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The Roger Nichols Recording Method

A Primer for the 21st Century Audio Engineer

By Roger Nichols

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The Roger Nichols Recording Method (A Primer for the 21st Century Audio Engineer). Composed by Roger Nichols. Book; Books and DVDs; DVD; Method/Instruction; Pro Audio; Pro Audio Textbook; Reference Textbooks. 180 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.40830).

ISBN 0739095056.

Learn the basics of digital recording, each step of the signal path, and everything from microphone placement to mixing strategy through the eyes and ears of "The Immortal" Roger Nichols, master engineer. From scientifically analyzing the differences between condenser, ribbon, and dynamic microphones, to sharing his secrets to an amazing mix, Nichols delivers something for everyone interested in the science and art of audio engineering---no matter what your experience level. The DVD-ROM includes Pro Tools session files, personally set up by Roger, to give you hands-on training.

The Roger Nichols Recording Method gives you the unique experience of learning directly from Roger---exactly as he would have taught you at one of his famous master classes. It's the ultimate experience of having an eight-time GRAMMY®-winning engineer sit down in your studio to teach you from his personal experiences and techniques. This book is excellent for beginners but is still full of gems for seasoned pros who want to know how Roger Nichols always managed to get that sound.

Topics include:
* Plan your recording sessions like a professional engineer and producer
* Choose the right microphones and learn how Roger would place them for a session
* Test microphone patterns; learn about critical distance placement and the 3 to 1 rule
* Understand how digital audio really works to choose the right format for your sessions
* Learn about the signal path from microphone/instrument levels, channels strips, and plugins
* Record multiple takes, overdubs, punch-in techniques, and get tips on editing digital audio files
* Learn Roger's personal tips for mixing, using automation, creating your final mix, and more!

