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Old 15th July 2005
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When I was starting out, I found this book helpful (now out of print):



Apparently only available now as a book-on-CD:



Probably a bit out of date anymore... but covers a few fundamental topics that haven't changed much and won't anytime soon (mic technique, acoustics, etc.).

Bob Katz' book is great, too.
Old 15th July 2005
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I have tons of Rec/Eng books, but this one it's very complete, more elecronic than sound, but still one of the best, inho
Handbook for Sound Engineers
Glen Ballou
Focal Press ed

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Old 16th July 2005
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The next book I get, will be.......Mixing with your Mind from what I hear its one of the best out there. Kinda spendy but supposed to be well worth it. A ton of topics and made to last a long time.
I highly recommend Mixing With Your Mind by Mike Stavrou. Lots of useful info and a few true gems.

And as has been mentioned, Bob Katz's book is very useful.
Old 16th July 2005
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"Mixing with your mind" - Michael Paul Stavrou

This book does away with many common "rules" and teaches you to think about things differently than you normally would. Very good.
Old 16th July 2005
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Audio Cyclopedia by Howard Tremaine- great book if you want to learn analog audio circuits
Old 16th July 2005
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Old 16th July 2005
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serious post now.

yeah, I've gotta agree with the Bob Katz book and the *Yamaha book*. Totally useful for anyone who wants to atleast be confident that they know what's going on in a studio.

The biggest one *TapeOp*, cool interviews, great tips, and gear reviews by people who care about the quality of the recording industry today. And it's free.

I also found *The Assistant Engineer's Handbook* to be of huge value. Kinda dry, but filled with some neat old-school style tricks that'll land you a job assisting instead of just running out for coffee and getting the door/phone. Plus these tips can totally make you look like a genius even if you're really just above average intelligence.
The whole thing with setting up a ducking gate keyed off of a smpte track to auto-mute and un-mute a talk back mic is one of the tips that I'm talking about.

-justin
Old 16th July 2005
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The whole thing with setting up a ducking gate keyed off of a smpte track to auto-mute and un-mute a talk back mic is one of the tips that I'm talking about.

-justin
THAT"S exactly one of the first things i was taught.
saved my ass many a time.
Old 17th July 2005
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Thanks for all the excellent feedback guys! thumbsup I'll definitely have to pick up a few of these this week to start reading.
Old 18th July 2005
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If anyone has any further discussion on Stav's book, please share. So far I've just read it and haven't put any of the tips into practice. So right now the $100 (CDN) price tag seems a bit high, but then I have to kick myself and say "hey dumbass, try doing the excerices to get the value out of the book"

Anyway, more to the point, I'd like to see a table of Soft to Hard mikes, or anything from the book taken to another level.

Also, I second Katz' book - and definitely Behind the Glass for an easy read.
Old 18th July 2005
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I have one other book that I forgot to mention above.

Production, Mixing, and Mastering with Waves by Anthony Egizii.

It's a text that comes with 5 song projects in 5 different styles that you load into your DAW. You can then mute/solo anything, examine what the raw tracks sounded like, what plugins are used, A/B compare with and without plugins, add your own effects and remix the whole thing, etc.

It's the next best thing available to hanging out with a mixing engineer on a session and observing the choices made and learning the rationale (whether you agree or not) for those choices.

The text is pretty comprehensive and well written. There are lots of examples and each project is broken down by specific instruments. The fact that a 56 ms release time was used on the kick in the example is obviously less useful than the explanation of why that release time was chosen for that particular track, and the ability to experiment with it and hear what difference a shorter or longer release time would have made.

Obviously, all the examples use Waves plugins, most (guestimate 85%) of them from the Gold bundle, but there are a few found only in the Platinum and higher bundles.

Regardless of your feelings -- and mine are mixed -- about Waves, the quality of their plugins, or their pricing policies, there is a fair amount to be learned.

Obviously, those of you with plenty of professional experience mixing will probably want to pass on this book, but for those of us working in home studios, largely in isolation, and teaching ourselves as we go along, I highly recommend it.

It's about US $60.00, which I think is reasonable considering that you get not just audio to accompany the text, but actual projects that you can explore.
Old 18th July 2005
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"Mixing with your mind" - Michael Paul Stavrou

This book does away with many common "rules" and teaches you to think about things differently than you normally would. Very good.
So very many a penny dropped with the reading of this book. Sort of a "Zen and the Art of..."

Wish there were more of that ilk...
Old 5th December 2005
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Fundamental recording/producing books

Most of my limited knowledge comes from practical hands-on work. I want to read and learn everything there is to know about microphones and how they work, signal flow, room acoustics, etc. etc.

