The Roger Nichols Recording Method
A Primer for the 21st Century Audio Engineer
By Roger Nichols
Item: 00-40830
UPC: 038081457222
ISBN 10: 0739095056
ISBN 13: 9780739095058
PRICE: $29.99
Category: Pro Audio Textbook
Format: Book & DVD-ROM
Learn the basics of digital recording, each step of the signal path, and everything from microphone placement to mixing strategy through the eyes and ears of "The Immortal" Roger Nichols, master engineer. From scientifically analyzing the differences between condenser, ribbon, and dynamic microphones, to sharing his secrets to an amazing mix, Nichols delivers something for everyone interested in the science and art of audio engineering---no matter what your experience level. The DVD-ROM includes Pro Tools session files, personally set up by Roger, to give you hands-on training.

The Roger Nichols Recording Method gives you the unique experience of learning directly from Roger---exactly as he would have taught you at one of his famous master classes. It's the ultimate experience of having an eight-time GRAMMY®-winning engineer sit down in your studio to teach you from his personal experiences and techniques. This book is excellent for beginners but is still full of gems for seasoned pros who want to know how Roger Nichols always managed to get that sound.

Topics include:
* Plan your recording sessions like a professional engineer and producer
* Choose the right microphones and learn how Roger would place them for a session
* Test microphone patterns; learn about critical distance placement and the 3 to 1 rule
* Understand how digital audio really works to choose the right format for your sessions
* Learn about the signal path from microphone/instrument levels, channels strips, and plugins
* Record multiple takes, overdubs, punch-in techniques, and get tips on editing digital audio files
* Learn Roger's personal tips for mixing, using automation, creating your final mix, and more!
When Recording
Effects: EQ
Loop Record with Overdubs
Practicing Punch-Ins
Without Pre-Roll
With Pre-Roll
Mbox Features and Connections
Set Start Point for Recording
Test the Pattern of the Microphone
Critical Distance
Hard Disk Recording
Other Recording Systems
Gain Structure
Chapter One: Why Learn the Art and Science of Audio and Recording?
Chapter Two: Determine Your Recording Needs
Testing Additional Microphone Types
Effects: Noise Gates
Effects: Delays and Echoes
Harmonizers: Octave Dividers, Aural Exciters
Comping Tracks
Edits to Clean Up Audio
Chapter Seventeen: Editing in a DAW
Creative Editing
Speakers and Monitoring
Recording Modes/Recording Regions
Pre-Roll and Post-Roll
Destructive/Nondestructive Recording
The First Taste of Mixing
EQ Balance
On the Level
Mix Processors
Mixing Back to Two Tracks of Multitrack or DAW
Keeping Notes
Reverb: Hello,,, Hello... Hello...
Fiber Channel
What Recording Software Will I Use?
Chapter Thirteen: Recording Multiple Takes
Record The Instrument in Stereo
Chapter Fourteen: New Concepts
AC Harmonics
Chapter Six: My Thoughts on Recording Formats
All Recording Methods Break Down to Two Basic Categories
Make Notes on Your Mixes
Chapter Nineteen: Beginning Automation
Recording Fader Moves
Automating Vocal Levels
Snap, Crackle, and Pop Music
Chapter Twenty: Your Final Mix
Chapter Four: Noise from Your Electrical Connections
Power Quality
Receptacle Load Centers
Lighting Load Centers
Your Work Is Never Done
Hidden Tracks
Inactive Tracks
Basic Levels for Your First Mix
Firewire 400/800
Channel Strip
Virtual Channel Strip
Gain Structure
Recording Alternate Takes
Chapter Fifteen: Overdubs
Overdubbing Tracks to Existing Material
Do I Need a Mixer?
Now What?
Chapter Three: Planning a Recording Session
Every Link in the Chain Is As Important As the Ones Before and After It
Grounding and Noise
Balanced Power to the Rescue
Chapter Five: What Is Recording?
Sound Waves and Pond Ripples
Reverb Sends and Settings
Compressors in the Mix
Spend Time Mixing
Listening to Other Mixes
Bit Depth
File Format
Chapter Twelve: Signal Chain
Microphone Level and Instrument Level
Do I Prefer a PC or a Mac?
Should I Use a Laptop or Desktop?
What Computer Audio Interfaces Do I Need?
What Computer Hard Drives Do I Need?
What's My Budget?
Sample Rate
Divine Digital Recording
Chapter Seven: My Detailed Audio Production Definitions
Chapter Eight: Caveat Sampler, Ille Nunquam Cedunt!
Chapter Nine: Microphones
Clean Up Your Mix
Print to External Recorder
Bounce to Disk
Burn CD of Final Mix
Condenser, Ribbon, and Dynamic Microphones
In Conclusion
Microphone Patterns
Epilogue - This Is a Service Business
About Roger Nichols
TV and Film Credits
Rejection Is Good
Standard Distance
Exercise 9.1: Recording a Microphone Signal
Launch Pro Tools
Pro Tools Session Files
System Upgrades
Headphone Mix
Console/Recording Device
Quick Punch
Test the Microphones with Instruments
Recording an Acoustic Guitar
Chapter Eleven: Recording Formats--Understanding How Digital Audio Works
Digital Audio Formats
Will I Sequence or Play Parts Live?
Will I Record Everything Directly or with Microphones?
How Many Tracks Do I Need?
How Many Simultaneous Tracks Do I Need?
From Roger Nichols
Roger's Obsession with All Things Sound
Microphone Pickup Angle
Microphone Performance in the Direct Sound Field
Microphone Performance in Reverberant Sound Field
Overview Of Accomplishments
Roger Nichols Remembered
Roger Nichols Discography
Self-Instruction Guide for The Roger Nichols Recording Method
The 3:1 Rule
Effects: Compressors and Limiters
With Quick Punch
Analog vs. Digital
Chapter Ten: Connecting an Audio Source
Should I Consider a Studio-in-a-Box?
Headphone Mix
Word Clock
Chapter Eighteen: Mixing
Recording Session Setup
Chapter Sixteen: Punch-In Techniques