TOC

CHAPTER ONE Getting Started 1
  Finding a Job 1
  Working as an Assistant Engineer 6
  Dealing With... 11
CHAPTER TWO Setting Up the Studio 17
  Before Starting the Setup 18
  Power in the Studio 21
  Input Setup Sheets 24
  Placing Musical Instruments 28
  Studio Equipment Setup 35
CHAPTER THREE Cables, Microphones and Levels 41
  Levels 41
  Cables 47
  Impedance 50
  Ground 52
  Microphone Input Panels 52
  Direct Input Boxes 54
  Running Cables 56
  Connections and Placement 57
  Microphones 64
  Headphones 70
CHAPTER FOUR Digital and Analog Machines 75
  Digital Audio Workstation 76
  Digital Open Reel 80
  Analog Mix Machine 81
  Alignments 84
CHAPTER FIVE Outboard and Speakers 96
  Outboard Equipment 96
  Placement and Connection 98
  Testing Signal Flow 101
  Studio Tie Lines 102
  Click Generators 103
  Video 104
  Speakers 104
  Analyzation And Equalization 109
CHAPTER SIX Console and Patchbay 110
  Normals 111
  The Console 113
  The Patchbay 118
  Chasing, Tracing and Replacing 121
CHAPTER SEVEN Session Priorities 125
  Priorities 125
  Getting Technical 135
CHAPTER EIGHT Recording Basic Tracks
144
  Media Retrieval 144
  Making Changes 145
  Changing Microphones 146
  Changing Cables 147
  Changing Headphones 148
  Changing Patches 149
  Recording Basic Tracks 151
  Tracksheets 161
  Takesheets 161
  Open Reel Labels 163
  Cues 166
CHAPTER NINE After Basic Tracks 169
  Edits 170
  Repairs 172
  Recording Basic Tracks for Another Song 164
  Instrument Setup Sheets 173
  Closing the DAW Session 177
  Recording Basics for Another Song 179
  Assembling Master Multitrack Reels 180
CHAPTER TEN Recording Overdubs 184
  Finding the Song 184
  Setting Up the Studio 186
  Setting Up the Console 188
  Setting Up a Previous Sound 192
  Recording 194
  Bouncing and Comping 197
  Slave Sessions 199
CHAPTER ELEVEN Mixdown 203
  Final Mixes 205
  As the Mix Begins 210
  During the Mix 214
  Printing the Mix 214
  Editing the Mix 219
  Copies 223
  After the Mix 225
  Breaking Down the Mix 233
  Setting up a Remix 234
  Final Assembly 235
  Mastering 236
CHAPTER TWELVE After the Session 237
  The Client 237
  Control Room 246
  Studio 247
  Learning, the Old Fashioned Way 252
  Engineering 253

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