Hal Leonard Books has published The Ultimate Live Sound Operator’s Handbook by Bill Gibson, an updated second edition with new text, photos, illustrations, and video examples to specifically address the important, cutting-edge concerns faced by modern sound operators of all types.
High-quality audio is increasingly imperative, whether you’re running sound for a rock, country, punk, or jazz band performing in clubs, arenas, or outdoor parks. With the advent and implementation of large-budget multimedia presentations, along with high-resolution multichannel audio for movies, television, and downloads, any live act must sound great to be well received by today’s increasingly savvy audience members.
This revised edition of The Ultimate Live Sound Operator’s Handbook focuses on each aspect of live sound in a way that is straightforward and easy to understand, breaking the process down into principles and practices that assist the modern sound tech in everything from planning and budgeting to mixing and recording the live show. A veteran music and technology author, Gibson peppers his relaxed style with photos, graphs, charts, and tables, making the material easy to grasp and reference. Also included are a DVD and online content to further enhance the material covered in the book.
The Ultimate Live Sound Operator’s Handbook is available for $39.99 USD.
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Hal Leonard Books has published Microphones & Mixers by Bill Gibson. The book is an updated second edition of Book 1 in the 6-book Hal Leonard Recording Method series and includes a DVD ROM and online media.
As the first book in the series, Microphones & Mixers covers the critical first steps in a truly organized path through the entire recording process. Topics include how professional microphones work, which to choose and why (plus accepted techniques for using them), understanding the signal path from mics to mixers and how to operate these critical tools to capture excellent recordings, as well as explanations of the most up-to-date tools and techniques involved in using dynamics and effects processors. From initial considerations to mix-down, mastering, and replication, this method provides important considerations and techniques every recording musician needs to know.
In Microphones & Mixers, Gibson augments his straightforward writing style with diagrams, product photos, graphs, and charts to make complex concepts easy to grasp.
Topics covered include:
- How professional Microphones work – which to choose and why.
- Understanding the signal path from mics to mixers.
- How to operate the most fundamental and critical tools in the recording chain.
- Combining digital and analog hardware and software to capture great sounds and pristine recordings.
- Sound and feature comparisons of several microphones from Royer, AKG, Neumann, Shure, Audio-Technica, and more.
- The most up-to-date considerations for getting the most out of virtually any recording setup – in or out of the box!
Microphones & Mixers is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.
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Hal Leonard Books has published Instrumental & Vocal Recording by Bill Gibson, an updated second edition of Book 2 in the 6 book Hal Leonard Recording Method series and includes a DVD ROM and online media.
Following Book 1 in the series, Microphones & Mixers, this book moves the reader into recording instruments and vocals to make their own audio productions. In his straightforward style, Gibson explains the general concepts of Acoustics before diving into specific instruments and vocals. Chapters are devoted to Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Drums and Percussion, Electric and Upright Bass, Pianos, Real and Synthesized Strings, Brass, and Woodwinds, and there is an extensive chapter on Vocals. Each chapter is filled with photos, diagrams, charts, and audio examples to reinforce the concepts presented in the text. Gibson even includes a test at the conclusion of each chapter for maximum comprehension.
This second edition of Instrumental & Vocal Recording addresses new equipment and software concerns that affect the way excellent recordings are made. Updated text, illustrations, photos, and video examples add to the power of the previous edition, plus new techniques and considerations are presented as they pertain to additional recording scenarios. Readers will learn all they need to know about capturing the best vocal and instrument tracks possible, no matter what kind of studio they are working in or what kind of equipment is used.
Instrumental & Vocal Recording is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.
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