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Music Production: Recording

Book Description

Your recording can make or break a record, and a clean recording is an essential catalyst for a record deal. Professional engineers with exceptional  skills can earn vast amounts of money be in demand from the biggest acts.

To develop such skills you need to master both the art and science of recording. Rehearsal to Monitor Mix gives you all you need to know, the tools and techniques, to put into practice and improve your recording. Covering the entire process from fundamental concepts to advanced techniques and offering a multitude of tips and tricks and audio samples, this book has it all.

Carlos Lellis teaches you , how to craft and evaluate your recording then take it a step further. He describes the theory and the tools used how these are put into practice and then shows you how they are put together. Using audio and visual materials and field observations to aid with explanations

Packed full of photos, graphs, diagrams and audio samples, Rehearsal to Monitor Mix is a vital read for anyone wanting to succeed in the field of recording

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. CONTENTS
  6. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  7. FOREWORD BY JULIAN ‘JULES’ STANDEN
  8. INTRODUCTION
    1. The Act of Recording
  9. PART I – CORE CONCEPTS
    1. 1 Recording Environments
    2. 2 The Recording Team
    3. 3 The Tools
      1. Microphones
      2. DI / Direct Injection Boxes
      3. Analogue Audio Cables
      4. Digital Audio Cables
      5. Other Cables
      6. Microphone Preamplifiers
      7. Equalisers
      8. Dynamic Range Processors
      9. Mixing Consoles
      10. Patchbays
      11. Effects Processors
      12. Multitrack Recorders
      13. Two-Track Recorders
      14. The Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
      15. The Monitoring System
  10. PART II – PRE-PRODUCTION
    1. 4 Preparing to Record
      1. Research
      2. The Compositions
      3. The Instruments
      4. The ‘Recce’ / Visiting the Recording Venue
      5. Equipment Requirements
      6. The Session Plan
  11. PART III – PRODUCTION
    1. 5 Studio Preparation
      1. Acoustics
      2. Power and Distribution
      3. Equipment Alignment
      4. Preparing the DAW Session File
    2. 6 Live Room Set-Up
      1. Instrument Placement
      2. Microphone Placement
      3. Stereo Microphone Techniques
    3. 7 The Control Room Set-Up
      1. Gain Structure
    4. 8 The Sound-Check
    5. 9 The Musicians’ Cue Mix
    6. 10 Tracking
    7. 11 Overdubbing
    8. 12 A Few Words on Studio Psychology
    9. 13 The Monitor or Reference Mix
      1. Filtering
      2. Level Balancing
      3. Panning
      4. Equalisation
      5. Dynamic Range Processing
      6. Effects Processing
    10. 14 Session Information
      1. Recall Sheets
      2. Track Sheets and Session Notes
      3. Lyrics Sheets
      4. The Production Progress Chart
      5. Song-Based Progress Charts
      6. End of Recording
  12. OUTRO
    1. Is It Worth It?
  13. APPENDICES
    1. Appendix 1 – Working with References
    2. Appendix 2 – Bar Charts
    3. Appendix 3 – Equal Loudness Contours
    4. Appendix 4 – Instrument Part Names
    5. Appendix 5 – Setting Gain Structure and Routing Signals
    6. Appendix 6 – Drum Tuning and Timbre
  14. INDEX