The Origins of Sound Qualities courses are based on this 400 page interactive PDF

Zoomable, high resolution color images and embedded videos

Embedded click-to-play, 16 bit 44.1kHz, WAV audio clips cover all the components in the signal path including the musicianship

Discover what it takes to get the recordings you’re going for

The Origins of Sound Qualities audio production course

Producer’s Edition

The Origins of Sound Qualities is a PDF based audio production course that covers the complete signal path using embedded, click-to-play 16 bit, 44.1 kHz audio clips. You’ll learn about all the factors involved during the recording process – from the arrangements and musicianship; to the gear, engineering, mixdown and mastering. Afterwards, you’ll know from listening experience how all the components of a recording’s signal path can or cannot influence the final result. The knowledge gained can assist you in making better choices at the most appropriate points during the recording process. This in turn can help you to produce recordings that have more of the sound qualities you’re going for. All major styles of music and instrumentation are represented – this provides you with a broad musical perspective that can foster your continual evolution as an effective music producer. The click-to-play WAV files linked directly to the text you’re reading ensures the information is delivered in the most reliable, seamless and engaging manner. The Producer’s Edition includes all of the content found in the Focused Courses detailed below. In addition, it has modules that cover: An in depth study of the interactions of the musician’s arrangement of parts relative to the vocal melody line  • Audio production theory and history • Includes a link to a brief online test where you can also ask questions relevant to what you have studied. The Origins of Sound Qualities – Producer’s Edition: PDF file, 406 pages, 848 embedded 16 bit, 44.1 kHz WAV files, embeded video, 1.3 gigabyte download, $49.95

Focused Courses 

The Focused Courses outlined below provide an economical way to gain access to critical information about a particular topic of audio production study. The Focused Courses are based on content selected from the 40 learning modules that comprise the Producer’s Edition of The Origins of Sound Qualities course. Along with the modules specific to your chosen topic, all Focused Courses include: the introduction, PART I, Module 22, and a brief online test where you have the opportunity to ask questions.

Bassists and Basses

Recording bass guitar tracks? Don’t like the low-end sound of your mixes? Before changing your monitors or the acoustics of your studio, discover the difference production makes on the sound qualities of the low end and bass instruments in your mixes. Through this audio engineering and production course entitled Bassists and Basses, you will learn such things as: Execution issues to be aware of when producing bass guitar tracks and ways to solve them • Recording characteristics of “good” and “problematic” bass guitars (and virtual instruments) • Effect the processors along the bass guitar’s complete signal path have on a recording’s sound quality • Production concepts, player coaching, and techniques that can transform a bassist’s performance • Includes Module 22 (Home studio vs. Commercial studio) which details a home studio’s floor plan, acoustical layout, and the effective use of acoustics to add depth in a recording • The sound qualities created by various production choices related to the other instruments and vocals of a recording • Includes a link to a brief online test where you can also ask questions relevant to what you have studied. The Origins of Sound Qualities – Bassists and Basses – PDF file, 241 embedded WAV sound clips, 135 pages, 400 megabyte download, $24.95  

 

Drummers and Drum Kits Getting the results you’re going for while recording a drummer playing a real drum kit can be challenge. Before resorting to using electronic drum pads and a sample library’s drum sounds, discover the positive differences effective audio production has on a recorded drum kit’s sound quality. These are the sought-after qualities that cannot be achieved through the recording gear. Topics of study include: Drum arrangement and execution of parts • The difference in “feel” thousandths of a second makes • A click track method that works for bands who have never used a click, or had bad results with them in the past • Sound Source Engineering of the drum kit, tuning, and miking • Drum kit mixdown details as the sound quality progresses from the band’s basement drum sound to a broadcast quality using only the drummer’s drum kit sounds – no sample libraries or virtual drum kits • Includes Module 22 (Home studio vs. Commercial studio) which details a home studio’s floor plan, acoustical layout, and the effective use of acoustics to add depth in a recording. Module 22 also provides an overview of the sound qualities created by various production choices related to the other instruments and vocals of a recording • Includes a link to a brief online test where you can also ask questions relevant to what you have studied. The Origins of Sound Qualities – Drummers and Drum Kits – PDF file, 225 embedded WAV sound clips, 152 pages, 350 megabyte download, $29.95

