Hi, I’m kris with iSK. I’ve created this in depth audio engineering course, covering all the major aspects of audio recording from start to finish of setting up your studio, theory, acoustics, recording, mixing and mastering. This is the most in depth audio recording course, with over 12 hours of video tutorials, with explanation pages, and downloadable content.
Best part about it is that it’s completely free. No strings attached. It is my gift to you. I want to empower artists to get the most with what they have.
You may ask.... why am I doing this? And the answer is because our store has the best deals in the world on microphones, and I want to prove it to you. I want you to get great sound. I want you to hear the difference, and I want you to let your ears decide.
When I first stumbled onto iSK microphones, I saw the low price, and my assumption was that the quality was low. Then I tried them out and I was blown away! That’s why our slogan is “Let your ears decide!”
Now, i just want to set the record straight. I never went to audio school. I’m entirely self taught, by watching lots of YouTube videos, and reading on the online forums, and trial and error. I’m going to teach what I’ve learned, it might be right, it might be wrong, but it works for me. A lot of the methods and techniques in audio recording don’t have a right and wrong, but simply more than one way of doing it.
My philosophy on recording is to capture the audio as clean as possible, and retain the highest fidelity. Some people talk about preamps or microphones that add analog warmth... But to me that’s just white noise added to the signal. Modern equipment and digital recording has potential for very clean, and pristine sound quality. This can sound unpleasant because it’s too sterile, and a little bit of warmth such as whit noise or distortion can make it sound a bit smoother. But in the context of a dense mix, that takes away from the ability to get separation, and hear each part. Anyways, throughout this course you might notice that my focus is to get the cleanest sound quality, and if you want to dirty it up, well then you always have that option.
Throughout this course, I’ll be referencing some brands of gear, and how to use it. While I might think some gear is better than others, it is not my intention to make other brands look bad, so I will only give positive recognition.
I don’t have any side deals or affiliations with other companies, only what our store sells, so I’m not going to tell you to go buy a bunch of stuff you don’t need. Honestly, I generally recommend a minimalistic approach. Even the most inexpensive modern daw setup can sound good, and I’ll prove it. In lesson 3.13 I’ll be recording a full band with less than $1000 worth of gear other than the computer,
If you have any questions, please ask away in the comment section. And if you find these videos helpful, please help me out in return and give the video a like, that would be much appreciated.
Welcome to the course, I hope you learn lots.
I’m doing this to raise awareness of our online store selling audio recording equipment. I really don’t care if you buy anything from us, I just want you to know we exist, I want to help you learn, I want to help you get great sound, and I want to help you save money.
That’s why I’ve created this free comprehensive course, with over 10 hours of video tutorials, dozens of online pages explaining concepts, theories, examples and downloadable exercise content
Hi, I’m Kris. Welcome to the iSK audio engineering course. This course is intended to help musicians get the best sounding home recordings possible. We will cover all the links in the recording chain, and how to optimize each area and teach you what you need to know to get the best sound possible from tracking in the studio, to the final mix.
Here’s why we’re offering this free course.
A lot of people see the products we sell, and assume because the price is low, that the quality is also low. But we don’t sell cheap products, we sell high quality audio products that are inexpensive. Our company motto is “let your ears decide”. We are confident that our microphones outperform anything else on the market in the same price range. We are so confident about this, that we created this course to help you get great sound, so you can really hear the difference and judge for yourself.
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Everyone has their own philosophy of what’s important to getting great sound. There’s not really a right or wrong, but there are some methods that sound better than other methods to some people, and for certain styles of music. I’m going to be teaching my own style and philosophy, which works great for me, and I think it would work for everyone, but I would encourage you to not only learn how I approach recording, but also learn from other instructors and online courses so that you can find your own unique style, which works best for what you want to achieve.
That being said, in my philosophy, the #1 most important and aspect of audio recording is signal clarity. In every link of the recording chain, my goal is to retain the purest possible signal, without adding noise or phase issues, or losing clarity. This is also called fidelity. Check out video #x for tips on retaining fidelity.
With retaining fidelity as a priority, you can still manipulate the audio to make it sound the way you want it to by using processors such as plugins, or external analog processors. Commonly used processing includes compressors, eq’s, and reverb, but there are literally hundreds of different fx plugins and processors available.
The reason maintaining the purest possible fidelity is so important, is because it helps the final mix. If your project only has one track, then it’s not as important, but when you start blending multiple tracks together, they are all competing with each other to be heard. The more noise and impurities there is in a track, the harder it will be for all tracks to come through.
You normally can’t hear the noise as noise. It’s not like a fridge running or something like that. It’s more like white noise, fuzz, like the sound of pressurized water coming out of a faucet. Sometimes it’s noticeable, sometimes it’s not, but it’s always there. The goal is not to eliminate it, because that would be impossible, but to reduce it as much as possible. The most common example is the white noise from cranking the gain on a preamp. Low quality preamps get pretty noisy, but even the best preamps available still have some noise. So when you’re stacking tracks, you’re also stacking that noise, even if you can’t hear it, it’s there and it’s making it harder for each track to come through in the mix.
Ok, I know, my explanation isn’t all that good, so go to this link xxxxx, and download the tracks to this song I mixed. On mix A, I kept everything as clean as possible. On mix B, I sent each track out, and through a DW fearn preamp, and back in again. The DW Fearn preamp is super clean, and you can’t hear the fidelity loss on the individual tracks, but on the final mix down, it’s definitely noticeable.
A lot of the things I will teach throughout this course have several ways of doing it. I will teach it my way.
I once had a guy in the studio criticize me for how I wrap my cables, saying that’s not how they teach it in audio engineering school, and therefore I’m doing it wrong. This is a good example because their are ways to wrap a cable that are blatantly wrong, such as wrapping it in your hand around your elbow, which damages the cable. The way I was wrapping it was twist and loop method, which I find works best for cable lengths of less than 30’, which are pretty much all the cables in my studio. He was saying I should invert every second loop, so the cable doesn’t get twisted. He’s right! But so am I, There’s more than 1 way to do it. Many people will inevitably watch this course, and nit pick things that I’m doing wrong. They might even be right. And if they created a course, I could probably find some things to accuse them of doing wrong. The moral of the story is that best practices are generally not universally agreed upon, but worst practices probably are. What I am teaching works for me, and I do this at a professional level. If you think I am teaching something that is blatantly wrong, please email me to let me know.
As you go through this course, I can provide theoretical knowledge, but not experience. I encourage you after each lesson to open a session and experiment with what you’ve learned.
This is not “the” way... it’s simply one way, and it’s how I do it.