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Digital Recording Studio on a Budget Tutorial


Digital Recording Studio on a Budget is an exciting new course from engineer, author, and educator Sam McGuire. In today's world of ever decreasing prices for professional quality audio software, this course focuses on introducing you to the tools and concepts which will allow you to create a powerful music production studio capable of producing high quality music recordings. Whether you are a solo artist or a member of band trying to make demo recordings or even your very first album, this course will take you through each step of the process from original concept to final online marketing all the while keeping the budget issues in the forefront. Throughout this course, author Sam McGuire shares tips and tricks that have been refined while working on hundreds of projects in the studio and thousands of hours in the classroom. Included are work files and equipment purchasing recommendations.

Introduction

Introduction
Price Brackets

Overview

Brief History of Digital Audio
Does Your Computer Have Enough Power?
Necessary Components

Introduction to $500 Setup

Optimizing Your Existing Computer
New vs. Used Equipment
Don't Count on Business

Interfaces

USB Microphones
USB Interfaces
FireWire
Expansion Cards

Microphones

Types of Microphones
Using Microphones
Polar Patterns

Cables

XLR Cables
1/4" and 1/8"
Cables

Hearing the Audio

Speaker Theory
Speakers in Practice
Headphones
Helping Your Room

Free Software

Audacity
Anvil Studio
LMMS
Kristal Audio Engine
Others

Software Options

Cost Benefit
Basic Expectations
Advanced Features

Common Software

Logic
ProTools LE
Sonar
Cubase
Digital Performer
FL Studio
Studio One

Digital Audio

Ones and zeros
Destructive Editing
The Sound of Distortion

Getting Started

Your First Session
Using a Click Track
Engineer / Producer / Musician

Tracking

Pressing Record
Rhythm Section / Drum Module
Punching In
Getting Good Takes
MIDI Instruments
MIDI Controller

Over-Dubs

Adding Additional Parts
Recording Vocals
MIDI Parts

Editing

Cutting Out Bleed
Comping Vocals
Pitch and Time
MIDI Editing
Quantization

Mixing

What is Mixing?
Effects Overview
Setting Levels and Panning
Automation

Equalizers

Equalizer Theory
EQing Drums
EQing Guitars
EQing Vocals
EQing Everything Else

Dynamics Processing

Dynamics Theory
Compressing Drums
Gating the Guitar
Compressing Vocals

Time Effects

Time Theory
Adding Delay to Vocals
Using Reverb
Phase and Chorus

Special Effects

The Rest of the Effects
Distortion Examples
Pitch Examples
Enhancers

More Expensive Effects

Drum Replacement
Guitar Amp Emulators
Classic Emulations

Beyond the $500 Budget

Addition of New Computer
Apple vs. Microsoft
The NetBook
RAM vs. Speed
Additional Hard-drives
A Bigger Audio Interface
Separate Components
Expensive Software Instruments and Effects
Building a Specialized Room

Finishing the Project

Mastering
Exporting
Burning a Disc / Creating an MP3
Marketing Your Music Online

Summary

Wrap Up

Credits

Author Bio


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