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Post by wiggins » Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:05 am

I've been saving up for a copy of the "Audio Cyclopedia" - Lemme find a link....

I also second "Modern Recording Techniques" by Huber, the "Master Handbook of Acoustics" by Everest, the Tape Op book, and Electronic Projects for Musicians by Craig Anderton.

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There should be cheaper ones than that around - I haven't actually read any of it, but from all accounts, its rather exhaustive.

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Post by apropos of nothing » Thu Jan 19, 2006 5:31 pm

Although it doesn't seem like a relevant suggestion, I'm going to suggest: "Analog electronic music techniques : in tape, electronic, and voltage-controlled synthesizer studios" by Joel Naumann, and James D. Wagoner. (ISBN: 0028731409)

Its out of print and if you can find it, it usually runs for about $50(USD).

While it does cover analog synthesizer stuff (which one may or may not be interested in), it also covers a wealth, and I mean a WEALTH of recording topics in a very in-depth way that I haven't seen a lot of other books touch. Relevant topics include noise-reduction, principles of analog multi-tracking, frequency-ranges of various instruments and so on.

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Post by vibrationlander » Sat Jan 21, 2006 10:31 am

try these

"sound assistance" -- michael talbot-smith
"emergency! first aid for sound recording" -- paul white
"joe meek's bold techniques" -- barry cleveland

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Post by montreal » Tue Jan 24, 2006 12:48 pm

These are extraordinary books - where many books cover the same ground, these are unique and quite in-depth:

1. "Tonmeister Technology" by Michael Dickreiter
(although out-of-print) can learn tons about acosutics and instruments, mics etc
from this classical music orinted book.

2. "Sound Advice: The musicians guide to the recording studio" by Wayne Wadhams.
more rock music oriented but great mix of practical with theoretical explanations .

3. "Recording Spaces" by Phillip Newell.
really fresh and original and creative perspectives on room acoustics, design.

also noteworthy are:
"Practical Techniques for the Recording Engineer" by Sherman Keene
"The New Stereo Soundbook" by Alton Everest and Ron Streicher


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Post by Roman Sokal » Thu Jan 26, 2006 1:39 am

anything by huber,
and, i forget the title at this very moment, but that mastering book by bob katz.

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Post by MarcoPogo » Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:54 am

Here's a book that just came out called "The Golden Moment, Recording Secrets from the Pros", by Keith Hatschek. ... oding=UTF8

Many interesting interviews: Al Schmitt, Bruce Swedien, Chuck Ainley, Mitch Easter, Joe Barresi, Elliott Scheiner, Joe Chiccarelli, and many others (including, unaccountably, some idiot from Champaign, IL- I feel like Zelig).

And, articles-

Tech Tips:
All about mic preamps
A primer on monitors for the home studio
How to get the most out of our studio cabling
Why use external digital converters?
Console Care: getting the most out of your analog or digital mixer
Ensure a long life for your studio condensor mics
16-bit or 24-bit- what's in a word?
Demystifying time code
Eliminate hum and buzz
Keeping tube mics alive
Sound storage advice for your master tapes

Also, sections on studio acoustics, working with bands, session tips and techniques, making money with your studio, new horizons, "gear, gadgets and gizmos", plus more.

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Post by Professor » Thu Jan 26, 2006 1:34 pm

montreal wrote:1. "Tonmeister Technology" by Michael Dickreiter
(although out-of-print) can learn tons about acosutics and instruments, mics etc from this classical music orinted book.
I'll second that recommendation - though it's really hard to find. I stumbled onto it by pure luck when I bought a 'package' of a dozen recording books from a guy on eBay about 4 years ago.

And "the New Stereo Soundbook" John mentioned is also a very useful text.

And I have to say that I'm really liking the text I'm using in my class, Sound and Recording from Focal Press. It's really comprehensive and very well organized and pretty inexpensive at $40 for the 700 or so pages.


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