Digital Home Recording: Tips, Techniques and Tools for Home Studio Production

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879307325
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Edition description: Updated & Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vi
Acknowledgments viii
About the Editor viii
1 The World of Digital Audio 1
The Fundamentals of Sound 2
Analog Audio 4
Digital Audio 8
Moving into the High-Resolution Era 11
Digital Audio Recorder Overview 12
MIDI 14
Computers and Music 17
Plug-In Formats 25
Synthesizers 30
General MIDI 37
The General MIDI Rulebook 38
General Plus 40
General MIDI Tone Map 40
Samplers 42
Effects Processors 44
Mixers 46
Monitors 49
2 Digital Recording: What Do I Need? 53
Know Before You Go 53
Five Rules for Music Equipment Success 54
Digital Audio Recorders 58
Multitrack Tape Recorders 59
Stand-Alone Hard Disk Recorders 62
Digital Audio Workstations 63
Rackmountable HD Recorders 64
MiniDisc Recorders 64
CD Recorders 65
Media 66
Recording with Computers 68
Requirements and Cautions 68
Choosing Software 71
Choosing a Sound Card 72
Sound Card Features Checklist 76
Other Sound Card Considerations 77
Interfaces and Control Surfaces 78
Buying a Used ADAT 81
3 Studio Setup and Maintenance 85
Studio Setups 85
System 1 Just the Basics 85
System 2 Movin' on Up 88
System 3 Getting Real 90
System 4 Playin' in the Big Leagues 93
Maintenance 94
Maintaining Digital Multitrack Tape Recorders 94
Basic Maintenance Tips 95
Digital Tape Machine Hidden Features 95
ADAT Maintenance Schedule 97
Hard Disk Maintenance 97
Preventive Maintenance 98
Studio AC Protection 99
Connections/Wiring 100
Where to Get AC Protection Products 101
Studio Ergonomics 101
Studio Organization 104
4 Recording 107
Basic Recording Tips 107
Recording Electronic Drums 115
Synchronization 118
MIDI Sync 119
SMPTE Time Code 123
Word Clock 124
Quantization 127
Looping--Steinberg ReCycle 129
Finding REX Files 133
Compression 134
Compressor Types: Thumbnail Descriptions 137
Backing Up Your Data 138
Digital-to-Digital Transfers 141
5 Digital Mixing 145
Basics of Digital Audio Mixing 145
Equalization 150
Panning 152
Stereo Imaging 153
Designing Depth: Localizing Parts from Hither to Yon 154
Depth Positioning Chart 155
Surround Sound in the Project Studio 158
Preplanning Your Mix 166
Digital Multitrack Automation 169
Mixing with Effects 175
Monitoring Tips 179
6 Burning and Mastering 181
Mastering 187
Mass Production 191
Practical FAQs for Burning Your Own CDs 194
The Afterburn 195
By the Book 196
Welcome to the Web 196
What Format? 199
Encoding 202
Post-Process 203
For Tech-heads Only: HTTP Streaming 204
Popular Promo Sites 204
7 Troubleshooting 207
Noise 209
Digital Audio Dropout Culprits: Disk Caching and Thermal Recalibration 209
Acoustic Noise 210
Electromagnetically Induced Noise 212
Gain-Staging 215
Noise Prevention and Removal 215
Digital Clipping 217
Quantization Noise 218
Hums and Ground Loops 219
Phase Problems 223
For Further Reading 227
Glossary 228
Contributors 237
Index 240
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