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Analog & Digital Processing

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    Analog & Digital Processing

    An introduction to the Analog & Digital Processing course.

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    Overcoming Latency

    Delay, also known as latency, is a by-product of digital conversion and processing. Knowing how to deal with this groove-killing fact of life is a large part of advanced engineering workflow.

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    EQ & Compression

    The two most common processors used in music production are EQs and compressors. These powerful tools can add punch, definition, and vibrancy to your recordings and mixes.

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    Time-Based Processors

    Reverbs and delays add an extra dynamic layer of emotion and movement to a recording. Knowing the differences between the two, and how common parameters operate, will take your productions to the next level.

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    Serial vs. Parallel Processing

    At the very top of an engineer's bag of tricks is setting up serial and parallel processors. Knowing the difference between the two and how to set them up can both maximize DSP and give you the ability to mix and deliver your resources in a professional manner.

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EQs, compressors, pitch shifters, transient shapers, reverbs, and delays are just a few of the powerful tools an engineer may use while recording and mixing. Knowing how to use these powerful analog and digital processors is key to achieving great results when recording and mixing.


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rathernot
Submitted 1 year ago

Great for beginners

A great series that could be used as a pre-101 overview of pro audio

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Reaper


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dnakprod
Submitted 2 years ago

Excellent Foundation

Excellent Foundation


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Audios
Submitted 2 years ago

Well done but very short and only useful for newbies

It would be easy to not recommend this video but I have to remind myself who the intended audience is, i.e. people have pretty much no signal processing experience as it relates to audio recording. (If you do have any experience, e.g. you know what a Distressor is, the series won't help at all.) For newbies, the series could be useful because it gives a very quick overview of all the most common types of processing (EQ, compressing, etc.) and the explanations are clear and professionally presented. I'm only deducting half a star because the videos are very short, not because of their introductory level. Audios

I am a: Hobbyist


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Jim
Submitted 2 years ago

Glorified Infomercial

There is some content here, particularly if you want a first look at compression, but the focus seems more on promoting plug-ins.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Pro Tools


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RungRS
Submitted 2 years ago

good for me

I recommended this training for everyone who's been interested about the Recording


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jay s
Submitted 2 years ago

TERRIBLE!

the company's logo is constantly on the screen in the bottom right corner. it's distracting and annoying. i'm not going to bother with the rest of the videos.

Response from :

Hi there, so sorry the watermark frustrated you and made viewing difficult. We appreciate your feedback and take it seriously, so we went ahead and reduced the watermark by over 50% and reduced its transparency even more. Unfortunately the watermark must be present for licensing reasons and piracy protection. Have a great day! - Your Groove3 Team

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rathernot
Submitted 1 year ago

Great for beginners

A great series that could be used as a pre-101 overview of pro audio

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Reaper

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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dnakprod
Submitted 2 years ago

Excellent Foundation

Excellent Foundation

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Audios
Submitted 2 years ago

Well done but very short and only useful for newbies

It would be easy to not recommend this video but I have to remind myself who the intended audience is, i.e. people have pretty much no signal processing experience as it relates to audio recording. (If you do have any experience, e.g. you know what a Distressor is, the series won't help at all.) For newbies, the series could be useful because it gives a very quick overview of all the most common types of processing (EQ, compressing, etc.) and the explanations are clear and professionally presented. I'm only deducting half a star because the videos are very short, not because of their introductory level. Audios

I am a: Hobbyist

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Jim
Submitted 2 years ago

Glorified Infomercial

There is some content here, particularly if you want a first look at compression, but the focus seems more on promoting plug-ins.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Pro Tools

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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RungRS
Submitted 2 years ago

good for me

I recommended this training for everyone who's been interested about the Recording

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jay s
Submitted 2 years ago

TERRIBLE!

the company's logo is constantly on the screen in the bottom right corner. it's distracting and annoying. i'm not going to bother with the rest of the videos.

Response from :

Hi there, so sorry the watermark frustrated you and made viewing difficult. We appreciate your feedback and take it seriously, so we went ahead and reduced the watermark by over 50% and reduced its transparency even more. Unfortunately the watermark must be present for licensing reasons and piracy protection. Have a great day! - Your Groove3 Team
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Kevin Becka has been a recording engineer for over twenty-five years, working with the top names in music including Kenny G., Quincy Jones, Michael Bolton, George Benson, George Lynch, and more. An experienced educator, Kevin is currently the co-director and instructor at the Blackbird Academy in Nashville. He has also taught advanced recording at Belmont University, taught surround recording and lectured at the Danish Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was director of education and instructor at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences for ten years. Kevin is also an audio journalist who has worked as the editor of Pro Audio Review and Audio Media USA magazines. Since 2003, Kevin has been the technical editor of the industry-leading Mix magazine where he writes features, product reviews, and a monthly column. Kevin is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), the Country Music Association (CMA), and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

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    Analog & Digital Processing

    EQs, compressors, pitch shifters, transient shapers, reverbs, and delays are just a few of the powerful tools an engineer may use while recording and mixing. Knowing how to use these powerful analog and digital processors is key to achieving great results when recording and mixing.

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    Cables & Connectors

    Cables and connectors provide the pathways for audio signals to flow throughout the studio. Great connections can have a positive impact on not only the sound but also a creative difference in the recording process by maintaining the quality of the source and inspiring the performer.

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    DAWs & Converters

    The digital audio workstation, or DAW, is an essential building block of the modern studio. Knowing the components, features, and tools found in this “studio in a box” is essential knowledge for all audio engineers, both old and new.

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    Electrical Levels in Audio Production

    To achieve great results when recording, processing, and mixing audio, it’s important to know the levels at which various pieces of musical and studio gear operate. This course digs deeper into the operational qualities of studio gear in the signal chain.

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    Managing Gain & Distortion

    Recording engineers and music producers encounter many ways to adjust gain along the recording and mixing signal path. Knowing the best practices for setting levels in your DAW, processors, and other gain stages will allow you to avoid distortion and noise in your productions.

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Analog & Digital Processing is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 6 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great for beginners A great series that could be used as a pre-101 overview of pro audio
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Foundation Excellent Foundation
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Well done but very short and only useful for newbies It would be easy to not recommend this video but I have to remind myself who the intended audience is, i.e. people have pretty much no signal processing experience as it relates to audio recording. (If you do have any experience, e.g. you know what a Distressor is, the series won't help at all.) For newbies, the series could be useful because it gives a very quick overview of all the most common types of processing (EQ, compressing, etc.) and the explanations are clear and professionally presented. I'm only deducting half a star because the videos are very short, not because of their introductory level. Audios
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Glorified Infomercial There is some content here, particularly if you want a first look at compression, but the focus seems more on promoting plug-ins.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from good for me I recommended this training for everyone who's been interested about the Recording
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from TERRIBLE! the company's logo is constantly on the screen in the bottom right corner. it's distracting and annoying. i'm not going to bother with the rest of the videos.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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