Very informative video tutorials from Dave Weiner‘s Riff Of The Week series. Even though I use so-called “virtual equipment”, i.e. software instruments and digital simulations of amps and effects, I found the tutorials a great help in boosting my understanding of recording fundamentals.
Increasingly, digital music interfaces are modeled after physical ones. For instance, in GarageBand ’06 and ’08, when you adjust a stomp box effect setting, you adjust the slider. On a real stomp box, you turn a knob. In GarageBand ’09 (I’ve not tried it but saw it at demos like this one), the interface shows a stomp box and you turn a knob like the real physical thing.
Anyway, check out the videos below. It was the closest thing for me to attending sound engineering school (not that I know what they teach at sound engineering school… never attended one):
How To Record An Electric Guitar – Part 2 – Mic’ing (1 Nov 2006)
Recording electric guitar – Part 3 – the Signal Path (7 Nov 2006)