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Modern Recording Techniques Paperback – February 2, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0240806259 ISBN-10: 0240806255 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 6 edition (February 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240806255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240806259
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you're serious about recording - whether you're an amateur enthusiast, a student, a musician or an audio professional - you'll find this book an informative, in-depth, cover-to-cover read and a useful reference manual...an excellent read and a must-have reference book." - Music Tech magazine

"Modern Recording Techniques is in its sixth edition, which fact is a testament to the quality of the material on offer here...it's presented in a very user friendly way, with a plethora of illustrations of everything connected with recording. This way, the theory is broken down into easily digestible chunks. One of the best things in an already terrfic book is the range of DIY tutorials, where you are presented with practical examples of principles and how they work...Modern Recording Techniques has become the bible of recording for many engineers, and it's not difficult to see why. Always helpful, clear and friendly, learning has never been so easy or so much fun. An essential buy for all studio owners." - Music Mart magazine


Published reviews of earlier edition:
"I would recommend it highly to anyone getting into recording at the home or project-studio level as it will give you a really good grounding in the theory and industry practice which underpins the design of all that equipment and software you spend so much money on!”
mightywight.net

"No worries when this handy reference is nearby. It covers the basics about everything, from room acoustics to running a session. If you're a beginner, grab it now. If you think you know it all, you might still learn a thing or two.”
Keyboard magazine

"This is quite a surfeit of riches. ...If I were going into the professional recording business...this volume would be my choice."
- John Sunier, Audiophile Audition Audiophile Audition, May 2000
"This book is a must if you plan on doing anything at home besides hooking up a DAT machine directly to the output of your sampler. It gives in-depth information on mic placement and techniques, and provides you with the know-how that you'll need the first time you go to a real recording studio. If you're going to jump in to the deep end of the pool right away, it makes sense to take water wings, just in case."
- SYNC: Resources for the Electronic Musician
"A comprehensive, readable, up-to-date guide to all facets of recording."
- MIDI Classics®
"Practical information on state-of-the-art audio topics. ...Ideal for the practicing or aspiring recording engineer."
- BarnesAndNoble.com
"The authors - both industry professionals - explore everything from microphone placement and studio design to desktop CD recorders and signal processing."
- Book News, Inc.
"This book is the best I have found so far. Similar books, such as the Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook, read like instruction booklets that are so confusing that you are not sure if you are reading about a microphone or trying to put together a bookshelf. This book has stayed on my computer desk and by my side for the past year. Definitely worth the money! "
Customer review, Amazon.com

".I borrowed this book from my university library and decided to buy at as a result. I have found it invaluable as a reference guide for gaining a general understanding of various techniques. I would recommend it to people who perhaps have a general idea of the subject, and who are looking for something to introduce some of the technical aspects of Sound Recording. However, if you are looking for detailed explanations of anything in particular then this book is probably not the best solution. However, I am very happy with my purchase and often find myself reading it for my own interest rather than as a technical reference. Excellent introduction and reference, but not one for the more experienced professionals.”
Customer review, Amazon.co.uk

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I recommend this book for anyone in the audio business.
Ds Ashton
If you want a good guide that will contain a lot of never changing information (such as frequency bands, basic audio principles and such), then this is your book.
Arno Hachaduryan
If you're just starting out and looking for a book to help guide you, THIS IS THE ONE.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
Modern? As a reprint this book is getting pretty old now and would really benefit from some new material. I'm also not sure who the audience is meant to be. It's too generalised to appeal to someone who understands the fundamentals of recording and yet would probably scare off someone who is relatively new to the subject.
The format is very text bookish and is let down by the lack of solid tips, techniques and examples that would have bought this otherwise ordinary book to life.
Unless you have the luxury of already owning all the other recording books advertised on Amazon I would shunt this one further down the list.
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Hans Kuder on December 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the worst textbook I have ever read. The editing is terrible (typos, spelling mistakes, extremely unprofessional writing, unexplained jargon), the diagrams are hit-and-miss (some are useful and accurate, others are shoddily crafted, most are downright unnecessary), and the whole book has a vibe of amateur, slapdash work.

