Meeting Topic: Recording vocals — Microphone selection and a history of hits
Moderator Name: Jim Anderson, NYU
Speaker Name: Alex U. Case, President, AES; University of Massachusetts Lowell
Meeting Location: Sennheiser's new Pop-Up Store, 134 Prince Street in Manhattan
For the first century of music recording, the sound of the recorded voice was very much driven by the initial limitations and slow-but-steady advancement of the audio technologies available at the time. First there were no microphones and recording was an unplugged acoustic and mechanical experience. Carbon, ribbon, condenser, and moving coil designs followed, each having an audible impact on the pop vocal. With the extraordinary capabilities of gear available today, we face fewer constraints. In fact, a contemporary challenge might be that, freed of technical restrictions, we have too many possibilities —too broad a range of creative options for tracking the all-important lead vocal. In this tutorial, Alex U. Case highlights what we might learn from audio history to drive our decisions for getting the right vocal sound at our next gig.
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Alex U. Case, President of the Audio EngineeringSound Recording Technology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, in the United States.
His research and professional activities focus heavily Case is a widely published author, with over 100 articles appearing in multiple journals and industry trade publications. He has written the authoritative guide to audio signal processing in multitrack production, Sound FX — Unlocking the Creative Potential of Recording Studio Effects, published by Focal Press. Applying signal processing at the all-important mixdown session is covered in his book, Mix Smart - Pro Audio Tips for Your Multitrack Mix. Case is also an author for Lynda.com's Audio Channel of online, media-rich learning experiences. He is the author of four titles, including Foundations of Audio: Delay and Modulation and Foundations of Audio: Reverb.
A Fellow in the Audio Engineering Society, Case serves He has been a featured speaker and panelist for regional meetings around the world, and instructed dozens of standing-room only tutorials at AES International Conventions. Case is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, serves the Technical Committee for Architectural Acoustics (past Chair), Technical Committee for Noise, Membership Committee and Publications Policy Committee and has been an invited contributor of many dozens of papers.
Check out his blog, Recordingology.com — The Study of Recording, for tips, tricks, and audio references that illustrate all aspects of recording and mixing.