- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Backbeat Books; Edition Unstated edition (October 30, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879306149
- ISBN-13: 978-0879306144
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
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About the Author
Howard Massey, a veteran journalist and record producer/engineer, has worked with Elvis Costello, Roy Buchanan, Kraftwerk, Thomas Dolby, and other major artists at such world-class studios as Electric Lady and Trident. Formerly technology editor of Musician, he has written for Billboard, Keyboard, Guitar World and Electronic Musician, plus ten books on music technology. He currently is a contributing editor for EQ and reviews editor of Surround Professional. He also serves as consultant and technical writer for Sony, Korg, and other leading audio manufacturers.
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If I could sum up best info in the book is that ALL of the interviewees restate the same thing- there are tons of variables but critical to great recording results falls mostly to good mics and the use of dedicated mic pre amps.
- Rooms obviously color the flavor of the recording
- Mic placement varies as much as the choices of mics
- Digital vs. analog debate still continues, but good recordings fundamentally result from choosing technologies that you believe are the magic sauce to laying good tracks and understanding their weaknesses to compensate accordingly
- Capturing a great performance is far more important than technically perfect recordings
This is another book that provides more fuel for your gas tank!
This book and its' sequel will open the floodgates. You'll see that some producers don't use any tricks at all, while others use enough gear and plug-ins to power a spaceship. Some producers do their own engineering while others couldn't even tell you what a decibel is, but they all have one thing in common; THEY DON'T USUALLY CREATE THE SOUND, THEY CAPTURE AND MANIPULATE WHAT IS ALREADY THERE!!
Here's the dirty little secret; there are very few magical, fix-it-in-the-mix tricks, and your gear/plug-ins will only take you so far. Whatever you record, it has to sound good before you record it. These guys focus on the material, the performers, the performance, the arrangement, the quality of the sound, microphone selection and placement, which amp to use etc... THE MIX IS DEAD LAST. When properly arranged, performed, and recorded, most songs practically mix themselves!!
Many of us don't want to hear that, hoping instead for a list of magical EQ frequencies, or FX chains, that will somehow turn lead into gold, but there is no such thing. What this book (and its' sequel) offers you is this; a look into the minds, philosophies, and thought processes that go into capturing and producing pro-quality music. There are plenty of books which reveal mixing "secrets" and "tricks", and those certainly have their value, but there are far more important things to consider, and these books deliver.
Think about this, if those mixing "tricks" are so important, then how come so many producers don't use them at all (or very little)?
all extremely talented and intelligent people are interviewed.
recommended for home-recordists especially.
What I find most interesting about the folks interviewed for this book is that they do it for the love of the art, not the money or the fame or anything else. It's all about the music. And at the end of the day, perhaps that's the main reason why they've achieved their level of success.