AUS220 - Blog 9 - Music

This AUS220 series belongs to an assessment from college.

  • What is the most interesting new technique, concept or tool that I learnt this week in my specific intensive? 

To be honest, I was expecting to have as much fun as I did in our first day of the music intensive. Students usually say that the Neve's signal flow is quite complicated; well, the console is somewhat complex, yes, but the concept of signal flow remains the same. It's just another console to learn. 

What caught my attention the most was a technique to mic the snare and kick by feeling the amount of air pressure when striking them with our hands--wherever the air pressure is the highest, it's got a big chance of being the sweet spot for mic placement. I've never thought of that. In addition, he showed us how to place a room mic on-axis to the drummers centre point. We had a rather simple set up: a hi hat, snare and kick drum. Instead of place the room mic in front of the drummer, he'd place it across the kit in order to capture all instruments. Again, I have never thought of that. 

Another concept brought by Trinski, as well as Tim during our live sound intensive, was that of placing microphones with a purpose, by taking advantage of their polar patterns rather than placing them carelessly. In a way, I found it easier to understand these concepts in a live environment as you've gotta make sure that it works well in real time. I don't know how to explain this exactly, but I understood a lot of things in live sound that I was unsure about when working within the studio environment.

These are the new techniques I've learned this week and I'm looking forward to the next classes.