Studio Fundamentals Tutorial

Understanding Recording Signal Flow

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    Tutorial 1

    Understanding Recording Signal Flow

    1:01

    An introduction to “Understanding Recording Signal Flow,” which lays out the framework for the entire Foundation Series.

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    Tutorial 2

    The Source

    1:02

    While you can fix timing and add effects and EQ later in the process to improve a sound, it’s always best to get it right at the source before you push RECORD.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Microphone

    1:48

    Microphones vary in type and features and are used to record anything that makes a sound in the physical world including acoustic instruments, percussion, vocals, and more.

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    Tutorial 4

    The Direct Box (DI)

    0:52

    The DI acts as a bridge to the next step in the signal flow. It changes the unbalanced, high impedance output of an instrument to a balanced, low impedance signal preferred by professional studio gear.

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    Tutorial 5

    The Microphone Preamp

    1:18

    Before you can record a signal from a microphone or DI, it must first be sent through a Microphone Preamp, which is used to boost the gain to a proper recording level called “line level”.

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    Tutorial 6

    Analog Processing Before Recording

    1:35

    Certain analog processors and some kinds of plug-ins can be used during recording; it’s important to know how to use these tools to achieve the best results.

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    Tutorial 7

    A to D & D to A Converters

    1:08

    Before a signal can be digitally recorded, it has to be converted from analog to a digital format, then back again so we can hear it in the physical world.

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    Tutorial 8

    Digital Audio Workstation Software

    0:51

    The digital audio workstation, or DAW, is the basis for all modern recording. Inside the DAW, you can mix, edit, and process the recorded signals in many different ways.

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    Tutorial 9

    Processing After Recording

    1:01

    Optionally, audio from the DAW can be processed after it has been recorded and is a typical workflow when mixing.

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    Tutorial 10

    Monitor Control

    1:06

    Monitor control, whether it’s on a console or a freestanding unit, gives you the ability to control speaker loudness, source selection, and a monitor selection if you have more than one pair of speakers.

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    Tutorial 11

    Speakers & Headphones

    0:51

    The last stop in the signal chain, before you hear the results of your work, is with the speakers or headphones.

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    Tutorial 12

    Signal Flow Recap

    0:47

    This video provides a recap of recording signal flow.

A great sound starts with a quality signal chain. In this first installment of the Foundation Series, you will learn the basics of audio starting with the source, and then moving step by step down the line to the finished product.

nerva
Submitted 4 months ago

Very Helpful

Concise, respectful of your time and helpful

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Ty2000
Submitted 2 years ago

Right to the point :)

I liked this lesson because the topics had gotten right to the point. Now, I've previously read a couple of books from Berklee College of Music' which provided much more detail....but the videos were good. :)

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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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Understanding Recording Signal Flow is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Concise, respectful of your time and helpful
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great Very clear and helpful videos
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Right to the point :) I liked this lesson because the topics had gotten right to the point. Now, I've previously read a couple of books from Berklee College of Music' which provided much more detail....but the videos were good. :)
Date published: 2016-06-30