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Home studio clinic : a musician's guide to professional recording

Author: Emile Menasché
Publisher: Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard, ©2007.
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Written from a musicians point of view, this guide is designed to help musicians build and use a studio based on their musical goals, not necessarily on the assumption that they want to become a  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Emile Menasché
ISBN: 9781423418078 1423418077
OCLC Number: 76140424
Description: xvii, 269 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: 1. Why? --
The most important question --
2. Who are you? --
You as a category --
Singer/songwriter --
Dance producer --
Film composer --
Teacher --
Commercial producer/engineer --
Moving on --
3. What : the elements of a recording studio --
The components of a recording studio --
Multitrack recording --
Mixing --
Signal processing --
Editing --
Mastering --
Types of studios --
Component systems --
All-in-one studios --
Sequencer-based studios --
Computer-based studios --
Mixing and matching --
Moving on --
4. Multitrack recording --
Two-track recording --
Multitrack recording --
Many tracks --
Overdubbing --
Punching in and out --
Linear recording --
Nonlinear recording --
Hard-disk recorders --
Other media --
MiniDisc --
CD and DVD drivers --
Virtual tracks --
Breaking the boundaries of pitch and time --
Even "more nonlinear" nonlinear recording --
Multitrack features --
Moving on --
5. Working with computers --
Choosing a computer --
Mac, Windows, or other? --
Laptop or desktop? --
What do the specs mean? --
Processor speed --
RAM --
Hard drive(s) --
Display monitors --
Keyboards and mice --
Software --
Sequencers --
Key features --
Additional features --
Waveform editors and mastering software --
Software instruments --
Formats --
Software instrument suites --
Effects --
"Powered" plug-ins --
Editor/librarians --
Utilities --
Notation software --
Peripherals --
Controllers --
Audio interfaces --
Control surfaces --
Moving on. 6. Mixers --
How signal flows in a mixer --
Sections of a mixer --
Channel inputs --
Monitor inputs --
Auxiliary inputs and effects returns --
Inserts --
Outputs --
Main outputs --
Effects and aux sends --
Bus outputs --
Types of mixers --
Analog mixers --
Digital mixers --
Mixer automation --
Types of automation --
Snapshot automation --
Realtime automation --
Control surfaces --
Moving on --
7. Effects and signal processors --
Preamps --
Mic preamps --
What to look for --
Guitar and bass preamps --
Speaker simulation --
Shaping your sound with effects --
Signal chain --
Order of effects --
Dynamic effects --
Compressors --
Compression tips --
Limiters --
Limiter tips --
Expanders and gates --
Expansion and gating tips --
Multiband dynamics --
Equalizers, or filters --
Parametric EQ --
Parametric EQ parameters --
Parametric EQ tips --
Semi-parametric EQs --
Hi-pass, low-pass, and band-pass filters --
Hi-pass filter --
Low-pass filter --
Band-pass filter --
Shelving EQs and filters --
Graphic EQs --
General EQ tips --
Gain effects --
Parameters --
Effect tips --
Modulation effects --
Chorus --
Chorus tips --
Flanging --
Flanging tips --
Phasing --
Phasing tips --
Tremolo and vibrato --
Tremolo and vibrato tips --
Auto-filters --
Auto-filter tips --
Pitch shifting and pitch correction --
Pitch correction --
Delay and echo --
Delay parameters --
Delay and echo tips --
Reverb --
Reverb parameters --
Reverb tips --
Moving on. 8. Choosing and using microphones --
Dynamic microphones --
Condenser microphones --
Large-diaphragm condensers --
Small-diaphragm condensers --
Mic characteristics --
Polar pattern --
Cardioid mics --
Hypercardioid --
Figure eight --
Omni --
How to choose a mic --
Sensitivity and sound pressure level (SPL) --
How to read a response curve --
Proximity effect --
Plugging in a mic --
Positioning a mic --
Tips and tricks --
Stereo mics --
Mic stands and accessories --
Filters and screens --
Shock mounts --
Caring for a mic --
Moving on --
9. Your home, your studio --
The control room --
Hardware mixer, multitrack recorder, monitors, effects --
Component system with multitrack, mixer, MIDI gear, and computer-based sequencer --
Desktop with external drives, control surfaces, monitors, MIDI keyboards, effects rack, TV --
All-in-one with monitors --
Laptop with audio interface, monitors, and MIDI controller --
Setup tips --
Keep key gear within reach --
Keep everything at a comfortable height --
Create access to your gear --
Cabling --
Keep cables neat --
