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Can anyone suggest a good book on basic recording techni

Discussion in 'Recording' started by etheriagtr, Nov 28, 2001.

  1. etheriagtr

    etheriagtr Guest

    Hello again,
    Rather than bothering you guys and clogging your forum with basic questions, perhaps you guys can point me to a good basics book? I've seen a couple, but I don't know which are good, and which aren't worth the paper they are printed on... Or are books even the way to go? (If not, then how else can I learn the basics?) :confused:
  2. Bear's Gone Fission

    Bear's Gone Fission Active Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    For books, Practical Recording Techniques by Bruce and Jenny Bartlett isn't a bad start. Also, read the forums (archives can be your friend on some questions), hang out in studios when you can, and just try things with any gear you already have. And ask anything you can't find an answer to, or anything when you doubt the answer you've been given.

  3. etheriagtr

    etheriagtr Guest

    Cool, thanks Bear.

  4. mapostel

    mapostel Guest

    Hi Vlad,

    Modern Recording Techniques is quite OK. Good overview of everything.


  5. sixpence

    sixpence Guest

    Check out Sound On Sound online at http://www.sospubs.co.uk

    The editor Paul White has written many excellent recording books such "Recording and Production Techniques" and "MIDI for the Technophobe" which are both easy to read and very informative.

    The site has a searchable index of past issues and SOS is going for a long time now......

    Sean McC
  6. Ang1970

    Ang1970 Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2000
    Please do go ahead and clog this forum with basic questions... that's what it's here for! :D
  7. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Prince George, BC
    Home Page:

    RO has quite a list of link to top rated books. If you buy them through our links page (same price as amazon) we get a credit and it helps support the site.

    Check them out :w:
  8. realdynamix

    realdynamix Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    "Please do go ahead and clog this forum with basic questions... that's what it's here for!" ---Ang

    Ok then, Why don't chickens have lips?

    credit to the Tedster LOL
  9. Ang1970

    Ang1970 Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2000
    So they don't have to wear chicken lip stick! bwaahaha.. ok, on yer bike son. :p
  10. GZsound

    GZsound Active Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Near Portland, Oregon
    Home Page:
    There are a lot of good books on recording techniques out there. Craig Anderton has several books and articles that are really helpful. However, the best way to learn is to try. There is no substitute for practicing your craft and trying new things.

    I learned a lot 25 years ago while trying to get a professional sounding recording with a cassette deck in my unfinished basement. Hey, my first PA system consisted of a Radio Shack battery powered four channel (volume only) mic mixer run into a Sears Silvertone guitar amp. We must have played fifty gigs with that setup.

    My first recording was in 1965 with a Wollensack mono tape deck with a mic placed in the middle of the room. I still have that recording and it wasn't bad. Practice using what you got..
  11. peligrosa

    peligrosa Guest

    Recording Magazine has a lot of cool tips and product reviews. I read it cover to cover as soon as it comes in the mail.
  12. TC

    TC Guest

    As a musician learning about engineering, I found the book by Peter McIan and Larry Wichman to be very useful, straightforward and practical. I don't remember the exact name, but I saw it today at Barnes and Noble, just reissued. To my knowledge it's the only book the two of them have written together. It's a large size paperback with a picture of Peter Gabriel on the cover (it looked like him, anyway).

    I found it extremely helpful.

    Good Luck,

  13. kent powell

    kent powell Active Member

    Mar 30, 2001
    Not sure if this is what you mean but the book by McIan and Wichman that I'm familiar with is "The Musician's Guide to Home Recording". The cover of my paperback, a Fireside book published by Simon & Schuster in 1988, features some no-name wannabe at his mixer in his basement holding a guitar and pushing a fader.

    I recommend the book as a good overview of the basics, but it is a little dated and therefore slanted toward analog. Nothing wrong with that unless you're not doing any tape work and never plan to work in a facility that does.

    PS-McIan's biggest claim to fame I believe is recording Men At Work. You know, "Do you come from a land down-under? Ooooh, yeah!"
  14. flemingkr

    flemingkr Guest

    ...so you're saying it isn't Peter Gabriel, then? :) That's what I want to know.
  15. kent powell

    kent powell Active Member

    Mar 30, 2001
    Dunno if we're looking at the same cover.

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