Recording Classical Music

1st Edition

Robert Toft

Routledge
October 7, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9780815380245 - CAT# K339194

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Summary

Recording Classical Music presents the fundamental principles of digitally recording and editing acoustic music in ambient spaces, focusing on stereo microphone techniques that will help musicians understand how to translate ‘live’ environments into recorded sound.

The book covers theory and the technical aspects of recording from sound source to delivery: the nature of soundwaves and their behaviour in rooms, microphone types and the techniques of recording in stereo, proximity and phase, file types, tracking and critical listening, loudness, meters, and the post-production processes of EQ, control of dynamic range (compressors, limiters, dynamic EQ, de-essers), and reverberation (both digital-reflection simulation and convolution), with some discussion of commercially available digital plugins. The final part of the book applies this knowledge to common recording situations, showcasing not only strategies for recording soloists and small ensembles, along with case studies of several recordings, but also studio techniques that can enhance or replace the capture of performances in ambient spaces, such as close micing and the addition of artificial reverberation.

Recording Classical Music provides the tools necessary for anyone interested in classical music production to track, mix and deliver audio recordings themselves or to supervise the work of others.

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