Course Notes
AN INTENSIVE 2-DAY HANDS ON MUSIC RECORDING COURSE IN LONDON
Alchemea’s 2-day Music Recording Course will help you make informed decisions regarding the right microphones and techniques for various recording situations. This course will also help to get the best from your equipment and acoustic spaces and ultimately improve you recordings. It will help you to understand why achieving a good recording can not only greatly improve how your tracks sound, but save you time and effort when it comes to the mixing and mastering stages. Whilst a good mix can help a bad recording and good mastering can help a poor mix, your end result will never sound as good as a track that was simply well recorded in the first place. Mixing a good recording is far easier than trying to hammer a bad one into shape; everything sounds right from the beginning and so needs less EQ and Compression to get to “that sound.”
What Will You Get From This Course?
- An insight into the recording process of one of the worlds top audio engineers
- Detailed explanations about microphone types (dynamic, condenser, valve, ribbon etc...), polar patterns (omni, cardiod, fig of 8) , and how various stereo recording techniques will effect your recording
- You will witness a recording session with a full band. Marcel will experiment with the various microphones and techniques you discussed in class so you can hear the results and understand how he achieved them. You will then be able to take that knowledge and apply it to your own recording situations
- The opportunity to ask a leading sound engineer detailed questions about your own recording scenarios
- A comprehensive Alchemea course book which includes explanations and photos of microphone positioning
Who Is This Course Aimed At?
- Home recording enthusiasts
- Singers, writers and composers, who record their own songs
- Educators wishing to brush up on their recording skills
- Bands recording their own songs at home or in their rehearsal spaces or project studios feeling they could get “more” from it, but don’t know how
- Students on audio courses who would like an alternate engineers view on the recording process from their lectures
- Professionals who would like to know how another professional gets his sound
- "I found the course to be very informative and well structured. It certainly, for me, filled the gaps in my knowledge about the science of sound which allowed any previous experience of recording I had to make more sense. The practical demonstrations in the studio were very well explained and Marcel, our tutor, was always clear, patient and enthusiastic throughout the duration of the course. I would not hesitate to recommend Alchemea to others."
- "In the hope of improving my production skills I decided to take a the Logic 101, Recording and Mixing weekend courses at Alchemea and I was not disappointed. The facilities were great, the courses were taught in more detail than I could have hoped for and the tutors were not only knowledgeable but passionate about the recording of music which was in itself inspiring. I came away having filled vast gaps in my knowledge of recording, production and mixing. Many thanks to Marcel, Alex and Gary. I will definitely be back for more."
Weekend Recording Course Aim
The Alchemea Weekend Recording course aims are to help students make informed choices regarding the right microphones and techniques for their recording situations and get the best from their equipment and acoustic spaces.
Day 1 is spent in our technology classroom examining the theoretical aspects of the recording process. This will help you to understand what Marcel will demonstrate on day 2 during the band recording session. This will include seeing a full multi microphone drum set up.
Recording Course Content
The following topics are all covered over the intensive 2 day sessions:
- Digital Recording Theory: Analog to digital Converters, explanations of sample rate, bit depth and clock sources
- Acoustics: Live room design and making the best use of your acoustic spaces
- Recording Set Up: Interconnections, pre‐amplifiers, audio interfaces, phantom power, simple recording set up examples (vocals, drums, acoustic guitar etc…)
- Microphone Design: dynamic, moving coil, ribbon, condesnsor / capacitor, valve, electrets, basic microphone electronics, manufacturers, current ranges, classic mics and their applications, directional characteristics (omni, figure of 8, cardioid, hypercardioid, pressure zone/gun)
- General Microphone Techniques: close, stereo (AB, XY, ORTF, MS, Blumlein, Binaural/Dummy head), ambient/room micing, multi‐micing.
- Mic techniques for specific instruments: vocals, acoustic guitars, drums, amped guitars, pianos, bass, percussion, strings, brass
- Session Procedure: session preparation, click tracks, count off, pre and post roll, punching in and out, destructive and non‐destructive recording, creating a tempo map prior to recording.
- Laying one performance at a time and overdubbing (takes, playlists, and comping), input only monitoring and auto‐input monitoring, recording whole performances or in sections and loops, dealing with performers, recording the perfect take or knowing what to “fix in the mix”.
- Headphone Monitoring: setting up separate cue mixes for different performers, solo modes when recording
- I/O Setup: latency, CPU, DSP and buffer sizes, monitoring with plug‐ins active (eg. Elec guitar to DI input with amp plug‐in, and effects on)
- Practical Demonstration 1: acoustic guitar and vocal, multi‐miced drums
- Practical Demonstration 2: multi‐miced drums (cont.)
|It is advisable to bring a notepad and a pen to take notes during the course. Everything else will be provided for you!|
This venue for this course it at our Windsor Centre facility in Islington.
Alchemea, The Windsor Centre, Windsor Street, London, N1 8QG
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