Invaluable advice that will be music to your ears! Are you thinking of getting started in home recording? Do you want to know the latest home recording technologies? Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies will get you recording music at home in no time. It shows you how to set up a home studio, record and edit your music, master it, and even distribute your songs. 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, mike common instruments, do overdubs and replace missed notes, understand the mastering process, and prepare your music for duplication. Explains how to put together all the things your home recording studio should have Shows you how to perform multitrack recording and venture into MIDI sequencing Details ways to clean up your tracks by becoming an expert at mixing and editing Addresses choosing the gear that suits your project Walks you through adding computers and software to your recording tools and enhancing sound with professional editing tips Features instructions for setting up microphones, connecting electronic instruments, and orking with MIDI and electronic instruments Includes advice for editing tracks, mixing, mastering, and distributing your songs 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 CDs.
Introduction. Part I: Home Recording Studio Basics. Chapter 1: Understanding Home Recording. Chapter 2: Getting the Right Gear. Chapter 3: Getting Connected: Setting Up Your Studio. Part II: Recording 101. Chapter 4: Meet the Mixer. Chapter 5: MIDI and Electronic Instruments. Chapter 6: Understanding Microphones. Part III: Getting Ready to Record. Chapter 7: Getting a Great Source Sound. Chapter 8: Taking a Look at Microphone Techniques. Chapter 9: Miking Your Instruments. Part IV: Laying Track: Starting to Record. Chapter 10: Multitrack Recording. Chapter 11: Recording Audio. Chapter 12: Recording and Editing MIDI Data. Part V: Turning Your Tracks into a Finished Song. Chapter 13: Editing Your Performance. Chapter 14: Mixing Your Music. Chapter 15: Dialing In Signal Processors. Chapter 16: Mastering Your Music. Chapter 17: Getting Your Music Out to Listeners. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 18: Ten Home Recording Resources. Chapter 19: Ten Invaluable Recording Tips. Index.
Jeff Strong is a musician and the author of seven books, including Drums For Dummies and PC Recording Studios For Dummies. He has released more than two dozen CDs and is Director of the REI Institute (www.reiinstitute.com), a MusicMedicine research organization and therapy provider.
Lay down tracks and make it to the big time — a pro shows you how! It's a great time to start recording, because today's technology allows you to make terrific CDs in your garage instead of in an expensive studio. Of course, you need to know how to use the tools, and Jeff Strong shares the secrets in plain English. Here's how to set up a home studio, record and edit your music, master it, and even distribute your songs. Pick the parts — compare studio-in-a-box, computer-based, and stand-alone recording systems and choose what you need Create the space — learn creative ways to manage sound in the space you have Meet MIDI — take full advantage of Musical Instrument Digital Interface, choose the MIDI gear you need, and use it to enhance your sound Now hear this — find out what microphones are available, what you should have, and how to mike common instruments For the record — explore multitrack recording, learn to do overdubs and replace missed notes, and venture into MIDI sequencing Clean up your tracks — become an expert at mixing and editing, and polish your sound with effects Master the magic — understand the mastering process and how to prepare your music for duplication Open the book and find: What your home recording studio should have All about mixers — analog, digital, and software How to work with MIDI and electronic instruments Secrets for getting great sound Where to place mikes for different effects Tips for getting the most from guitars, horns, pianos, and vocals Professional editing tips to enhance your sound Creative ways to market your music
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