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Practical Recording Techniques: The Step- by- Step Approach to Professional Audio Recording Paperback – October 28, 2008

ISBN-13: 088-4088559748 ISBN-10: 0240811445 Edition: 5th

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 5 edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240811445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240811444
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 46.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...packed with well-illustrated graphics and pictures and gives extensive guidance on everything from studio and location recording techniques through to publishing your sounds on the web." -- James Eade, Lighting and Sound International

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The book offers up-to-date information on the latest recording technology, such as digital tape recording, hard-disk recording, keyboard and digital workstations, SMPTE, and MIDI. It also guides the beginner through the basics, showing how to make quality recordings with the new breed of inexpensive home-studio equipment. Other topics include: choosing and operating recorder-mixers based on cassette, Mini-Disc, and hard-disk; hum prevention; the latest monitoring methods; microphone selection and placement; audio-for-video techniques; troubleshooting bad sound; guidelines for good sound. With its step-by-step approach and easy-to-read format, this is the ideal book for anyone who wants to create professional sounding recordings. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Tips for mixing down your music, what mixers, microphones, studio monitors to use.
Abztrakt
The whole book just tells you the tip of the iceberg... a little of this a little of that and just few stuff is truly practical.
"airchoco"
With each edition of this book he has updated it to reflect the technological advancements since the previous edition.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
Here's a useful and comprehensive introduction to professional audio recording aimed primarily at the beginning and intermediate level recording engineer, but useful also for people like me doing home recording. It covers all aspects of equipment, sound, techniques and procedures. In addition to what you'd expect (it's recent enough to cover digital applications), there are sections on spoken word recordings, on-location recording, hum prevention (the electrical, not the oral, variety), how to judge sound quality, and a short but interesting chapter on how an engineer can learn to listen to the art, and not just the sound, of the music being recorded. The Bartletts offer sound advice for how to mic various instruments (well, how would *you* go about micing bagpipes or a hammered dulcimer?). It contains a very useful guide for analyzing and correcting bad sound. Additionally, there are appendices covering the technicalities of dB, SMPTE and a suggested reading list. The glossary is excellent. For someone like me, it filled in all sorts of gaps in my knowledge - now I'm familiar with the Fletcher-Munson effect, I know exactly what an ORTF mic placement is and how to go about clearing up muddy sound. There is little or no input about specific brands or models of gear, but at 458 pages, there's not much room for that, and it's not that kind of book anyway. Thumbs up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Williams on January 27, 2009
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I am new (just a few weeks) to home recording, DAWs, and all the hardware, software and terminology that goes with it. I saw this book in the store and quickly fell in love with it. FYI, I am the kind of person who will read a book cover to cover when I am trying to learn something new, as long as it is easy to read and techincally sound. This book is both, and covers much more than just recording as stated in the title.

It starts out with some basic terms and concepts, which make the rest of the book easier to follow.

It then discusses the following topics (not a complete list and not necessarily in this order):
- studio equipment, connections, speakers, mics, and other components
- different microphone types and how they might be placed in different recording situations
- bit rate and sampling rate recommendations
- an explanation of when and how to use various SW effects (equalizers, reverb, compressors, limiters, delays, etc)
- and tips for mixing and mastering for newbies

This book was JUST what i needed when i needed it. It may not be for anyone who already has experience or knowledge in the field though. Before i got this book, I tried to read Mixing Audio by Roey Izhaki. That book was very highly recommended (by online reviews), but was difficult for me to read just starting out. I will try to read that one again in a week or so and see if this one has better prepared me. (Another review to come, hehe).

Happy recording/editing/mixing/mastering/etc !!! :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abztrakt on February 1, 2011
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Just by looking at the cover you already want to dive into this book that covers practical techniques to get your personal music station going. It covers step by step putting together your own audio work station, from microphones down to the XLR cables. Tips for mixing down your music, what mixers, microphones, studio monitors to use. All in all, this is not a book you would want to check out at the library. I highly recommend that you invest in buying this unique guide that will come in handy later on down the road. Thank You
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vincent E. Ioppolo on May 18, 2009
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If you always seem to be a bit be-fuddled when it comes to recording audio, this book will definitely help you as it did me. I experienced several "light-bulb" and "Ohhhh, that's what that is for!" moments while studying the contents of this book. My only wish would be for a comprehensive "mix" section dealing with external gear as well plug-ins. For instance, you always see on a piece of gear, "48 inputs available during mix-down". Other than that I can only give this text a very solid rating. Great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth J. Rice on April 23, 2009
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As a multimedia instructor, I'm always looking for better ways to explain things. In the case of preparing audio for video presentations, I've been reading in four texts lately. Practical Recording Techniques is one of the best in this category. One of the book's strengths is the manner in which it is organized. This makes it fairly easy to go directly to a subject and find the answer to a question. I recommend it.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "airchoco" on September 19, 2003
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Don't get caught by the name of the book. The whole book just tells you the tip of the iceberg... a little of this a little of that and just few stuff is truly practical. If you are totally new in this field, go buy it. Also i have "Modern Recording Techniques" and i noted that they are very similar if not i dare to say they are the same.
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I got this book just to put me over the top for free shipping. It is 12 years old and a lot, but not all, of the technology has changed. But if you don't have a basic foundation on recording terminology, there are some clearly written sections that will help you get started. You'll likely skip over more than half of the book, unless you are interested in ancient technology and recording history ... or have some really old gear that you'd like to play with.

I'm sure a decade ago this was a great book. Now, not so much.
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