Mixerman Musician's Survival Guide to a Killer Record by Arthur Stone
Sometimes in life we just need some honest and plainly-spoken advice. Good advice with practical examples we can relate to. Of course it helps if the advice is sugar-coated with subtle humour even moreso with precious anecdotes from the 'front-line' of audio recording.
Mixerman, Eric Sarafin, teaches without being teacherly (is that even a word?); he warns us of the dangers for ego, watch, and wallet but still makes it smell like peppermint or Mazar-i-Sharif, if that's your bag.
If you prefer a start-to-finish, stream-of-consciousness travelogue through the zany world of modern American recording then dive into one of Mixerman's freely available audio books or even buy a hard copy.
MSGTAKR is primarily aimed at a person with a basic music education and whose intention is to make 'a killer record” - a noble aim. Mixerman covers all the areas that combine to make the killer record happen: the gear; the production psychology; music theory; the money; personal responsibility; what to expect from other people.
It was even an interesting and educational read for myself who has a medium knowledge of the material Mixerman covers. I learnt new ways to think about what I already knew (and it was good to have my knowledge validated) and also learnt about stuff that I didn't even know I should know; common-sense stuff I didn't know existed and had bearing on my audio journey.
It's a great book for starters - people with a basic knowledge of terms - but also something I think every gearslut will appreciate: a unique perspective informed by working knowledge in the industry and the pitfalls that can be avoided.
There's a good deal of time-saving and wisdom for the book cost and, with care, it'll last a lifetime...probably.