Audio Fundamentals Tutorial

Phase Explained®

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    In this video, Kenny goes through the basics of Phase. Explaining Phase vs timing, Phase vs polarity and how mixing sounds and signals are effected by it… and more importantly, why it matters to you.

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    Stereo Recordings

    Kenny explains, in depth, how Phase can become an issue in stereo recordings such as piano and drum overheads. XY and AB techniques are discussed and explained.

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    Multi-Mic Guitars

    In this tutorial, Kenny demonstrates using multiple microphones on a single source and the phase issues that may occur. He then focuses on electric guitar amps utilizing close and distant microphones.

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    Multi-Mic Drums

    Next Kenny shows how multiple microphones affect Phase in a multiple mic drum recording. Each mic and drum is discussed as Kenny gets them all in phase.

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    Bass DI & Amp

    In this video, Kenny explains how to properly record Bass Guitars when using DI signals mixed with real amps and amp simulating plug-ins.

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    Drum Samples

    Kenny explores replacing or enhancing drum sounds with samples and how Phase and Polarity need to be considered. We also check out programmed drums and how phase affects them as well

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    Phase as an Effect

    Besides presenting recording problems, sometimes Phase can be a desired effect. In this video, Kenny shows you how Phase can be created and demonstrates some popular plug-ins to create the effect as well.

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    Using Phase to Create Stereo

    In this video Kenny explains how Phase can be used to make mono tracks sound wider and how altering that phase can create more interesting possibilities.

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    Phase / Polarity Tricks Pt. 1

    Kenny now shows you some of his favorite tricks that use Phase and Polarity, starting with making Acapella mixes or 'Vocals Only' mixes from regular mixes and instrumentals. We also see how to change vocal levels with these two mixes after the fact.

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    Phase / Polarity Tricks Pt. 2

    Next, Kenny shows you a few more of his favorite tricks that use Phase and Polarity, such as making Wah effects, recording vocals without headphones and creating an Auto-Panner are all shown and explained.

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    Phase / Polarity Tricks Pt. 3

    Finally, Kenny shows you how to separate a stereo mix into a Center Channel and a Left-Right Channel for mixing or adjusting separately, including how to treat them different dynamically.

Product Overview

Phase is an incredibly important term that anyone who records or mixes audio has to know. Multi-Platinum mixer / producer Kenny Gioia is back with a series that explains everything you should know about Phase and includes audio demonstrations that make it very obvious why Phase is both a friend and foe.

Kenny begins with an in-depth introduction that goes over the basics and the different types of Phase found in audio recordings. Next, Kenny explains how Phase can be an issue with Stereo Recordings when tracking Piano and Drum Overhead microphones. Multi-Mic Drum Phase is then examined and Kenny shows you how to get them all 'In-Phase' correctly.

Bass DI and Amp tracking is then demonstrated so your Bass Guitar sound doesn't cancel out, giving you the best of both worlds sound. Kenny now gives you a video on using Drum Samples to replace and or enhance your existing drum sounds, while keeping their Phase intact for the biggest and best sound.

Phase as an effect is then demonstrated using popular plug-ins, showing you how to create interesting, moving type sonics. Kenny then reveals how to turn a mono signal into a faux stereo sound, increasing its wideness in the stereo field. Lastly, Kenny gives you a bunch of Phase Tips & Tricks such as removing the vocal from a stereo mix and or adjusting their level, creating a Wah effect, recording vocals without headphones, making an Auto-Panner effect from scratch and more!

If you record or mix audio, 'Phase' is so important to know as it can mean the difference between great sounding tracks and mixes, or thin and lifeless ones. Take your time and learn how to align, you'll be glad you did... Get "Phase Explained" today.

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Phase Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 24 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very clear and easy to understand Very clear and easy to understand. Gave me a lot of new knowledge about phase. Thank you very much
Date published: 2021-06-17
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful! I appreciate the clarity of the distinction and the similarity of phase and polarity. Also helpful to hear all of the examples.
Date published: 2021-01-31
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very helpful. Phase issues are pretty hard to hear when setting up a recording session. This course de mystifies some of the common issues in multi micing instruments in a session. I appreciate the way he zoomed into the WAV forms so you can see the phase issues.
Date published: 2021-01-15
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from This answered SO many questions. Finding a thorough resource on phase is difficult and I've had some questions for a while. This tutorial answered every question I had but one (is it more important for transients to be in phase or the overall waveform), but I think that question has been answered with my own intuition anyway from all of the other information filling in the gaps. MUCH recommended, especially if you record with multiple mics/inputs for the same performance. The only other thing that wasn't explained was phase issues in EQ, but I think that should be its own topic anyway.
Date published: 2020-05-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thanks for the helpful tutorials! Fantastic information here!
Date published: 2020-05-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I am impressed! Easy to understand even if you are not a technician. Good for who is recording music and also good who is mixing in the studio.
Date published: 2020-02-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful He explained phase really good with examples, and he talk about the situations were phase can be an issue in a really good way. For me, a 5 star course.
Date published: 2020-02-03
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from It's good to know! The course not only provides fundamental knowledge of what "phase" is, but also you"ll get to know how to solve phase issues that may occur and how phase can be used as effect. Very good course to understand the overall concept of phase.
Date published: 2019-11-03
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Helpful Great explanation of phase
Date published: 2019-08-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful and to the point! I never thought there can be a series bout this topic!! M glad I took this series.
Date published: 2019-02-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Extremely useful! A must know content...
Date published: 2019-02-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very well done! Great insights regarding phase issues. Thanks as always Kenny.
Date published: 2019-01-30
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from for basic for basic this is good
Date published: 2018-11-24
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Helpful! Yes
Date published: 2018-10-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from awesome one of the least talked about and overlooked subjects that happens to be very important. loved it.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great job Great job explaining phase and its important, and has many examples using multiple instruments. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very well explained very well explained
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from AAA aaa
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Simple and practical This is a nice, straightforward explanation of what phase is, how it affects your tracks, how you can manipulate it, and some tricks you can do with it. Good to know.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Thorough and useful The series explains phase concepts using animated graphics and track time histories that are easy to understand, and phase issues are thoroughly explained from different perspectives, e.g. when recording various instruments, using phase as an effect, etc. So, full points for content! I suspect some of the content has been directly borrowed from other videos--e.g. the Tracking Rock - Bass series in which Kenny discusses phase issues when combining multiple bass tracks--but that's okay; there is overlap. That said, if you were only interested in recording bass, I would only recommend the TR-Bass series because Phase Explained won't provide significantly more material. My only complaint, which is admittedly a personal preference and "my problem," is Kenny consistently speaks in very short phrases (often ~5 words long) followed by a noticeable pause. So, where most presenters would fluidly speak an average length sentence then pause for a breath of air, Kenny breaks every sentence into multiple short phrases to the point I think it significantly hurts the flow of information and the overall video quality. Pro speakers should do better, IMHO.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very interesting and too the point. This tutorial expanded my understanding of phase and how to avoid it. Then it showed me how to use phase to my advantage to create interesting effects or get a vocals only mix. Good stuff!
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from worth the money I have a semblance of this knowledge, but these videos clarify much.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Une base,... trop oubliée ! I didn't thought I would learn so much, but I did !
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from EYE OPENER!!! Or should I say: HEAR OPENER!!! I am so glad that I stumbled in to this course. I am no sound engineer, but I am a musician. This course has taught me so much in understanding sound that is levelling me up my skills as a musician. Thank you for such a great training.
Date published: 2016-02-14
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