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recording - Best beginner book?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Sockett, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. Sockett

    Sockett Active Member

    hello my friends, just want to know what the best book would be, for a beginner whose starting from ground zero nd absolutely no knowledge of recording, would be to purchase to get some good knowledge like Recording/Mixing for dummies or something like that. I would hope it speaks "english" as far as terms n what not so i dont havta keep jumpin back n forth between a dictionary.

    thanks guy!
  2. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    There are many good books on the subject. But none of them are "for dummies". At some point you're going to have to do a little studying on your own to understand the nomenclature of the craft.

  3. Torsten Borg

    Torsten Borg Active Member

    Hi Sockett,

    I like the book ''Live Sound Reinforcement'', by Scott Hunter Stark. It's mostly dedicated to live reinforcement, obviously, but the first 2 parts of the book really applies to studios as well. The best thing about the book is that he starts from scratch and really explains how soundwaves behave etc. I RECOMMEND!

  4. It's more fun to just play with my equipment and learn what it does. Some of these books are more costly than the equipment.
  5. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Really? And exactly which books would those be that cost more than the equipment you use?
  6. audiokid

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  7. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    It's a combo of both. Knowledge and experimentation. Use the equipment manuals for the technical how to set my stuff up info. There are a ton of beginner based books, all of which will help u w the basics. The one I used is out pf print. If u already have gear. A book devoted to the gear or DAW might be a good start, and will probably include some general tips.
  8. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Lemme save you a lot of time and heartache.

    If you don't want to learn the common terminology, nor even read the manuals for your equipment for the first coupla' hours of playing around with a new toy... that's one thing. But if you can't be bothered with even reading the manuals?!?

    Go get your money back and go find something else to hobby around with. You'll be a lot happier... and probably end up with more money in your bank account in the long run.


    This isn't for everyone. It takes a good bit of "gottawanna" to get a handle on this. It IS part science... like 90%. The rest is the "fun" stuff... but it don't get real fun until you have a handle on the better part of the science.

    The vast majority of folks wanting to get into recording, are pretty much sold a giant lie... that this $*^t's "easy peasy"... BZZZZZZT


    Not to do it right.

    You can't be taught experience. You can really only be taught the basics... and you add on to that understanding... and it really appears you would prefer to be taught the experience without even knowing the basics.

    If you can't be bothered to at least learn the basics... including spending some modest time with wiki and google... You're not gonna have fun and you will have maybe not pissed away a lot of money... but you aren't going to appreciate the fact that what you have spent... was a complete waste.
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