Hands-On Review:Recording


Recommended Reading: Recording


Handbook of Recording Engineering
By John M. Eargle (Chapman & Hall. Hardcover 3rd edition, 1996)


Yes, it's a chunk of change at $115 a copy; and no, it doesn't come with coupons for free outboard gear. But this is the bible. Eargle, for all his crankiness and insistence on procedure and correct jargon, is an engineer through and through. He covers more ground in more aspects of recording than most experienced engineers can even begin to comprehend. If you have a question, the answer is in here. -Dr. Analog


The Musician's Home Recording Handbook: Practical Techniques for Recording Great Music at Home
By Ted Greenwald (Miller Freeman Books, 1992)


A little stiff, but plenty of good solid advice. If you're serious about recording, or just serious about your band, you can't put all your eggs in one basket - you need to read a variety of books about this stuff. Greenwald's book doesn't represent all the knowledge a $60/hour engineer has in his head but gets you on the right track for developing engineering skills in your home studio. While this book is not comprehensive, its advice is widely applicable and always represented in a user-friendly manner. - Dr. Analog


The Home Studio Guide To Microphones
By Loren Alldrin (Mix Books, 1998)


There is nothing touchier than a microphone. Mikes are the initial stage in the recording chain, where air pressure gets turned into electrical impulse -the most significant transformation of sound. You need to know how to choose the right mike for the right application. Problem is, usually the recommended mic costs eight or nine thousand dollars and comes with its own safety deposit box. This book helps you to maximize the value of your Radio Shack special and to feel good about it rather than apologetic. - Dr. Analog