Focal Press has introduced Recording Secrets for the Small Studio, a book by Mike Senior, professional audio engineer and author of the bestselling book Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio.
Recording Secrets for the Small Studio is an intensive training course specifically designed for small-studio enthusiasts who want a fast track to release-quality results. Based on the backroom strategies of more than 200 famous names, this thorough and down-to-earth guide leads you through a logical sequence of practical tasks to build your live-room skills progressively from the ground up.
On the way, you’ll unravel the mysteries of many specialist studio tactics and gain the confidence to tackle a full range of real-world recording situations. User-friendly explanations introduce technical concepts on a strictly need-to-know basis, while chapter summaries, assignments, and extensive online re-sources are perfect for school and college use.
Recording Secrets for the Small Studio features
- Learn the fundamental principles of mic technique that you can apply in any recording scenario — and how to avoid those rookie mistakes that all too often compromise the sonics of lower-budget productions.
- Explore advanced techniques which help industry insiders maintain their competitive edge even under the most adverse conditions: creative phase manipulation, improvised acoustics tweaks, inventive monitoring workarounds, subtle psychological tricks…
- Find out where you don’t need to spend money, as well as how to make a limited budget really count.
- Make the best use of limited equipment and session time, especially in situations where you’re engineering and producing single-handed.
- Pick up tricks and tips from celebrated engineers and producers across the stylistic spectrum, including Steve Albini, Roy Thomas Baker, Joe Barresi, Tchad Blake, Bruce Botnick, Joe Chiccarelli, Neil Dorfsman, Jack Douglas, Geoff Emerick, Paul Epworth, and many, many more…
The book is available for purchase for $44.95 USD/£28.99 GBP.
More information: Focal Press / Recording Secrets for the Small Studio
Hal Leonard has announced it has published Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools 11 and Producing Music with Pro Tools 11, two new Quick Pro Guides by certified Pro Tools trainer Greg Lorbecki and Avid pro audio specialist Greg “Stryke” Chin.
Given Pro Tools 11’s high-tech enhancements in delivery speed, ultra-low latency, inclusion of the Avid Audio Engine, and HD video-editing capability, users need practical guides to get up and running quickly and efficiently. In these focused guide, Lorbecki and Chin unlock the full potential of ProTools 11 as a professional mixing and mastering platform. They put the best of ProTools at the reader’s fingertips, with plenty of online sessions, audio examples, and video tutorials to guide them along the way.
Published as a Quick Pro Guide by Hal Leonard, both books are designed to help the readers quickly implement professional techniques into their music productions. These straightforward, task-driven, and easy-to-understand books cover material in a way that gets to the point and helps maximize creative and technical accomplishments. The books also include online media that provides audio and video demos as well as helpful key command charts and chapter review quizzes to reinforce key concepts.
The books are available for purchase for $19.99 USD each.
More information: Hal Leonard Books
Focal Press has announced the third edition of Mastering Audio – The Art and the Science, a book by Bob Katz on audio mastering.
Completely rewritten and organized to address changes that will continue to influence the audio world, this third edition includes several new chapters addressing the influence of loudness measurement and assessment and provides explanation of how mastering engineers must integrate loudness measurement and PLR assessment in their mastering techniques.
Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science, Third Edition also includes the newest approaches to equalization, monitor response measurement and correction, the psychoacoustics of clipping, an extended discussion of restoration and noise reduction techniques, an extended set of listening examples, and an updated chapter on surround mastering including coverage of Pure Audio BluRay.
“You need to read this book – it’s up-to-date, factual and it will help take you to a new golden age of audio production and mastering.” – Bob Ludwig , Grammy winning Mastering Engineer
The book is available for purchase for $39.95 USD / £25.99 GBP.
More information: Focal Press / Mastering Audio – The Art and the Science
Chris Nothdurfter has announced #HitIt – The Ultimate Guide to Programming Drums, a new book that takes an exclusive look behind the scenes of modern music production.
Whether you are a bedroom warrior or a seasoned engineer – you will have to program drums at some point eventually. Chris started out as a songwriter and figured out how to make programmed drums sound as human as possible through experimenting as much as he could. Now, after years of successfully producing countless tracks in different genres he decided to pass on his knowledge.
Spanning over 154 pages and including 150 example grooves and fills this book will teach you everything you need to know about drum programming – from creating your first beat to programming complex fills for Pop, Rock, and Metal. Furthermore it covers ghost notes, side stick playing, Snare drum comping, Hi-hat barking, double Bass drum, and Blast beats.
In the “Humanizing” chapter you will learn what it takes to get the most out of your drum tracks and how to modify velocities and quantization to make them sound as natural as it gets.
All the examples in #HitIt – The Ultimate Guide to Programming Drums are shown in a platformindependent way so that you can recreate them regardless of the drum software and DAW you use.
Along with the book you get access to a host of bonus resources such as additional chapters (“Odd time signatures” and “Mixing tips”), MIDI file download, discount on an upcoming drum programming video course, access to an online discussion group, and a full 30-day money-back guarantee.
Last but not least you’ll be eligible to enter the #HitItChallenge2014 drum programming competition for a chance to win one of three copies of Toontrack’s new EZdrummer 2.
#HitIt – The Ultimate Guide to Programming Drums is available for purchase for $24.99 USD. A free sample download, video trailers and additional information is available from the website.
More information: #HitIt – The Ultimate Guide to Programming Drums
Emmett Cooke has recently launched The Business of Music Licensing, an eBook dedicated to giving you an in-depth guide to the Music Licensing Industry.
It explains exactly how to make money from your music through “licensing” or “publishing” your tracks.
Whether you make music full time, or just as a hobby, this eBook will guide you through the exact path required to start earning money from your tracks.
The Business of Music Licensing contains over 70 pages of useful information on a wide range of topics on the music licensing industry.
The Business of Music Licensing
- What the music licensing industry is, how it looks, how it works, and how your music can earn money in it.
- An explanation of all the terms you’ll encounter in music licensing.
- How to avoid scams.
- What are PROs/PRS’.
- Exclusive vs. Non-Exclusive.
- Cue Sheets.
- Types of music licensing deals.
- A 3 Year Plan.
- Meta Tagging.
- Tips for increasing your income.
- A list of over 200 good music libraries/publishers to work with.
- Much more!
The eBook is available for purchase for 12.99 EUR.
More information: The Business of Music Licensing
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