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Studio Secrets with Krish Sharma

Have you ever wondered what goes on in a world-class recording studio? Do you want to know how to take professional theories and techniques and use them in your own project studio? This amazing DVD presented by Rolling Stones engineer Krish Sharma shows you how.

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Introduction & Recording the Drums 4m:47s

Introduction to the Studio Secrets offering and first thoughts on the ever important topic of recording acoustic drums.


Close Mics for Hyper-Real Sound 10m:51s

In this selection Krish begins a very detailed examination of the process for placement of multiple microphones focused on the various elements of the drum kit. Close mic techniques let you get a lot of separation in the mix.


Overhead & Room Mics for Hyper-Real Sound 8m:13s

Coverage of the placement and selection of overhead and room mics. This is a vital process to capturing a realistic and pleasing drum sound.


Working with Drums in the Control Room 21m:51s

Now that we have gotten some killer mic setups it is time to look at how we process these sounds in the control room. Step into a world-class control room with all the gear you could ever want and see how Krish keeps it all together. Look at in-line EQ and compression and how to best capture the sounds coming through the board.


Recording the Drums in the Project Studio 6m:42s

This video takes a look at how you can get great drum sounds on a limited budget in a project studio or home. With a few key decisions like mic selection and placement you can still get world-class results.


Recording Electric Bass 8m:36s

Krish takes a detailed look at the process for recording electric bass in the studio. Get a walk through on dynamics mic placement, using direct signal from the bass and also a cool guest appearance by music legend Don Was.


Recording Acoustic Bass 3m:51s

Get back to the roots of rock-n-roll and look at how you can record acoustic or upright bass. Krish covers mic placement, dynamics and in-line processing when working with this delicate and powerful instrument.


Recording Bass in the Project Studio 1m:23s

Step out of the doors of Hensen studios and venture back to the project studio where Krish shows you how to achieve great results when recording electric bass in a small environment, at your house, in a basement or anywhere else you can.


Recording the Electric Guitar 9m:22s

In this video Krish details the intricacies of recording electric guitar. We take a look at a couple of different types of guitar amps as well as several different mic placement techniques. Get inside Krish's head and learn some of the techniques that have helped breath life into the mixes of iconic artists like the Rolling Stones, Megadeath, Sheryl Crow and many others. Guest appearance and guitar work by Everything is Energy vocalist and guitar player.


Electric Guitar in the Control Room 9m:47s

Learn about processing the electric guitar using compression and EQ.


Recording the Acoustic Guitar 2m:48s

Acoustic guitar can be a hard instrument to record effectively. In this tutorial Krish gives you his secrets for getting awesome acoustic guitar sounds. We of course cover mic placement as well as artist comfort and how you can help them achieve the sound they want. Guitar work by Black Cowboy start Jonah Johnson.


Recording the Electric Guitar in the Project Studio 1m:59s

We know you can't always been a multi-million dollar studio, so we head back to the project studio to look at how we can capture killer guitar sounds on a budget.


Recording Vocals 11m:48s

Get the wisdom of countless hours in the studio and learn the techniques that Krish uses to get platinum results when recording vocals. Jonah Johnson of Black Cowboy lends us his great vocal performance for this video.


Recording Vocals in the Project Studio 2m:29s

Krish gives a few pointers to help apply the principles we cover in recording vocals while in the project studio.


Tracking a Band 7m:03s

We have taken the time and care for great mic placement and performance and now it is time to track the band. Krish explains what is going on in his head when he begins tracking. What he is focused on and what is important to keep in mind.


Editing 3m:40s

Get inside of Krish's head and find out what he is thinking when the editing process comes to be. Not dull coverage of the same old editing techniques you know, this video is all about what Krish is thinking and his approach. Get what you can't get elsewhere, Krish Sharma's expertise.


Mixing 15m:42s

Get a crash course in mixing with Krish. Watch as a pro takes a mix from nothing to something great right before your eyes. You will be amazed at how efficient and quickly Krish can achieve great results with EQ, Compression and some subtle use of effects.


Krish Sharma & Credits 1m:31s

A final word from Krish Sharma and credits for the artists and people who helped bring this groundbreaking release to life.

Krish Sharma

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started dabbling in music in high school, sang in a punk rock band (singing loosely defined here) and also took some piano lessons.

2. What training have you had?

I have had no formal training in music or engineering--with the exception of a brief stint of piano lessons. That said, I have been a highly motivated pursuer of knowledge, reading books and manuals, and testing out concepts in my own compositions. As an assistant, I was lucky enough to work at A&M studios, a place full of talented people and opportunity.

3. When did you get into recording?

I started recording in 1994 at A&M, using primarily analog tape (Studer A-800's) along with a smattering of digital such as Sony 3348 and Mitsubishi 32 track. I found DA-88's to be useful as well and adopted them as soon as they came out. Pro Tools turned up in the late 90's and I jumped in when the Mix systems came out, that was 1999 I think. I would use Vision as a sequencer and Pro Tools 3 as the DAW, then sync these up. I found DAW based recording to very liberating on a production level; I could show up anywhere with my rig and record anything, with easy access to all previous work. Seems tame now, but the idea of having 64 tracks be portable was quite something.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Rolling Stones
Perry Farrell
Kris Kristofferson
Ziggy Marley
Al Green
Supreme Beings of Leisure
Counting Crows
Sheryl Crow
Hillary Duff
Jack Johnson
Paul Simon
Willie Nelson
Was Not Was

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I am good at training because I learned record making largely on my own but at a high level. I had to make sense of the process for myself and this helps me make sense of it for others. I learned by figuring out which things are important and which are ancillary--and this is very important--how to operate in a studio environment in such a way where not only the process is maximized for the musicians, but also for the record-makers (us).

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