Whether you are recording voice, instruments, or field audio for a movie soundtrack, you need to understand the digital recording process and the seemingly limitless potential of all the available software and hardware tools. With this guide, you'll learn what you need to know about modern digital recording -- whether you're operating in your home studio or in a professional recording facility. See how to use the features included in many audio recording software packages to help you produce great audio in the digital era. Gain insight on all the important ingredients in the digital recording process. Take a close look at how audio recording software and hardware best work together in any creative environment. Explore plug-ins -- what they are, how they impact music production, how they work, and how you can implement them in your day-to-day creativity. The accompanying DVD includes more than 50 audio and 20 video demonstrations that enhance and clarify the concepts in the book. Whether you work your way through all the S.M.A.R.T. Guides or simply focus on this guide to digital recording, software, and plug-ins, you're on the right track to improving your artistic and technical skills, refining your production techniques, and keeping a competitive edge in today's music and audio industry.