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The Home Recording Handbook: Use What You've Got to Make Great Music (Book & CD) Hardcover – February 1, 2012
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Dave Hunter is a leading guitar writer and a musician. His books include Totally Guitar, Guitar Effects Pedals, Guitar Amp Handbook, Star Guitars and Guitar Rigs. He contributes regularly to Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar magazines.
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One thing I will say is that even though the book is definitely geared towards those that will be recording live instruments there is a lot of useful info for us "in the box" people as well.
I would say the book is worth the current price.
The Home Recording Handbook has 261 pages of content divided into ten chapters. Chapters 1 to 3 are about 73 pages of content and can be considered introductory information either concerned with terminology or equipment overview. Chapters 4 to 8 are about 120 pages and concentrate on recording techniques for the different instruments typically found in a modern pop band such as drums, bass, acoustic and electric guitar, vocals and keyboard. Chapter 9 is 39 pages concerned with mixing. Chapter 10 is 15 pages that addresses mastering.
An additional twenty pages is spent describing the 99 audio tracks available on the included compact disc. The 99 audio tracks recorded by Dave Hunter provide side-by-side sound comparisons of more than 10 microphones popular in home recording studios on drums, acoustic guitar and vocals. The audio recordings also allow comparison of the recorded sound of multiple guitar amplifier. Some may believe as I do that the book cost is not out of line for the value of the audio cd alone.
Beside the audio cd, there are several other thoughtful choices that illustrate the care and attention given to make sure this book is a worthy addition to your collection. The author uses clear photographs to illustrate microphone and sound damping suggestions. The book pages are spiral bound so the book can lay open at any page. The pages are printed on some of the thickest paper I've ever seen inside a book. The front and rear hard bound covers are over sized to better protect the interior pages. The index is very useful.
The Home Recording Handbook is most useful for the person just beginning to record or for someone seeking to hear a variety of microphones and amplifiers.
What it does cover, it covers well. There's things like tuning guitars, drums, spending time trying multiple mikes in many positions ona guitar cab, after you've selected the best sounding drivers. There's concrete recommendations on how to work without a separate control booth, as most home recordists do, and on how to use compression, reverb, EQ (there's no discussion of side chaining to carve the bass out of the kick drum's way tho). There's many specific mike recommendations in the < $500 range, most of those mikes are still current models in Jan 2015. the DAW screenshots are protools but but PT-specific and shouldn't hinder any ableton or logic etc users.
So all in all, easily worth the money and a good start for anybody that wants to record with a budget up to a few thousands of US$.