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Recording Tips for Engineers, 3rd Edition

Book Description

Get ahead in the business - be the engineer everyone wants to hire - achieve success with the very best recordings.

Recording Tips for Engineers provides the knowledge you need to rise to the top. From years of experience working with big name rock stars including The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, KISS, Billy Joel, U2, David Bowie, Bon Jovi, Ozzy, Cher, Bryan Adams, Tuff Beans, Tim Crich shares his expertise and gives you all the essential insider tips and short cuts.

Great for engineers of all levels, this guide is packed with simple and practical advice using real life studio situations. The bulleted lists and clear illustrations will save you valuable time and allow for fast in session reference.

Includes:

* Tips on proper microphone choice, setup and placement
* Full sections on equalization and compression methods
* Guidance on recording drums, guitars and vocals
* Advice on creating professional mixes
* Best ways to take control of your recording environment

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Dedication
  4. Title page
  5. Copyright
  6. Contents
  7. LIST OF FIGURES
  8. INTRODUCTION
  9. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  10. CHAPTER 1 The Recording Engineer
    1. Becoming a Better Recording Engineer
    2. Dealing with Clients
    3. Getting Paid
    4. Keep Up
    5. Getting Work
  11. CHAPTER 2 Sound Characteristics
    1. The Characteristics of Sound
    2. Human Hearing
    3. Levels
    4. Peak versus Volume Unit (VU)
  12. CHAPTER 3 Studio Setup
    1. Room Preparation
    2. Placement
    3. Microphone Stands
    4. Cables
    5. Microphones
    6. Polar Patterns
    7. Microphone Choice
    8. Microphone Placement
    9. Direct Box
    10. Ground
    11. Phase
  13. CHAPTER 4 Drums Setup
    1. Placing the Drums
    2. Changing Drum Heads
    3. Tuning the Drums
    4. Preparation
    5. Miking the Drums
    6. The Click Track
    7. Electronic/Computer Drums
  14. CHAPTER 5 Electric Guitars Setup
    1. Amplifier Placement
    2. Connections In and Out
    3. Loud Amplifiers
    4. Preparation
    5. Miking the Amplifiers
  15. CHAPTER 6 Acoustic Instruments Setup
    1. Acoustic Preparation
    2. Piano
    3. Keyboards
    4. Horns
  16. CHAPTER 7 Vocals Setup
    1. Placing the Microphone
  17. CHAPTER 8 Control Room Setup
    1. Control Room Analysis
    2. Control Room Preparation
    3. Digital Recording
    4. Speakers
    5. Console
    6. Equalizers
    7. Equalizing
    8. Compressors
    9. Additional Processing
    10. Compressing
    11. Noise Gates
  18. CHAPTER 9 Starting Points
    1. Track Layout
    2. Documentation
    3. Drums
    4. Bass Guitar
    5. Electric Guitar
    6. Acoustic Guitar
    7. Vocals
    8. Horns
    9. Piano
    10. Something’s Not Right
  19. CHAPTER 10 Signal Routing
    1. Levels To Record
    2. The Monitor Mix
  20. CHAPTER 11 Recording
    1. Tuning
    2. In Record/Red Lights
    3. Punching
    4. Recording Vocals
    5. Pitch
    6. Post Record
    7. Recording Effects
    8. The Part
    9. Bouncing
    10. Doubling
    11. Edits
    12. End of Session
  21. CHAPTER 12 Mixing
    1. Pre Mix
    2. Setting up to Mix
    3. Mixing Basics
    4. Effects
    5. Levels
    6. Print Prep
    7. Printing
    8. After Printing
    9. Mastering
  22. CHAPTER 13 Appendix: Digital
    1. Digital Conversion
    2. Bit Processors
    3. LSB versus MSB
    4. Input Processing
    5. Digital Storage
    6. Digital Multitrack Recording
  23. INDEX