Audio Engineering 101: A Beginner's Guide to Music Production

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Taylor & Francis, Feb 11, 2013 - Technology & Engineering - 266 pages
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Audio Engineering 101 is a real world guide for starting out in the recording industry. If you have the dream, the ideas, the music and the creativity but don't know where to start, then this book is for you!

Filled with practical advice on how to navigate the recording world, from an author with first-hand, real-life experience, Audio Engineering 101 will help you succeed in the exciting, but tough and confusing, music industry.

Covering all you need to know about the recording process, from the characteristics of sound to a guide to microphones to analog versus digital recording. Dittmar covers all the basics- equipment, studio acoustics, the principals of EQ/ compression, music examples to work from and when and how to use compression. FAQ's from professionals give you real insight into the reality of life on the industry.


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Chapter 1 What Is Sound? Seven Important Characteristics
Chapter 2 How to Listen Remember When Your Parents Told You to Listen? Well You Should Have Listened
Chapter 3 EQ Points of Interest Frequencies Made Easy
Chapter 4 People Skills Recording Isnt All Technical
Chapter 5 Microphone Guide and Their Uses Hey Is This Thing On?
Chapter 10 Basic AcousticsHow to Make Your Recording Space Sound Better
It Helps to Know Where You Came From
Chapter 12 Now That I Am Dangerous Should I Get An Internship?
Chapter 13 Jobs What Can I Do With These Skills?
Chapter 14 FAQs Hear It from the Pros
Appendix A
Appendix B

Chapter 6 Mixing Consoles So Many Knobs So Little Time
Chapter 7 Signal Processors Toys You Could Play with for Days
Chapter 8 Signal Flow The Keys to Directing Audio Traffic
How a Recording Session Happens and in What Order

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Tim Dittmar is a musician, recording and live sound engineer, producer, songwriter, and professor. Tim began his professional recording career in 1987 at Cedar Creek Recording studio in Austin, Texas. Before locating to Austin, Tim received an Associate in Arts in Radio/TV Production from Del Mar Junior College. He then spent much of the nineties touring with a punk group, recording bands, and running live sound on the infamous 6th street at various venues. He was hired in 2000 as a professor and full-time faculty member at Austin Community College where he currently teaches Audio Engineering I, Audio Engineering IV, and the Special Projects class. Tim heads up the Technical side of Commercial Music Management at the college. He has also been a returning lecturer at the University of Texas teaching Audio Production and Audio for Picture. Tim has worked in numerous studios in Austin, Los Angeles and Chicago, compiling over 300 album credits. Recording such artists as the Old 97's, Voxtrot, Dynamite Boy, King Missile and the Murdocks. In 2008 he was invited to moderate a panel at the Tape Op Conference in New Orleans where he spoke on "The State of Audio Education . At present, he owns and operates Las Olas Recording in Georgetown, Texas. He currently tours and records with his wife in the group Annabella and can also be seen drumming with The Hearts & The Minds, Kristi Rae, and Everything's Gone Green.

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