The most recent version of this FAQ listing can be found at http://go.to/recordingfaq
When you're a beginner and search on alt.music.4-track
or rec.audio.pro for info on a specific
first try Google - power search.
Type in the box "newsgroup" rec.audio.pro or alt.music.4-track, type in the box "Keywords" a keyword from your question. There you have it: probably a LOT of articles on the subject.
The FAQ from alt.music.4-track
The FAQ from rec.audio.pro
Educational CD's from rec.audio.pro, with contributions from a lot of RAP members:
The RAP CD's
Forums, visited or moderated by several RAP members:
list of faqs, gear reviews etc.
Audio FAQ, good section about speakers and amps (sec. 9 and 10)
Surround sound FAQ, 5.1, DVD-audio etc.
Home theater FAQ
Headphones, including tips for mixing on them (when you have to)
Recording drums (FAQ
3-Mic drum techniques (By Fletcher from rec.audio.pro)
Amptone: all about guitar amps, effects boxes, iso booths
How to mix a pop
song from scratch
No "pan-potted-mono" mixes! How to achieve depth in stereo recordings
A mastering house (digido),
explaining the how/what/why
Another mastering house (drtmastering, specializes in analog)
Avoid losing months of your work
The disease called "Tinkeritis"
I am a complete newbie
to recording, what should I do?
Tips for a beginner setup (4-track, mics)
More tips for a beginner setup
Tips for a more serious setup
Beginner's recording handbook
Bouncing, Wow & Flutter
How to become a "professional" producer/engineer
FAQ (very detailed)
Michael Hartkopf's Microphone pages
Stereo microphone specs/techniques (dead link)
Microphone techniques: Studio recording, sound reinforcement (from Shure, very good)
Shoot-out of a few budget mics, by yours truly
Wireless microphone licensing FAQ
How to build a tube preamp
Very detailed descriptions:
How CD's work
How CD-R's work
How DVD's work
How Minidisc works
decibel: dBVU, dBm, dBfs, +4, -10 etc.
What's your dB IQ?
Decibel comparison chart: How much sound does a trombone make, and a guitar?
All about digital audio in general: more bits, dither, etc.
What is dither, and why should I care, anyway?
Everything you don't want to know about Jitter
48 -> 44.1 Downsampling algorhithms: can you hear the difference?
Thoughts on EQ, Thoughts on reverb
Compressor theory: very thorough description (100k pdf file)
Good explanation about different time stretch/pitch shift techniques
Vocal elimination techniques
Acoustics: building a good sounding studio room
Ranenotes: Library of tech info (mostly pdf)
UCSC Music studio articles: tech info, synth info, etc. Huge, check it out!
Textbook: Introduction to Sound Recording by Geoff Martin
Introduction? A MASSIVE source of info for the theory-slut
(mathematics come in very handy here)
Tech and electronics section
The CD-Recordable FAQ
How safe is high speed CD recording: a test
The DVD FAQ
The MP3 FAQ
Detailed test of the most popular MP3 encoders
High-quality transfers from LP to CDR
All about recording via a PC (sound
card reviews and so on)
Very large Music Shareware/Freeware site (no warez)
balanced and unbalanced:quick wire-up
Connecting balanced and unbalanced: very thorough wire-up info
Balanced? Unbalanced? The electronics behind it (very detailed)
All about MIDI and how to use/program it
EQ, Grounding (getting rid of hum)
Another paper on grounding
Do-it-yourself tech FAQ site: MIDI spec, Grounding, Electronics...
HUGE link site about audio electronics, schematics included!
Another huge link site about audio electronics (dead link)
Music electronics archive
Nice tube schematics (on the page, click the schematics tab)
The electronic cookbook archive: simple electronic building blocks
Two companies selling build-it-yourself-audio-kits, SCHEMATICS ON-LINE!!!
What on earth do AC-3, FFT, ADAT and SCMS mean?
Rane's audio dictionary tells you what they are talking about
Edison to DVD, AM radio to digital broadcast... GREAT source
Lots of gear reviews by users
List of MD multitrackers
Composing Recording Mastering AV
CRM has a good software reverb comparison article,
gear reviews, and guitar tuning articles
Stolen gear database
publication, labels, distribution, promotion
Choosing the appropriate studio to record in... save money
Indian Trail Recording Studio
Great articles from Harvey Gerst about what it takes to be a band, the pitfalls,
how to divide gear ownership, when to make a CD and what to be ready
for when you do, etc. etc. Great advice and writing style.
Chord finder site, guitar as well as keyboard
frequency chart spanning 2 octaves
Note frequency chart: every MIDI note with its corresponding frequency
Another MIDI note frequency chart
Alternate guitar tuning chart + chord finder, for these weird tunings
For composers: Musical instrument range chart
Solomon's music theory and composition resources
On-line ear trainer
GREAT guitar lessons, and more
Wolfman's school of music: guitar lessons
Ultimate Guitar Page: more guitar lessons
OLGA: more guitar tabs than
you can play in a lifetime
Rawktabs, another great guitar tab site
Link listing to many tab sites (HUGE)
Guitar tab universe
Temple of tabs
Free sheet music for piano
Vast collection of song lyrics and sheet music
rhyming program (great!)
English rhyming dictionary
Tutorial on basics of electronic music
(use of LFO's, filters etc., Shockwave plug-in required)
good samples of TR808 and TR909
KnudWeb orchestra soundfonts
Vintagesynth: info on any old synth you can think of
SyntheTek: the Indie Music Site synth pages
E-music DIY archive: build your own analog synth (dead link)
Whatever you couldn't find in all the links above, you'll probably find here:
Audiolinks (MASSIVE link site, alphabetically organised)
Pro Audio Directory (another massive link site, also alphabetically)
Tom Loredo's audio links (similar to this list, only 10x larger)
Hitmeister link list
And finally the most important of all:
If anyone feels there's a site that absolutely must be on this list,
or if you discover a link to be dead, please drop
me a mail.
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