Understanding the Audio Signal Path - Part 2: Pieces of the Puzzle
In Part 1 of this series I emphasized the importance of proper levels throughout the recording signal path. Staying close to unity gain ensures a good signal-to-noise ratio by respecting the dynamic range of the various components of your recording rig. You’ll want to apply this principle with all the gear we’ll discuss today.
In Part 2, I will walk through some of the subtleties of specific components and what they can add to your recordings. We’ll also cover how modern recording engineers tweak signal paths from the input stage through to the final mix, adding character to the (theoretically) uncolored digital recording medium. I’ll also show you how to mimic those modern high-end record-ing techniques economically, with reasonably priced outboard gear or within your DAW.