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Understanding Audio

Getting the Most Out of Your Project or Professional Recording Studio

By Daniel M. Thompson

Getting the Most Out of Your Project or Professional Recording Studio. Berklee Guide. Softcover. 368 pages. Published by Berklee Press (HL.50449456).

Item Number: HL.50449456

ISBN 0634009591. 8x10 inches.

Understanding Audio explores the fundamentals of audio and acoustics that impact every stage of the music recording process. Whether you are a musician setting up your first Pro Tools project studio, or you are a seasoned recording engineer or producer eager to find a reference that fills in the gaps in your understanding of audio, this book is for you.

Understanding Audio will enable you to develop a thorough understanding of the underlying principles of sound, and take some of the mystery and guesswork out of how equipment setup affects the quality of your recordings. Projects at the end of each chapter will assist you in applying these principles to your own recording environment.

Learn about:

*Basic and Advanced audio theory

*Cables and studio wiring

*Recording studio and console signal flow

*Digital and analog audio

*Studio and listening room acoustics


*“In the Studio” insights, relating audio principles to real recording situations

About the Author

Daniel M. Thompson is Assistant Chair of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music. An independent writer/producer and recording engineer, his credits include work for major films and television including ER and The Sopranos. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).


“This is probably the best primer on recording fundamentals and techniques that I've ever read. I wish I had a book that was this comprehensive when I started my career. It's simple and easy to understand, and the diagrams are perfect. From basic audio principles to current digital technology, this book has something to offer everybody in the industry. This book should be a requirement for every entry-level engineering student.”

-Elliot Scheiner, Multi-Grammy-winning engineer and producer (Steely Dan, The Eagles, Sting)

“A must for the musician/producer with a home studio. One of the best 'how-to' books available to help put you on the path toward fulfilling your career goals.”

-Don Puluse, Recording engineer (Chicago, Sly & the Family Stone, Billy Joel)

“Presents clear explanations of technical audio topics ranging from microphones to loudspeakers. It concisely delivers the goods that you will need to make better audio recordings. Be sure to thank Thompson when you pick up your Grammy.”

-Ken Pohlmann, Author, Director of Music Engineering Technology, University of Miami-Florida.

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  • 2005-04-04 00:00:00.0 Awesome Guide!

    Being a novice in the sound recording world, I decided to risk the $25 and buy the book. Let me tell you it was $25 well spent. This book explains, in a very understandable way, basic and advanced audio techniques. One thing I found most useful was it explained how...

    putting a microphone at different angles produces a different type of sound. It also goes as far as showing the history of recording studios and their technology. This was a perfect book for me because it is not only a handbook for intermediate to advanced level sound engineers, but it also serves as a beginners guide to sound as well. The graphic examples are extremely accurate and helpful, and the in depth detail of every topic is excellent. This is a great book for anyone currently working or planning on working in the recording field.

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