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Sound FX Unlocking the Creative Potential of Recording Studio Effects

ISBN-10: 0240520327
ISBN-13: 9780240520322
Edition: 2007
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List price: $48.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 7/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

FX introduces today??'s up and coming musician to the fantastic creative potential of the most popular instrument today- the home studio. Explaining the basic and advanced signal processing techniques used in professional music production (EQ, compression, delay, reverb etc), using real world popular music examples and an emphasis on the perceptual results and musical value of these effects, FX teaches the Recording Musician how to achieve professional production standards and maximise their creative potential. Features: A chapter dedicated to each key effect: Distortion Equalization Compression and Limiting Delay Expansion and Gating Pitch Shift Reverb Volume More than 100 line drawings and illustrations. Accompanying website featuring examples of all FX covered in the book. Discography of FX at the end of each relevant chapter. From the Sound FX Intro: The most important music of our time is recorded music. The recording studio is its principle musical instrument. The recording engineers and music producers who create the music we love know how to use signal processing equipment to capture the work of artists, preserving realism or altering things wildly, as appropriate. While the talented, persistent, self-taught engineer can create sound recordings of artistic merit, more productive use of the studio is achieved through study, experience and collaboration. This book defines the technical basis of the most important signal processing effects used in the modern recording studio, highlights the key drivers of sound quality associated with each, shares common production techniques used by recording engineers with significant experience inthe field, references many of the touchstone recordings of our time, and equips the reader with the knowledge needed to comfortably use effects devices correctly, and, more importantly, to apply these tools creatively. * Defines the technical basis of the most important signal processing effects used in the modern recording studio * Highlights the key drivers of sound quality associated with each * Equips the reader with the knowledge needed to comfortably use effects devices correctly, and, more importantly, to apply these tools creatively

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Sound - Signals, Systems, and Sensation
Audio Waveform
Medium
Amplitude versus Time
Amplitude Confusions
Time Implications
Amplitude versus Distance
Amplitude versus Frequency
Complex Waves
Square Waves
Sawtooth Waves
Triangle Waves
Decibel
Logarithm
Ratios
References
Zero Decibels
Negative Decibels
Dynamic Range
Sound Misconceptions
Mistaking the Message for the Medium
Don't Picture These Sketches
Signal Flow
Types of Sessions
Basics
Overdubs
Mixdown
Live to Two
Console Signal Flow
Channel Path
Monitor Path
Split Console
In-Line Console
Outboard Signal Flow
Parallel and Serial Processing
Effects Send
Insert
FX Decision Making
FX Procrastination
FX Assertion
FX Undo
FX Innovation
Perception
Preconscious Listening
Audible Sound
Masking
Masking Reduction
Wishful Listening
Amplitude Effects
Distortion
Distortion of Amplitude
Harmonic Distortion
Intermodulation Distortion
Sources of Distortion
Motivations for Distortion
Distortion Dos and Don'ts
Selected Discography
Equalization
Spectral Modification
Parameters for Spectral Modification
Frequency Select
Cut/Boost
Q
Multiband EQ
Take Away the Q
Take Away the Frequency
Take Away the Knobs
Some Knobs Are Switches
Shelving EQ
Filters
Applications
Technique
Fix
Feature
Fit
Special Effects
Audio Ear Training
Compression and Limiting
Parameters
Threshold
Ratio
Attack
Release
Make-Up Gain
User Interface
Technologies
Tube Compressors
Optical Compressors
VCA Compressors
Digital Compressors
Nominal Application: Dynamic Range Reduction
Prevent Overload
Overcome Noise
Increase Perceived Loudness
Improve Intelligibility and Articulation
Smooth Performance
Advanced Applications
Altering Amplitude Envelope
Ambience and Artifacts
De-Essing
Distortion
Advanced Studies - Attack and Release
Definitions
Visualizing Attack and Release
Parameter Interdependence
Program Dependence
Pumping and Breathing
Learning Compression - Some Personal Advice
Unnaturally Difficult to Hear
Hype and Hyperbole
Imitation
Multiple Personalities
Achieving Compression Success
Selected Discography
Expansion and Gating
Increasing Dynamic Range
Parameters
Threshold
Slope
Attack
Release, Fade, or Decay
Hold
Range
Applications
Expansion
Noise Gating
Gating Through Waveform Editing
Gating
Keyed Gating
Ducking
Envelope Following
Tremolo
Selected Discography
Volume
Volume Controls
Faders
Pan Pots
Mute Switches
Volume Applications
Balance
Ideal Level
Ideal Faders
Automation
Cross Fades
Fade Out
Selected Discography
Time Effects
Delay
Source of Delay
Signal Flow
Basic Features
Modulation
Long Delay
Calculated Delay
Echo
Support
Slap
Emphasis
Groove
Short Delay
Constructive and Destructive interference
Comb Filter
Early Reflections
Inevitable Combinations
Flanger
Medium Delay
Double Tracking
Chorus
Experimental Sessions
Experimental #1
Experimental #2
Summary
Selected Discography
Pitch Shift
Theory
Pitch Recalculation
Fixed Delay
Accelerating Delay
Applications
Side Effects
Special Effects
Surgical Effects
Obvious Effects
Selected Discography
Reverb
Reverberation
Key Parameters
Reference Values
The Need for Reverb Devices
Multitrack Production
Isolation
Creative Microphone Technique
Sources of Reverb
Room Tracks
Acoustic Reverberation Chambers
Spring Reverb
Plate Reverb
Digital Reverb
Reverb Techniques
Sound of a Space
Non-Spatial Applications
Selected Discography
Applied Effects
Basic Mix Approach
Mix Challenge
Global Effects
Special Effects
Kick Start
Back Beat
Get Down
Chug On
Key In
Speak Up
Go Solo
Do It All
Snare Drum FX
Sound
Possibilities
Goals
Recording
Close Microphones
Overhead Microphones
Room Microphones
Signal Processing
Equalization
Envelope
Image
All of the Above
Summary
Selected Discography
Piano
Mother Instrument
Defining the Piano
Effects
Spectrum
Image
Envelope
Outside the Box Behavior
"Acoustic" Piano
Digital Piano
Summary
Automated Mix
Unautomated Mixing
Automated Mixing
Faders and Cuts Automation
Everything Automation
Snapshot Automation
Mix Modes
Write or Read
Write: Absolute or Relative
Automation Strategies: Organizing the Infinite Options
Phase I: Balance
Phase II: Signal Processing
Phase III: Cuts
Phase IV: Rides
Phase V: Tweaks and Special Effects
Playing the Instrument
Practice
User Interface
Caveats
Master the Gear Before It Masters You
Resist Temptation
Save Often
Summary
Bibliography
Index

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