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Chapter 7. Audio recording - Pg. 111

111 Chapter 7. Audio recording The next project in the book incorporates the use of a prerecorded audio track containing an im- provised saxophone solo behind the main tune. This can be replaced with another instrument or a vocal track. At this point then, it seems appropriate to have a quick look at the basic audio recording procedure and microphone techniques needed to do this. If you don't happen to play an acoustic instrument and can't stand to hear the sound of your own voice, use a synthesized sound instead! Recording vocals To record vocals, a directional mic mounted on a stand is the usual method and the singer will most likely be standing up. If you have a wobbly wooden floor, isolate the stand from the floor to prevent low frequency rumble travelling up the mic stand and onto your recordings. If you can afford it, a condenser mic is best ­ AKG C-414, AKG C-3000 or the Audio Technica are good ­ but a dynamic mic such as the trusty Shure SM57 or SM58 will still produce good results. Although most vocal mics have built-in wind shields, it is still a good idea to use a pop screen. There