PC Recording Studios For Dummies (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 1, 2005 - Computers - 404 pages
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Here's how to make sound decisions about a desktop studio

Get the lowdown on equipment, design your studio space, and set your music free!

If you've been dreaming of making music with your computer, wake up and get started! Musician Jeff Strong clears a path for you through all the confusing options, helping you sort out hardware and software choices, coax the sound you want from your equipment, work with equalizers and processors, and start your creative juices flowing!

Discover how to

  • Choose the right system and install software
  • Optimize studio sound for recording and mixing
  • Understand audio interfaces, sound cards, and MIDI gear
  • Compare popular programs
  • Mix and master your tracks
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Computer Recording Basics
7
Mastering Media
32
Setting Up Your Recording Space
35
Choosing and Installing Computer Hardware
51
Examining Audio Components
65
Connecting Your Hardware
97
Choosing and Installing Recording Software
113
Using MIDI
227
Using Loops
249
Exploring Software Synthesizers
259
Mixing and Mastering Your Music
267
Playing with PlugIns
297
Using Equalization
309
Using Effects Effectively
323
Digging into Dynamics Processors
335

Finding the Right Software for You
127
Installing Your Software
149
Revving Up the Recording Process
173
Recording and Editing Audio
191
The Part of Tens
350
Ten Or So Free or Really Cheap
361
Index
367
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Jeff Strong is the author of Home Recording for Musicians For Dummies as well as Pro Tools All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies and is President of the REI Institute, a MusicMedicine research organization and therapy provider. Jeff graduated from the Percussion Institute of Technology at the Musician's Institute in Los Angeles in 1983, and has either worked in or owned a recording studio since 1985. Every week, he records dozens of custom-client CDs by using the kinds of audio recording software covered in these pages. He has also released eight commercially available CDs, four of which can be found at www.reiinstitute.com.

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