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Chapter 7. Audio recording > From microphone to audio track ­ the signal route - Pg. 112

Audio recording 112 Recording brass and woodwind The SM58 will do fine, but a better choice is a condenser mic. Where you place the mic depends very much on where most of the sound comes from ­ saxes and brass from the bell, flute from the mouthpiece, etc. However, particularly with woodwind, the sound emanates from other parts of the instrument and it is better, therefore, to keep the mic at a reasonable distance from the player, 45 cm or so is usually OK. Recording strings Treat individual stringed instruments such as violin in the same way as the acoustic guitar. If you are fortunate enough to have the space to record a small string ensemble, use two mics suspended above the players mounted at right angles to each other for a good stereo image. From microphone to audio track ­ the signal route OK, you are all set to record that blistering solo but how do you actually get the audio signal into Logic? If you are new to recording and find it confusing, here's a summary of the main things to do. · Connect the audio signal from your external mixer to the audio card input. · Choose an Audio Path [Audio > Set Audio Recording Path...]. This is where you will store your recorded files. It makes sense to keep them in the same folder as your song file. · In the Arrange window, select an Audio Object and rename it with a relevant name. This makes it easy to find in the Track Mixer, when you're mixing. · In the Environment, select the Audio Object and choose an Input. · Decide on either a stereo or mono Audio Object. · In either the Arrange or Environment windows, arm the Audio Object by clicking on REC. · Adjust the input level using your external mixer or your sound card's software mixer. · Record the audio using the Transport bar, as you do with MIDI tracks. · View the recorded audio files in the Audio window [Audio > Audio Window...]. You will be using the Arrange, Audio and Environment (Audio Layer) windows and it's a good idea to have these open together, as a screenset, for an overall view of the proceedings. Figure 7.1 displays these windows as used in Project 6.