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Chapter 1 • Introduction

0000 Class Syllabus

0101 Doing what you love

0102 Is my music any good?

0103 Is “pay to play” worth it?

0104 1 thing every demo must have

0105 How do I train my ears?

0106 How do I buy speakers?

0107 Where do I start?

0108 Music business basics

0109 Work in a recording studio

0110 What is ADR & SFX?

0111 Capturing audio in the field

0112 Hearing like an engineer

0113 What is Mixing & Mastering?

0114 This is about recording

0115 Who are your first clients?

0116 What is a producer?

Chapter 2 • Sound

0201 What is the recording process?

0202 What is Sound?

0203 What is A440?

0204 How are instruments tuned?

0205 What is Concert Pitch?

0206 What are Overtones?

0207 What are Sympathetic Vibrations?

0208 Sound-proofing basics

0209 What is a Phase Relationship?

0210 What is a Beat Frequency?

0211 Sound: Chapter Recap

Chapter 3 • Studio

0301 Why a pro studio is always tidy

0302 What are Setup Sheets & Session Notes?

0303 What is a Sound Baffle?

0304 How to set up to record a Rhythm Section

0305 Where to put musicians when recording

0306 How to set up to record Kick Drums & Toms

0307 How to set up to record a Snare Drum

0308 How to set up to record Drum Kit Cymbals

0309 How to set up to record a Grand Piano

0310 How to set up to record Brass & Woodwinds

0311 How to set up to record a Big Band

0312 How to set up to record Strings

0313 How to set up to record an Orchestra

0314 What are Talkback & Slates?

0315 What is Ring Out?

0316 Tips for setting up musicians to record

0317 How to set up Headphones for a recording session

0318 What is Ground Buzz?

0319 What are Mic & Tie Lines?

Chapter 4 • Control Room

0401 The basics of Patchbay Normals

0402 What is a Recording Session Take Sheet?

0403 What are Audio Tracks?

0404 What is a Recording Session Track Sheet?

0405 How a Mixer works: Overview & Inputs

0406 How a Mixer works: Phantom Power, Trim & Pad

0407 How a Mixer works: Phase, Tape/Line/Mic In

0408 How a Mixer works: EQ

0409 How a Mixer works: Aux Sends

0410 How a Mixer works: Rev, Pan, Mute & Solo

0411 How a Mixer works: Input layout

0412 How a Mixer works: Busses

0413 How a Mixer works: Monitoring (Part 1)

0414 How a Mixer works: Monitoring (Part 2)

0415 How a Mixer works: Scratching Mics

Chapter 5 • Patchbay

0501 What is a Patchbay?

0502 Why is a Patchbay worth the money and initial hassle?

0503 Patchbays make your Recording Studio flexible

0504 What kind of Patchbay should I get?

0505 How to Wire a Patchbay: Ground Issues

0506 How to Wire a Patchbay: Balanced vs. Unbalanced

0507 What are Balanced Plugs?

0508 What is a Patchbay Normal?

0509What is a Patchbay Normal good for?

0510 How to Wire a Patchbay: Maximizing Outputs

0511 How to Wire a Patchbay: Normals

0512 How to Wire a Patchbay: Mults

0513 How to Wire a Patchbay: Planning for Tomorrow

Chapter 6 • Devices

0601 What is Outboard Gear?

0602 How do Reel to Reels work?

0603 How Reels to Reels work: Recap

0604 What is Print Through?

0605 Why is Analog “Warm”?

0606 Reel to Reel Braking Tips

0607 How to Punch Tape

0608 Why learn about Old Gear?

0609 Analog or Digital: what’s the difference?

0610 What is a Sample Rate?

0611 A quick look at Pro Tools

0612 Backups are Good Business

0613 What is Tape Alignment?

0614 How to Align a Tape Machine

0615 What a good PA Mix can do

0616 How does the PA Graphic EQ work?

0617 How to Mix Live Sound on a PA

Chapter 7 • Microphones

0701 What is a Transducer?

0702 What is Mic Impedance?

0703 An example of a Mic with many Polar Patterns + what Pop Filters do

0704 What is a Carbon Mic?

0705 What is a Dynamic Mic?

0706 A look at the Sennheiser 421 mic

0707 What is a Condenser Mic?

0708 A look at the AKG 414 mic

0709 A look at the AKG 451 mic

0710 A look at the CAD E300 mic

0711 A look at the CAD M179 mic

0712 How to read a Polar Pattern Diagram

0713 What are Crystal & Ceramic Mics?

0714 What are Ribbon & PZM Mics?

0715 A look at the RCA 77 mic

0716 What is Phantom Power & Roll Off?

0717 What is Mic Sensitivity?

0718 Tips for Choosing a Mic

0719 The Basics of Micing an Instrument

0720 Tips for Recording Dialog

0721 Where to put the Mic when Recording a Vocal

0722 Where to put the Mic when Recording a Vocal Group

0723 Where to put the Mic when Recording a Cello or Violin

0724 Tips for Recording Electric Guitar

0725 Where to put the Mic when Recording a Guitar or Bass

0726 Where to put the Mic when Recording a Piano or Organ

0727 Where to put the Mic when Recording Brass & Wind Instruments

0728 Where to put the Mic when Recording Percussion

Chapter 8 • Equalization

0801 What is Equalization?

0802 More EQ fundamentals

0803 What is a Balanced Room?

0804 How to Balance a Control Room

0805 EQ explained: Active & Passive

0806 EQ explained: Graphic & Notch

0807 EQ explained: Parametric

0808 What does the Q do?

0809 Career Tip for Audio Engineers

Chapter 9 • Effects

0901 What is Reverb & Echo?

0902 What is Reverb for?

Chapter 10 • Dynamics

1001 Carlos Santana Reveals the Secret behind his Sound

1002 What is Limiting & Compression?

Chapter 11 • Timing

1101 What is Metronome & Click?

1102 How to Sync Music to Film with Paper & Pencil

1103 Making a Click Track for Nat King Cole

1104 Time Conversion Formulas to Sync Music

1105 How to Add or Subtract Time using a regular Calculator

1106 What is SMPTE?

1107 There are different kinds of SMPTE

1108 An in-class SMPTE project

1109 What are Number Systems?

Chapter 12 • Home Studio

1201 Building a Home Studio: Planning Ahead

1202 Building a Home Studio in a House: on the 1st Floor

1203 Building a Home Studio in a House: on the 2nd Floor

1204 Building a Home Studio in a House: using Mass to Control Sound

1205 Building a Home Studio in a House: dealing with Windows & Doors

1206 Building a Home Studio in a House: covering the Surfaces

1207 Building a Home Studio in a Garage: dealing with Walls & Ceilings

1208 Building a Home Studio in a Garage: creating Rooms & Spaces

1209 Building a Home Studio in a Garage: using Wiring Conduits

1210 Building a Home Studio in a Garage: dealing with Doors & Windows

1211 Building a Home Studio in a Garage: creating a Room within a Room

1212 Building a Home Studio in a Garage: covering the Walls

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