The Blackbird Foundation Series: Managing Gain and Distortion at Groove3

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Hal Leonard has announced the release of a new installment of The Blackbird Foundation Series at Groove3: Managing Gain & Distortion.

Groove3 Managing Gain & Distortion

Taught by The Blackbird Academy Co-Director and Instructor Kevin Becka, this new course explains terms like Unity Gain, Digital Zero, Negative Infinity dB, and their importance for recording and mixing audio.

The course consists in 5 tutorials, each no longer than 4 minutes, yet covering the following essentials:

  • Introduction to Gain & Distortion
  • Demystifying Zero:
    Zero can mean different things on different gear. Knowing the specifics of gain staging will help you manage a sometimes confusing array of terms and settings on all kinds of pro and consumer audio gear.
  • Being the Master of Your Signal Chain:
    A complex signal chain presents a dizzying array of opportunities to manage gain. Using key concepts and settings practiced by successful engineers will put you on the fast track for making the best sounding recordings possible.
  • What is Distortion?
    While certain types of distortion should be avoided, other types provide valuable sonic tools that can make or break a production. Knowing the difference between “good” and “bad” distortion differentiates the novice from the pro engineer.

Kevin Becka leads the tutorials at an easy-to-follow speed, accompanied by professional video and great visuals from Blackbird Studios in the heart of music town Nashville, TN.

The course is now available at Groove3 for $9.99 USD for download or available with Groove3’s All Access.

More information: Groove3 / Managing Gain and Distortion

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