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Whether one is producing music, podcasts, game sounds, or film sound effects, Digital Audio Principles provides the tips and techniques that will make the project a success. Author Dave Schroeder explains the basics of digital audio production techniques and covers the essential hardware and software. He also discusses sound theory, frequency response, the range of human hearing, and dynamic range.
Okay, now finally, let's take a look at the Master Section of the mixing board. That's referred to as the master section, because it kind of dictates what happens and what gets sent to most of the outputs. It's kind of the last stage of the signal flowing through the board. It comes through the inputs, we use the channels to assign EQ and change volume inputs, and then route at the output is decided by the master section. It lets us know what's going to be at what output. So we have a few outputs up here on the top of the board. We also have a lot of outputs on the back, which I will show you real quick.
So we have kind of the main outputs and some control room outputs, and those are--this would feed speakers. In the control room you would use that to feed your speakers, and main outs to main source. So we have the main mix faders. Let's start there. This determines what is going to happen at both the control room level and at the main output level. Then we have another fader that we can assign to the phones level or a headphone jack.
Next we have the Aux Master. If you are sending things from the channel Auxiliary Sends, this is kind of the main send, sending it out. Now these Aux returns are when those signals come back from your reverb effects, usually they don't come back from your headphone mix, but if you are using effects and you want to bring them back in, this is where they come back, and you set the level of the comeback in it. Then you can assign things like what you are listening to at the master outputs and assign things here that end up in the main mix, so these buttons basically assign to main mix.
Tape, up here we have some tape inputs, and outputs, if you are using a CD player or tape machine or something like that, you can use these, it's a simple in and out. Come in here, hit tape to main, then the sound, if you want to send back out to like a cassette player if you are still insane enough to use one of those, you would use this, and then you can feed that. But in a nutshell, the master section sets the outputs for all the signals. There are other things that we can talk about, but I think to get a basic understanding of what's going on, that's enough for now.
One other thing that you want to look into, and you will get into are things called Inserts, which we will see on digital audio interfaces and on mixing boards, but we will discuss that in a different section.
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