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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Clymer Publications; Pap/Dskt edition (31 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872886859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872886858
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.6 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 1999
Format: Paperback
All things considered, this is a pretty good book, but I don't think it is professional at all. It has a weirdly big print (there's little inside, that is), too simple figures and it says very little about stereo miking too. Almost no detail is explained and no bibliographical reference is given (bad lack!); on the other hand it's clear and easy to understand. Very good the idea of the audio CD about the different ways of miking. For beginners anyway one of the best books about microphones and about how to use them, with a "maybe" too optimistic title...
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By Geoff D on 21 Oct 2014
Format: Paperback
Bought for my son on the recommendation of his university, LIPA in Liverpool.
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Amazon.com: 18 reviews
50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Great reference on mic techniques, as has a CD! 4 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Who would think a book on mics would be a page-turner? But this one was. It has a clear and unaffected style. The book covers both professional and affordable (my kind) mics, describing the attributes, pros and cons of different types, and techniques of placement to get a desired effect. The CD that comes with it demonstrates different mics and mic placements on a number of different instruments. A valuable reference for anybody who records.
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Professional? I expected more. 25 July 2001
By "studioslave" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I expected more from a book titled "Professional Microphone Techiques". This book would be usefull for someone just starting to record music, but if you have even a modest level of experience with mics and mic techniques don't look here for any insights. Topics include basic mic types, 3:1 rule, prox effect, freq. response, an almost too expansive list of suggested mic positions of various insturments, eq suggestions, basic compression uses. CD included with the book is a nice touch.
62 of 75 people found the following review helpful
Almost no valuable information 22 Mar 2003
By reality check - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The "ultimate guide"?
Hardly.
One could summarize all the advice in this book with one sentence "put a microphone 6-8" in front of it; or perhaps further away".
No attempt is made to suggest, for example, why one might choose one offered position over another. No attempt is made to explain different techniques for different styles of music and recording. And most important, no attribution is given as to what record we might turn to for example of a particular approach. It's as if the examples given are the only options; and choosing between those options is unimportant, as no guidance is offered.
It's hard to believe anyone gains anything he didn't already know from this book.
Perhaps more than a paragraph on bass would be useful instead of endless pages of instruments ("put a microphone 6-8" in front of it") that one might encounter once every 10 years. And if I did encounter a hammered dulcimer, for example? I'd probably make a guess on my own and put a microphone 6-8" in front of it.
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
nothingreally's review is misleading 28 Dec 2004
By Kenneth Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have not yet bought this book, yet a cursory look through some key pages via the "search inside this book" feature reveals that pretty much all of the claims made in nothingreally's negative review are false. I just wanted to urge those of you who are interested in this book, but are turned off by such negative reviews, to use the "search inside" feature and see for yourself.

For example:

1) The advice is much more deep and varied than "6-8 inches, perhaps more." Look at the section for acoustic guitar, for instance. There are miking positions described all over the guitar, even under it and behind it.

2) There is plenty of information to suggest why to use one position over another. In the previous example, the book describes the effect every position has on the quality of the sound, noise pickup, and sometimes even the effect on the performer.

3) It's true there's no examples of records that use particular approaches (how is the author supposed to know this, anyway?), but nothingreally must have missed the CD that comes supplied with the book which demonstrates every single example position described in the book. Not only do you get examples of the sounds, but this emphasizes point number 2 by letting you decide which position would work for you.

4) The examples given are not presented as the only options, and the book constantly urges the reader to experiment and try variations. Guidance for variations is presented not only along with the instruments, but also in the form of basics and fundamental guideline chapters.

5) There is more than one paragraph for the bass. In fact, about a page for the acoustic (upright) bass, and a litle over a page including a diagram for the electric bass (ie, miking the amp plus DI). One can also go to the electric guitar section for more amp miking advice.

6) And guess what, the hammered dulcimer section does *not* suggest to put the mic 6-8 inches in front of it. Go see for yourself.

This was all easily verified by actually looking at the book for a few minutes. I urge every other interested amazon customer to do the same, and to all but ignore nothingreally's misleading review.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Simple microphone techniques 3 Aug 2005
By Morten Jacobsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book is extremely popular, too popular. Deeper insight like SMPTE reviews would have given me a better knowledge. However the enclosed CD with samples is worth the money alone. I would have appreciated that they had used the microphones they really wanted to demonstrate.
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