  • Contents 
  • Foreword 
  • From Roger Nichols 
  • Roger's Obsession with All Things Sound 
  • Self-Instruction Guide for The Roger Nichols Recording Method 
  • How Many Simultaneous Tracks Do I Need? 
  • What's My Budget? 
  • Do I Prefer a PC or a Mac? 
  • Should I Use a Laptop or Desktop? 
  • What Computer Audio Interfaces Do I Need? 
  • What Computer Hard Drives Do I Need? 
  • SATA 
  • SSD 
  • Firewire 400/800 
  • USB 
  • Ethernet 
  • Fiber Channel 
  • Thunderbolt 
  • What Recording Software Will I Use? 
  • Should I Consider a Studio-in-a-Box? 
  • Do I Need a Mixer? 
  • NOW WHAT? 
  • Chapter Three: Planning a Recording Session 
  • Every Link in the Chain Is As Important As the Ones Before and After It 
  • Recording Session Setup 
  • Cables 
  • Microphones 
  • Speakers and Monitoring 
  • Console/Recording Device 
  • When Recording 
  • Overdubs 
  • Effects: EQ 
  • Effects: Compressors and Limiters 
  • Effects: Noise Gates 
  • Effects: Delays and Echoes 
  • Harmonizers: Octave Dividers, Aural Exciters 
  • Comping Tracks 
  • Mixing 
  • Word Clock 
  • Mix Processors 
  • Mixing Back to Two Tracks of Multitrack or DAW 
  • Premastering 
  • Keeping Notes 
  • Chapter Four: Noise from Your Electrical Connections 
  • Power Quality 
  • Receptacle Load Centers 
  • Lighting Load Centers 
  • AC Harmonics 
  • Grounding and Noise 
  • Balanced Power to the Rescue 
  • Chapter Five: What Is Recording? 
  • Sound Waves and Pond Ripples 
  • Transducers 
  • Chapter Six: My Thoughts on Recording Formats 
  • All Recording Methods Break Down to Two Basic Categories 
  • Analog 
  • Digital 
  • Snap, Crackle, and Pop Music 
  • Divine Digital Recording 
  • Chapter Seven: My Detailed Audio Production Definitions 
  • Chapter Eight: Caveat Sampler, Ille Nunquam Cedunt! 
  • Chapter Nine: Microphones 
  • Condenser, Ribbon, and Dynamic Microphones 
  • Microphone Patterns 
  • Omnidirectional 
  • Cardioid 
  • Supercardioid 
  • Hypercardioid 
  • Microphone Pickup Angle 
  • Microphone Performance in the Direct Sound Field 
  • Microphone Performance in Reverberant Sound Field 
  • The 3:1 Rule 
  • Rejection Is Good 
  • Standard Distance 
  • Exercise 9.1: Recording a Microphone Signal 
  • Launch Pro Tools 
  • Chapter Ten: Connecting an Audio Source 
  • Mbox Features and Connections 
  • Set Start Point for Recording 
  • Test the Pattern of the Microphone 
  • Critical Distance 
  • Testing Additional Microphone Types 
  • Test the Microphones with Instruments 
  • Recording an Acoustic Guitar 
  • Chapter Eleven: Recording Formats--Understanding How Digital Audio Works 
  • Digital Audio Formats 
  • Sample Rate 
  • Bit Depth 
  • File Format 
  • Chapter Twelve: Signal Chain 
  • Microphone Level and Instrument Level 
  • Amplifiers 
  • Speaker 
  • Channel Strip 
  • Virtual Channel Strip 
  • Plug-Ins 
  • Chapter Thirteen: Recording Multiple Takes 
  • Record The Instrument in Stereo 
  • Chapter Fourteen: New Concepts 
  • Headphone Mix 
  • Gain Structure 
  • Recording Alternate Takes 
  • Chapter Fifteen: Overdubs 
  • Overdubbing Tracks to Existing Material 
  • Chapter Sixteen: Punch-In Techniques 
  • Recording Modes/Recording Regions 
  • Pre-Roll and Post-Roll 
  • Destructive/Nondestructive Recording 
  • Crossfades 
  • Quick Punch 
  • Loop Record with Overdubs 
  • Practicing Punch-Ins 
  • Without Pre-Roll 
  • With Pre-Roll 
  • With Quick Punch 
  • Chapter Seventeen: Editing in a DAW 
  • Creative Editing 
  • Edits to Clean Up Audio 
  • Chapter Eighteen: Mixing 
  • The First Taste of Mixing 
  • EQ Balance 
  • Compression 
  • On the Level 
  • Reverb: Hello,,, Hello... Hello... 
  • Your Work Is Never Done 
  • Hidden Tracks 
  • Inactive Tracks 
  • Basic Levels for Your First Mix 
  • Pro Tools Session Files 
  • System Upgrades 
  • Analog vs. Digital 
  • Hard Disk Recording 
  • Other Recording Systems 
  • Chapter One: Why Learn the Art and Science of Audio and Recording? 
  • Chapter Two: Determine Your Recording Needs 
  • Will I Sequence or Play Parts Live? 
  • Will I Record Everything Directly or with Microphones? 
  • How Many Tracks Do I Need? 
  • Panning 
  • Reverb Sends and Settings 
  • Equalization 
  • Compressors in the Mix 
  • Spend Time Mixing 
  • Listening to Other Mixes 
  • Make Notes on Your Mixes 
  • Chapter Nineteen: Beginning Automation 
  • Recording Fader Moves 
  • Automating Vocal Levels 
  • Chapter Twenty: Your Final Mix 
  • Clean Up Your Mix 
  • Print to External Recorder 
  • Bounce to Disk 
  • Burn CD of Final Mix 
  • In Conclusion 
  • Epilogue - This Is a Service Business 
  • About Roger Nichols 
  • TV and Film Credits 
  • Awards 
  • Overview Of Accomplishments 
  • Roger Nichols Remembered 
  • Roger Nichols Discography 
  • Index 

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A Primer for the 21st Century Audio Engineer

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A Primer for the 21st Century Audio Engineer

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