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|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|
|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|
|14||DJ Nation: Getting Started as a Turntablist||221|
|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|
Posted December 17, 2004
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?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 5, 2002
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2002
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 26, 2002
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 29, 2002
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.