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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.
One other thing I'd like to talk about, just briefly, is the idea of the continual upgrade, or the fact that you might have some software and a audio system set up, and every couple of months, or every year, or so a new piece of software comes out or a new version. And it's good to think about how you're going to approach your audio set up. Are you going to see it kind of as a tape recorder, or just a recording device and station, or is it going to be your main computer to do lots of things with. And then think about if it's always appropriate to upgrade when the newest version comes out or not.
The real hinge point for this, I think, is that if you're relying heavily on your computer to do audio production, if you're making some money on it, or if you're working with your band and you're in the middle of an album project or something like that, and everything is running fine, it might make more sense to hold off for a few months or so, until that project is done, to go ahead and perform upgrades or install new software. Now, it's always fun to have the coolest, latest, and greatest stuff, and sometimes you need to include that, so you can start to use it on the projects you're working on. At the same time, it's not uncommon to install a new version and then encounter a new series of bugs or problems, and have it ruin a session, or kill a weekend's worth of work.
So it's not so much if you should or shouldn't upgrade, but more when should you upgrade? It's always good to try and upgrade when you have a couple of days of daylight or at least enough time to do a little bit of research on things like what bugs might be part of this new release, or certain incompatibility issues. The new release might have some older softwares. A lot of times, if you're working with digital audio software, you have a lot of plug-ins, and sometimes you might upgrade your main software, and then all of a sudden some of your plug- ins might not work anymore. You might have to go and just get a few downloads that actually update your plug-ins as well.
So I'm telling you this so you can kind of avoid the scenarios I found myself in, where I have spent the weekend trying to figure out why my cool DA all of a sudden doesn't work anymore, and in the end it turned out here I was installing an update that really wasn't even a feature that I was that excited about. And I could have waited a few months to install that, and had that weekend to go out and do things, or stay home and make more music and work with more audio. So just keep this in mind as you find out about the different upgrades that are available out there.
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