Good books on recording etc

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  1. PosterBoy

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    I know there is no substitute for learning whilst doing, but are there any good books on recording and production that can be used in tandem with practical stuff?
     
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    I checked out all the books at GC and picked up Recording and Producing in the Home Studio: A Complete Guide by David Franz and I've been enjoying it alot. Fairly basic I suppose but covers alot of topics
     
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    Basic is good for me, i've just picked up the e books for reaper so hopefully they will help. I'd just like to get to a point where I'm not just recording and moving faders and know what I'm doing with compression, eq etc
     
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    Best book on recording that's out there: Mixing with your Mind, by Michael Stavrou. Not cheap...but most of what he says can't be found anywhere else.
     
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    thanks for the heads up that looks cool, as does Massey's Behind the Glass and the Katz book on mastering, both referenced in the Sound on Sound review....
     
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    I've found "Guerilla Home Recording: How to Get Great Sound from Any Audio - (No Matter How Weird or Cheap Your Gear Is)" to be very helpful.
     
  7. jammybastard

    jammybastard "I'm losing my edge, but I was there..."

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    I'm a cheap bastard and after years of buy books I'd like to say that I think you should consider saving your money
    because there are tons of great resources on the web that cover any subject you can think of.
    Plenty of print and video examples from professional sources that are more current than most of the books on the market.

    A good place to start is the Gearslutz forum.
    www.gearslutz.com
    Use the "search" function.

    Also, get yourself a subscription to "Tape Op" Magazine.
    It's FREE and it's an amazing mag. Interviews with pros, gear reviews, tips and techniques....and it's FREE!
    http://www.tapeop.com/subscription/index.html

    Every musician who even has a passing interest in recording should have a subscription to Tape Op.
     
  8. PosterBoy

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    Just subscribed, thanks for the heads up
     
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    gearslutz is a very good site. You might also like:
    The Hydrogen Audio wiki: http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Main_Page
    Recording.org: http://recording.org/

    Books:
    I'll recommend Craig Anderton as a good author of books (and many magazine articles and columns) about recording technology and practice.

    The book by him that I'm most familiar with is a little old now:
    http://www.amazon.com/Home-Recordin...=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1235575694&sr=1-3
    It doesn't cover computer based recording and it doesn't have much about MIDI, but if you're interested in the basics of mic placement and that sort of thing, the stuff in there never goes out of style. I'm sure he has more current stuff out there too, since I know he's still writing and he's covered current technology in columns and reviews.

    More advanced:
    If you're interested in books about studio design on a budget, look for books by Alton Everest. His stuff is what was used when I was studying audio in college, and his books are still popular today.

    http://www.amazon.com/Master-Handbo...bs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1235575382&sr=8-1

    http://www.amazon.com/Sound-Studio-...bs_sr_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1235575382&sr=8-3
     
  10. meterman

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    Another very useful site is www.tweakheadz.com especially the guide, and the forum is great as well.

    I found a dozen books at Borders yesterday dealing with home recording, most of them seemed to cover alot of the same basics it's just a matter of preference for one style over another.

    I went looking for Massey's Behind the Glass and picked it up, looks fantastic. Very interesting interviews with some of the greats and as close to talking shop with these legends as I'll ever get!
     
  11. kmgiants

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    I recently got and read cover to cover this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Mixing-Engine...bs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1235606023&sr=8-1

    It's really good for a newbie mixer like me and gives some very specific things to try which is a great starting point to experimentation.

    I also got the same author's companion book on recording, but I haven't found it nearly as helpful. It goes through most every instrument and gives suggestions for mic placement, but that's about that I found to be useful. Still, these too are good starting points for your own experimentation. good luck and have fun!
     

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