Higher Education

Understanding and Using Audio Effects, 1st Edition

  • Geoffrey Francis
  • ISBN-10: 1435456149  |  ISBN-13: 9781435456143
  • 352 Pages
  • © 2011 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $26.25



The topic of audio effects probably excites more passion, more discussion, and more controversy than almost any other aspect of recording and especially mixing. Yet even after reading never-ending streams of magazine articles and participating in any number of discussions in the ever-expanding range of Internet audio forums, musicians and producers can still find the subject of effects shrouded in mystery, myth, and confusion. Used wisely, audio effects can play an important part in adding color, life, and clarity to a good mix. Used badly, they can and will spoil it. THE AUDIO EFFECTS WORKSHOP is designed to help anyone involved in recording and post-production understand audio effects and how to use them. First, students will learn about the nature of sound and how the human ear receives it and perceives it--foundational knowledge that's key to understanding how audio effects work to modify sound. Next, they'll be introduced to numerous audio effects. Using the host DAW of your choice, you will employ a carefully chosen selection of audio files from the supplied DVD to work through step-by-step tutorials to explore, examine, and learn what each effect does, how it works, and the role of each of its various controls, both on its own and when used along with other parameters and effects. The effects they'll learn about will include noise gates, EQ, compressors, expanders, limiters, chorus, delay, reverb, modulators, stereo imaging, stereo panning, and more. They'll also be introduced to a number of analysis tools, and you'll see just how useful and important these can be. They'll then take the crucial next steps, learning how these different effects behave in combination with each other. In this context, they'll learn about concepts such as serial and parallel effects (FX) processing and how to use them to your advantage. Concepts are explained in a friendly, conversational tone, using real-world practical examples.

Features and Benefits

  • The subject and ground covered is of crucial importance to anybody seeking to achieve good outcomes in audio recording.
  • Non-host and non plug-in brand specific - appeals equally to users of Cubase, Pro Tools, REAPER, Sonar, Logic, etc. and regardless of which brands of plug-ins they are using.
  • Explanations are provided in non-technical layman's terms.
  • Includes real-life examples and freeware FX plug-ins on the companion DVD.

Table of Contents

1. Before You Begin.
2. Sound: Its Characteristics and Its Qualities.
3. Introducing Audio Effects.
4. Shaping the Waves: Equalization.
5. Shutting the Gate: Noise Gates.
6. Changing Dynamics: Compressors and More.
7. Playing with Time: Delay and Chorus.
8. The Fourth Dimension: Reverb.
9. Time Modulation, Pitch Shifting, and More.
10. Channel FX: Auto-Pan, De-Essers, De-Poppers, and More.
11. Harnessing the Power of Automation.
12. Making Space: Stereo Enhancement.
13. The Chain Gang: Serial FX Processing.
14. Chaining the Chain Gangs: Parallel FX Processing.
15. Multiband Compressors, Mastering Limiters, and More.
16. Where To From Here?

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Geoffrey Francis

Geoffrey studied audio production at Sydney’ s Professional Audio School under the expert and experienced guidance of Terry Farrell. He graduated with honours in 1991. Specialising in the arrangement, production and recording of acoustic music he ran a successful studio in Sydney. In 1996 he moved to Tasmania, an island whose magnificent wilderness and pristine environment has inspired him to new directions in musical production and recording. Since 2007 he has been providing documentation for REAPER. His publications include Up and Running: A REAPER User Guide and ReaMix: Breaking the Barriers with REAPER.