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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 6:14 pm    Post subject: Basic audio learnin' Reply with quote

Hello tapeoppers. I've been teaching an intro level audio class and I'm on the lookout for some materials that explain super basic audio concepts. Obviously there is a lot of instructional material out there, I'm looking for SUPER basic and easy. Here's an example of from an old Adobe Audition manual that explains digital audio really clearly:

https://www.linfield.edu/assets/files/instructional-support/audaudioprimer.pdf

Anyone know of some good stuff like this? Written or video. Will take any topic, but basic concepts and signal processing would be dope. Frequency, amplitude, aux sends/returns, EQ, dynamics, verbs/delays/modulation.

What you got?
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 8:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Basic audio learnin' Reply with quote

The Sound Reinforcement Handbook written by Gary Davis & Ralph Jones for Yamaha is one I'd recommend. It might not go into newer technology as it's from 1989. But I think it still would prove quite useful. There's also Modern Recording Techniques by David Miles Huber & Robert E. Runstein.

Youtube has a decent community of recordists who go over techniques - probably how most young people are learning now.
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 10:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Basic audio learnin' Reply with quote

tascam/teac manuals for reel to reels or mixers usually have a ton of great beginner info in them. it explains for reel to reel works, or noise reduction. same with the mixer stuff, explaining preamps and what line and mic level and differences, etc.
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 12:16 am    Post subject: Re: Basic audio learnin' Reply with quote

Thanks for the hot tips y'all. I have the Yamaha book, I'm looking for WAY way simpler. Any specific examples of the Tascam manuals or Youtube "community of recordists"?
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 7:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Basic audio learnin' Reply with quote

Mackie manuals tend to be really noob-friendly.
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 9:30 am    Post subject: Re: Basic audio learnin' Reply with quote

Are you teaching high school students, here. College grads, 11 year olds? What are you wanting them to take away from the class? Is it a single class or a course?
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 11:10 am    Post subject: Re: Basic audio learnin' Reply with quote

Intro level college. It's a required class for everyone, so let's just say not everyone is exactly...ahem...motivated.

The digital audio example I posted above is perfect. Super simple, takes about a minute to read, covers all the basics. Looking for more like that, specific examples would be totally fantastic.
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 3:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Basic audio learnin' Reply with quote

Wow, I was reading the Yamaha Handbook in high school, I thought you were dealing with like 12 year olds.

Err, I think probably just trolling the manuals of every piece of audio gear you plan to use would be the best way, Yamaha were one of the few to gather it all together, but I mean look at all the common compressor manuals, ditto for other signal processors and so on?

Like the Appendix for the 3630 'What is Compression/Limiting/Etc' ?

http://5a18fcdc5c8aa2617926-54d68a14e2e7c1f76563a2d8c3e9fd82.r82.cf2.rackcdn.com/980/documents/3630_manual.pdf
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 9:09 am    Post subject: Re: Basic audio learnin' Reply with quote

I'm sure you don't want to spend the time but maybe make your own? I don't think you'll find a really basic book out there. Unless maybe there's an "Audio for Dummies" book. You'll have to create an aggregate from a lot of sources.

I thought about doing something similar for interns at the studio where I used to work but realized I didn't want to bother and they probably wouldn't read it anyway. The biggest issue for me at the time was creating the graphics and visuals that really explain the concepts best. But it might not be a big deal depending on how adept you are at such things.

That said, I'll agree with what's been said and a lot of manuals have a lot of basic info. At least the older ones did.

EDIT: Apparently there is a Dummies book. Sorta. http://www.dummies.com/consumer-electronics/understanding-digital-sound-and-analog-sound/
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