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Real World Digital Audio


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No matter what part of the musical spectrum you come from—whether you’re playing in a band, composing, or DJing—if you’re using a computer (or wondering whether you should be), to get the results you want from your digital studio you’ll need reliable information.

Real World Digital Audio is a comprehensive resource—a book and DVD combo—that offers practical advice on making great music with modern technologies—a valuable reference whatever your musical genre or preferred audio application. You’ll learn how digital sound works, and then apply that knowledge to getting your music to sound the way you want. From recording, mixing, and producing CDs, musical scores, and video soundtracks, to performing live with your laptop, this is the definitive guide to the art of creating digital music.

Real World Digital Audio will show you how to

  • Choose the right software and hardware to fit your musical direction—and your budget
  • Optimize your setup for maximum recording quality and reliability
  • Choose and strategically place microphones for different recording situations
  • Use loops and grooves to create backing tracks, DJ, and enhance live performances
  • Master MIDI and audio editing techniques to make expressive, polished tracks
  • Create dynamic sounds with audio effects, synthesizers, and soft synths
  • Generate publication-quality notated scores on your desktop
  • Mix, master, and share professional recordings, online music, and video soundtracks
The DVD included with this book is a cross-platform data DVD compatible with both Mac and Windows computers. The DVD contains over two gigabytes of sound content, instruments, and software tools that you can use immediately in your music, and to explore topics in the book.

Companion Web site at includes interviews with audio professionals, updated information, and more.

"Writing about digital audio is like shooting at a moving target. But Peter Kirn has managed to score a bullseye with Real World Digital Audio."

—Ernie Rideout, Editor-in-Chief, Keyboard magazine

About the Author

Peter Kirn is a contributor to Keyboard, Computer Music (UK), Make, and Macworld magazines, a frequent lecturer, and editor of His work as a composer, musician, and video artist has been presented in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Understanding Digital Sound

How Sound Works

Sound and Perception

Sound in Digital Form

Chapter 2: Choosing Your Tools

Inputs and Outputs

Choosing the Right Computer

Music and Sound Production Tools          

Going Shopping

Chapter 3: Setting Up Your Equipment

Setting Up Your Workspace

Connecting Physical Hardware

Chapter 4: Preparing Your Computer for Audio

Connecting Your Virtual Studio

Maintaining Your Virtual Studio

Chapter 5: Quick Songs with Patterns and Loops

Patterns and Loops

Create a Backing Track (GarageBand)

Tutorial 1: Start a Song and Choose Loops

Tutorial 2: Create a Basic Arrangement

Tutorial 3: Develop a Song Structure

Tutorial 4: Mix and Record

Make a Groove Box (Kinetic)

Tutorial 1: Patches, Patterns, and Grooves

Tutorial 2: Build Up a Set of Grooves

Tutorial 3: Ready for the Dance Floor

Chapter 6: Recording Instruments and Sound

Microphone Characteristics

Recording Applications

Digital Recording

Chapter 7: Processing and Effects

Basics of Signal Processors


Dynamics Processors

Time-Related Effects

Specialized Processors

Chapter 8: MIDI: Notes, Rhythms, and Physical Control

Ins, Outs, and Thrus of MIDI

How MIDI Models Performances

Recording Performances

Editing and Manipulating Performances

Chapter 9: Synthesis and Software Instruments

Basic Types of Synthesis

Samplers and Sample Playback

Synthesis Building Blocks: Virtual Analog Techniques

Modulation and Effects

Chapter 10: Put It Together: Arrange, Mix, and Master



Mixdown, Mastering, and Sharing

Chapter 11: Producing Printed Scores

What Notation Software Does

Getting Started with a Score

Print, Play, and Share Your Score

Chapter 12: Music and Sound for Video

Synchronization, Tools, and Formats

Music for Video

Recording for Video

Chapter 13: Playing Live

Digital Audio Onstage

Live Arranging and Clips

DJing and the Live Remix

Custom Performance Software

Appendix: What’s on the DVD

Tools and Extras



Product Details

Kirn, Peter
Peachpit Press
Stereo & Audio Equipment
Interactive multimedia
Data Processing - Speech & Audio Processing
Interactive Media
Speech & Audio Processing
Music -- Data processing.
Computer sound processing
Computers-Reference - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Real World
Publication Date:
November 2005
Grade Level:
9 x 7.5 x 1.342 in 1082 gr

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruction and Study » Theory and Composition
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Recording Techniques
Computers and Internet » Computers Reference » General
Computers and Internet » Computers Reference » Speech and Audio Processing
Engineering » Communications » Audio Equipment
Science and Mathematics » Electricity » General Electronics
Science and Mathematics » Physics » Acoustics

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