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Audio Engineering 101

A Beginner's Guide to Music Production, 2nd Edition

By Tim Dittmar


244 pages | 50 B/W Illus.

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Pratical, concise, and approachable, Audio Engineering 101, Second Edition covers everything aspiring audio engineers need to know to make it in the recording industry, from the characteristics of sound to microphones, analog versus digital recording, EQ/compression, mixing, mastering, and career skills. Filled with hand-on, step-by-step technique breakdowns and all-new interviews with active professionals, this updated edition includes instruction in using digital consoles, iPads for mixing, audio apps, plug-ins, home studios, and audio for podcasts. An extensive companion website features fifteen new video tutorials, audio clips, equipment lists, quizzes, and student exercises.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 What is sound? Seven Important Characteristics

Chapter 2 How to Listen, Remember When Your Parents Told You to Listen? Well, You Should Have Listened!

Chapter 3 EQ Points of Interest. Frequencies Made Easy.

Chapter 4 People skills. Recording Isn't All Technical!

Chapter 5 Microphone Guides and Their Uses. Hey, Is This Thing On?

Chapter 6 Mixing Consoles. So Many Knobs, So Little Time.

Chapter 7 Signal Processors. Toys You Could Play with for Days!

Chapter 8 Signal Flow. The Keys to Directing Audio Traffic.

Chapter 9 Studio Session Procedures: How a Recording Session Happens and in What Order.

Chapter 10 Basic Acoustics… How to Make Your Recording Space Sound Better.

Chapter 11 The History of Audio: It Helps to Know Where You Came From.

Chapter 12 Now That I Am Dangerous, Should I get an internship?

Chapter13 Jobs. What Can I Do With These Skills?

Chapter 14 FAQs. Hear it from the Pros.

About the Author

Tim Dittmar is a musician, songwriter, recording and live sound engineer, producer, and professor. Tim began his professional audio career in the late 80s at Cedar Creek Studio in Austin, TX. Tim has been a full-time faculty member at Austin Community College since 2000 where he heads up the technology side of Music Business, Performance and Technology (MBPT).

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