Video training site lynda.com has added an in-depth recording course to its audio curriculum, and is offering more than an hour of free training."Audio Recording Techniques" is a five-hour program hosted and written by audio recording educator Bobby Owsinski, coauthor of Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust: Off the Record with The Beatles, Bowie, Elton & So Much More.
In this course, Owsinski shows how to capture great recordings of drums, acoustic and electric guitars, upright and electric bass, keyboards, horns, strings, vocals, and more. Using 3-D graphics combined with live-action practical examples, the course demonstrates various microphone types, placements, and response patterns.
The recording session follows one song from start to finish during a weeklong studio session featuring 12 pro musicians and singer Iyeoka recording a new version of her hit song “Simply Falling,” which has more than 5 million YouTube views. The original version of the song was produced by David Franz, lynda.com's audio content manager. Franz helped create the course after tracking the song in his Los Angeles project studio.
“Smaller project studios are becoming increasingly prominent, but simply having the tools isn’t the same as knowing how to use them well,” says Franz. “With 'Audio Recording Techniques,' we’re hoping to help musicians and aspiring engineers use the tools they have to make great sounding recordings.”
"Audio Recording Techniques" combines live action with computer animation that makes it easier to visualize microphone polar patterns—a microphone’s sensitivity to sounds coming from different directions, which is a key consideration in choosing and placing microphones.
“This is truly a first-of-its-kind online course,” says Franz. “There are audio schools that cover recording technique, but online we’re able to use computer graphics to make it easier to understand certain concepts. Plus, it’s much more economical, and you can refer to it again and again.”
"Audio Recording Techniques" joins lynda.com's other audio courses covering editing, mixing, mastering, remixing, DAW training in Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live, and more. Other recent additions include "iPad Music Production: GarageBand," "Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching," "Mixing a Rock Song in Pro Tools," "Melodyne Studio Essential Training," and "Audio Post Workflow with Final Cut Pro X and Pro Tools."