Canadian Musician - September/October 2017 - Page 56

Modern Microphone Technology More and more, we’re seeing popular microphone manufacturers like Sennheiser and Blue releasing microphones with digital outputs via USB, geared towards home users, podcast creators, and YouTubers. A notable, modern microphone design approach is the now popular Slate Digital Virtual Microphone System. In the same way plug-in developers emulate classic hardware, we now have manufacturers selling neutral-sounding microphones designed to be processed in-the-box to sound like rare, ex- pensive studio classics like the Neumann U series. These offer a great way to get home users familiar with the sounds of some of the world’s most famous microphones. Try This! KAREN KOSOWSKI Producer/MIXER/writer THE HOLODECK (TRYON, MADELINE MERLO, EMMA-LEE) My latest creative “hack” pertains directly to one of the newer revolutions in small studio and home recording technology: microphone modeling. Having had the chance to demo a pre-production model of the Townsend Labs Sphere modeling microphone, I’ve been exploring the various ways to make use of its features and vintage mic emulations. One of the less immediately obvious ways that it’s been a real asset is for recording gang vocals. I’ll record a stack of vocal takes with that mic and then afterwards, either when mixing or while building out the production further, I’ll experiment with the Sphere plug-in in my DAW, swapping out mic models on some of the takes and making extensive use of the plug-in’s “virtual mic locker” to create combinations that sound cool. It gives the effect of having recorded some of the takes with alternate microphones. I’ve also played with adjusting how close or far the s ȁ́Ѽ)ѡݥѠѡMɗéɽ᥵䁙ɔQЁѡ)ٽЁɔɥمɥ ]ѡȁӊé͕ٕɅх)Յɽ׊eɔɕɑȁЁͥˊe)ٽхѼͽչӊé݅Ѽٽѡ)ɕՕ䁙ѥՔѡЁեݡԁɔͥѡͅ)ɽٕȁٕȸA̰$ٔѡЁѡ́́Ѽٔ)ե䰁Ʌѡх́$ѡɕѥٔ܁)ѡѥЁ'eɕɑɅѡȁѡхѥѼͥ݅)ɽ̸)I典]ͱ)AɽՍȽȽMɥѕ)ЁMչIɑMՑ(ȁI՝Mѡ]5ѡ܁X)=ѕݡ'eɕɑյ̰$ѼхAi4ɽԴ)䁄 ɽݸAi4ЁѡȁɥЁɽЁѡ)մ%Ёٕٕ́䁑ɕЁͽչɽѡѡȁ́$)͔ѡ9յT܁Ёͥѡ-)ͥ Mѥ́$ͥѡAi4Ёѡͥ)-ѡЁѡȁԁɔݥЁ܁ѡ)ͽչ̸܁ȁݥͽչɕЁɽЁȻ %Ёͻe)ݽɬѡѥЁݡЁ̰Ёɕݽɭ̄)͕́ѡEՅ䁽)eȁQɅ)Aɡ́ѡЁЁѡɽՍѥхͬЁ)́ݥݡͽɍ́ͽչѡȁи܁Օѥ́Ѽͬ)ݡԁɔѡɕЁ́ɔ(ĸ(ȸ(̸(и)%́ѡɕɑѕɥ͕Ѽͽչɕ͕Ё)ха́䁵ɽЁɕЁѡ)%́ѡͽɍɕɽՍ݅ѡЁ)ѡյӊéɕЁɕՕɅ)ɽѡཽɍɅѥ)%́ѡͽɍٽɽɕѕѥ́Ս)ٕͥ́ȁչ݅ѕɽ᥵䁕Ѐ܁)ե)%́ѡɔɽչ͔ѡɕɑѡЁɅ)ѡѕ) ɥѥѕѥٕ䁅ɔݡЁ́Ѽ)͕ͥȁͽɍϊd剅QѼɕٕЁѡȁDɥ)ѡɅɽ́䁅ѥѡɽéͥѥ5٥)ɽ͕́́ѼɽͥѡݥɅ奕ɕѕ)͕͔ɕʹѥ丁]ѠѡЁͅeЁɅѼ)䁡́ѕ́ȁɽ́䁡ٔ)Ս)AɽՍȽ)ѡͽչՑ(ȁ̰ͽɕ䰁є)QѕɕхɥݥѠݼ̸͕$܁Ёͽչ)ݕɐЁЁٕ́ѡхݥи$͕Ёȁ)-́adѕɸͽɥѽͥMM0)DAəɴѡхɥЁхɔѡ͕Ё)ѕɹѥݕѡݼ́́ԁѠݥѠѡх)'eٔͥѡ́ѕՔѡ币Qݹ́մ)ͼȁЁѡɅq%eԁٕȻt)Ё́ݽɭ́хՑɽՍѥɽͥͥѥѼѥЁՑȁѕ٥ͥ !)ɕѱ䁽ݹ́Ʌѕ́Q!MչMՑ ɱѕѽݸA()$8844TTLL)8(؃ 88$)$ $ )$$8