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Capture great sound in the first place and spend less time "fixing it in the mix" with Ian Corbett’s Mic It! With this updated and expanded second edition, you’ll quickly understand essential audio concepts as they relate to microphones and mic techniques and learn how to apply them to your recording situation. Mic It! gives you the background to explore, discover, and design your own solutions, enabling you to record great source tracks that can be developed into anything from ultra-clean mixes to massive, organic soundscapes.

Beginning with essential audio theory and a discussion of the desirable characteristics of "good sound", Mic It! covers microphones, mono and stereo mic techniques, the effect of the recording space or room, and large classical and jazz ensemble recording. This second edition also features new chapters on immersive audio, immersive recording concepts, drum tuning, and recording techniques for audio for video. Mic It! provides in-depth information on how different mic techniques can be used, modified, and fine-tuned to capture not only the best sound, but the best sound for the mix, as well as how to approach and set up the recording session, prepare for mixing, and avoid common recording and mixing mistakes.

• Train your ears with practical audio examples on the companion website.

• Develop and test your knowledge as you learn, with concise, applicable exercises and examples that cover the concepts presented.

• Record the best sound possible in any situation with Mic It!

Corbett’s expert advice ranges from vital knowledge no novice should be without, to advanced techniques that more experienced engineers can explore to benefit and vary the sound of their recordings. Whether you only ever buy one microphone, are equipping a studio on a budget, or have a vast selection of great mics to use, with Mic It! you’ll learn how to make the most of the tools you have.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Audio Basics

Chapter 2: “Good Sound”

Chapter 3: About Microphones, Part 1…

Chapter 4: About Microphones, Part 2…

Chapter 5: EQ Basics

Chapter 6: Stereo Imaging

Chapter 7: Stereo Microphone Arrays

Chapter 8: Immersive Audio

Chapter 9: The Effect of Microphone Position

Chapter 10: The Recording Room

Chapter 11: Recording Vocals

Chapter 12: Drum Miking

Chapter 13: Drum Tuning

Chapter 14: Guitars, Basses, and Keyboards

Chapter 15: String, Winds, Brass, and Percussion

Chapter 16: Setting Up the Studio

Chapter 17: Miking Large Ensembles

Chapter 18: Putting It All Together

Chapter 19: Audio for Video

Chapter 20: Tips From the Professionals