- Paperback: 251 pages
- Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation; 2nd Revised edition edition (3 Oct. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1423454464
- ISBN-13: 978-1423454465
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.5 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Guerilla Home Recording: How to Get Great Sound from Any Studio - (No Matter How Weird or Cheap Your Gear Is) (Hal Leonard Music Pro Guides) Paperback – 3 Oct 2008
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This book certainly helped me to grasp, in easy to understand plain English, the basics of how sound works and how to get the most out of the sounds you can generate in a typical, small home studio. It gave a helpful grounding on topics such as dynamics, frequencies and frequency slotting, expansion and compression, reverb and effects, amongst other things. The writer uses good analogies to explain what he's saying, so you don't get lost.
I think there is still a book to be written for those inexperienced people who want to write and record music by themselves at home using software such as Cubase, with little equipment and little knowledge but some musical talent, but this book is well worth the money. It points out things that you may not know and are too scared to ask, and also reinforces things you thought you knew, but weren't sure.
There was something particularly appealing to me about this book's premise. I've got a load of gear. Some odd and some not. But most of my gear would be the stuff a professional studio or an aspiring engineer/producer would turn up their nose at.
I still felt that I hadn't got anywhere near exploiting the capabilities of what I had. I needed something that was going to help me learn how to use what I've got, rather than telling me why I needed to spend four figure sums on a new microphone or suite of professional mastering plugins.
WHAT I LIKED
Right from the start there is a bit of a kick in the teeth for somebody like me - someone with years of experience and a smattering of exposure to pro studios. Quite simply I was told to "get over myself". I've seen and heard what proper studios are like and I'm the classic wannabe. I'm trying to apply professional techniques to a cheap home studio and guess what? It sounds like a cheap home studio. To make a professional sounding recording with less than ideal tools needs a different approach. I'm going to have to forget some stuff.
Once I got over this initial scepticism, I began to get the point. There is a Machiavellian "the ends justifies the means" logic going on here. Concentrate on what the end result sounds like. If you used a technique that a pro would frown at to get the result that you like, it doesn't matter.Read more ›
I didn't award the full 5 stars here because there are times where I feel the author stops short of fully developing a point. While this is great on one hand because it fuels people to continue experimenting and researching, there are a couple of times when it would have been more useful to have the full explanation / example.
On the whole I thoroughly recommend this to people who have started, plan to start or have a vague passing interest in home recording. It will serve you as a launch pad to great things!
I made the move from a 4-track, using guitar stomp boxes for FX and a broken record player as a sampler, to a Korg digital 8 track with in-built FX. to cubase, to logic to ableton and I have always just done things how I like them. I like to work fast and prefer music that doesn't sound too generic in it's mixing.
Reading this book, I expected to learn lots of new things but instead, it just confirmed things I'd worked out myself from playing around - this was helpful in itself because I now know that my methods are more-or-less the right way to do certain things.
The concepts of compression, expansion, seperation, EQ, signal chain etc are explained very clearly in this book and it covers some good ground on mixing and mastering techniques but again, instead of learning new things to try and methods to achieve things I didn't know how to do, it helped me to understand why what I'd already learnt by trial and error actually worked.
I'll definitely always have this next to me when producing music as it's great to have a reference to processes, techniques for when you get stuck or want to do something tricky but if like me, you have worked out a lot of stuff and are producing music that sounds decent using software plug ins and VST's etc, you may want to buy this book along with a more 'next level' manual to help you progress further.
If you're more of a beginner looking to gain a clear understanding of do's & don't's and the fundamentals, it's the perfect book!
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I spotted this in a book.store in Florida, but it was the 1st edition and somewhat dated y today's standards. This is the 2nd edition and absolutely invaluable for. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr John Roderick
Brilliant book to help get your head round the recording process,reccomended.Published 1 month ago by graham johns
Brilliant reading for anyone that's interested in improving their recording knowledge and skills: particularly for understanding what happens to your signal as it moves through the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul_ABZ
A cool and sometimes humorous book that manages to explain every step of creating a good-sounding home (or studio) recording, right from the choice of [inexpensive] equipment to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nachtwunsch
This book was exactly what I was looking for. I've done home recording for some years and wanted to improve the quality of my recordings. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tim