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NATIONAL

QUALIFICATIONS
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
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There are different ways of recording sound and the set up
we have here is as follows:












































You will be using Protools 10 as your main software package. However, you may also use
software such as Audacity and Garageband.
















Dynamic and Condenser Microphones:

1. Complete the following
The features of DYNAMIC and CONDENSER Microphones:

Dynamic Microphones Condenser Microphone


















2. Which type of microphone is best suited to recording the following groups and why:

What are you recording? Dynamic or Condenser Polar Pattern
Close micing of a trumpet


Acoustic Guitar Track
Electric Guitar recording
from an amp

Live 2 person interview

3. Describe the following Polar Patterns:











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Microphone Placement:

4. In your own words explain Microphone Placement:




Complete the following as a reference for when you record audio:

Vocals Guitar Amp Acoustic Guitar Drum kit
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A Pop Shield is -
What is close micing?
Sibilance is another problem that can occur when recording the voice, what is this and
how can it be resolved?
What is Spillage / Leaking?
Leads/Cables:

5. Complete the following:










Which cables do you use to connect Microphones?

Which cables do you use for electric/bass guitars?
Complete the diagram below by joining the pieces of equipment using arrows to indicate
the direction of the signal path. Also name the cables that would be required.
In your own words - What is the signal path?.




Health and safety is extremely important in Music Technology.
In your own words write down 4 important safety rules.
















Describe in your own words the need for powering up and down and how
best to do it.











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ALWAYS CHECK YOUR SIGNAL IS STRONG WITHOUT
DISTORTION BEFORE RECORDING.

USE YOUR GAIN/TRIM TO ADJUST.
REMEMBER THAT A CONDENSER MIC REQUIRES PHANTOM
POWER TO RECORD.
Recording Skills Task
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Activity
Red Amber Green
Open Protools 10
Create a New Seesion
Name the session RECORDING SKILLS TASK
Import a click track and set it to a tempo of your choice
using time compression/expansion.
Record a Piano using DI & bounce the stereo file to the
desktop
Record a Bass Guitar using DI & bounce the stereo file
to the desktop
Record an Acoustic Guitar using Condenser Mic(s )&
bounce the stereo file to the desktop
Record an Electric Guitar through an Amp using a
Dynamic Mic & bounce the stereo file to the desktop
Record a Drumkit using the Glyn Johns Technique &
bounce the stereo file to the desktop
Record a Vocal using a Condenser Mic with Popshield &
bounce the stereo file to the desktop