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  • This Musician's Survival Guide explains recording music, producing your own music, record production, musical arrangement, mixing music, mixing records, home recording, performance, performing music, songs, songwriting, DAWs, hit records, the recording studio, recording musician.
  • This book is for musical Artists, singers, songwriters, singer-songwriters, musician's, recordists, producers, arrangers, mixers, instrumentalists who play guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, electronic keyboards, drums, percussion.
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  • Publisher : Mixerman Publishes (October 10, 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 308 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0692194398
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0692194393
  • Item Weight : 14.8 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.77 x 9 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mixerman's Musician's Survival Guide to a Killer record Puts It All Together
By jonathan on April 9, 2019
What is the most valuable thing in the world?
Time is; ask any dying billionaire.
So, then, what is the most important object in your home studio?
This book, Mixerman's "Musician's Survival Guide to a Killer Record" is, and for less than the price of a good microphone cable.
The internet is an amazing source of information but usually at least half of it falls into the categories of misinformation and search engine noise. And many people get so involved in the process that they lose sight of the essence of what they hope to accomplish, which is a really good capture and presentation of the music itself. You may think you need one of those really expensive studio microphones to record your vocal track when what you really need is a foolproof method of capturing an inspired performance.
This book can help you make a record in record time and it can give you that spark of an idea that makes all the difference.
In my case, it helped me to blast through a vexing obstacle before I was even done reading it. A track (in this case meaning a would-be final production of a song) was about 90% of where it should be but there was something that was bothering me about it, something wasn't quite good enough. And I had spent hours trying to fix it, both through conventional means such as compression and EQ and using exotic and expensive software plugins, to limited effect.
Is that how you want to feel about your record, that it's almost good enough to release?
Sounds to me like it's still a demo. A demo is a track you don't want to release yet; a Killer Record is something you want the world to hear. If you do a really good job and things go your way, you could even have a Record of Note. If you can't get your demo to sound like a Killer Record, it's unlikely that you and others are going to be able to gin up and sustain the level of enthusiasm required to get a buzz going, a prerequisite for having a Record of Note.
So after having spent hours of painstaking effort, on more than one occasion, trying to fix this problem with limited results, I read something in the book that gave me an idea. After about 20 minutes of tweaking a few parameters, the improvement was nothing short of shocking. I was bowled over, almost literally falling backwards. I had to do an a/b comparison because I still couldn't quite believe it. Then I jumped to my feet, yelling and pumping my fist in the air in triumph because it had gone, just like that, from sounding like a demo to sounding like a Killer Record.
As with Mixerman's other books on recording, mixing and producing, the detailed index is extremely helpful in zeroing in on any problem area. I would recommend reading the book from beginning to end first, but if the book arrives at the same time your band arrives at the makeshift studio you have set up in your basement or garage, you can skip right to the place in the book that shows you how to get an effective capture of your vocals, drums, guitars, etc. Mixerman even shows you a method with which you can do a good job of recording instruments you've never seen before and possibly can't even identify.
How foolish do you have to be to hope you stumble across some effective method to use when you can just read a book? It's all right here.
Mixerman's other books on recording, mixing and production get into granular detail and I recommend those for people who don't have decades of experience and would not like to spend an eternity learning these arts and sciences the hard way, the time consuming way.
But this book has the essence of what you need and connects the dots in such a way that you can make a Killer Record in a timely manner. I wish I had it years ago to keep the frustrating, time wasting tail chasing, rabbit hole surfing and trial and error flailing to a bare minimum. Don't do as I have done. Mothers, tell your children. Read this book instead of wasting time, the very essence of life, senselessly.
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