First-Of-Its-Kind Video Course Teaches Audio Recording Techniques

In-depth course captures recording of YouTube hit "Simply Falling".

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Award-winning video training site has added an in-depth recording course to its extensive audio curriculum, and is offering more than an hour of free training.

"Audio Recording Techniques" is a five-hour program hosted and written by audio recording educator Bobby Owsinski, coauthor of "Abbey Road" to "Ziggy Stardust". Owsinski shows how to capture great recordings of drums, acoustic and electric guitars, upright and electric bass, keyboards, horns, strings, vocals, and more. Using 3D graphics combined with live-action practical examples, the course demonstrates various microphone types, placements, and response patterns.

The recording session follows one song from start to finish during a weeklong studio session featuring 12 pro musicians and singer Iyeoka recording a new version of her hit song "Simply Falling", which has over 5 million YouTube views. The original version of the song was produced by Audio content manager David Franz, who helped create the course after tracking the song in his Los Angeles project studio.

"Smaller project studios are becoming increasingly prominent, but simply having the tools isn't the same as knowing how to use them well," says Franz. "With 'Audio Recording Techniques', we're hoping to help musicians and aspiring engineers use the tools they have to make great sounding recordings."

"Audio Recording Techniques" combines live action with computer animation that makes it easier to visualize microphone polar patterns - meaning a microphone's sensitivity to sounds coming from different directions, which is a key consideration in choosing and placing microphones.

"This is truly a first-of-its-kind online course," says Franz. "There are audio schools that cover recording technique, but online we're able to use computer graphics to make it easier to understand certain concepts. Plus, it's much more economical, and you can refer to it again and again."

"Audio Recording Techniques" joins an already extensive library of audio courses covering everything from editing, mixing, mastering, and remixing to DAW training in Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live, and more. Other recent additions include iPad Music Production: GarageBand, Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching, Mixing a Rock Song in Pro Tools, Melodyne Studio Essential Training, and Audio Post Workflow with Final Cut Pro X and Pro Tools. helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Members receive unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals. With over one million individual, corporate, academic and government subscribers, was named one of the fastest-growing, privately-held education companies in the United States by Inc. Magazine.

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    I'm using that site right now to learn some computer programming languages and it's actually pretty decent. I noticed the audio lessons and will check it out soon. Also, if you're enrolled in a college or university, you may automatically have full access to the site without having to subscribe or pay anything extra. I discovered my college has it (Sheridan College, Greater Toronto Area). Ironically, I'm learning more from it than my actual paid classes =\