Finewav’s mission is to eliminate all excess information and jargon that often accompanies learning about audio recording. That said, it doesn’t hurt to dive deeper on topics of interest. For those who are curious, here are some of our favorite, unbiased online resources for learning about audio. The list has been curated to contain only the most useful and accurate information we’ve found on advanced topics.
This is a short series of videos from Christopher “Monty” Montgomery, creator of the Ogg Vorbis codec. The videos were made about 15 years ago, but the content is excellently demonstrated, and completely relevant today.
Ethan Winer is a Ph. D. author of the book The Audio Expert, and created a great workshop series for the Audio Engineering Society about common audio myths. It’s a must-watch for anyone for anyone considering spending money on audio equipment and relying on technical data to make decisions.
Dave Rat is a sound engineer and consultant and worked as a front-of-house engineer for bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana. His content is typically fairly advanced and targeted toward live sound applications, but he also has a great comparison between various models of headphones. Before purchasing a pair of headphones, be sure to watch this video series.
The Audio Engineering Society is a fantastic resource for anything technical. Full access to their library comes at a price, but you can access plenty of content for free online. If you’re a member of a public library or attend a University, you’ll likely have access to AES content through your library’s database. AES also has plenty of free content available on YouTube.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is yet another excellent resource for anything technical in the fields of sound and video. Beyond technical articles, they also discuss trends in the media industry, especially with regard to new formats and methods of distribution. Like AES, you can likely access SMPTE content through your library. Likewise, you can access content from local chapters for free on YouTube.
That’s the end of our short list, which is short for a reason. Few resources offer audio information based on objective data without the intention of trying to sell something. Still, it’s possible that we’ve overlooked some great resources available on the web. Leave a comment below if you have any other recommendations for unbiased places for learning about audio production and media.