Chapter 1: Studio Recording Equipment

Image of chapter 1This chapter is about recording studios and recording equipment – the places and equipment used to capture sound, mix it and turn it into a CD or other master.

We will start with an overview of recording studios, such as the types and uses of studios, which will then develop into the different recording formats.

We will look at microphones, mixing desks and other studio equipment, concentrating on how to use them to record different types of instrument and sound sources.

We will finish off by looking at the mix process, including using effects and producing a master.

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Chapter 2: Music Technology Equipment & Software

Image of chapter 2This chapter is about music technology equipment and software and follows on from the recording principles outlined in chapter one. Music technology generally refers to computers and music.

We will start with an overview of the hardware – different computer platforms, a bit of history of music technology and advice on choosing the right equipment.

We will look at software – from recording software to software synthesizers and samplers to software effects and plug ins.

We will look at technology, in terms of using it to do the job and getting the best out of it.

We will finish off by looking at troubleshooting, giving you some simple advice on problems and solutions.

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Chapter 3: Production

Image of chapter 3Production is the process of getting a sound recording made. This chapter gives you an introduction to production, including the role of a producer and an insight into different production styles.

Music production is a critical part of the music industry. Understanding some of the processes by which sound recordings are produced is useful for all musicians and DJs

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Chapter 4: Manufacture

Image of chapter 3 This chapter is about what you can do with your recordings once they are mastered.

We will start with an overview of the different destinations for recordings, from sending a demo to record companies to selling online.

We will look at packaging of your recordings, and then we will look at CD duplication, from doing it yourself with a computer to getting thousands of copies manufactured.

This will be continued by looking at DVD and surround sound, as these are the audio formats of the future.

The chapter will conclude by looking at MP3 and internet audio.

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Chapter 5: Live Sound

Image of chapter 3Live sound is the term used for ensuring that performers can be heard when performing in public. This chapter is about live sound from a musician and DJ’s point of view, and aims to give an introduction into the sorts of equipment and systems available, and how to set it up and get a good sound.

We will start by looking at Public Address systems (PA’s) and their uses.

We will then look in detail at situations where PAs are used and what you might need, including small (pub) gigs, karaoke and permanently installed PAs.

We will then look at techniques for getting a good sound. It will help if you have read chapter one before reading this section.

We will conclude by looking at Health and Safety, from a setting up and performance point of view.

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