The Blackbird Foundation Series: Managing Gain and Distortion

New online video tutorial available exclusively at published by Hal Leonard

Hal Leonard has released a new installment of The Blackbird Foundation Series at Groove3: Managing Gain & Distortion. Taught by The Blackbird Academy Co-Director and Instructor Kevin Becka, this new course explains terms like Unity Gain, Digital Zero, Negative Infinity dB, and their importance for recording and mixing audio.

The course consists in 5 tutorials, each no longer than 4 minutes, yet covering the following essentials:

  • Introduction to Gain & Distortion
  • Demystifying Zero:
    Zero can mean different things on different gear. Knowing the specifics of gain staging will help you manage a sometimes confusing array of terms and settings on all kinds of pro and consumer audio gear.
  • Being the Master of Your Signal Chain:
    A complex signal chain presents a dizzying array of opportunities to manage gain. Using key concepts and settings practiced by successful engineers will put you on the fast track for making the best sounding recordings possible.
  • What is Distortion?
    While certain types of distortion should be avoided, other types provide valuable sonic tools that can make or break a production. Knowing the difference between “good” and “bad” distortion differentiates the novice from the pro engineer.

Kevin Becka leads the tutorials at an easy-to-follow speed, accompanied by professional video and great visuals from Blackbird Studios in the heart of music town Nashville, TN.

Now available at

$9.99 for download or available with Groove3’s All Access

About Hal Leonard & Groove3

Hal Leonard Books, a division of Hal Leonard Corporation, the leading publisher of books and digital content on the music business, audio technology, and instrument history, and Groove3, the audio community’s online resource for top-notch training videos, have announced a long-term strategic partnership to develop and deliver authoritative content to the world. Over the coming months and years, Hal Leonard will bring an unprecedented assortment of globally influential recording, audio, and music experts from a variety of fields to the Groove3 platform.

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