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Music Technology Workbook by Steven Gurevitz, Paul Middleton

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8Digital Recording

In this chapter we are going to explain the process of transferring sound into digital audio and discuss some of the options you will encounter along the way. This should be helpful regardless of the type of recording equipment that you are using, as most of the parameters explained are common to all digital recording devices.

Basic sound theory

When we hear sound we don’t normally think about how it is actually being produced. However, as soon as you consider capturing and recording it, you will find it helpful to understand the basic principles behind it.

Sound is created by vibrations in the air. The air itself doesn’t actually move but the process causes the air molecules to squash together and then retract. The rate of ...

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