Vocals

The click-to-play WAV files, text and graphics in this audio engineering-production course cover the subjects related to vocals: From pre-production, to pitch, timing, phrasing, tone, intensity, lyric modifications, pronunciation, interaction with other tracks, vocal/instrument part modifications, harmonies, proximity, being on axis, signal path engineering, editing, tuning, and mixdown processing. Also covered are the different ways to influence objective improvements in the sound qualities of such things. Going through the processes in this course can also have a positive influence on the singer’s live performances. The controlled, repeatable WAV file, audio A/B gear comparisons include: Tube/Discrete Transistor/Transformer Coupled preamps, Neumann/Shure/AKG microphones, and Whirlwind/Canare/Mogami XLR cables and snakes. • Includes Module 22 (Home studio vs.Commercial studio) which details a home studio’s floor plan, acoustical layout, and the effective use of acoustics to add depth in a recording. Module 22 also provides an overview of the sound qualities created by various production choices related to the other instruments of a recording • Includes a link to a brief online test where you can also ask questions relevant to what you have studied. The Origins of Sound Qualities – Vocals – PDF file, 205 embedded WAV sound clips, 134 pages, 386 megabyte download, $24.95

 

Acoustics and Reverb Units

This audio engineering and production course focuses on what a producer needs to know about the acoustics of their recording environment. Understanding such things as the “Sound of Distance” and the influence acoustical treatments have on the sound quality is key to achieving recordings with depth and dimension. The WAV sound clips include comparisons of a real acoustical environment versus both hardware and plug-in simulations. Includes: Module 22 (Home studio vs. Commercial studio) which details a home studio’s floor plan, acoustical layout, and the effective use of acoustics to add depth in a recording. Module 22 also provides an overview of the sound qualities created by various production choices related to the musical instruments and vocals of a recording • Includes a link to a brief online test where you can also ask questions relevant to what you have studied. The Origins of Sound Qualities – Acoustics and Reverbs – PDF file, 173 embedded WAV sound clips, 142 pages, 243 megabyte download, $19.95

Audio Gear

This interactive PDF audio production course allows you to critically listen to how competing formats and designs of audio gear affect a recording’s sound quality. The “click-to-play” 16bit, 44.1k A/B gear comparisons were engineered under controlled, repeatable conditions and cover the complete signal path. The 30 i.p.s. 24 track and 1/2 track analog mixdown recorders presented for study were operating at a reference level of 320 nWb/meter. Topics and features include: Analog vs. digital recorders and mixers Plug-ins vs. the real thing • Discrete transistor vs. tube and transformer coupled mic preamps  •  Tube vs. solid state compressors • Neumann U87 vs. Shure SM58 and AKG414 vs. Shure SM57 microphones • 16bit vs. 24bit multitrack recorders • CD vs. vinyl and MP3  •  High-quality vs. standard XLR cables and snakes •  Long vs. short signal paths • Alleviates audio gear myths and misconceptions caused by problematic comparison methods  •  Multiple styles of music and live musicians were used as sound sources • Includes a home studio’s floor plan, acoustical layout, and the effective use of acoustics to add depth in a recording • Provides an overview of the sound qualities created by various production choices related to the musical instruments and vocals • Includes a link to a brief online test where you can also ask questions relevant to what you have studied.The Origins of Sound Qualities – Audio Gear Formats and Designs – PDF file, 377 embedded WAV sound clips, 181 pages, 663 megabyte download, $19.95

Mastering

The embedded WAV files in this audio engineering and production course are used to explain the subject and process of mastering. Topics include: The history and background of the mastering process • Examples of how mastering can, and can’t affect the sound quality • The mix quality – mastering quality relationship • LUFS metering and the relativity of loudness explained using calibrated playback levels • Examples of problematic information that can affect objective assessments related to loudness •  Examples of loud masters without “loudness war” types of artifacts • Includes Module 22 (Home studio vs. Commercial studio) which details a home studio’s floor plan, acoustical layout, and the effective use of acoustics to add depth in a recording •  Provides an overview of the sound qualities created by various production choices related to the musical instruments and vocals of a recording • Includes a link to a brief online test where you can also ask questions relevant to what you have studied. The Origins of Sound Qualities – Mastering – PDF file, 143 embedded WAV sound clips, 123 pages, 257 megabyte download, $19.95

Essential Listening

Essential Listening consists of pages and embedded WAV audio clips selected from the Producer’s Edition of The Origins of Sound Qualities course. It includes all of Module 4 (analog vs. digital mixers),as well as audio clips of digital vs. analog recorders (24 track with 1/2 track mixdown). Also presented for study is the effective use of a home studio’s acoustical environment. This quick course concludes with A/B comparisons demonstrating the difference created by knowledgeable production choices. Essential Listening reveals the “audio components” that matter and where your focus of attention should be when recording. The bookmarks menu of your PDF reader lists all 40 modules of the Producer’s Edition to show you its scope. This is Essential Listening! – PDF file, 31 embedded WAV sound clips, 32 pages, 56 megabyte download, $2.99

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