Producing Great Sound for Digital Video

By Jay Rose, C.A.S.
420 Pages with Audio CD
From CMP Books    ISBN 1-57820-208-6

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About the Book

The Digital Video revolution makes it possible for artists, animators, filmmakers, and ordinary citizens to produce first-class video using nothing more than a desktop computer... and in fact, a lot of what you see on network tv has been assembled in ordinary offices, on Macs and PCs. (I should know. I create the soundtracks for them. My recent projects have included network-identity packages for PBS, documentaries for the A&E and Discovery Networks, and home-video rollout campaigns for Disney/Buena Vista.)

A lot of creative individuals have taught themselves how to produce and edit pictures by playing with these computer systems, and comparing what they do with what's being broadcast on tv.

But you can't teach yourself how to record, edit, and mix sound this way. There are too many interconnected factors. For instance, decisions you make while shooting can influence how effective your music score will be. And trying to improve part of a track by ear -- tweaking a knob until things seem better -- can make them much worse later on.

There's an art to good sound. But there's also a science, and a body of techniques that have been developed by professionals like me, over a large chunk of the past century.

This book teaches the science and technique of creating great soundtracks to go with your visuals. I don't expect you to be a scientist, so I've kept the physics and math to basics you learned in grade school, illustrated with visual analogies. And since I expect you to be primarily interested in results, the book is full of practical tips, how-to examples, and time-savers that have been proven in the field.        -- Jay Rose

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About the Author

Jay Rose CAS is a Clio and Emmy-winning sound designer, and proprietor of The Digital Playroom -- a creative audio-for-video boutique. Recent Playroom projects have included:
  • Network identity packages for PBS
  • Documentaries for A&E and Discovery Networks
  • Omni Theater System Introduction for Boston's Museum of Science
  • Home video rollouts for Disney / Buena Vista.
  • Rose also writes a popular audio tutorial column for DV Magazine, lectures at MacWorld and other conferences, and is a member of the Cinema Audio Society and past officer of the Audio Engineering Society.

    For Classroom Use

    Teachers Guide First Page Many colleges are using Producing Great Sound in their film and video programs, as a complete soundtrack course in a single book that students can keep as a reference after graduating.

    Instructors are invited to order classroom evaluation copies from the publisher.

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    November 26, 2002