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PC Audio Editing, 2nd Edition

Book Description

PC Audio Editing is an essential guide for anyone wishing to make audio productions for use as recordings, or for broadcast, using a Windows PC and material acquired both in the studio and via portable equipment.

Even those experienced with editing and mixing using quarter inch tape can find the change to editing audio visually on a PC daunting. The author explains all the basic principles of this new technology and the skills you need to use it successfully, without assuming prior knowledge of the system, in a practical and straightforward manner.

This second edition introduces the reader to the new advances in the latest version of Cool Edit Pro, 2.0. The programme has been packed full of features from CD burning to MP3 streaming, all of which are covered in this juicy reference.

The accompanying free CD-ROM is supplied by Syntrillium Software Corporation. It contains demos and tutorials of the latest version showing off all the new features and the new flashy software design.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
  8. 1 Visual editing
  9. 2 Some technical bits
    1. 2.1 Loudness, decibels and frequencies
    2. 2.2 Hearing safety
    3. 2.3 Analogue and digital audio
    4. 2.4 Time code
  10. 3 Hardware and software requirements
    1. 3.1 PC
    2. 3.2 Sound card
    3. 3.3 Loudspeakers/headphones
    4. 3.4 Hard disks
    5. 3.5 Universal serial bus
    6. 3.6 Firewire
    7. 3.7 Audio editors
    8. 3.8 Linear editors
    9. 3.9 Non-linear editors
    10. 3.10 Multitrack
    11. 3.11 Audio processing
    12. 3.12 Mastering
    13. 3.13 CD recording software
    14. 3.14 DVD
    15. 3.15 MIDI
    16. 3.16 Control surface
  11. 4 Recording
    1. 4.1 Responsibilities
    2. 4.2 Interviewing people
    3. 4.3 Documentary
    4. 4.4 Oral history interviews
    5. 4.5 Interviews on the move
    6. 4.6 Recorders
    7. 4.7 Acoustics and microphones
    8. 4.8 Multitrack
  12. 5 Transfer
    1. 5.1 Reviewing material
    2. 5.2 Head alignment
    3. 5.3 Digital
    4. 5.4 Analogue
    5. 5.5 Recording
  13. 6 Editing
    1. 6.1 Introduction
    2. 6.2 Loading a file
    3. 6.3 Making an edit
    4. 6.4 Visual editing
  14. 7 Quarrying material
    1. 7.1 Introduction
    2. 7.2 Blue bar blues
    3. 7.3 Copy, cut and paste
  15. 8 Structuring material
    1. 8.1 Standardize format
    2. 8.2 Batch files
  16. 9 Multitrack
    1. 9.1 Loading
    2. 9.2 Pan and volume
    3. 9.3 FX tracks
    4. 9.4 Multitrack for a simple mix
    5. 9.5 Chequerboarding90
    6. 9.6 Fades and edges
    7. 9.7 Prefaded and backtimed music
    8. 9.8 Transitions
    9. 9.9 Multitrack music
  17. 10 Production
    1. 10.1 Introduction
    2. 10.2 Types of programme
    3. 10.3 Talks
    4. 10.4 Illustrated talks
    5. 10.5 Magazine programmes
    6. 10.6 Magazine items
    7. 10.7 Simple features
    8. 10.8 Multi-layer features
    9. 10.9 Drama
    10. 10.10 Music
  18. 11 Post-production
    1. 11.1 Timing
    2. 11.2 Level matching
    3. 11.3 Panning
    4. 11.4 Crossfading
    5. 11.5 Stereo/binaural
    6. 11.6 Surround sound
    7. 11.7 Multi-layer mixing
  19. 12 Audio design
    1. 12.1 Dangers
    2. 12.2 Normalization
    3. 12.3 Compression/limiting
    4. 12.4 Expanders and gates
    5. 12.5 Reverberation and echo
    6. 12.6 Equalization
    7. 12.7 Noise reduction
    8. 12.8 Spatial effects
    9. 12.9 Special transforms
    10. 12.10 Time/pitch
    11. 12.11 Multitrack effects transforms
  20. 13 Reviewing material
    1. 13.1 Check there are no missed edits
    2. 13.2 Assessing levels
    3. 13.3 Listening on full quality speakers
  21. 14 Mastering
    1. 14.1 Line-up and transmission formats
    2. 14.2 Generate silence
    3. 14.3 Generate noise
    4. 14.4 Generate tones
    5. 14.5 Changeovers
    6. 14.6 Mastering process
    7. 14.7 CD labelling
    8. 14.8 Email and the World Wide Web
    9. 14.9 Analytical functions
  22. 15 CD burning
    1. 15.1 Types of CD
    2. 15.2 Audio CDs
    3. 15.3 Multi-session CDs
    4. 15.4 Rewritable CDs
    5. 15.5 CD recording software
    6. 15.6 Recording codes
  23. 16 Archiving
    1. 16.1 Selection for archiving
    2. 16.2 Compact disc
    3. 16.3 CD-ROM
    4. 16.4 DAT
    5. 16.5 Analogue
    6. 16.6 Computer backup
  24. 17 Tweaks
    1. 17.1 Mouse options
    2. 17.2 Hardware controller
    3. 17.3 Keyboard shortcuts
    4. 17.4 MIDI triggering
    5. 17.5 SMPTE/EBU synchronization
    6. 17.6 Favorites
    7. 17.7 Settings
    8. 17.8 Device properties
    9. 17.9 Help
    10. 17.10 Icons
  25. Appendix 1 Time code
  26. Appendix 2 Clicks and clocks
  27. Appendix 3 MIDI
  28. Glossary
  29. Index