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Recording studio technology, maintenance, and repairs
McCartney, Tom.
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Publication Information:
New York : McGraw-Hill, [2004]

Physical Description:
vii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TK7881.4 .M45 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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* A nuts-and-bolts guide detailing everything studio professionals need to know about operating, maintaining, and repairing the major equipment found in a modern recording studio

* Covers both analog and digital technology

* Wire and install equipment like a pro

* Repair any speaker, board, or amplifier

* Understand every piece of studio equipment, from meters to oscilloscopes to mixers

Author Notes

Tom McCartney is owner and operator of T.M. Electronics, providing service in Toronto, Canada, area recording studios. Mr. McCartney both designs and builds audio and recording equipment, as well as working as a design consultant to other manufacturers. He also teaches a college-level studio operation and maintenance course, for which he developed this book.

Table of Contents

Section One Explanations and Calculations
Chapter 1 Electricity -- What Is It?
Chapter 2 Basic Electronics: DC Voltage, Current, and Resistance
Chapter 3 Basic Electronics: AC Voltage, Current, and Reactance
Chapter 4 Basic Formulas for Calculations
Chapter 5 Decibels
Chapter 6 Advanced Formulas for Calculations
Chapter 7 Wire Sizes and Maximum Current for Each Wire
Chapter 8 Technical Power and Current Requirements
Section Two Signals and Equipment
Chapter 9 Balanced and Unbalanced Signals
Chapter 10 Metering-VU, RMS, PPm and Correlation
Chapter 11 RF Transmissions -- AM and FM
Chapter 12 Compressors and Limiters
Chapter 13 Multitrack Recorders
Chapter 14 Speakers and Microphones
Chapter 15 Wireless Microphones
Section Three Applications
Chapter 16 Cables and Connectors
Chapter 17 Equipment and Rack Grounding
Chapter 18 Patch Bay Wiring
Chapter 19 Cable Routing
Chapter 20 Tools
Chapter 21 Test Equipment
Chapter 22 A 48-Volt Phantom Power Supply Project
Section Four Maintenance
Chapter 23 Cleaning Chemicals and Applications
Chapter 24 Fixed Head Tape Recorders -- Analog
Chapter 25 Analog Tape Recorder Calibration
Chapter 26 Rotary Head Tape Recorders -- Digital
Chapter 27 Amplifier Cleaning
Chapter 28 Computer and Processor Cleaning
Chapter 29 Mixing Console, Pot and Fader Cleaning
Chapter 30 Lighting Equipment Cleaning
Section Five Service and Repairs
Chapter 31 Speaker Damage and Repairs
Chapter 32 Amplifier Diagnostics
Chapter 33 Soldering, Cable Repair, and RF Interference Cures
Chapter 34 Processors and Outboard Gear Service
Section Six Symbols and Glossary of Terms
Appendix A Symbols and Keywords
Appendix B Glossary
Appendix C Test Questions