I would estimate that roughly 1/4 of the included figures are pictures of recording equipment taken straight from manufacturers' advertising literature. It's as if Huber did a Google Image search for "preamps" and included the first six results. Also, do I really need to see screenshot of Windows Media Player's visualization options?

The book does a good job at covering the basic concepts of recording, but goes too far in trying to encompass every little bit of information about the recording industry ("Tax Tips for Musicians"? A half-page table of Internet connection speeds?). Do yourself a favor and find a better, more professional book.

I've returned to this review months later because I finally figured out what was REALLY bothering me about this book. The Windows Media Player screenshots, the tables of useless information, the gee-wiz references to the "Information Superhighway", the useless, gear-lusty sprinklings of product promotion photos, the dumbed-down writing style, all suggest one thing: an underlying immaturity in dealing with the recording industry. Don't get me wrong - there's lots of helpful information here. But reading between the lines, I can't help but get the feeling that if someone wiser and more experienced had written (or at least edited) this book, all of Huber's ephemera would be boiled away and readers would be able to concentrate on the real meat of the recording profession.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Brad Ediger on November 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a good overview if you are new to the industry. Lack of detailed information limits its usability if you already have some experience. I would recommend Yamaha's Sound Reinforcement Handbook and Bobby Owsinski's Mixing and Mastering Engineer's handbooks over this for more specific tips.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Beck on March 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
So, after reading numerous semi-negative reviews, I had to write to say that when used as intended (as a textbook for an audio recording class) this book stands head and shoulders above the competition. As someone who has worked in pro audio for 17 years and taught it at the University level for about 12 years, I have examined every available textbook out there and keep coming back to this one. Yes, it's too in-depth for someone trying to learn on their own without the benefit of a teacher. Yes, it may be a little too oversimplified for someone who already knows the ins and outs of microphone theory, wave propagation, studio acoustics, etc. And yes, there are a few sections that don't really belong in this book. But for guided study of the science of audio recording, you will not find a more comprehensive text anywhere.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1998
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This is the 4th edition of a book which has been in print for more than 20 years. The 4th edition has been up-dated to include current practices and equipment for sound recording. Although directed to music recording, this book provides an excellent foundation for work in theater, film, television, and multi-media.
I have used this book as the principal text for the first quarter of a three course sequence in Sound Design for Theater, Film and Video at UCLA.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 2001
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Modern Recording Techniques was the first of many books I have read in my study of Sound Design. Where this book does get a little complicated and at times the structure throws me off, this book is the best I have found so far. Similar books, such as the Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook, read like instruction booklets that are so confusing that you are not sure if you are reading about a microphone or trying to put together a bookshelf.
This book has stayed on my computer desk and by my side for the past year. Definitely worth the money!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arno Hachaduryan on June 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I believe a lot of people are being unreasonably harsh in their reviews about this book. I do not know if this is because they could not understand what was written in it or maybe they thought they knew more than the author, I am not sure what the reason is, but this book contains a very good overview of the principles of audio. It explains somewhat thoroughly certain aspects of the audio production process and is a wonderful tool for audio technology students, such as myself.

Giving a low rate because of typos is irrelevant. If you want perfect grammar buy yourself a grammar book. If you wish the latest information about the latest gadgets do not refer to a book, books cannot update their informations, instead refer to the internet. If you want a good guide that will contain a lot of never changing information (such as frequency bands, basic audio principles and such), then this is your book. A lot of useful information has been compiled here and has been laid out with understanding and even some humor.

I like this book a lot and I believe it could be a very powerful tool to serious audio professionals and students. Of course, this is not the ONLY good book in this sphere, it is just a very good one.

I hope this review helps you in your search.

Arno Hachaduryan
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