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Miking Snares by Hugh A. Cooper

Thursday, April 18th, 2002

“When miking snares I always use Shure SM57s. I use one on the top and the other one on the bottom to give me a full top and bottom response. Always check phasing when assigning both mics to one track. (Note: One of the mics should be set out of phase from the console. This will ensure that when you assign both mics to one track the snare signal will be in phase.)”

Hugh A. Cooper – engineer/producer, Tom Cochrane and Red Rider, Dan Hill, Myles Hunter, The Jitters.

Miking Vocals by Terry Brown

Thursday, April 18th, 2002

“Choosing the right vocal mic is the key to good lead vocal results. I record vocals flat (no EQ) into a compressor at 2.5 to 1 ratio (a dbx 160X is handy – there are only two knobs), then from the compressor straight into the machine. Each mic will behave differently in subtle ways. My current choices are the Sanken CU41 and the B&K 4000 series omnidirectional mic.”

Terry Brown – producer (Rush, Cuttung Crew, Blue Rodeo, among others).

Live Drums by Jon Erikson

Thursday, April 18th, 2002

“When getting live drum sounds, I’ll use a good set of headphones (Fostex T20s) and then I’ll take the mix of the drums in the headphones and put it through the PA system, checking it against how the room sounds with a flat EQ. I’ll then take into consideration the boominess or tightness of the room, and then place the bass drum and the bass guitar according to the natural low end of the room. In a boomy room I will place the frequency of the bass guitar above a gated bass drum (the bass drum should have lots of low end). If the room has a tight bass sound I will let the bass guitar carry the weight of the low end and place the frequency of the bass drum tight and punchy. This applies to 100Hz and below.”

Jon Erikson – sound engineer (Rush), head sound technician (Audio Analysts, Kingswood), live recording engineer (Comfort Sound Mobile Studio).

Recording Vocals by David Bendeth

Thursday, April 18th, 2002

“Sometimes in the studio vocalists have a problem with headphones. They have a problem hearing pitch, because of delay, so I will bring them into the control room and let them sing through the speakers (once I have reversed the phasing on one of the speakers). This allows me to record the vocals live with little or no bleed through to the track. Vocalists should be six to ten feet from the speakers for this to work effectively. Regular settings on the mic (U87 or AKG 414).”

David Bendeth – vice-president of A&R (BMG Canada), producer (Big House, Regatta).

Individual Style by Mike Jones

Monday, March 18th, 2002

“Using the proven tricks of the trade is important for speed and to give the artist confidence in your abilities, but what is more important is to develop your own style and your own tricks of the trade. You can only do this by experimentation. Don’t be afraid to try crazy ideas – they may be the key to the success of the whole project.”

Mike Jones – producer/chief engineer (Eastern Sound, Alannah Myles, Glass Tiger, Kim Mitchell, The Box, Moody Blues, Blue Rodeo).

Use Your Ears by Rob Sandolowich

Monday, March 18th, 2002

“The sound technicians shouldn’t rely too heavily on a real time analyzer. They should learn to trust their ears. I’ve seen sound techs that were more concerned with a flat curve on their RTA than with good sound.”

Rob Sandolowich – vice president (Westbury National Show Systems).

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