What are your favorite recording/producing books?

Thx,

P
Old 5th December 2005
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Modern Recording Techniques; by: David Miles Huber, and Robert E. Runstein

I believe they are on version 6 now.
Old 5th December 2005
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Modern Recording Techniques is mandatory reading for anyone in this field of work (or play).
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Old 5th December 2005
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great books for audio buffs

definitely get a copy of

GOOD VIBRATIONS (a history of record production) by Mark Cunningham (published by sanctuary music library)

The science of Sound by thomas d rossing (he is head of recording and production curriculum at a big american university)
this book is very well written and has a little quiz after each chapter to check if you've assimilated all the info. it's perfect for any level. it starts easy and then goes in depth.

Modern recording techniques is also a classic.

A new great book
Temples of sound by Jim Cogan And William Clark


Abbey Road (published by omnibus press)

Audio Engineering by Harry OLSON (he was one of the head enginer at RCA , he is the father of the RCA 44 and 77 and lots of other inventions

etc...

I have about 40 books and each tought me a lot
even though I went to a recording school and I've been a pro in the studio for a while it's always ggod to go back t the basics or hear about new tricks... about technical stuff or about making people feel right while recording

I also like the books by Mix magasine where they compile their producers interview with Mr Bonzai...

enjoy reading
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Old 6th December 2005
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here's on i'm always referring back to (usually to win arguments on here, lol) a big, 1000+ pager called "handbook for sound engineers", edited by ballou. it covers everything from loudspeaker design, to d/a converter design, to acoustics, to electronics circuits, etc. etc. etc. i think the new version is around $80 in paperback, but it's worth every penny.

also, the audio recording handbook, by alan p kefauver is a great sorta entry-level recording basics book. covers signal chain considerations, analog & digital recording, etc. etc.

--jon
Old 6th December 2005
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Bob Katz's book, "Mastering Digital Audio." Tons of great info for anyone involved in digital recording (not just mastering engineers.) It can be a little dense, but given the technical nature of the material I thought he did a good job of making it readable and understandable for people who aren't software engineers or mathematicians.

-sounddevisor
Old 6th December 2005
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"Behind the Glass" by Howard Massey is a good collection of interviews with some big-name producers & engineers, lots of good perspective & tips here.
Old 6th December 2005
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I just picked up this book at Barnes and Noble:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1592006957/

The S.M.A.R.T. Guide to Recording Great Audio Tracks in a Small Studio

It comes with a DVD that has video and tons of audio examples and the look of the book is top notch. Haven't had a chance to really delve into it yet, but it seems to cover lots of ground. Worth checking out IMO.

-Mark
Old 6th December 2005
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Modern Recording Techniques; by: David Miles Huber, and Robert E. Runstein

I believe they are on version 6 now.
One of those guys attended the last Gearslutz.com AES get together in NYC...

Old 6th December 2005
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ERRRRRRR! I MISSED IT!!!!!

That book is my favourite plane companion. It never grows old on me. That and the fact that I have every edition of it and sometimes it is fun to go back
Old 6th December 2005
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Dave Moulton's Total Recording, hands down. Best I've come across as far as book learning... Pretty pricey, but worth it imho.

However, do bear in mind this is from the perspective of a hobbyist who would like to make this a profession. So, whether it has enough info about mics depends on your knowledge level.
Old 9th December 2005
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Thanks for your advice, I am a nerd, so I will probably be buying most of these books and devour them over christmas with my stomach full of smoked lamb and christmas mead.
Old 9th December 2005
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smoked lamb and christmas mead.
wow! sounds good!

--jon
Old 6th May 2009
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Best books on recording?

Hi

Are there any books out there that will give me a good grasp on how to record almost everything?!

If someone gave me a Cajan or sitar for example, i might be a little stuck!
Old 6th May 2009
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The Recording Engineer's Handbook is great.
Old 6th May 2009
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Modern Recording Techniques Modern Recording Techniques - Audio resources, knowledge, & community for sound engineers

Mastering Engineers Handbook (a little old school, but it gives a solid understanding of Mastering process and teqniques)
Old 10th May 2009
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The New Stereo Soundbook

Surprised to learn that the 3rd edition has been published. (2006)

As someone who purchased the 2nd edition soon after it was published ('98/99 ?), I really need some info about whether the revised edition is worth purchasing for owners of the prior edition? At $80 (including shipping) I can't justify another copy if all they have done is include a new preface and improved some of the illustrations.

Any serious fans of this book who can comment on the changes from 2nd edition to 3rd edition?

Thanks!
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