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Creating Digital Music and Sound: An inspirational introduction for musicians, web designers, animators, videomakers, and game designers. [Paperback]

Chris Middleton


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Table of Contents

Introduction

All about sound
Soundwaves (amplitude; decibels; velocity; wavelength; dynamic range; phase; envelopes; harmonics)
Analog recording
Digital recording (sampling; sample rates; bit depth; latency)

The computer in your studio
Macs, PCs, Linux: specifications; issues; maintenance; file management
External music hardware: controllers
Soundcards and external interfaces
Multitrackers, workstations, and control surfaces

Audio and recording terms
Audio and recording terms
Synthesis
Audio and data connectivity

The studio in your computer
Timelines and sequencing
Sequencers that record audio
Integrated suites: Pro Tools
MIDI basics
Music-only tools
Loops and beatmatching
Editing audio and MIDI
Effects and processors: time based
Effects and processors: dynamic
Plugins; plugin formats; virtual instruments

Recording the real world
Designing a space
Mics: types and polar patterns
Mic usage
Recording and manipulating voices
The virtual guitarist

Mixdown
Monitors and monitoring
Mixing concepts
Mixing strategies
Mixing with dynamic effects
Multiple levels
Mixing with reverb
EQ hotspots
The anatomy of a remix
Interview: Hakan Lidbo
Mastering and remastering: by Andrew Walter, Abbey Road studios
File formats for audio, the Web, and multimedia
Disk formats, burning, and storage
Blu-Ray and HD-DVD compared

Internet audio and mobility
Internet audio FAQs and tips
Media players
Internet radio: creative strategies and technology choices
Podcasting: creative strategies and technology choices
Generative music for the Web
Interview: Tim Didymus, generative music composer
Make and mix music on your cellphone
Interview: Tim Cole, double BAFTA Award-winning software developer
Digital rights, publishing, and sharing
Online music collaboration software
Building a sound toy in Flash: Paul Farrington workshop
Music and sound in Flash
Depeche Mode sound toy

Audio for video and movies
Music and sound in movies and videos
Sound in video software (including soundtrack software)
Location sound: creative strategies and technology tips
Interview: Simon Fisher Turner, movie soundtrack composer
Music for low-budget movies and videos
Sound design for movies
Interview: Kant Pan, Academy Award nominee
Synching sound to video
Surround sound creative strategies and technology choices
Abbey Road surround sound tips
VJing: D-Fuse interview

Useful URLs
Glossary
Index

CD-Rom contents
Software:
Ableton Live v.5.03
Propellerhead Reason v3.04
Propellerhead ReCycle
Koan Pro
Koan X
Koan Album Player
miniMIXA (various versions)

Audio/Media Content:
60MB M-Audio loops and samples
Studio Tonne soundtoys (with samples): Bip Hop; CircleSound; DMR Sequencer; Unit OS9
Tim Didymus generative music compositions
Tim Cole generative music compositions

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