Recording Secrets For The Small Studio - Additional Resources

Chapter 1: Recording A Machine

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  • Types Of Signal Degradation: I’ve subjected the following unmastered mix ( Ex01.01: WAV/MP3 play_arrow ) 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 play_arrow ; Ex01.02: WAV/MP3 play_arrow ); digital clipping distortion ( Ex01.04: WAV/MP3 play_arrow ); glitching from digital-clocking or software-driver issues ( Ex01.05: WAV/MP3 play_arrow ); comb-filtering from double-monitoring ( Ex01.06: WAV/MP3 play_arrow ); and a sub-unity-gain feedback loop ( Ex01.07: WAV/MP3 play_arrow ).

  • 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 play_arrow ), and then through the two different budget-friendly isolation transformer boxes I mentioned in the book: the ART T8 ( Ex01.09: WAV/MP3 play_arrow ) and the Ebtech Hum Eliminator ( Ex01.10: WAV/MP3 play_arrow ).

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