The Ultimate Personal Recording Studio / Edition 1

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Don't fall prey to the myth that all you need is a roomful of expensive gear to make good music. Professional-sounding recordings can be made anywhere, and on almost any budget. The Ultimate Personal Recording Studio is designed to help you acquire the basic recording skills needed to get maximum results from a minimum amount of equipment. The first section provides an easy-to-follow overview of the components that make up a modern recording studio, including microphones, mixers, monitors, and multitrack recorders. Next, you'll learn how to use your studio gear to record a variety of instruments, including drums, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass, synthesizers, piano, and vocals, and how to take full advantage of the unique acoustics in the various rooms of your home when recording. After that, you'll learn how each of the common studio effects operate and how they are used by the pros. This includes dynamics processors (compression, limiting, expansion, and gating), EQ (graphic and parametric), reverb, and delay. By the time you reach the section on mixing and mastering, you will be ready to take your project through its final stages and prepare it for release. No matter what your proficiency is as a home recordist or your intention for the finished product, The Ultimate Personal Recording Studio will help you take your sound to the next level.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598632101
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/31/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gino Robair is a senior editor at Electronic Musician magazine and has composed for Shakespearean theater, Indonesian gamelan, and modern dance. His commercial credits include themes for Starbucks, Comedy Central, and MTV, and he served as music director for the CBS Saturday morning cartoon The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat. As a drummer, Robair has recorded with Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, Lou Harrison, Peter James, and Pink Mountain, among others. He is one of the '25 innovative percussionists' included in the book Percussion Profiles (SoundWorld, 2001).

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Table of Contents

Section I: Planning the Ultimate Recording Chapter 1: Why Record? Chapter 2: The Ultimate Recording for Every Occasion Section II: Assembling Your Studio Chapter 3: Gear Checklist for The Ultimate Personal Studio Chapter 4: Holistic Studio Design Chapter 5: The Personal Studio Makeover Chapter 6: Making the Right Connections Chapter 7: Microphones Made Easy Chapter 8: Maximizing Your Mixer Chapter 9: The Ins and Outs of Patch Bays Chapter 10: Power Amp Primer Chapter 11: The Monitoring Milieu Chapter 12: The Path of Least Resistance Chapter 13: Gearing Up for Critical Vocals Chapter 14: Choosing a Recording Format Chapter 15: Home Studio Maintenance Section III: Recording Techniques Chapter 16: Multitracking Fundamentals Chapter 17: Developing Digital Recording Chops Chapter 18: Keeper Vocal Tracks Chapter 19: Glorious Acoustic Guitars Chapter 20: Ultimate Electric Guitar Chapter 21: Amazing Bass Chapter 22: Supreme Drum Strategies Chapter 23: Tracking Killer Synths Chapter 24: Sampling Reality Chapter 25: The House is Rockin' Section IV: Effects Basics Chapter 26: Dynamics Processors Chapter 27: Prescriptions for Pitch Shifting Chapter 28: PDQ EQ Chapter 29: Reflecting on Reverb Chapter 30: Deploying Delay Section V: Mixing and Mastering Chapter 31: Creating the Ultimate Mix Chapter 32: Mastering Your Mix for Reproduction Section VI: Getting It Out There Chapter 33: Pressing a CD Chapter 34: Alternative Formats Chapter 35: Put Your Music On the Web

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