Digital Home Recording: Tips, Techniques and Tools for Home Studio Production / Edition 2

Digital Home Recording: Tips, Techniques and Tools for Home Studio Production / Edition 2

by Jon Chappell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0879307323

ISBN-13: 9780879307325

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

(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

Overview

(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.

Product Details

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

Table of Contents

Introductionvi
Acknowledgmentsviii
About the Editorviii
1The World of Digital Audio1
The Fundamentals of Sound2
Analog Audio4
Digital Audio8
Moving into the High-Resolution Era11
Digital Audio Recorder Overview12
MIDI14
Computers and Music17
Plug-In Formats25
Synthesizers30
General MIDI37
The General MIDI Rulebook38
General Plus40
General MIDI Tone Map40
Samplers42
Effects Processors44
Mixers46
Monitors49
2Digital Recording: What Do I Need?53
Know Before You Go53
Five Rules for Music Equipment Success54
Digital Audio Recorders58
Multitrack Tape Recorders59
Stand-Alone Hard Disk Recorders62
Digital Audio Workstations63
Rackmountable HD Recorders64
MiniDisc Recorders64
CD Recorders65
Media66
Recording with Computers68
Requirements and Cautions68
Choosing Software71
Choosing a Sound Card72
Sound Card Features Checklist76
Other Sound Card Considerations77
Interfaces and Control Surfaces78
Buying a Used ADAT81
3Studio Setup and Maintenance85
Studio Setups85
System 1Just the Basics85
System 2Movin' on Up88
System 3Getting Real90
System 4Playin' in the Big Leagues93
Maintenance94
Maintaining Digital Multitrack Tape Recorders94
Basic Maintenance Tips95
Digital Tape Machine Hidden Features95
ADAT Maintenance Schedule97
Hard Disk Maintenance97
Preventive Maintenance98
Studio AC Protection99
Connections/Wiring100
Where to Get AC Protection Products101
Studio Ergonomics101
Studio Organization104
4Recording107
Basic Recording Tips107
Recording Electronic Drums115
Synchronization118
MIDI Sync119
SMPTE Time Code123
Word Clock124
Quantization127
Looping--Steinberg ReCycle129
Finding REX Files133
Compression134
Compressor Types: Thumbnail Descriptions137
Backing Up Your Data138
Digital-to-Digital Transfers141
5Digital Mixing145
Basics of Digital Audio Mixing145
Equalization150
Panning152
Stereo Imaging153
Designing Depth: Localizing Parts from Hither to Yon154
Depth Positioning Chart155
Surround Sound in the Project Studio158
Preplanning Your Mix166
Digital Multitrack Automation169
Mixing with Effects175
Monitoring Tips179
6Burning and Mastering181
Mastering187
Mass Production191
Practical FAQs for Burning Your Own CDs194
The Afterburn195
By the Book196
Welcome to the Web196
What Format?199
Encoding202
Post-Process203
For Tech-heads Only: HTTP Streaming204
Popular Promo Sites204
7Troubleshooting207
Noise209
Digital Audio Dropout Culprits: Disk Caching and Thermal Recalibration209
Acoustic Noise210
Electromagnetically Induced Noise212
Gain-Staging215
Noise Prevention and Removal215
Digital Clipping217
Quantization Noise218
Hums and Ground Loops219
Phase Problems223
For Further Reading227
Glossary228
Contributors237
Index240

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