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Title:
Digital home recording : tips, techniques, and tools for home studio production
Author:
Chappell, Jon.
Edition:
[Updated & expanded edition].
Publication Information:
San Francisco, CA : Backbeat Books, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
viii, 246 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780879307325
Format :
Book

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(Book). This how-to guide is ideal for musicians who are new to the complexities of digital recording, as well as for those who want to keep up with the fast-changing technology. Providing detailed guidance on using hard disk and DAT technologies, stand-alone workstations, computer-based DAWs, surround sound 5.1 and more, plus related hardware and software-based tools such as Softsynths, plug-ins and software samplers, this book also surveys two-track audio recorders/editors, host-based audio/MIDI programs and CD mastering. Its analysis of emerging technology helps readers make informed decisions for creating and operating a cost-effective, professional-level digital studio at home.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
About the Editorp. viii
1 The World of Digital Audiop. 1
The Fundamentals of Soundp. 2
Analog Audiop. 4
Digital Audiop. 8
Moving into the High-Resolution Erap. 11
Digital Audio Recorder Overviewp. 12
MIDIp. 14
Computers and Musicp. 17
Plug-In Formatsp. 25
Synthesizersp. 30
General MIDIp. 37
The General MIDI Rulebookp. 38
General Plusp. 40
General MIDI Tone Mapp. 40
Samplersp. 42
Effects Processorsp. 44
Mixersp. 46
Monitorsp. 49
2 Digital Recording: What Do I Need?p. 53
Know Before You Gop. 53
Five Rules for Music Equipment Successp. 54
Digital Audio Recordersp. 58
Multitrack Tape Recordersp. 59
Stand-Alone Hard Disk Recordersp. 62
Digital Audio Workstationsp. 63
Rackmountable HD Recordersp. 64
MiniDisc Recordersp. 64
CD Recordersp. 65
Mediap. 66
Recording with Computersp. 68
Requirements and Cautionsp. 68
Choosing Softwarep. 71
Choosing a Sound Cardp. 72
Sound Card Features Checklistp. 76
Other Sound Card Considerationsp. 77
Interfaces and Control Surfacesp. 78
Buying a Used ADATp. 81
3 Studio Setup and Maintenancep. 85
Studio Setupsp. 85
System 1 Just the Basicsp. 85
System 2 Movin' on Upp. 88
System 3 Getting Realp. 90
System 4 Playin' in the Big Leaguesp. 93
Maintenancep. 94
Maintaining Digital Multitrack Tape Recordersp. 94
Basic Maintenance Tipsp. 95
Digital Tape Machine Hidden Featuresp. 95
ADAT Maintenance Schedulep. 97
Hard Disk Maintenancep. 97
Preventive Maintenancep. 98
Studio AC Protectionp. 99
Connections/Wiringp. 100
Where to Get AC Protection Productsp. 101
Studio Ergonomicsp. 101
Studio Organizationp. 104
4 Recordingp. 107
Basic Recording Tipsp. 107
Recording Electronic Drumsp. 115
Synchronizationp. 118
MIDI Syncp. 119
SMPTE Time Codep. 123
Word Clockp. 124
Quantizationp. 127
Looping--Steinberg ReCyclep. 129
Finding REX Filesp. 133
Compressionp. 134
Compressor Types: Thumbnail Descriptionsp. 137
Backing Up Your Datap. 138
Digital-to-Digital Transfersp. 141
5 Digital Mixingp. 145
Basics of Digital Audio Mixingp. 145
Equalizationp. 150
Panningp. 152
Stereo Imagingp. 153
Designing Depth: Localizing Parts from Hither to Yonp. 154
Depth Positioning Chartp. 155
Surround Sound in the Project Studiop. 158
Preplanning Your Mixp. 166
Digital Multitrack Automationp. 169
Mixing with Effectsp. 175
Monitoring Tipsp. 179
6 Burning and Masteringp. 181
Masteringp. 187
Mass Productionp. 191
Practical FAQs for Burning Your Own CDsp. 194
The Afterburnp. 195
By the Bookp. 196
Welcome to the Webp. 196
What Format?p. 199
Encodingp. 202
Post-Processp. 203
For Tech-heads Only: HTTP Streamingp. 204
Popular Promo Sitesp. 204
7 Troubleshootingp. 207
Noisep. 209
Digital Audio Dropout Culprits: Disk Caching and Thermal Recalibrationp. 209
Acoustic Noisep. 210
Electromagnetically Induced Noisep. 212
Gain-Stagingp. 215
Noise Prevention and Removalp. 215
Digital Clippingp. 217
Quantization Noisep. 218
Hums and Ground Loopsp. 219
Phase Problemsp. 223
For Further Readingp. 227
Glossaryp. 228
Contributorsp. 237
Indexp. 240