Recording Secrets For The Small Studio - Additional Resources

Chapter 3: Instruments With Pickups

Audio Files

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  • String Instrument Fingering Positions: On an orchestral stringed instrument, the same pitches can frequently be played on different strings to achieve a very characteristic tonal variation. For example, listen to this small melodic line played on three different strings of a viola: the ‘A’ string ( Ex03.01: WAV/MP3 play_arrow ); the ’D’ string, tuned a 5th lower ( Ex03.02: WAV/MP3 play_arrow ), and the ‘G’ string, tuned a 9th lower ( Ex03.03: WAV/MP3 play_arrow ).

  • Guitar Fret Buzz: If a guitar’s action (the height of the strings above the fretboard) isn’t set appropriately, then it can result in ‘fret buzz’, where the strings rattle against the frets during performance – as heard in this audio example ( Ex03.04: WAV/MP3 play_arrow ).

  • Handy Communications Gadgets: Here are a couple of affordable little mic switching boxes that both work well: Radial’s passive HotShot DM1, designed to work with dynamic mics only, and the active Mic Mute Lite from Orchid Electronics, which requires phantom power to run, but which can also be used in conjunction with phantom-powered mics. Orchid Electronics were also responsible for the custom-built dual Mic Mute unit pictured on page 89 of Recording Secrets For The Small Studio.

  • Automatic Software Talkback/Listen-mic Switching: Although I prefer (as discussed in the book) to have hardware switching for talkback and listen mics, and to operate them manually, if you don’t have a problem with automatic software switching then check out Sound Radix’s cute little freeware MuteomaticMac logoWindows logo plug-in that can do automatic muting/unmuting in response to your DAW’s transport status.

Further Reading

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