Unit II: Production

Unit II takes you through the process of recording, as well as the equipment and knowledge it requires.

Learning how to effectively use the different types of microphones is the biggest matter that can make or break the quality of a recording. Understanding how the signal flows from the microphone through the audio interface and finally to your digital audio workstation (DAW) will ensure that your proper usage of microphones pay off.

However, equally important are the two things that are often taken for granted. The acoustic properties of the location you record from is of utmost importance if you want to produce clean and clear recordings. While it is nice to do production work in the confines of a studio, at some point, it is going to be necessary to record on the field and deal with issues in the real world that make things more difficult, to say the least.

Many people are also guilty of taking the importance of cables and connectors for granted. These are the conduits between your devices. Their ability to maintain the fidelity of the signal lies in their physical quality. Faulty cables and connectors are also often the culprit of audio glitches. They should be easy to troubleshoot, but the difficulty lends itself back to not being given as much importance as they should.