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Hal Leonard (www.halleonard.com) has released the first in a three-part series of tutorials produced by RCM and featuring two-time Grammy®-winning recording engineer David Darlington. The first series, Hal Leonard Presents: Recording Fundamentals with Dave Darlington, includes 23 videos and is available online from Groove3 (www.groove3.com). Click on the image below for an introduction to the series.

Future series include Hal Leonard Presents: Live Band Recording with Dave Darlington and Hal Leonard Presents: Mixing an EDM Track with Dave Darlington. All three series were shot at Darlington’s Bass Hit Studios in Manhattan. All editing and post-production were completed at the RCM studios.

Hal Leonard Presents: Recording Fundamentals

with Dave Darlington

 

Based on the knowledge and experience of award-winning veterans of the music production and record industries, Hal Leonard Presents: Recording Fundamentals with Dave Darlington provides all the essentials you need to help you make recordings in your studio that compare to those from the top facilities in the business. The series is divided into five courses featuring 23 videos in total.

Hosted and written by two-time Grammy®-winning recording engineer/producer David Darlington and co-written and directed by producer and music-technology veteran Rusty Cutchin, the series covers all the fundamentals from basic sound and electronics to mixing, mastering, and distribution while providing insider tips and tricks gleaned from a combined 80 years of music making, recording, and educating with some of the biggest names in the business.

Recording Fundamentals focuses on the small studio and the way musicians get things done in the modern world, working “in the box” in spaces from bedrooms to full-blown pro studios. But this series shows you the full range of traditional and modern recording techniques. (Subsequent series include how to capture an entire live band in a smaller recording space and how to mix an EDM track like the pros.)

Along the way, Darlington provides great insight into what’s really important in getting the right sound, ensuring that your recording sessions go smoothly, and focusing on the important issues that will make you a better producer, recording engineer, or musician. Through the use of engaging graphics, time-tested instructional material, and contemporary audio examples, the series moves and cuts through the clutter with the right information to get you what you need to make great music.

Shot at Darlington’s Bass Hit Studio in the heart of New York City, Recording Fundamentals shows you the way things get done in a fast paced environment without rushing you through the process or wasting time on esoteric data you may never need.

By the end of the series, you’ll have picked up the most important facts about preproduction, the components of a recording system, digital audio workstations (DAWs), monitor speakers, signal routing, outboard gear, converters, sampling, acoustics, microphones, guitar pickups, compression, reverb, delays, plug-ins, and much more.

More important, you’ll learn how to use these tools and techniques in the right way—the way that makes the music sound better, which sometimes means not using them at all! With Hal Leonard Presents: Recording Fundamentals with Dave Darlington, the emphasis is always on the music, with enough technology to help you make it the best it can be!

 

Hal Leonard Presents: Live Band Recording

with Dave Darlington

Live Band Recording with Dave Darlington takes you on a practical tour of recording a live band in your studio. Veteran and Grammy®-winning engineer Darlington provides all the essentials you need to capture the band faithfully, no matter how well equipped or modest your studio is.

Building on the basics outlined in the series Recording Fundamentals with Dave Darlington, the long-time producer/engineer guides you through the setup and recording of drums, bass, guitar, keys, horns, percussion and keyboards without getting bogged down in technical details you may never need. You’ll learn about mic setups, overdubbing, mixing, mastering, and much more.

Live Band Recording focuses on the small studio and the way musicians get things done in the modern world, working “in the box” in spaces from bedrooms to full-blown pro studios. Darlington fuses the traditional analog tools needed to capture live instruments accurately with the modern tools in a computer based digital audio workstation (DAW) to get a tight and thoroughly contemporary sound from a traditional “rock ‘n’ soul” bar band.

Darlington provides great insight into what’s really important in getting the right sound, ensuring that your recording sessions go smoothly, and focusing on the important issues that will make you a better producer, recording engineer, or musician. Through the use of engaging graphics, time-tested instructional material, and contemporary audio examples, the series cuts through the clutter with the right information to get you what you need to make great music.

Hosted and written by two-time Grammy®-winning recording engineer/producer David Darlington and co-written and directed by producer and music-technology veteran Rusty Cutchin, the series covers the fundamentals of live-instrument recording from setup and miking of all the instruments in a rock band from drums to vocals while providing insider tips and tricks gleaned from a combined 80 years of music making, recording, and educating with some of the biggest names in the business.

 

Hal Leonard Presents: Mixing an EDM Track

with Dave Darlington

Two-time Grammy® winning engineer Dave Darlington takes up the mixing of an EDM (electronic dance music) project created entirely “in the box” using drum samples, percussion loops, and synth sounds. Dave shows how to use various types of plug-ins to create the sounds that not only make the record pop out of your speakers and excite listeners on the dance floor but also ensure your mix is technically solid and competitive with the hottest records out there.

 


David Darlington is a two-time Grammy®-winning recording engineer (Wayne Shorter, Eddie Palmieri) who was the composer of the music for the HBO series Oz. He holds a degree in music from the University of Florida, where he performed as a bassist with the Jacksonville and Tampa symphonies. He later toured with C+C Music Factory and Seduction, and co-wrote Phyllis Hyman’s #1 hit “Don’t Wanna Change the World.”

Internationally recognized as a mix and mastering engineer and educator, he’s recorded hundreds of records in every genre. He owns Bass Hit Studio in Manhattan. davedarlington.com.

Rusty Cutchin has been an author and editor of or contributor to more than 40 books on all genres of music, music history, and recording technology. He is the author of Apple Logic Pro Basics and Music Theory for Computer Musicians (Flame Tree). He is a former editor of Home Recording, Guitar One, and Electronic Musician magazines and the writer and director of the DVD Home Recording Magazine’s 100 Recording Tips and Tricks. Cutchin’s company RCM produces audio/video and websites for companies in the arts and entertainment fields. rustycutchin.com. tunetribune.com.