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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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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book does a good job in explaining how microphones work and besides that it also explains some very good techniques in placing microphones on instruments. If you are a beginner like me in the audio world this book is what you need as part of your personal library.
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This is NOT a recording engineer's handbook, unless the ONLY thing you're interested in is rock bands.
Contrary to popular belief, there is more music in this world than just rock n' roll.
I was hoping to get something with more scope, including choral, orchestral, sound for film, etc.
Very disappointed. Wasted my money.
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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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My son is an audio engineering student and the first day of class this week his teacher was suggesting supplemental texts to buy. This was one of his suggestions. I was pleased as I had just given it to him for Christmas and relied on reviews to guide me which one to buy. He liked the book very much and said it had a lot of useful information he had not yet learned in class, but now he is really impressed with the book. When I want to buy a book in someone's field of study, I go to the experts in that field. His teacher certainly fits that category as he works in several of the major studios in our area so I assume this would be a great help to anyone pursuing a career in audio engineering.
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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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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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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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