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Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-10689-1
408 pages
November 2011
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Tune in to this fun and friendly guide and get great sounds!

If you're ready to record your own musical masterpiece, then you need this fun and friendly guide. Updated to cover the latest technologies and recording techniques, this new edition shows you how to set up a home studio, record and edit your music, master it, and even distribute your songs. Experienced musician, recording engineer, teacher, and author Jeff Strong provides easy-to-understand explanations of figure out mic placement, adjusting compression, and recording a variety of instruments.

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, do overdubs and replace missed notes, understand the mastering process, and prepare your music for duplication. You'll also get up to speed on tools that let you record on the go or lay down tracks on a tablet computer.

  • Reviews the equipment you need to get started and have "plug and record" capability
  • Blends tried-and-true recording techniques used in studios with affordable options you can use at home
  • Presents recording advice for working with a mixer, connecting electronic instruments, and choosing the best microphones
  • Walks you through laying down tracks, working with multitrack recordings, capturing audio, and more
  • Features tips for editing tracks, mixing, mastering, and adding effects

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 sounds.

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Introduction 1

Part I: Home Recording Studio Basics 7

Chapter 1: Understanding Home Recording 9

Chapter 2: Getting the Right Gear 19

Chapter 3: Getting Connected: Setting Up Your Studio 49

Part II: Recording 101 81

Chapter 4: Meet the Mixer 83

Chapter 5: MIDI and Electronic Instruments 99

Chapter 6: Understanding Microphones 115

Part III: Getting Ready to Record 143

Chapter 7: Getting a Great Source Sound 145

Chapter 8: Taking a Look at Microphone Techniques 159

Chapter 9: Miking Your Instruments 173

Part IV: Laying Track: Starting to Record 197

Chapter 10: Multitrack Recording 199

Chapter 11: Recording Audio 209

Chapter 12: Recording and Editing MIDI Data 217

Part V: Turning Your Tracks into a Finished Song 233

Chapter 13: Editing Your Performance 235

Chapter 14: Mixing Your Music 255

Chapter 15: Dialing In Signal Processors 281

Chapter 16: Mastering Your Music 305

Chapter 17: Creating Your Finished Product 319

Part VI: The Part of Tens 339

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Distribute and Promote Your Music 341

Chapter 19: Ten Invaluable Recording Tips 355

Index 361

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Jeff Strong is a veteran musician, recording engineer, and teacher, as well as founder of The Strong Institute, which creates products to assist in therapy through music. Jeff is also the bestselling author of Pro Tools All-in-One For Dummies and Drums For Dummies.
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