The perfect Mike
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The perfect Mike

Explore the wonders of Microphones. For musicians, volunteers, professionals. For beginners and people with experience.
4.6 (10 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
69 students enrolled
Created by Timoteo Alicino
Last updated 12/2018
English
English
Current price: $13.99 Original price: $19.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 1 min on-demand audio
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Be inspired like never before to pursuit great sound by using microphones
  • Find greats sounds without the use of sound processing
  • Learn how to position a microphone for every instrument type
  • Discover the palette of tones a microphone has
  • Get to know the wonder of stereo tequinies
  • Master the mystery of microphone "hardness"
  • Learn the 3 movements of microphone placement
  • Take your Live and Studio sound productions to another level
Requirements
  • Great passion for music and sound (that is the first and main requirement)
  • Headphones or a stereo speaker system (preferably of good quality)
  • 2 microphones and preamps
  • A DAW would be advisable for the assignments, but it is optional
Description

A lens to unseen sights, a palette to unpainted pictures a mike is the beginning of a journey of discovery that will lead you to hear the world anew.

Join Tim as he explores the wonders of mikes. The course is super practical with the majority of lectures devoted to specific instruments. With actionable knowledge and many experience-learnt lessons. Beside the instrument-specific techniques we will also cover 3 miking hows: how to choose, how to place and how to make things sound big and natural. 

The perfect mike doesn’t exist but the perfect match does.

The course will enable you to chose and use mikes like never before, making your live and studio productions came alive.

The numbers
39 + 5 (bonus) lectures
19 Assignments, to go over what you learn
3h 16m + 54m (bonus) of video lectures

Who this course is for:
  • The course is suitable for people with different knowledge and skill levels, ranging from people with no knowledge to people that work in this field.
  • Live sound engineers
  • Musicians who want to get a better tone for their instruments
  • Studio sound engineers
  • Sound volunteers in churches/school
  • People with some background knowledge that want to expand their understanding of sound engineering
Course content
Expand all 44 lectures 04:10:15
+ INTRODUCTION
3 lectures 20:18

FACCIOAMO UNA PROVETTA E VEDIAMO COSA ESCE

Preview 07:06
Two Questions
06:50
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Listen
1 question
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Picture this
1 question
+ HOW
12 lectures 59:16
How to choose: the context
06:52
How to choose: the palette
07:04
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Specs
1 question
How to choose: the hardness factor
07:05
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Mike hardness
1 question
How to place: a piece of sky
05:10
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The 3 movements
1 question
How to place: tonic tone
02:43
How to place: multi-mike
06:49
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Multi-mikng
1 question
How to mike big and natural: intro
05:07
How to mike big and natural: XY
02:42
How to mike big and natural: A-B
03:08
How to mike big and natural: MS
06:18
How to mike big and natural: DIN, NOS, ORTF
04:39
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Miking in stereo
1 question
+ INSTRUMENTS
24 lectures 01:43:25
Musical Instruments: introduction
01:50
Acoustic Guitar
03:51
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Miking the acoustic guitar
1 question
Electric Guitar
07:07
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Miking the electric guitar amplifier
1 question
Drums: intro
03:40
Tom
05:32
Bass Drum
04:26
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Miking toms and bass drum
1 question
Snare 1
04:16
Snare 2
04:35
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Miking the snare
1 question
Cymbals and Hi/Hat
04:11
Drums: conclusion
02:07
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Miking cymbals, hi/hat and drum overhead
1 question
Piano 1
04:04
Piano 2
03:18
Piano 4
02:36
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Miking the piano
1 question
Wind instruments
06:04
Saxophone part 2
03:36
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Miking a wind instrument
1 question
Stringed instrument
05:07
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Miking a stringed instrument
1 question
Vocals Studio: 5 pre-rec steps
05:16
Vocals Studio: mike placement
03:41
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Miking a vocal - studio
1 question
Vocals Live
05:50
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Miking a vocal - live
1 question
Sections and choirs
03:27
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Miking a choir
1 question
Audience 2
05:51
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Miking an audience
1 question
+ BONUS: HOW A MIKE WORKS - from The Sound Kitchen, great sound made easy.
5 lectures 54:29
How a microphone works: Section overview
00:35

OUTCOME OF LESSON:
THE FIRST STEP INTO A SOUND SYSTEM

Definition: input transducer

Note: Sine wave shape is preserved as Voltage varies rather than Air Pressure

11 descriptive characteristics of microphones:

1. Diaphragm (size of diaphragm determines the freq. range)

2. SPL handling

3. S/N ratio (signal to noise ratio)

4. Transient period

Microphones 1
17:08

OUTCOME OF LESSON:
HOW A MICROPHONE WORKS

11 descriptive characteristics of microphones (continues):

5. Transduction method:

  • Dynamic
  • Condenser
  • Electric condenser
  • Ribbon
  • Carbon
Microphones 2
14:10

OUTCOME OF LESSON:
HOW TO "POSITION" A MICROPHONE

11 descriptive characteristics of microphones (continues):

6. Pick up pattern

  • Omni-directional
  • Cardioid
  • SuperCardioid
  • HyperCardioid
  • Figure 8 or bi-directional

Microphones 3
14:49

OUTCOME OF LESSON:
WHAT A MIC "SOUNDS" LIKE

11 descriptive characteristics of microphones (continues):

7. Proximity effect

8. Functional design

  • Hand-held
  • Stand Mounting
  • Levier
  • Contact pick-up
  • Pressure response
  • Shotgun
  • Parabolic

9. Frequency response

10. Connection type: balanced / unbalanced

11. Impedance

Microphones 4
07:47