Recording on a Budget: How to Make Great Audio Recordings Without Breaking the Bank

Recording on a Budget: How to Make Great Audio Recordings Without Breaking the Bank

by Brent Edstrom
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195390415

ISBN-13: 9780195390414

Pub. Date: 12/06/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Audio recordings are the calling card with which musicians share and promote their work so a knowledge of recording techniques and technologies is essential to the 21st century musician. Recording On a Budget provides a comprehensive introduction to the recording arts from a budget-conscious perspective. Written by a professional musician and educator, this book is

Overview

Audio recordings are the calling card with which musicians share and promote their work so a knowledge of recording techniques and technologies is essential to the 21st century musician. Recording On a Budget provides a comprehensive introduction to the recording arts from a budget-conscious perspective. Written by a professional musician and educator, this book is ideal for musicians, educators, music students, songwriters and hobbyists.

A central theme of the book is that it is possible to make quality recordings with a modest selection of recording tools. Chapters cover the selection and use of all of the components of a project studio including microphones, mixer, computer, digital audio workstation software, and signal processors. Additional chapters provide a solid foundation in acoustics, audio recording, podcasting, mixing and mastering. The final chapter of the book features do-it-yourself projects that can be completed with a modest selection of tools.

Most musicians have developed their ears to a high level so a special focus is placed on the development of recording technique through experimentation and the application of critical listening skills. The book is supported by an online resource of nearly 250 audio excerpts detailing all of the primary topics of the book.

Recording on a Budget is ideal for:

· Musicians who are interested in recording a quality CD or demo

· Choir, orchestra, and band directors who want to record vocal or instrumental ensemble

· Student performers and composers who wish to record a performance or produce their own music

· Bands interested in recording live concerts or recording an album in a home studio

· Videographers interested in recording location sound, voice-overs or music

· Songwriters who wish to produce a quality demo

· Podcasters and ALL who want to make quality recordings without spending fortunes on equipment.

Readers will learn

· to cut budget corners without sacrificing audio quality

· to choose the right microphone for the job (and where to place it)

· to assemble an equipment rack, mixing desk, and speakers stand

· to avoid common mistakes

· And to be creative and have fun with recording technology

Visit the companion website at www.oup.com/us/recordingonabudget for free selection of sample recordings!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195390414
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/06/2010
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Setting Up a Project Studio
2. Computers and Software for Audio Recording
3. Introduction To Acoustics
4. Using Microphones
5. Podcasting
6. Using a Mixer
7. Using Digital Audio Workstation Software
8. Active Listening
9. Recording Tracks
10. Processing Signals
11. Mixing and Mastering
12. Do-It-Yourself Projects
Conclusion
Appendix
ORTF Template
Audio Evaluation Template
List of Online Excerpts
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index

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