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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 2 edition (January 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159863867X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598638677
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A long-time music industry veteran, Bobby Owsinski started his career as a guitar and keyboard player, songwriter and arranger, eventually becoming an in-demand producer/engineer working not only with a variety of recording artists, but on commercials, television and motion pictures as well. One of the first to delve into surround sound music mixing, Bobby has worked on over a hundred surround projects and DVD productions for a variety of superstar acts. Combining his music and recording experience with an easy-to-understand writing style, Bobby has become one of the best-selling authors in the music recording industry with 19 books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world, including the best-selling Mixing Engineer's Handbook, Recording Engineer's Handbook, and Music 3.0:A Survival Guide For Making Music In The Internet Age. A frequent moderator, panelist, and program director for a variety of industry conferences, Bobby has served as the longtime producer of the annual Surround Music Awards, and is one of the creators and executive producers for the "Guitar Universe" and "Desert Island Music" television programs. Visit Bobby's production blog at bobbyowsinski.blogspot.com/, his Music 3.0 blog at music3point0.blogspot.com, and his website at bobbyowsinski.com.

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Producer/engineer Bobby Owsinski is one of the best selling authors in the music industry with 24 books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world, including the Deconstructed Hits series, Social Media Promotion For Musicians, The Mixing Engineer's Handbook, Music 4.0: S Survival Guide For Making Music In The Internet Age, and more.

He's also a contributor to Forbes writing on the new music business, his popular blogs have passed 5 million visits, and he's appeared on CNN and ABC News as a music branding and audio expert. Many of his books have also been turned into video courses that can be found online at lynda.com, and he continues to provide  presentations, workshops and master classes at conferences and universities worldwide.

After having taught thousands of entrepreneurs the principles of branding and social media in his coaching courses, Bobby has written his his first book outside the music industry entitled Social Media Promotion for Small Business and Entrepreneurs.

Visit Bobby's music production blog at bobbyowsinski.blogspot.com/, his Music 3.0 music industry blog at music3point0.blogspot.com, his Forbes blog at forbes.com/sites/bobbyowsinski/, his podcast at bobbyoinnercircle.com, and his website at bobbyowsinski.com.

Customer Reviews

Technical, Clear, and concise.
Drum 247
The book is very well laid out and it's one of those rare books that you can open anywhere and learn something new and important to your own successful studio.
the yacht shop
Microphones, both vintage and modern are examined, basic equipment like mic preamps, compressors, and limiters are looked at.
Movieman, Montreal

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luke on March 22, 2010
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I hold a bachelors degree in audio engineering from American University in Washington, D.C. and certainly learned a lot there. However, I've used this book as a go-to time and time again for either things about which I was never quite clear or little details I may not have acquired about the tracking process. This book is very clearly written and easy to understand, yet possesses a wealth of detailed information about mic techniques and other important data crucial to the tracking session. I would recommend this book to ANYONE. A beginner who is considering pursuit of an audio engineering degree or certificate will definitely be one step ahead having read this book. The price also is very reasonable.

A great companion to this book is The Mixing Engineer's Handbook by the same author, Bobby Owsinski.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Smith on May 7, 2009
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This is a good book. I like the sections on classic mics and interviews with engineers, but, for me, the real gem here is the section on mic techniques for different instruments and situations. Excellent!

The book is a little too big to take to a gig, but having it around for general reference is great.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dennisnashville on December 25, 2011
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This book is pretty good. The tutorial covers the basics of microphones and microphone placement very well. However, I was hoping for a little more advanced information. Pretty pricey for the information covered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 18, 2009
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This updated edition of a classic best-selling guide covers the microphone and recording techniques used by top engineers around the world, covering everything from how to get the most from inexpensive equipment to mic placement, drum tuning tips, getting the most from a vocalist, and more. Interviews and a question-and-answer format make this easy to follow, and a pick for any musician's technical library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Drum 247 on July 3, 2013
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Technical, Clear, and concise.

Easy to follow and understand.

Covers all/most major topics.

Spent ALOT of time reading (and re-reading) the Focal Press published Sound and Recording - AND - Modern Recording Techniques 7th edition (8th edition to be out soon). Did I mention Ive spent ALOT OF TIME reading those two books? lol haha, they are not the greatest and always (seem to) tend to go on and on, and in my opinion (ALOT OF THE TIME) "snob it up" / make more out of it than there is. And again in my opinion they also (at times) "rant" about the technicalities, and ooh-wee what a ranting it is (pu!). Well skip that and read this book either as a stand alone or in conjunction. Very well written, it is very clear with what it is teaching, while at the same time delving into those juicy and technical aspects of it all. =) nice

Gives (again) clear and concise information on beginning concepts, delving further into specifics than other books in its class (Modern Recording Techniques being one). Gives you more detailed and relevant information, information that other books dont tell you (again Modern Recording Techniques).

Great book, if you are a beginner you cant go wrong starting here. Its clear and concise without "dumming it down".

Id have to say that youd be missing out if you did not own and read this book, regardless of the required text for your class.

This book will clearly teach you the fundamentals, and beyond (yes with technical aspects, and again more so than Mod Rec Techniques) - far easier to follow and more relevant than Sound and Recording.

Save yourself some pain and start here.

hope this review helps!

happy learning!

oh yea - F N GREAT BOOK ! ! !
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Bobby Owsinski's book is quite simply great. This is something that anyone who does recording, at either an amateur or professional level, can benefit from. This book should be kept within arms length during an actual session. This handy reference is almost like having two books in one. The first section of the book covers recording equipment: How microphones work and each different type is discussed in great detail . Microphones, both vintage and modern are examined, basic equipment like mic preamps, compressors, and limiters are looked at. Bobby then talks about DAW recording, stereo miking, multichannel tracking, recording of drums, and the various instruments. There are excellent tips on setup, and which type of microphones will work best - these tips are from top producers and engineers. The actual recording session is discussed, specialty surround microhones and surround miking technique, and there's the final checklist: advice on being prepared for the session. The next section of the book features indepth interviews from the industry's best producers and recording engineers. There are fifteen of them! They talk about what they do and what tools work best. They share recording tips, offer some advice, and hopefully a few secret tricks of the trade. We can all benefit from their years of experience...add this book to your recording reference library.
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I can't recommend this enough. I literally devoured these books...I ate them up...actually I didn't, but you get the idea. They are practical, informative, easy to read, and as comprehensive as a tome of this size will allow.

I found myself taking it to recording sessions, and referring to it after a session when I had come across a difficulty. There are some great tips for miking instruments, and explain the nuances of different instruments. It is advice from someone who has been in the industry for a long time, and has spent his time gleaning tricks and tips to pass on to the beginner (or even those who have been in the field a long time).

5 stars. If you're on the fence, I can make your decision easy: buy it.
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