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Online Course from Berklee Instructor Andy Edlestein launches on April 2nd, 2012

Boston, MA, February 27, 2012 — Berkleemusic.com, the online school of  Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, is debuting the new course  “Microphone Techniques” for their upcoming spring term, beginning April  2nd, 2012. Students will develop a general strategy for a recording session based upon a desired production style,  and learn to execute a moderately complex recording session with  multiple simultaneous performers.

Effective microphone techniques resulted in some of the most iconic  music ever committed to tape. Consider Phil Spector’s signature “Wall of  Sound,” which relied heavily on appropriate microphone techniques, or  Led Zeppelin’s iconic recording of John Bonham’s drums on “When the Levee Breaks,” recorded with a stereo microphone on  the second floor stairway at Headley Grange Studio. Whether your  sessions feature a single vocalist or rapper, metal trio, or large  big-band jazz ensemble, the ability to get good sounds is essential to producing competitive results.

“The study of microphone techniques is really an incremental process of  learning successive levels of techniques that build upon each other,”  says Berklee instructor and course author Andy Edelstein.  “The course  is primarily focused on microphone techniques in the process of recording. We start by talking about the theory behind  how microphones work, and how they are designed. From there we build up  the knowledge of core study of microphone techniques, from simple to  more complex scenarios. By the end of the course, you’ll see all of the techniques we discuss put into action in a real  recording session.”

Throughout the course, you’ll learn about the various elements of the  recording chain, detailed technical characteristics of different  microphone types, selecting appropriate microphone models based upon an  instrument’s sound and the desired outcome, proper handling and setup, close and distant microphone placements for a wide  variety of musical instruments, effectively utilizing the recording  environment, and managing the demands of complex recording sessions with  multiple participants.

Berkleemusic's Spring Term begins April 2nd, 2012.
To learn more, visit http://www.berkleemusic.com/school/course/microphone-techniques

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