Analog and digital recording have different strengths and weaknesses, and they can coexist on one project for the best of both worlds. Matt summarizes the main aspects of digital and analog as they apply to effect processing, recording, and mixing. In general, analog technologies impart a character on the sound while digital tends to be more neutral.
- When it comes to digital and analog audio…sometimes people think analog is pure and perfect…or sometimes people think digital audio is so powerful,…why do we even need analog audio?…In my opinion, both of those extreme attitudes…are missing the point and often are based on…preconceived notions about how audio works…that may or may not be factually correct.…Personally I believe that when you're comparing…digital and analog audio it's a trap…to think too simplistically or generally…or to assume that one is necessarily better than the other.…
They simply have different strengths and weaknesses…in different situations, plus,…it's possible to combine both even within the same project…if you have equipment that allows for that.…Many audio interfaces like this one…allow multiple separate audio streams…to flow into and out of the computer,…converting them from analog to digital…or back as appropriate.…You can set up custom signal paths in your DAW…to take advantage of this…and send some tracks to analog processors…and others to digital plugins in the DAW.…
The course starts with explanations of what sound really is and how we hear it, including discussions on frequency, amplitude, phase, and psychoacoustics. Matt explores analog audio signal path, explaining connections, gain staging, and metering. Next, he brings the audio signal into the digital domain, discussing analog to digital conversion, digital gain staging, file formats and compression, and dither.
Then the course digs into digital audio workstations (DAWs), explaining the concepts and misconceptions involved in digital recording systems. Matt describes how memory, CPU speed, and storage affect your DAW's performance, as well as how to manage computer resources and understand the plethora of file formats associated with digital recording. He follows with an overview of MIDI: how to generate, store, process, and communicate MIDI data. He wraps up with the audio processors that are often used for mixing in a DAW—including EQ, compressors, reverb, delay, and many others.
- What is sound?
- The three domains of sound: acoustic, analog, and digital
- The analog vs. digital signal paths
- Converting analog audio to digital
- Digital formats and data compression
- Understanding the five types of DAWs
- Recording performances with MIDI
- Mixing and processing audio with EQ, compression, and other effects
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1. Concepts of Sound
2. The Signal Path: Acoustic and Analog
3. The Signal Path: Digital
4. Digital Audio Workstations
6. Mixing and Processing Audio
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