Practical Recording Techniques: The Step- by- Step Approach to Professional Audio Recording

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2012-08-06
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This hands-on, practical guide covers all aspects of recording, perfect for beginning and intermediate recording engineers, producers, musicians, and audio enthusiasts. Filled with tips and shortcuts, this book gives advice on equipping a home studio (both low-budget and advanced), suggestions for set-up, acoustics, choosing monitor speakers, and preventing hum. This best-selling guide also instructs how to judge recordings and improve them to produce maximum results. New in the sixth edition: * Complete update of digital media material, including updated equipment and microphone descriptions * Digital performers and computer DAWs *Additional material regarding ProTools ability to let owners choose other interfaces with their software * More information on how the hook-ups in a studio work, with more advice on setting up a home project studio, and expansion of location recording material * Further information on things like Auto-tune and multiband limiting, a useful plug-in round up * Further information on workflow, addressing issues like file formats, uploading & downloading of songs and materials, and use of a computer as a recording device * Expansion on Internet issues * Updated home studio setup information, including the workflow with Windows 7 and Mac OSX * Expansion of technicalities of MIDI, including data structure and controller codes * This popular bestseller covers the latest digital techniques for professional and home studios, and location recording * Features a dedicated website packed with audio clips to enhance the text * Includes a brand new chapter on computer recording procedures

Author Biography

Bruce Bartlett is a recording engineer, technical writer, audio journalist, and microphone engineer (www.bartlettmicsxom). He has written more than 1000 articles on audio topics for magazines including ProSoundWeb, EQ, Modern Recording, and the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. He has also written a number of books including Recording Music on Location (Focal Press). A member of the Audio Engineering Society and Syn-Aud-Con, he holds a degree in physics and several patents on microphone design. He is also a musician and runs a commercial computer-based recording studio. Jenny Bartlett is a freelance technical writer.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Music: Why We Recordp. 1
The Recording Processp. 5
Sound, Signals, and Studio Acousticsp. 15
Equipping Your Studiop. 35
Monitoringp. 65
Microphonesp. 75
Microphone Technique Basicsp. 95
Microphone Techniquesp. 115
Effects and Signal Processorsp. 151
Mixers and Mixing Consolesp. 187
Mixer Operationp. 205
Judging Sound Qualityp. 235
Digital Recordingp. 257
Computer Recordingp. 281
Session Procedures, Mastering, and CD Burningp. 321
MIDI and Loopingp. 341
On-Location Recording of Popular Musicp. 363
On-Location Recording of Classical Musicp. 391
Web Audio and Online Collaborationp. 405
Appendix A dB or Not dBp. 419
Appendix B Optimizing Your Computer for Multitrack Recordingp. 429
Appendix C Impedancep. 439
Appendix D Phantom Power Explainedp. 445
Appendix E Where To Learn Morep. 449
Audio Glossaryp. 455
Indexp. 493
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