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Audio Engineering 101: A Beginner's Guide to Music Production

Audio Engineering 101: A Beginner's Guide to Music Bookion

Audio Engineering 101: A Beginner's Guide to Music Bookion
By Tim Dittmar

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Book Description

Audio Engineering 101 is a real world guide for starting out in the recording industry. If you have the dream, the ideas, the music and the creativity but don't know where to start, then this book is for you!

Filled with practical advice on how to navigate the recording world, from an author with first-hand, real-life experience, Audio Engineering 101 will help you succeed in the exciting, but tough and confusing, music industry.

Covering all you need to know about the recording process, from the characteristics of sound to a guide to microphones to analog versus digital recording. Dittmar covers all the basics- equipment, studio acoustics, the principals of EQ/ compression, music examples to work from and when and how to use compression. FAQ's from professionals give you real insight into the reality of life on the industry.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #30334 in Books
  • Published on: 2011-12-07
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.00" h x 7.25" w x .50" l, 1.15 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 256 pages

Editorial Reviews

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Amazon Exclusive: How Audio Engineering Helped Get My Band Signed By Tim Dittmar

Tim Dittmar

Working in a studio I often had access to record my own band and experiment. In the early '90s I recorded a six-song demo for a band that I was drumming with. We had only been a band for about three weeks when this demo made it into the hands of a local production company person, who at the time worked with RCA records. Although we didn’t end up with this label, the person who originally discovered us ended up managing our band and got us signed to a major label and many indie labels. It is great to have a backup plan, especially as a musician. Audio engineering is a great career option when being a musician isn't paying the bills. It allows you to still be creative and involved in the music scene. You may not get rich right away (or ever) but seeing your name on a CD you recorded is priceless.

Here are a few of the bands I currently play with:
annabella
The Hearts and The Minds

Audio Engineering 101
It is common for audio engineers to have their own home studio and also work out of other studios. Pictured here is a classic Trident 80B console located at Top Hat Recording studio in Austin, TX.
Audio Engineering 101
One of the many reasons I became an audio engineer was to record and produce my own bands and music. Here I am mixing me and my wife's band, annabella, on my studio's Toft console.
Audio Engineering 101
As an audio engineer you will need to find people to record. Running live sound and playing out in a band is a great way to meet potential clients every night.Here I am on tour in Athens, GA with annabella.

Review
"This beginner's guide to audio engineering presents a clear overview of the science and art of sound recording and provides readers with foundational information for getting started in audio engineering. Beginning with a discussion of sound and general recording principles, the work covers topics such as microphones, mixing consoles, signal processors, and signal flow, as well as studio session procedures and optimization. Chapters include illustrations, tips, and checklists, and the text includes an additional section with questions and answers from industry professionals."--Reference and Research Book News

About the Author
Tim Dittmar is a musician, recording and live sound engineer, producer, songwriter, and professor. Tim began his professional recording career in 1987 at Cedar Creek Recording studio in Austin, Texas. Before locating to Austin, Tim received an Associate in Arts in Radio/TV Bookion from Del Mar Junior College. He then spent much of the nineties touring with a punk group, recording bands, and running live sound on the infamous 6th street at various venues. He was hired in 2000 as a professor and full-time faculty member at Austin Community College where he currently teaches Audio Engineering I, Audio Engineering IV, and the Special Projects class. Tim heads up the Technical side of Commercial Music Management at the college. He has also been a returning lecturer at the University of Texas teaching Audio Bookion and Audio for Picture. Tim has worked in numerous studios in Austin, Los Angeles and Chicago, compiling over 300 album credits. Recording such artists as the Old 97's, Voxtrot, Dynamite Boy, King Missile and the Murdocks. In 2008 he was invited to moderate a panel at the Tape Op Conference in New Orleans where he spoke on "The State of Audio Education”. At present, he owns and operates Las Olas Recording in Georgetown, Texas. He currently tours and records with his wife in the group Annabella and can also be seen drumming with The Hearts & The Minds, Kristi Rae, and Everything's Gone Green.


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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Five Stars
By Roy A Adams
cool book

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Good Read For A Beginner
By Amazon Customer
GREAT BOOK! A lot of useful tips and gems hidden in there, so read from cover to cover. Tim explains everything in his book with a down to earth tone and gives insights into dealing with clients, internships, and all of the basics you need to know about recording.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4A good reference and road map
By Sherman
This book is great to have simply for its table of contents which you can use to go on line with to get 4 or 5 different explanations for the same concepts listed in this book...and you'll want to get other explanations because the ones in this book are not the be all and end all and the topics covered need varying degrees of repetition, review, and different languaging for everyone to fully understand.

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