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Old 31st August 2002
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favorite books on recording?

i know books aren't technically considered gear, but the knowledge gleaned from such certainly could enhance one's performance with.......... no?



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Old 31st August 2002
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Read everything! I've gotten as much out of Miles and Huber's 'Modern Recording Techniques' as I have Everest's 'Master Handbook Of Acoustics' - and my personal favorite, "Goedel, Escher, Bach - An Eternal Golden Braid" by Douglas Hofstadler. I've gotten different information from each book, of course... The Hofstadler book is a little farther away from the recording process, but I think everyone should read it. Any writer who can combine information theory with J.S. Bach's music and M.C Escher's art - and make them work - deserves to be read.

But the important things isn't just reading the books - it's trying out what they say - you'll find some of it is wrong for you, despite what the author says. That's OK, too, as long as you did it the way the book tells you to, and still don't like the result. The experimentation and listening are the keys, as well as developing the thought processes to recognaize what's happen.
Old 31st August 2002
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fav books

For anyone interested in analog gear, I'm going to recommend a few books you may have missed. When I wanted to really begin to understand analog equipment, I realized that books written in the 40's and 50's really told the story right from the beginning; they assumed no prior knowledge on the part of the reader and help you to fully understand how the gear works. Tremaine's '59 edition of the original Audio Cyclopedia is probably the most famous of the early works, but there are countless others worth tracking down. Another well known book is the Radiotron Designers Handbook. My favorite discoveries are the books published by the BBC for their world-wide staff. I'm not at home now, so I don't have the detailed info handy, but I will post them later. The BBC wrote several very detailed books for use by their staff on subjects from studio design and construction to recording studio techniques. The photos alone are worth whatever effort is required to obtain these books. I'll post some titles later this evening.

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Old 1st September 2002
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fav books

An important point I forgot to mention in my prior post; don't pay Ebay prices for old books without performing a quick search of the used books websites. Thanks to the web, the collections of thousands of used bookstores are searchable online. I can't count the number of times that I have seen an audio related book go for $50 or $100 on Ebay when the exact same book, often in better condition was available from several bookstores for $9! Although I have purchased a few books on Ebay, I always take 5 minutes to search one or two of the online bookstore databases. Lets face it, even with the huge number of home studios out there, the overall interest in old recording books is miniscule compared to most other book topics; therefore the books just don't demand much money in the stores. And on a less humourous note, the sad fact is that the first generation of post war audio guys are dying off and a lot of their books are coming back on the market. I've purchase a good number of books at estate sales. These are very valuable resources and well worth tracking down. The good news is that you shouldn't have to pay too much.

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Old 1st September 2002
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fav books

Ok, here are a couple of titles:

1. High Quality Sound Production & Reproduction, a BBC Programme Operations Training Manual, by H. Burrell Hadden, copyright 1962 by the BBC.

2. Studio Engineering for Sound Broadcasting, by Members of the BBC Engineering Division, published in 1955 by Iliffe & Sons, London.

I can't recommend either of these books highly enough, AND they both contain listings of other BBC titles. Happy Hunting.

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Old 4th September 2002
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"Behind the Glass" by Howard Massey is a book of interviews with many great engineers & producers focused on the techniques and approaches to making albums ....... an entertaining & informative read. Highly recommended.

Tony
Old 5th September 2002
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If you're looking for something in the way of a starter text try "Sound Advice, The Musicians Guide to the Recording Studio" by Wayne Wadhams. It's the only book I've come across where you can start from not knowing anything and just about pull off a session... it's that good! The book is a great reference for starter points on recording all sorts of different instruments not usually talked about. I still look stuff up in it on occasion... shhhhh, don't tell anybody though.
Old 24th March 2005
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Looking for good books on recording (tracking)

hello anyone here can point me to good reference books on recording? (TRACKING) especially...i started reading bob katz book on mastering but its more mastering oriented! im really searching for something that would tell me a lot about Gain staging and basic tracking, avoid clipping , how hot my signals should be and stuff like that....Since a month ive been reading a lot on forums but ive been told so many different things on the subject (tracking) that i dunno whos right and whos not...


since its where all begins...im looking for good reference books on the subject...

Thank you all

ill be waiting to hear from you!
Old 24th March 2005
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Originally Posted by tuxedoma
.Since a month ive been reading a lot on forums but ive been told so many different things on the subject (tracking) that i dunno whos right and whos not...
I think you got the answer right there, there is nor 'right' approach, although there certainly are wrong ones.
The best book on the subject of recording IMO is 'Behind the Glass' by Howard Massey. It features interviews with some of the top producers/engineers and shows their vastly different approaches and ideas.

