Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 24, 2008 - Music - 384 pages
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Invaluable advice that will be music to your ears!

Are you thinking of getting started in home recording? Do you want to know the latest home recording technologies? Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies will get you recording music at home in no time. It shows you how to set up a home studio, record and edit your music, master it, and even distribute your songs.

With this guide, you?ll learn how to compare studio-in-a-box, computer-based, and stand-alone recording systems and choose what you need. You?ll gain the skills to manage your sound, take full advantage of MIDI, mike common instruments, do overdubs and replace missed notes, understand the mastering process, and prepare your music for duplication.

  • Explains how to put together all the things your home recording studio should have
  • Shows you how to perform multitrack recording and venture into MIDI sequencing
  • Details ways to clean up your tracks by becoming an expert at mixing and editing
  • Addresses choosing the gear that suits your project
  • Walks you through adding computers and software to your recording tools and enhancing sound with professional editing tips
  • Features instructions for setting up microphones, connecting electronic instruments, and orking with MIDI and electronic instruments
  • Includes advice for editing tracks, mixing, mastering, and distributing your songs

Whether you?re a beginning musician or a pro, Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies teaches you home recording basics so you can begin recording music at home and create great CDs.


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I'm just your typical singer/song writer/guitarist. Wanted to try my hand at all that newly affordable technology that let's you make proper recordings at home. That was three years ago. Got myself a 24 track 'studio in a box' and a couple of cheap mics. Opened the instructions manual... Then I realised I needed someone to interpret the rich and mystical language of recording studios for me. Oh, and also explain how they work, what you do, how you do it and what order to do it in. I bought Jeff Strong's book (it was pretty much the only one out there). It became my new best friend. I was making recordings that excited me from the get go. I'm not saying they would excite me now but they did then, and it got me started and kept me making progress towards making recordings that resembled the sounds that I had envisaged in my head. Three years later I am still trying to nail it, but using Logic8 on a fast Mac and I have nicer mics and a decent pre and monitors, and a vague idea of what I am doing. I've learned enough about it to realise I will never be totally content with any project, which is a good thing and keeps me driven. But I'm still using this book as a reference and freely admit to constantly discovering that I finally understand paragraphs that I had glossed over initially because I didn't have a clue what Mr Strong was going on about. Even signal processing has been demystified! Well a bit less foggy anyway. If you are an amateur musician like me and want to take advantage of the democratization of the recording studio then the money you spend on this book will be as well spent as the money that bought your best microphone. 


Home Recording Studio Basics
Getting the Right Gear
Getting Connected Setting Up Your Studio
Sampling Some Studio Setups
Recording 101
Recording 101
MIDI and Electronic Instruments
Miking Your Instruments
Laying Track Starting to Record
Recording Audio
Recording and Editing MIDI Data
Turning Your Tracks into a Finished Song
Mixing Your Music
Dialing In Signal Processors
Mastering Your Music

Understanding Microphones
Getting Ready to Record
Getting Ready to Record 137 Chapter 7 Getting a Great Source Sound
Taking a Look at Microphone Techniques
Creating Miking Combinations
Getting Your Music Out to Listeners
The Part of Tens
Ten Invaluable Recording Tips

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Jeff Strong is a musician and the author of seven books, including Drums For Dummies and PC Recording Studios For Dummies. He has released more than two dozen CDs and is Director of the REI Institute (www.reiinstitute.com), a MusicMedicine research organization and therapy provider.

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