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Old October 8th, 2004, 06:24 PM   #1
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Recommened books for audio neophyte?

I've learned enough about audio mixing to know I don't know enough about audio mixing.

Can anybody recommend a good book or two so that I can tell my limiter from my compressor and not hurt myself in the process?


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Old October 8th, 2004, 07:31 PM   #2
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Jay Rose has written two books. Might get them both.

I don't think Douglas has written an editing book YET (hint) but it would be good I should think.
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Old October 8th, 2004, 08:28 PM   #3
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Mike's recommendation is excellent. Here's Jay Rose' audio production book at amazon.
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One is already in the works. While Jay's books are quite good from a recordists standpoint, they don't address the specifics of DV as well as I think they might could be approached. With some of the HDV compromises coming up, great audio practices are even more important. But it's in the works.

Our "BASICS OF DV" book has a LOT of audio information, from mic types and formats, to smart practices. The book is about 1/3 audio, 1/3 lighting, and 1/3 DV practices from composition to editing.
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Old October 13th, 2004, 02:34 PM   #5
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Here are the ones that I would recommend:

Most of these books are interviews with some of the masters... guys like Bob Clearmountain, Eddie Kramer, etc.

The Mixing Engineers Handbook - Bobby Owsinski - mine is heavily highlighted.

Modern Recording Techniques - David Miles Huber & Robert E Runstein - don't be surprised to find copies of this book lieing around in a real recording studio...

Behind the Glass: Top Record Producers Tell How They Craft the Hits - Howard Massey - lots of great interviews with the likes of Sir George Martin, Alan Parsons, etc.

All 3 are outstanding books.

The Art of Mixing uses 3d visualizations to help you see/hear how instruments and frequencies sit in the sound spectrum. It's pretty cool too.

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