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No matter what part of the musical spectrum you come from—whether you’re playing in a band, composing, or DJing—if you’re using a computer (or wondering whether you should be), to get the results you want from your digital studio you’ll need reliable information.
Real World Digital Audio is a comprehensive resource—a book and DVD combo—that offers practical advice on making great music with modern technologies—a valuable reference whatever your musical genre or preferred audio application. You’ll learn how digital sound works, and then apply that knowledge to getting your music to sound the way you want. From recording, mixing, and producing CDs, musical scores, and video soundtracks, to performing live with your laptop, this is the definitive guide to the art of creating digital music.
Real World Digital Audio will show you how to
- Choose the right software and hardware to fit your musical direction—and your budget
- Optimize your setup for maximum recording quality and reliability
- Choose and strategically place microphones for different recording situations
- Use loops and grooves to create backing tracks, DJ, and enhance live performances
- Master MIDI and audio editing techniques to make expressive, polished tracks
- Create dynamic sounds with audio effects, synthesizers, and soft synths
- Generate publication-quality notated scores on your desktop
- Mix, master, and share professional recordings, online music, and video soundtracks
Companion Web site at www.realworlddigitalaudio.com includes interviews with audio professionals, updated information, and more.
"Writing about digital audio is like shooting at a moving target. But Peter Kirn has managed to score a bullseye with Real World Digital Audio."
—Ernie Rideout, Editor-in-Chief, Keyboard magazine
About the Author
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Chapter 1: Understanding Digital Sound
How Sound Works Sound and Perception Sound in Digital Form
Chapter 2: Choosing Your Tools
Inputs and Outputs Choosing the Right Computer Music and Sound Production Tools Going Shopping
Chapter 3: Setting Up Your Equipment
Setting Up Your Workspace Connecting Physical Hardware
Chapter 4: Preparing Your Computer for Audio
Connecting Your Virtual Studio Maintaining Your Virtual Studio
Chapter 5: Quick Songs with Patterns and Loops
Patterns and Loops Create a Backing Track (GarageBand)
Tutorial 1: Start a Song and Choose Loops Tutorial 2: Create a Basic Arrangement Tutorial 3: Develop a Song Structure Tutorial 4: Mix and Record
Make a Groove Box (Kinetic)
Tutorial 1: Patches, Patterns, and Grooves Tutorial 2: Build Up a Set of Grooves Tutorial 3: Ready for the Dance Floor
Chapter 6: Recording Instruments and Sound
Microphone Characteristics Recording Applications Digital Recording
Chapter 7: Processing and Effects
Basics of Signal Processors Equalization Dynamics Processors Time-Related Effects Specialized Processors
Chapter 8: MIDI: Notes, Rhythms, and Physical Control
Ins, Outs, and Thrus of MIDI How MIDI Models Performances Recording Performances Editing and Manipulating Performances
Chapter 9: Synthesis and Software Instruments
Basic Types of Synthesis Samplers and Sample Playback Synthesis Building Blocks: Virtual Analog Techniques Modulation and Effects
Chapter 10: Put It Together: Arrange, Mix, and Master
Arranging Mixing Mixdown, Mastering, and Sharing
Chapter 11: Producing Printed Scores
What Notation Software Does Getting Started with a Score Print, Play, and Share Your Score
Chapter 12: Music and Sound for Video
Synchronization, Tools, and Formats Music for Video Recording for Video
Chapter 13: Playing Live
Digital Audio Onstage Live Arranging and Clips DJing and the Live Remix Custom Performance Software
Appendix: What’s on the DVD
Tools and Extras Soundware