Chapter 3. Setting Up Your Equipment

Whether your audio environment is a home studio, recording studio, DJ booth , or bedroom, you can set it up to produce a clean sound and to function as an efficient workspace, as long as you can decipher a bit of technical jargon. Manufacturers and audio pros tend to assume you have the knowledge and experience they have, even when you don't, but getting a grasp of the basics isn't difficult.


Setting Up Your Equipment

Getting up and running with your gear means thinking through every aspect of your workspace:

  • Make your studio comfortable and easy to use

  • Use speaker placement and acoustic treatments to make the sound of your recordings and playback as true to the original as possible

  • Properly hook up equipment, being mindful of physical connectors and signal level and type, both digital and analog

  • Reduce noise interference and preserve signal integrity

  • Manage digital audio protocols to maintain compatibility with your equipment

Essential Terms

  • Sound isolation/sound treatment

  • Coaxial versus optical

  • Connector types: ¼", XLR, 1/8 " minijack, RCA/phono, TOSLINK, BNC, 4mm

  • Tip/ring/sleeve

  • Preamplifier

  • Impedance

  • Grounded, ground loop

  • Balanced/unbalanced

  • Digital formats: S/PDIF, ADAT Optical, AES/EBU, AES3, TDIF

Where to Start

Mixers and interfaces generally come with helpful connection diagrams. Once you're hooked up, plug in a microphone or instrument and follow signal flow from the source through to your computer, checking to make sure sound is reaching each component.

Real World Digital Audio
Real World Digital Audio
ISBN: 0321304608
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 96
Authors: Peter Kirn

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