Use panels and junction boxes --
Organize your power --
Label everything --
Audio monitors --
Subwoofers --
Studio furniture --
Using other rooms --
Soundproofing, isolation, and acoustical treatment --
Moving on. 10. Running a session --
The plan --
Recording a band --
What do you need? --
Setting up --
Isolation? --
When the musicians arrive --
Listen to the players --
Getting levels --
Setting up the headphones mix --
Tracking --
Communicating with the band --
When to go to the next song --
Time to listen! --
Recording individuals --
Overdubbing during the band session --
Setting up the sound --
Adjusting the monitor mix --
Get the location --
Communicating --
Before you quit --
It's a matter of time --
What if I don't want to follow a click? --
No click --
Click --
Setting up a metronome --
Working with tempo changes --
Tempo map --
Adding a tempo map after recording --
Livening up your metronome --
Time stretching --
Moving on --
11. Recording drums --
Miking an acoustic kit --
Isolation --
Other options --
Adding room mics --
Premixing the drums --
Processing --
Getting the most from your drums --
Working with electronic drums --
Programming a drum part --
The grid --
Groovin' --
Samples, electronic drum kits, and triggers --
Working with loops --
Temp matching --
Slicing a loop --
Moving a loop off line --
Isolating sounds --
Moving on. 12. How to record a guitar --
Acoustic guitar --
Miking an acoustic guitar --
One track or two? --
Choosing a mic --
Other alternatives --
Going direct --
Preamps and processing --
Acoustic guitar pickups --
Mic and pickups together --
Processing --
Electric guitar --
Miking an amp --
Recording electric guitar with multiple mics --
Effects? --
Recording guitar direct --
Tweaking after tracking --
Strategies for recording electric guitar --
Bass guitar --
Miking a bass amp --
Recording bass direct --
Combining DI and amp tracks --
Effects --
Performance notes --
Moving on --
13. Recording vocals --
Mic choice --
Mic placement --
Using the room --
Recording in the control room --
Mic technique --
Minimizing noise --
Processing --
Monitoring --
Producing a vocal session --
Moving on --
14. How to record keyboards and use MIDI --
Recording piano --
Electronic keyboards --
Electronic keyboard as sound source --
Effects --
Synthesizer basics --
Types of synthesizers --
Analog --
Modular --
FM --
Sampling --
Loops --
Making your own samples --
Sample-playback synths --
Modeling --
Hybrids --
Don't be afraid to tweak --
Working with MIDI --
How to trigger a sound via MIDI --
Controllers and computers unite --
How to integrate MIDI with audio --
Synchronizing MIDI and audio --
Mixing audio and MIDI-generated tracks --
Get with the program --
Expressive MIDI controllers --
Working with software instruments --
Using hardware instruments with a computer-based sequencer --
Moving on. 15. Mixing in the modern world --
What is mixing? --
When to mix --
Preparing to mix --
Cleaning up a track --
Setting levels --
Reducing noise --
Setting up to mix --
The mixer's toolbox --
Solo and mute --
EQ --
Dynamics processing --
Ambience --
Pan --
Groups and submixes --
Tips for individual instruments --
Drums --
Cymbals --
Grouping drums --
Bass guitar --
Electric guitar --
Acoustic guitar --
Vocals --
Piano --
Synthesizers --
Looking at the big picture --
Building a foundation --
Using EQ to create space --
Making space with ambience --
Bringing sounds in and out --
Using compression to unify the tracks --
Taking the mix out of the studio --
A/B-ing your work --
Remixing --
Remixing tools --
Moving on --
16. Sharing your work --
Mastering --
Preparing a mix for mastering --
Editing the boundaries of an audio file --
Adjusting the levels by normalizing --
Removing DC offset --
Making fades --
Adjusting the audio --
Adjusting dynamics --
EQ --
Enhancers --
Finalizers and other mastering tools --
Burning a CD --
Assembling a playlist --
Setting the gap between songs --
Adjusting relative levels --
Writing to a CD --
Making a disc image --
CD replication --
Making an MP3 --
What's an MP3? --
MP3 parameters --
Sharing music on the Internet --
Moving on. Appendix I. Ooops! When things go wrong --
Troubleshooting --
Can't hear sound coming into the recorder --
Can't hear sound coming out of the recorder --
Noise --
Ambient noise --
Isolate the mic or the noise --
Eliminate the noise --
Electronic noise --
Locating the noise --
Hiss --
Distortion --
Ground noises --
Cables out of phase --
Digital audio problems --
Appendix II. Glossary --
Appendix III. Web sites and resources.
Responsibility: Emile D. Menasché.
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