"Whether you are a musician, an engineer, or both, this book will transport you through the universe of digital audio workstations in the most entertaining and intellectual way possible. This is not another dull user's manual for mouse-jockets. Rather, Professor Leider offers insights and creative explanations that bring his subject to life, and will help you firmly grasp even the most complex technical squiggles. Theory of operation, pratical tipsm, and exotic details are all merged into one of the most readable technical books I have ever seen. Whether you know absolutely nothing, or think you already know almost everything about digital audio workstations, this book will make you a smarter and better user of this fascinating and important technology." -- Ken Pohlmann, Director of Music Engineering, Frost School of Music, University of MiamiHere's your personal DAW tutorial, from one of the world's top instructorsRecognized as one of the world's top authorities on digital audio workstations, author-teacher-musician-composer Colby Leider teaches you everything you need to know to transform your computer into a top-tier recording studio, music composition workbench, and complete musical instrument! In fact, in these pages Colby Leider shows you how to create, record, and mix without ever leaving your computereven music that would not be otherwise possible without the power of modern technology.MAXIMIZE THE MUSICAL POWER OF YOUR MAC OR PC With this book and a bit of inspiration, any musician or hobbyist can create professional music on a desktop or laptop. Written by an authority with the rare combination of knowledge of both music and digital technologies, this software-independent book teaches the complete digital audio workstation process, from outfitting a computer with necessary hardware and software, to recording with the proper microphones, using DAW power to create perfectly crafted mixes, and finally, to mastering a polished, professional, ready-to-market product. With this book, you can: * Turn your computer into a digital audio workstation * Record, mix, and master any type of music on a PC or Mac * Choose key plug-ins and hardware * Practice and hone your skills with the included exercises * Find what you need to know about every major audio file format * Learn about the history of the Digital Audio Workstation * Compose, create, and mix new forms of music using your digital audio workstation alone * Improve your project studio's acoustics inexpensively * Much, much moreLeider, Colby is the author of 'Digital Audio Workstation Mixing, Recording, and Mastering on Your Mac or PC', published 2004 under ISBN 9780071422864 and ISBN 0071422862.