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SRD Quiz1 StudyGuide

SRD (Session Recordings) Quiz 1 Study Guide

Know some of Chuck Ainlay’s Credits. The Dixie Chicks, George Strait, Patty Loveless, Wynonna, Vince Gill
Be familiar with Chuck’s approach to drum micing. Snare? Shure SM57 for the top, using Neve 1080 preamp. AKG452 w/ -20 dB pad for the Bottom, using the console mic preamp. Signals flipped out of phase together on one track. EQ
Be familiar with Chuck’s approach to drum micing. Kick AKG D112 for inside, slightly off-center, 6-8inches back from head beater. FET 47 for outside, off center, 8 inches away, draping thick blankets around to seal off some leakage into the outside mic. EQ
Be familiar with Chuck’s approach to drum micing. Hi Hat? Between an AKG 452 or a Neumann KM184. For a chunky sound, place over HH, pointing out away from snare. For an airy sound, place mic off to side of HH, not over top.
Be familiar with Chuck’s approach to drum micing. Toms? Varies: SM57 to 421, or ATM25. Beefy sound AKG C414, Fat 70s sound: an 87 or Sony C-37. Clip on AT8532, AT4033. Gates, uses contact mics as a gate trigger, 6-10dB reduction. Placed btwn lugs, not too close to head, 2 1/2-4" away. 3 fingers btwn mic & head
Be familiar with Chuck’s approach to drum micing. Overheads? AKG C414, Royer SF -12. 70's Tight Sound: a spaced pair. Real-sounding: Stereo mics.
Be familiar with Chuck’s approach to drum micing. Room Mics? Royer R121 with a severe limiter w/ an 1176. 4 feet away in front of the snare, picking up snare, HH, and Hi-Tom. 149s or JM47 pair, 12 feet away. One picks up snare, HH, and hi-tom, while the other picks up floor tom and ride cymbal.
Know Chuck’s approach to recording Electric Bass. Either the Aguilar DI Box or Ampeg B-15 miked with an FET 47 or Neumann 147
Know an Assistant’s work duties for Chuck Ainlay. Getting the mics/stands/cables out Check headphone system is working Setup Tape Machine or Hard Disc System Notate: location points of the song The chord number chart Players of each instrm. and mics used for each instrm. Gear used on each track
Know Chuck’s approach to Vocal Recording. Everything is based around the vocal. Find the mic that best suits the vocalist. Sometimes uses: Soundelux 251 U 67/ U 47 FET 47 AKG C414
Know some of Steve Albini’s Credits. Nirvana's, In Utero, Jesus Lizard, The Pixies, The Breeders, Silkworm, PJ Harvey
Be familiar with Steve’s approach to recording bands. SMALL/LARGE Bands: Play live together, not particularly in the same room, so that each member can accommodate each others little changes in emphasis and timing
Understand what Steve feels is important when recording drums. Have a conversation with the drummer and find out what he feels the kit should sound like. Listen closely to what the bass (or drums) sound like.
Understand Steve’s approach to Pianos. Pair of AT4051s, perpendicular to the harp of the piano, with 1 on the long strings and 1 on the short strings. Neumann SM2 OR, AKG C12/C24, placed in front of the piano looking in on the strings.
Understand Steve’s approach to Electric Guitars Uses a ribbon, Royer 121, Coles 4038, RCA BK-5/44 and a condenser, Shure SM57, Sennheiser 421/409 on a mic cabinet. Miked further away bc the closer it is, the more acoustic interactions w/ the cabinet are more localized. Gives a coherent cabinet sound
Understand Steve’s approach to Electric Bass. Mainly uses Beyer 380, and compliments this with AKG 451/C414, AT 4033, OR FET 47. Placed farily cloe in center of spkr, far enough away so that none of spkr excursions run into mic. Not crazy abt DI box, uses 1/2 millisc delay to bring back into phase
Understand Steve’s approach to Acoustic Guitars. Neumann SM2, Schoeps 221, and at distance the AT ATM 4051, brittle closeup. If singing, try to make the mics not favor the vocal. If not, record at distance. Stereo image from player/audience perspective. Ribbon mic closeup makes thin gtr sound heftier
Understand Steve’s approach to recording vocals. Uses the Josephson 700, RE20, Just depends on the type of singer and their own vocal delivery.
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