This is so awesome! Im excited for next
This is the song I created in protools over the last month or so. I used boom to lay down my drum beat, created a piano line, with a bass line to match. Then, i started working on vocals. Once i finished all my physical parts, i spent a few days mixing. i changed some of the piano parts to organ, etc. It is not quite finished yet, but this is what I’m presenting for my project, so far.
Microphones… where to begin. Me and my friend the microphone have a long and complicated history. It all started when I was young boy, and bought my first dynamic microphone. I held and cherished it, I sang to it, I even tried recording drums with it. But alas, the dynamic microphone could only do so much. Now when I say dynamic microphone I’m referring to one of theses babies….
This is the microphone everyone imagines when they hear the word “microphone.” It simply translates vibrations, (aka sound) into an electrical current, which is then fed into an amp, pa, etc. and then translated back into sound. The microphone may not pick up all the frequencies (sound ranges) produced, so charts are made to show which sound range may fit best with a certain mic.
This is a frequency pattern for a SM58, the typical dynamic microphone. It boosts the middle upper frequencies, around the range of the human voice, but cut out the upper and lower frequencies, which wouldn’t make it a great instrument recorder. So overall, dynamic mics are sturdy, cheap, mics that are great for recording singers if they look like this:
Figure A: the typical garage band singer; loud, obnoxious.
Well dynamics were all well and fun, but I soon I was looking for a little more, out of my microphonic experience. So, I upgraded to condenser mics, which can range from 100-10000 dollars. It uses a diaphram, connected a voice coil, and a current goes through all that craziness. A bought one with a cardioid polar pattern, which refers to the which part of a room the microphone will hear the best. it may be able to hear the entire room, or only right in front of it. There also ribbon condensers which are much more sensitive and delicate. They have a metal ribbon instead of the traditional diaphragm. Finally, there are boundary mic’s which are usually for puttting on desks during conferences, etc, just to record conversation. They usually have omnidirectional polar pattern. They are cheap and useful for live talking, but not great for music.
AND THAT IS THE MYSTERY OF MICROPHONES UNFOLDED
So far, since I’ve started my first year of music tech, I’ve been catching on quick. I’ve had previous experience with recording software, such as Pro Tools, but I’m starting to learn how to fully master mixing and creating songs in Pro Tools. After my first project, I’ve noticed that I need to take fuller advantage of eq’s and compressors. My plan is to focus on these aspects more in my next post so stay tuned! I plan on using my bass knowledge as a foundation to build off of and explore more of my musical horizons