Good luck

Andi

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Old 24th March 2005
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try mike stavrou's 'mixing with your mind'

www.mixingwithyourmind.com

i was so impressed, i entrusted him with my baby (well, my record, anyway)

he's got a pretty high pedigree (george martin once described as his "favourite engineer"), and, like most professionals i admire (there's a few on these boards), he's not afraid to share his knowledge

for those of us who haven't gone thru the studio system, this sort of accumulated understanding is indispensable

it's, most certainly, not about what mic goes thru which preamp, but about learning to use your ears

ultimately, of course, the only way to learn is by failing, but it helps to have someone show us a few pitfalls and tricks of trade along the way

which reminds of one of my favourite ever quotes (by a famous conductor, whose name eludes me):

"there are an infinite number of versions of a piece, but there is only one definitive performance on the night"
Old 27th March 2005
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try mike stavrou's 'mixing with your mind'

www.mixingwithyourmind.com

i was so impressed, i entrusted him with my baby (well, my record, anyway)

he's got a pretty high pedigree (george martin once described as his "favourite engineer"), and, like most professionals i admire (there's a few on these boards), he's not afraid to share his knowledge

for those of us who haven't gone thru the studio system, this sort of accumulated understanding is indispensable

it's, most certainly, not about what mic goes thru which preamp, but about learning to use your ears

ultimately, of course, the only way to learn is by failing, but it helps to have someone show us a few pitfalls and tricks of trade along the way

which reminds of one of my favourite ever quotes (by a famous conductor, whose name eludes me):

"there are an infinite number of versions of a piece, but there is only one definitive performance on the night"



Big ups to stavrou
Old 14th July 2005
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Suggestions on Books for Recording/Engineering?

I'm looking to get more involved in the recording/engineering side of things, and I thought I would buy some books to not only learn from, but also use as good references. What are some books that would would suggest that cover just about everything from recording, mixing, mastering, etc? Thanks in advance! thumbsup
Old 14th July 2005
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Modern Recording Techniques is a good place to start.
Old 14th July 2005
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Tonemeister Technology
Old 14th July 2005
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Mastering Audio~ Bob Katz
Old 14th July 2005
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There isn't really a truly comprehensive basic audio system book out there today, at least that I've seen. The best are pretty specialized and the more general are almost all obsolete if not misleading due to oversimplification.

Bobby Owsinski's interview books are a great help. John Watkinson's digital audio tech primer is a challenging read but excellent because it doesn't oversimplify things and confuse issues like most of the others do. Bob Katz's Mastering Audio covers a lot of the basics well from a mastering perspective but the information applies equally to recording and mixing too.

Over the years I've been the most impressed by the various Focal Press books.
Old 14th July 2005
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This book sucks!

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Modern Recording Techniques is a good place to start.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Old 14th July 2005
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The Yamaha Guide to Sound Reinforcement is another good one.
Old 14th July 2005
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THAT BOOK RULES!

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The Yamaha Guide to Sound Reinforcement is another good one.

THIS IS THE ONE U HAVE TO BUY DUDE! thumbsup
Old 14th July 2005
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Anyone read Dave Moulton's book Total Recording? Looked interesting to me.

http://www.kiqproductions.com/
Old 14th July 2005
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Originally Posted by Jay Kahrs
The Yamaha Guide to Sound Reinforcement is another good one.
I raised an eyebrow when a friend recommended this book.
He loaned it to me for a few days, and I had to buy my own copy. thumbsup

Andrew
Old 14th July 2005
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a huge second thumbsup for bobby owsinski's mixing engineer's handbook. there are enough eye-opening gems in there to keep the average upstart busy for months, and the interviews are inspiring regardless of the technical stuff.


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Old 14th July 2005
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Behind the Glass is a fun read. Not as nerdy as some of the other more technical books.
later,
m
Old 15th July 2005
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Fundamentals

Ken Pohlmann's Fundamentals of Digital Audio will tell you everything you ever wanted to know (and then some) about, well, digital audio.
Old 15th July 2005
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I've always wonder if there were any "HOW to" SSL(or Neve) dvd's
Old 15th July 2005
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I've always wonder if there were any "HOW to" SSL(or Neve) dvd's
the LAST thing in the world we need is "SSL for dummies"
Old 15th July 2005
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Due to past threads here, I've bought the Owsinski books (recording and mixing engineers) - very good - amazing to read the interviews show everyone using different techniques (some love compression, some hate it). Behind the Glass great too - it taught me use whatever works for you.

Bob Katz's book had lots of great information.

BTW, has anyone used Moulton's CD series (golden ears?). I was thinking about getting it.
Old 15th July 2005
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Originally Posted by µ¿ z3®ø™
the LAST thing in the world we need is "SSL for dummies"

but the fact is that it probably would sell like hotcakes.

but anyway.......... heh

just a few tips for "Almost Human"
http://www.recordinginstitute.com/da154/ARP/

I'd say learn the basics............ then learn all you can about DAWs (digital audio workstations), computers, plug-ins, etc etc. The future is here,so get on with it.

I just love beening able a close and open a whole other session and be ready to work on it in a matter of a few seconds.
Old 15th July 2005
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more

http://www.theprojectstudiohandbook.com/directory.htm


"learn to mix like the Pros in 3 weeks" ..........first 100 callers get free shipping heh heh
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Old 15th July 2005
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Good Books Ive came across so far...Mastering Audio, Bob Katz and The Mixing Engineers Handbook, Bobby Owsinski.

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.


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