In an era where there are more people creating music than ever before and more recording studios being set up than at any other time in history, there is an almost insatiable appetite among musicians, engineers and producers to learn more about the tools and techniques that can lead to better outcomes in the studio.
Therefore, sound calibration expert Sonarworks has released a series of eBooks that squarely addresses some of the most pressing topics music creators face related to recording, mixing and mastering.
The first eBook, entitled “Successful Studio Set Up”, discusses key considerations in setting up a home studio, with the overall goal of creating a creative, comfortable and sonically accurate studio space. Topics such as room dimensions, acoustic treatment products, monitor choice and placement are discussed in detail, with illustrative images and helpful references to specific tools and products.
The importance of sonic accuracy at the listening position is explained, since the ultimate goal in monitoring is to predict how music will translate to the outside world when played on consumer headphones and loudspeakers.
The second eBook, released earlier this month and entitled “Creation and Translation”, focuses on how music creators can articulate their sonic vision more accurately by working in a trustworthy physical space. To create such a space, the user must create optimal listening conditions — so they can be confident that the artists’ creations will translate accurately into the outside world.
Terms like loudness, volume and frequency response are explained in the context of audio playback and monitoring. Also, the concepts of loudspeaker and headphone calibration are introduced as a means to achieving more consistent outcomes during both the mixing and mastering phases.
With its new eBook series, Sonarworks combines its in-house research, design and applications experience with the knowledge of other experienced mixing and mastering engineers, all of whom have worked on a wide range of projects. For example, the first two eBooks include significant contributions from Adam Kagan and Barry Rudolph. Many other experts will be contributing to future eBooks.
“We created this eBook series in response to the questions and feedback we routinely receive from our customers,” commented Katrina Allikas, marketing overlord at Sonarworks.
“While there are already many learning resources available on these topics, the technology landscape is changing so fast that many of these resources are no longer as relevant. This eBook series covers the latest innovative technologies while highlighting the key foundational concepts that anyone working in the studio needs to understand.”
Sonarworks has already established a roadmap for future eBooks that will be released each month, including titles like “Digital Files for Digital Delivery”, “Project Studio Essentials” and “Studio Tune Up”.
All of Sonarworks’ eBooks are available to the public and are free to download at the eBooks section of the Sonarworks website.
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