Focal Press Modern Recording Techniques - 8th Edition

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Modern Recording Techniques!

This definitive handbook guides you through the process of creating, understanding and mastering both the professional and project studio. From recording basics to the most cutting-edge techniques available, MRT provides you with complete understanding of the tools and day-to-day practices of music recording and production. Newly expanded and updated chapters cover the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), plug-ins, looping, groove tools, surround sound, mastering and more. With its interactive companion website ( featuring instructional videos full of bonus tips and tricks, new tutorials, an indispensable audio glossary, and much more, this dynamite book/website combo leaves no recording question unanswered, and gives you the chance to share ideas, get tips, and seek out expert advice just when you need it.

Modern Recording Techniques - 8th Edition
  • CHAPTER 1 Introduction
  • CHAPTER 2 Sound and hearing
  • CHAPTER 3 Studio acoustics and design
  • CHAPTER 4 Microphones: design and application
  • CHAPTER 5 The analog tape recorder
  • CHAPTER 6 Digital audio technology
  • CHAPTER 7 The digital audio workstation
  • CHAPTER 8 Groove tools and techniques
  • CHAPTER 9 MIDI and electronic music technology
  • CHAPTER 10 Multimedia and the web
  • CHAPTER 11 Synchronization
  • CHAPTER 12 Amplifiers
  • CHAPTER 13 Power- and ground-related issues
  • CHAPTER 14 The art and technology of mixing
  • CHAPTER 15 Signal processing
  • CHAPTER 16 Noise reduction
  • CHAPTER 17 Monitoring
  • CHAPTER 18 Surround sound
  • CHAPTER 19 Mastering
  • CHAPTER 20 Product manufacture
  • CHAPTER 21 Studio tips and tricks
  • CHAPTER 22 Yesterday, today and tomorrow
  • Appendix A Continued education
  • Appendix B Tax tips for musicians

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This book was recommended to be by Justin Spent of PreSonus, during one of their weekly webcasts, when I asked how he managed to go from being an average guy to someone who understands...all the interesting things he was saying. Justin recommended this book and Yamaha's Sound Reinforcement Manual, saying they're probably the best foundation I could get. Anticipation having gotten the better of me, I've started reading this book before my shipment arrives (shades of Spaceballs, but that's the great thing about Safari Books Online). The first two chapters have already taught, clarified, and connected more concepts for me than the preceding two years of my Internet-based research. Any determined, reasonably intelligent person will benefit more from this book than he or she might think possible. This book isn't perfect, but my complaints are fueled by the copy-editing experience which makes flawed writing jump out at me. So far, I have yet to see any problems a new editor couldn't solve easily. Buy this book: if you want to turn your bedroom into a project studio, starting from a strong theoretical foundation; if you're good at learning on your own, and $50k worth of college isn't in your budget.
Music background: Novice Guitarist/Home Recording Enthusiast

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Chris McCown

Modern Recording Techniques" by David Miles Huber is a staple for anyone involved in recording audio, regardless of level. There is something in this book for everyone - from the novice beginner to the seasoned professional. As a reference guide that exceeds 600 pages, it's a valuable resource to keep near the mixing console. I still refer to mine when I need to cross-reference suggested EQ settings.
See also: Focal Press, Focal Press Instructional Books