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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.
I. AUDIO STUFF IT REALLY HELPS TO KNOW.1. Our Analog Ancestors and the Basics of Sound.
Frequency, Amplitude, and Elvis. Just One More Glance Back Before Plunging Madly Ahead.2. Fast Forward: Digital Audio and the Nonlinear Now.
So What Is Digital Audio? Sample Rate. Important Digital Audio Terms, or, How to Use Jargon to Impress Your Friends.3. Digital Audio, Continued.
Quantization: One Step at a Time. The Ear Proves (Once Again) It Has a Lot to Offer. Dither: Compensating for a Digital Problem.4. MIDI: The Virtual Orchestra.
Is It Live...Or Is It MIDI? A Bunch of Jargon. The Brains of a MIDI System: Software. Additional MIDI Links.
II. LET'S START BUILDING.5. The Desktop Philosophy: Virtually Everything Should Be Virtual, or, How Can We Do This Cheaper and Better?
The Eternal Rules of Desktop Audio. Virtually Everything Should Be Virtual. Exceptions to All-in-the-Box.6. Software: The Basics.
The Joy of Software. It's a Digi, Digi, Digi World.7. Software: The Extras.
The Ever-Expanding Universe of Audio Plug-Ins. Software Synthesizers: Easy to Carry. Software Synthesizers. Conversion Software: Turn Lead Into Gold. Utilities You Need: The Backup Players.8. Hardware: Have PC, Will Travel.
Enough Options To Make Your Head Spin. Audio Interfaces: Audio Cards, Sound Cards, A/D Converters.9. Extra Gear.
Audio Gear: It's Beautiful, and It Wants You To Take It Home.10. Hooking It All Up: Connections and Cabling.
Connecting Gear to Your Computer. Connections Beyond Your Computer.11. Typical Studio Setups: A Solution for Every Budget.
Everyone's Invited. But Wait, There's One Thing You Need No Matter What. A Professional's Home Studio: Chris Vrenna.
III. THE JOY OF RECORDING: HOW TO RECORD AND EDIT WITH YOUR DESKTOP AUDIO STUDIO.12. How to Record and Edit.
Take One: Rolling. Edit Until Your File Is Unrecognizable. Recording Good Sound: Using Microphones. Recording Direct. The Overdub: Let's Add Still Another Track! But I'm Not Getting Any Sound!13. Sampling.
Sampling Is What's Happening Now. Sampling Tips and Techniques.14. DJ Nation: Getting Started as a Turntablist.
Long Ago, in a Galaxy Far Away. The DJ and the Desktop.15. Audio Synchronization.
Let's All Get Together. Today's Studio and the Great Sync Stew: Word clock, SMPTE, and MTC.16. Archiving.
New Problems, New Solutions. Okay, So You've Chosen a Backup Option. What Else Should You Know? The Raw Excitement of Library Work.
IV. CREATING YOUR SOUND: HOW TO MIX USING YOUR DESKTOP STUDIO.17. Mixing, Part.
Finally, It's Time to Mix. Tools First, Then Techniques. Practical Applications. Compression: My Track Is Louder Than Yours. The Effects: An Ever-Expanding Palette.18. Mixing, Part.
Let's Sit In on a Mix. Interview with a Working Professional.19. DVD Audio and Surround Sound Mixing.
Coming to a (Home) Theater Near You. DVD: Format Versus Media. Uses for Musicians: DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, and SACD. The Magic of Surround Sound. Your Studio's Surround Setup. Surround Mixing: The Quantum Leap. And Don't Forget: Stereo Is Still the Default.
V. THOSE DISCS WERE MADE FOR BURNING: DESKTOP CD BURNING.20. CD Burning, the Basics.
The Inner Workings of a Compact Disc. Let's Get Started: First, CD-R or CD-RW? Burning: It's Easy, Except When It's Not. Hardware: How Cheap Can It Get?21. CD Creation, Part 2: Before and After the Burn.
The Leap From Analog to Digital. (Improving) The Sound of Music: Restoration and Mastering. Duplication: Do It Yourself-or Not.
VI. THE INTERNET: THE DESKTOP RECORDIST'S BEST FRIEND.22. Preparing Your Sounds for Uploading.
Global Self Promotion. Prep Work. Copyrighting Your Music.23. File Swapping: Inside the Revolution.
Here to Stay. Where Did P2P Come From? How File Swapping Affects the Desktop Musician.24. Collaborating Across Town-Or the Globe.
The Biggest Studio in the World. The Technophobe and the Madman. ISDN: The Speed of Real Time. The Future….Appendix A. TechTV Quick Facts.
Audience. Web Site. International. Tech Live Quick Facts. Network Program Guide.Index.