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Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies, 5th Edition

Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies, 5th Edition

Jeff Strong

ISBN: 978-1-118-96803-1 September 2014 384 Pages




Save studio fees with pro-quality recording at home

Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies offers simple explanations on how to record music in a home studio, no matter your style, method, or sound. With expert guidance every step of the way, you'll find the answers to your questions about choosing equipment, recording tracks, editing, mixing, mastering, and more. Updated to reflect the latest home recording technology, this new edition addresses styles from live bands to electronica with easy navigation to the information you need most. Beginners will find straightforward instruction on the fundamentals, while more experienced home recording engineers will appreciate insight to the tricks the pros use.

With home recording gear increasingly approaching professional quality, the home studio is no longer the domain of the DIY-or-die. Even professional musicians are saving studio fees by recording at home, and today's plug-and-play technology makes high-quality sound accessible to those with a more amateur level of experience and budget. Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies gives you the information you need to set up your studio and use it like a pro:

  • Choose the right gear for the job, and set up for quality sound
  • Learn the fundamentals of recording, from choosing a mic to working with a mixer
  • Master MIDI, multitrack recording, and audio capture for optimum sourcing
  • Edit, mix, and master your tracks, and add effects to enhance your sound

Don't let poor audio quality distract from your music. Find out what tools you need, how to use them, and how to follow the time-tested steps of making a record. You spend valuable time developing your talent, skills, and sound, so take a minute to learn how to make your music shine with the expert advice and easy-to-follow instruction in Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies.

Introduction  1

Part I: Getting Started with Home Recording  5

Chapter 1: Understanding Home Recording 7

Chapter 2: Getting the Right Gear  17

Chapter 3: Getting Connected: Setting Up Your Studio  49

Part II: Recording 101  79

Chapter 4: Meet the Mixer  81

Chapter 5: MIDI and Electronic Instruments  97

Chapter 6: Understanding Microphones 111

Part III: Getting Ready to Record 137

Chapter 7: Getting a Great Source Sound  139

Chapter 8: Taking a Look at Microphone Techniques  153

Chapter 9: Miking Your Instruments  167

Part IV: Laying Track: Starting to Record  191

Chapter 10: Multitrack Recording 193

Chapter 11: Recording Audio  203

Chapter 12: Recording and Editing MIDI Data  211

Part V: Turning Your Tracks into a Finished Song  227

Chapter 13: Editing Your Performance  229

Chapter 14: Mixing Your Music  249

Chapter 15: Dialing In Signal Processors  277

Chapter 16: Mastering Your Music  301

Chapter 17: Creating Your Finished Product  315

Part VI: The Part of Tens  333

Chapter 18: Ten (Or So) Ways to Distribute and Promote Your Music  335

Chapter 19: Ten Invaluable Recording Tips  349

Index  355