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Bruce Bartlett , Jenny Bartlett
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25 Jan 2002
Practical Recording Techniques, Third Edition is a hands-on, practical guide for beginning and intermediate recording engineers, producers, musicians, and audio enthusiasts, offering guidance on a variety of recording situations, including small professional studios and on-location recording for both popular and classical music. It gives advice on equipping a home studio-from low-budget to advanced-and includes suggestions for set-up, acoustics, choosing monitor speakers, and preventing hum. Practical Recording Techniques also explains how to judge recordings and use the equipment available to improve them. Filled with tips and shortcuts, Practical Recording Techniques covers situations and topics not covered in similar texts, including documenting the session, recording spoken word, troubleshooting bad sound, and more. New to this edition are chapters on surround sound techniques, impedance, and audio for the Internet, as well as expanded information on digital recording and MIDI sequencing, and new information on automated mixing.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (25 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240804732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240804736
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 17.8 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,459,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"appreciate clear explanations It is packed with well-illustrated graphics and pictures and gives extensive guidance on everything from studio and location recording techniques through to publishing your sounds on the web. James Eade, Lighting and Sound International

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Practical Recording Techniques offers guidance on a variety of recording situations, including small professional studios and on-location recording for both popular and classical music. It gives advice on equipping a home studio--from low-budget to advanced--and includes suggestions for set-up, acoustics, choosing moniton, recording spoken word, troubleshooting bad sound, and more. EDITIONNUMBER: 21

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carefully written, useful, full of information 7 Feb 2004
This is a useful, carefully written guide to practical recording techniques (hence the title), full of information and touching on most aspects of the modern recording process.
I spent almost an hour in Blackwells looking through all the books on recording, and this is the one I eventually walked away with. I can't vouch for all the books on the subject, but this was certainly the best buy of what was available.
I give this book four stars rather than five because, in touching on everything, it doesn't really go into great detail on anything. You may prefer 'Making the Ultimate Demo', which is more focussed on a particular task although less complete.
You need also to recognise that this book won't turn you into a recording engineer. The Bartletts work hard to translate what are essentially hands-on techniques about an aural experience into words on a printed page. You still need to spend a lot of time trying out the different things they recommend before you really get the hang of most of them.
Even so, if I lost all of my books on recording and had to buy them again, I would still probably get this as a good guide for the ambitious beginner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 2 Oct 2009
Needed it for college. Seems to cover everything I need nicely. Could do with a bit more about acoustics however.
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5.0 out of 5 stars College Course material 7 Oct 2012
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This is on the recommended reading list for my son's HND course in Sound Engineering.
He's very happy with it as an information source & with the whole buying process.
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This will give any beginner a chance to get there foot in the door of recording. Amateur or hobbyist you will gain knowledge from this must have book ! And you know what they say - knowledge is power. DJ JORTEX
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4.0 out of 5 stars Practical Recording Techniques 18 Jun 2000
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Here's a useful and comprehensive introduction to professional audio recording aimed primarily at the beginning and intermediate level recording engineer, but useful also for people like me doing home recording. It covers all aspects of equipment, sound, techniques and procedures. In addition to what you'd expect (it's recent enough to cover digital applications), there are sections on spoken word recordings, on-location recording, hum prevention (the electrical, not the oral, variety), how to judge sound quality, and a short but interesting chapter on how an engineer can learn to listen to the art, and not just the sound, of the music being recorded. The Bartletts offer sound advice for how to mic various instruments (well, how would *you* go about micing bagpipes or a hammered dulcimer?). It contains a very useful guide for analyzing and correcting bad sound. Additionally, there are appendices covering the technicalities of dB, SMPTE and a suggested reading list. The glossary is excellent. For someone like me, it filled in all sorts of gaps in my knowledge - now I'm familiar with the Fletcher-Munson effect, I know exactly what an ORTF mic placement is and how to go about clearing up muddy sound. There is little or no input about specific brands or models of gear, but at 458 pages, there's not much room for that, and it's not that kind of book anyway. Thumbs up.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT INTRO to home audio recording, editing and mixing 27 Jan 2009
By A. Williams - Published on
I am new (just a few weeks) to home recording, DAWs, and all the hardware, software and terminology that goes with it. I saw this book in the store and quickly fell in love with it. FYI, I am the kind of person who will read a book cover to cover when I am trying to learn something new, as long as it is easy to read and techincally sound. This book is both, and covers much more than just recording as stated in the title.

It starts out with some basic terms and concepts, which make the rest of the book easier to follow.

It then discusses the following topics (not a complete list and not necessarily in this order):
- studio equipment, connections, speakers, mics, and other components
- different microphone types and how they might be placed in different recording situations
- bit rate and sampling rate recommendations
- an explanation of when and how to use various SW effects (equalizers, reverb, compressors, limiters, delays, etc)
- and tips for mixing and mastering for newbies

This book was JUST what i needed when i needed it. It may not be for anyone who already has experience or knowledge in the field though. Before i got this book, I tried to read Mixing Audio by Roey Izhaki. That book was very highly recommended (by online reviews), but was difficult for me to read just starting out. I will try to read that one again in a week or so and see if this one has better prepared me. (Another review to come, hehe).

Happy recording/editing/mixing/mastering/etc !!! :-)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars techniques for your personal studio 2 Feb 2011
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Just by looking at the cover you already want to dive into this book that covers practical techniques to get your personal music station going. It covers step by step putting together your own audio work station, from microphones down to the XLR cables. Tips for mixing down your music, what mixers, microphones, studio monitors to use. All in all, this is not a book you would want to check out at the library. I highly recommend that you invest in buying this unique guide that will come in handy later on down the road. Thank You
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best in Class 18 May 2009
By Vincent E. Ioppolo - Published on
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If you always seem to be a bit be-fuddled when it comes to recording audio, this book will definitely help you as it did me. I experienced several "light-bulb" and "Ohhhh, that's what that is for!" moments while studying the contents of this book. My only wish would be for a comprehensive "mix" section dealing with external gear as well plug-ins. For instance, you always see on a piece of gear, "48 inputs available during mix-down". Other than that I can only give this text a very solid rating. Great book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical Recording Techniques 23 April 2009
By Kenneth J. Rice - Published on
As a multimedia instructor, I'm always looking for better ways to explain things. In the case of preparing audio for video presentations, I've been reading in four texts lately. Practical Recording Techniques is one of the best in this category. One of the book's strengths is the manner in which it is organized. This makes it fairly easy to go directly to a subject and find the answer to a question. I recommend it.
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