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Chapter 1: Recording A Machine

AUDIO FILES (To download all WAV examples at once: 31MB ZIP)

  • Types Of Signal Degradation: I've subjected the following unmastered mix (Ex01.01:WAV/MP3
    )
    to a variety of the signal degradations mentioned in Section 1.4 of the book, so you can learn what each sounds like and therefore troubleshoot your own setup problems more quickly: two types of analogue clipping distortion (Ex01.02:WAV/MP3
    ; Ex01.03:WAV/MP3
    )
    ; digital clipping distortion (Ex01.04:WAV/MP3
    )
    ; glitching from digital-clocking or software-driver issues (Ex01.05:WAV/MP3
    )
    ; comb-filtering from double-monitoring (Ex01.06:WAV/MP3
    )
    ; and a sub-unity-gain feedback loop (Ex01.07:WAV/MP3
    )
    .

  • Audio Impact Of Two Affordable Isolation Transformers: Anything that you put into your signal path has the potential to impact the sound, so if you're going to use isolation transformers to interface balanced outputs with unbalanced inputs, or to avoid earth-loop problems, then it's as well to be aware of the extent of the audible difference they might typically make. To give you an idea, here's an unmastered mix I recorded first through a pair of TRS cables directly into my audio interface (Ex01.08:WAV/MP3
    )
    , and then through the two different budget-friendly isolation transformer boxes I mentioned in the book: the ART T8 (Ex01.09:WAV/MP3
    )
    and the Ebtech Hum Eliminator (Ex01.10:WAV/MP3
    )
    .

LINKS

  • Affordable Transformer Isolators: The two transformer isolators mentioned in the book are the ART T8 and the Ebtech Hum Eliminator. Orchid Electronics also make very affordable transformer isolators to order.

  • Pseudo-balanced Cables: The pseudo-balanced cable shown in the book is available directly from Sound On Sound magazine's online shop.

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