Right when i’m on a bit of a gear splurge too. Nice reality check. Thanks.
Maybe you already do or have read some books on audio production, but there are probably some more you haven’t read yet.
There is million places you can find info on the internet, but sometimes the best place to start is in a book. So take a break from the hectic world of your computer for a few minutes a night and absorb the tried and true method of information sharing.
Here are some to take a look at:
Mastering Audio, The Art & The Science by Bob Katz
Total recording by David Moulton
Mixing engineer’s handbook by Bobby Owinksy
The Daily Adventures of Mixerman
Mixing With Your Mind by Michael Stavrou
Sound Recording Handbook by John Woram
All You Need Is Ears by George Martin
The Microphone Handbook by John Eargle
Audio Cyclopedia by Howard Tremaine
The Sound Reinforcement Handbook by Gary Davis and Ralph Jones
This is what Joe talks about in this weeks episode
- using external hard drives
- creating instrumental music
- dealing with slower computers
- getting better at playing to a click
- acoustic treatment (how far to go)
- getting honest feedback on mixes
Hey. I’m just reading this book by Michael Paul Stavrou for the second time. Last time was several years back so I’de forgotten most of it. It contains some pretty interesting and slightly unusual ways to approach recording and mixing.
The rough vibe I get from this book is that you can get a good sound from anything, anywhere, if you just put in some creative effort to find it.
He tells us that mics and sounds have a hardness factor and that you should try to match a soft mic to a hard sound. Another thing is that you can think of sound propagation as a flame. Your goal is to put the mic at the tip of the flame. He explains it better that I am.
There is also his take on analogue vs digital which is always a crowd pleaser. I have no idea if it is right but the way he explained it was definitely a way of looking at it I had never heard of before.
Other ideas and advice in the book can almost seem a bit wacko or ridiculous but I’m gonna give them the benefit of the doubt due to the fact that Stav is a pro engineer and has years of experience under his belt.
So if your hungry for some brain food on recording and mixing and you feel like “chasing the flame” then grab a copy.
by Dr. William Moylan at Prosoundweb.com