Real World Digital Audio

book cover
Real World Digital Audio
By Peter Kirn
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Pub Date: November 30, 2005
Print ISBN-10: 0-321-30460-8
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-321-30460-5
Pages: 640

Table of Contents   Index

No matter what part of the musical spectrum you come fromwhether you're playing in a band , composing, or DJingif you're using a computer (or wondering whether you should be), to get the results you want from your digital studio you'll need reliable information. Real World Digital Audio is a comprehensive resourcea book and DVD combothat offers practical advice on making great music with modern technologiesa valuable reference whatever your musical genre or preferred audio application. You'll learn how digital sound works, and then apply that knowledge to getting your music to sound the way you want. From recording, mixing, and producing CDs, musical scores, and video soundtracks , to performing live with your laptop, this is the definitive guide to the art of creating digital music. Real World Digital Audio will show you how to

  • Choose the right software and hardware to fit your musical directionand your budget

  • Optimize your setup for maximum recording quality and reliability

  • Choose and strategically place microphones for different recording situations

  • Use loops and grooves to create backing tracks, DJ, and enhance live performances

  • Master MIDI and audio editing techniques to make expressive, polished tracks

  • Create dynamic sounds with audio effects, synthesizers, and soft synths

  • Generate publication-quality notated scores on your desktop

  • Mix, master, and share professional recordings, online music, and video soundtracks

The DVD included with this book is a cross-platform data DVD compatible with both Mac and Windows computers. The DVD contains over two gigabytes of sound content, instruments, and software tools that you can use immediately in your music, and to explore topics in the book. Companion Web site at includes interviews with audio professionals, updated information, and more. "Writing about digital audio is like shooting at a moving target. But Peter Kirn has managed to score a bullseye with Real World Digital Audio ." Ernie Rideout, Editor-in-Chief, Keyboard magazine

book cover
Real World Digital Audio
By Peter  Kirn
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Pub Date: November 30, 2005
Print ISBN-10: 0-321-30460-8
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-321-30460-5
Pages: 640

Table of Contents    Index

      Introduction: Making Music with Technology
        What's in This Book
        Who This Book Is For
        How to Use This Book
      Chapter 1.   Understanding Digital Sound
        How Sound Works
        Sound and Perception
        Sound in Digital Form
      Chapter 2.   Choosing Your Tools
        Inputs and Outputs
        Choosing the Right Computer
        Music and Sound Production Tools
        Going Shopping
      Chapter 3.   Setting Up Your Equipment
        Setting Up Your Workspace
        Connecting Physical Hardware
      Chapter 4.   Preparing Your Computer for Audio
        Connecting Your Virtual Studio
        Maintaining Your Virtual Studio
      Chapter 5.   Quick Songs with Patterns and Loops
        Patterns and Loops
        Create a Backing Track (GarageBand)
        Make a Groove Box (Kinetic)
      Chapter 6.   Recording Instruments and Sound
        Microphone Characteristics
        Recording Applications
        Digital Recording
      Chapter 7.   Processing and Effects
        Basics of Signal Processors
        Dynamics Processors
        Time-Related Effects
        Specialized Processors
      Chapter 8.   MIDI: Notes, Rhythms, and Physical Control
        Ins, Outs, and Thrus of MIDI
        How MIDI Models Performances
        Recording Performances
        Editing and Manipulating Performances
      Chapter 9.   Synthesis and Software Instruments
        Basic Types of Synthesis
        Samplers and Sample Playback
        Synthesis Building Blocks: Virtual Analog Techniques
        Modulation and Effects
      Chapter 10.   Put It Together: Arrange, Mix, and Master
        Mixdown, Mastering, and Sharing
      Chapter 11.   Producing Printed Scores
        What Notation Software Does
        Getting Started with a Score
        Print, Play, and Share Your Score
      Chapter 12.   Music and Sound for Video
        Synchronization, Tools, and Formats
        Music for Video
        Recording for Video
      Chapter 13.   Playing Live
        Digital Audio Onstage
        Live Arranging and Clips
        DJing and the Live Remix
        Custom Performance Software
      What's on the DVD
        Tools and Extras