TechTV's Secrets of the Digital Studio: Insider's Guide to Desktop Recording

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Learn to turn your PC into a recording studio! TechTV's Secrets of the Digital Studio: Insider's Guide to Desktop Recording enables audio do-it-yourselfers to turn a home PC into a nearly professional recording studio and provides the guidance necessary to use this desktop studio to produce high quality sound. This book covers a wide array of basic (and not so basic) audio techniques, from recording and mixing to burning CDs to developing a home set-up.
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Overview

Learn to turn your PC into a recording studio! TechTV's Secrets of the Digital Studio: Insider's Guide to Desktop Recording enables audio do-it-yourselfers to turn a home PC into a nearly professional recording studio and provides the guidance necessary to use this desktop studio to produce high quality sound. This book covers a wide array of basic (and not so basic) audio techniques, from recording and mixing to burning CDs to developing a home set-up.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789726865
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 4/9/2002
  • Series: Techtv Series
  • Pages: 418
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

I Audio Stuff It Really Helps to Know
1 Our Analog Ancestors and the Basics of Sound 7
2 Fast Forward: Digital Audio and the Nonlinear Now 17
3 Digital Audio, Continued 31
4 MIDI: The Virtual Orchestra 43
II Let's Start Building
5 The Desktop Philosophy: Virtually Everything Should Be Virtual, or, How Can We Do This Cheaper and Better? 61
6 Software: The Basics 75
7 Software: The Extras 95
8 Hardware: Have PC, Will Travel 109
9 Extra Gear 127
10 Hooking It All Up: Connections and Cabling 145
11 Typical Studio Setups: A Solution for Every Budget 161
III The Joy of Recording: How to Record and Edit with Your Desktop Audio Studio
12 How to Record and Edit 183
13 Sampling 201
14 DJ Nation: Getting Started as a Turntablist 221
15 Audio Synchronization 237
16 Archiving 249
IV Creating Your Sound: How to Mix Using Your Desktop Studio
17 Mixing, Part 1 261
18 Mixing, Part 2 279
19 DVD Audio and Surround Sound Mixing 299
V Those Discs Were Made for Burning: Desktop CD Burning
20 CD Burning, the Basics 321
21 CD Creation, Part 2: Before and After the Burn 337
VI The Internet: The Desktop Recordist's Best Friend
22 Preparing Your Sounds for Uploading 355
23 File Swapping: Inside the Revolution 369
24 Collaborating Across Town - Or the Globe 381
A About TechTV 391
Index 397
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2004

    study the p2p issues

    Maguire's book scans over the entire field of desktop recording. Where the desktop is some machine affordable to the average audiophile. He talks about the assembling of hardware and software, to make a system you'll be proud of. There is an emphasis on getting the most for your money. Cheaper and better, as one chapter's title succinctly puts it. Throughout the book, he puts links to recommended companies. And advice about common parts, like microphones. Ideally, there is enough advice in the book for you to construct an entire recording studio in your home. And to be able to record and make a CD of your local bands. The book concludes with a good summary of p2p issues in the music world. Something that you should be acutely aware of, if you intend to build not just a recording studio, but also to put out your own label. After all, if you're doing the former, isn't the latter always implied, at least as a possibility?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2002

    TechTV's Secrets of the Digital Studio: Insider's Guide to Desktop Recording

    I work in a bookstore, so I read a lot of these 'music on your PC' books (I'm seriously into the music mixing thing) and this one is just the best. Covers it all, it's straight, and the CD with the book is on the beautiful side.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2002

    TechTV's Secrets of the Digital Studio: Insider's Guide to Desktop Recording

    What it costs to turn your home PC into a mini recording studio has gotten pretty low. What used to cost thousands now is MUCH less. THis book is all about that, and covers it competely, which is why I liked it. IT's even kind of funny in the way it explains digital audio, and I've never seen that done before. I liked it, and keep it near my pc. THanks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2002

    TechTV's Secrets of the Digital Studio: Insider's Guide to Desktop Recording

    I make music at home with my PC, recording and mixing my own songs. This book gave me a lot of advice about how to make it sound better, but I really like the CD-ROM that comes with the book. Good sounds on there, and plenty of software.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2002

    Enjoyable style

    I liked this book's section on digital sound. It talked about sampe rate, and bit rate, and it didn't sound like a text book. The chapter about file swapping was good, and the chapter on mixing and mastering to CD was great. Good CD with the book.

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