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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879309555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879309558
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Howard Massey is a veteran journalist and record producer/engineer, has worked with Elvis Costello, Kraftwerk, Roy Buchanan, Thomas Dolby, and other major artists at such world-class studios as Electric Lady and Trident.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Nader Ranandeh Abbassi on 26 Feb 2010
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this book has helped a lot in my studies.. am studying music technology and sound engineering and this book is a most have... some of the greatest producers in the world sharing their secret and knowledge..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DavidJail on 24 Dec 2010
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Similar in style to Vol 1, but much more up-to-date (not too many references to ADAT and the similar stuff that is now more-or-less defunct). It's a bit lacking in the detail that us part-time recording enthusiasts would like, but still a good read and might stimulate a few recording ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gtr on 4 Jun 2010
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This is a very good book! Very fast reading but also has some great insights and its also very enjoyable for someone interested in audio and music production. I would say this book is essential for anyone interested in studying / learning about music production since it gives insights from the masters. It manages to give some great insights, tips, tricks, and also de-mystifies a number of concepts. Its also fun to notice general trends on certain concepts as well as divergences in ipinions and working methods used which are discussed in these interviews. You dont really need to have a deep knowledge about music production to enjoy readig this book although it is even more enjoyable to be able to relate better to some of the terms, methods, techniques, etc mentioned in the book. Anyone can and should benefit from this book, both beginners as well as more technical people.
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This is not necessarily a how-to-make a-hit book, although there are many "tricks & tips" in its text, but rather a book for those trying understand the art & people side of music production. It can be addictive reading even in the chapters dedicated to less house hold names. For those not familiar with the format, like the first excellent volume it is written in the form of an interview. I'm looking forward to the next volume when i hope he can interview Rick Rubin, Steve Albini & Stephen Street
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fun read, but not that many methodologies mentioned. 7 Nov 2010
By Keith - Published on Amazon.com
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Please let me explain the reasoning for the low score.
I was looking to this book to provide ideas/new methodologies...which is what I got from volume 1. In spades.
I read Volume 1 with a pen in my hand to underline/mark all the things that I might consider or recording/mixing "tips". When I was done the book had a -lot- of things underlined/noted.
Hardly happened at all with volume two...with the exception of the Clarke Scheicher interview.

It was well written, but after the 6th engineer/mixer is asked, "How do you feel about digital vs. analog?" the responses begin to sound pretty similar.

If you're not interested in "tips and tricks", then you may enjoy this more than I did.
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Paydirt! 4 Oct 2010
By Walter C. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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I debated buying this book for years, but when the second edition came out and I heard an interview with the author on CDBaby's podcast, I decided to take the plunge. I'm a home recordist. Released a couple of CDs commercially, basically by using "studio in the box" recorders. Recently started going digital and using Logic Pro. The learning curve on computer based recording and the general public's taste in music had me somewhat frustrated. I was about 7 pages into this book when I found myself regaining my vision and confidence. It was good to know that some of the industry pros think like I do, and value dynamics over the sheer volume of some of today's recording. Some of the incredibly incredibly expensive equipment that they so casually refer to is beyond the reach of most home recordists, but there are a lot of basic tips here in a variety of areas, and some of their unconventional approaches to recording are fascinating. This is definitely a book worth reading.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing insight into the creative mind 19 Nov 2009
By Travis D. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are interested in audio this book is a must read.

Its an interview style book that asks the top audio engineers the who, what, why, and where.

Everyone has different opinions on digital vs analog etc. Very cool book and easy read!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 8 Jun 2009
By trumpet 1 - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book. Would have appreciated a bit more tech, but still excellent. Read the first volume several times and this one measures up to Volume 1 very well. Looking forward to the next installment.
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Production Magic 22 Sep 2009
By Alberto Antonio De V - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has amazing stories from top producers. I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about record production and is interested in how the older generations are doing it.
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