What Reference Books Do You Use?

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What Reference Books Do You Use?

Post by jpschust » Fri Oct 31, 2003 9:12 pm

So that's my question:-) What do you keep around in your control room for reference? Always curious to enlarge my library :-)

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Re: What Reference Books Do You Use?

Post by Architect » Sat Nov 01, 2003 6:49 am

These are the two very good books in my opinion:

Mastering Audio the art and the science by Bob Katz
The Mixing Engineer's Handbook by Bobby Owsinski

A wealth of info for the beginners and veterans you'll be sure to find something you didn't know and it's packed with actually real life answers(opinions) and ways of doing things with audio.

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Re: What Reference Books Do You Use?

Post by red cross » Sat Nov 01, 2003 7:12 am

That big Yamaha sound reference book. Always a good one to have around.

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Re: What Reference Books Do You Use?

Post by bedbug » Sat Nov 01, 2003 8:21 am

The Musicians Guide to Home Recording by Peter McClan, and the Tape Op book :)

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Re: What Reference Books Do You Use?

Post by tiger vomitt » Sat Nov 01, 2003 8:35 am

i have a lot around but i never read them...

-there's the yamaha sound reinforcement book (pretty good at confusing the shit out of me)
-a book on orchestration from college (very handy if youre into that stuff)
-the intro to ac/dc electronics book (i gotta read that one day!)
-i had the mixing engineer's handbook for a while - AWESOME BOOK!
-a book called "secrets of the ninja" (for clients who dont pay up!), some other funny martial arts books about nunchaku and butterfly knife technique and a few good ones on aikido

-would carl sagan's "contact" count as a reference book? it's sitting right there on the couch.
-the book of the subgenius
-gear manuals i find can be handy sometimes (i.e. "how the fuck do i bypass that compressor section again?!?!?!?")
-the complete transcription book from Randy Rhoads tribute (hell yeah rawkers!). very handy book to have around hahaha. especially when i sit around playing the suicide solution solo over and over again at 120 db - IN MY APARTMENT . my neighborsd love it


oh i could go on but its not even funny :shock:



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Re: What Reference Books Do You Use?

Post by al burn » Sun Nov 02, 2003 2:59 pm

Tonmeister Technology

this book has a lot of acustical-physics stuff well worth the $12-$13

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Re: What Reference Books Do You Use?

Post by antilog » Sun Nov 02, 2003 4:27 pm

how does one get a Tape Op book?
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Re: What Reference Books Do You Use?

Post by NewYorkDave » Sun Nov 02, 2003 4:42 pm

I refer to these books often:

The original Audio Cyclopedia by Tremaine, 2nd edition. (Not to be confused with a later, similarly-named book edited by Ballou).

A late-era RCA receiving tube manual.

The Radiotron Designer's Handbook, 4th edition.

Allied's Electronics Databook, mid 1950s. (A repository of handy data, formulae and charts for quick reference in the field. A reproduction is now available for free online at http://www.qsl.net/wa7zcz/disc.html )

The Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill.

As you can guess from my choices, I'm a technical engineer, not a mixing/tracking engineer.

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Re: What Reference Books Do You Use?

Post by rhythm ranch » Sun Nov 02, 2003 4:43 pm

deharmonic wrote:how does one get a Tape Op book?
Here.
tiger vomitt wrote:-the book of the subgenius
Praise Bob!

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Re: What Reference Books Do You Use?

Post by rhythm ranch » Sun Nov 02, 2003 4:45 pm

NewYorkDave wrote:I refer to these books often:

The original Audio Cyclopedia by Tremaine, 2nd edition. (Not to be confused with a later, similarly-named book edited by Ballou).
Damn Dave, these are hard enough to get without telling everybody about 'em! :)

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Re: What Reference Books Do You Use?

Post by NewYorkDave » Sun Nov 02, 2003 5:18 pm

Whoops... sorry! I'm glad I have two copies already (one for home, one for work). One thing I have to mention is that the book is pretty technical and circuitry-oriented, and the typical recordist wouldn't have much use for it. But for wireheads like myself, it's one of the classic, definitive works in the field, even though much of the material is outdated (the second edition dates from 1969).

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Re: What Reference Books Do You Use?

Post by antilog » Sun Nov 02, 2003 5:44 pm

rhythm ranch wrote:
deharmonic wrote:how does one get a Tape Op book?
Here.
tiger vomitt wrote:-the book of the subgenius
Praise Bob!
Hmmm I said "How?" not "Where?", but thanks for nothing anyway.
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Re: What Reference Books Do You Use?

Post by NewYorkDave » Sun Nov 02, 2003 5:55 pm

Click on that red-lettered "Here" and you'll see the reply was more helpful than you thought.

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Re: What Reference Books Do You Use?

Post by antilog » Sun Nov 02, 2003 6:12 pm

NewYorkDave wrote:Click on that red-lettered "Here" and you'll see the reply was more helpful than you thought.

ooooo slick.

forgive my hastiness, and thank you. i got the last one until the next batch.
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Re: What Reference Books Do You Use?

Post by pk » Sun Nov 02, 2003 7:35 pm

"Better Homes and Gardens" - for the studio owner, 3rd Edition.

Fascinating shit.

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