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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning (26 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133788920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133788928
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 724,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introduction. 1. Getting Started. 2. A Solid Foundation. 3. The Recording Space. 4. Preparing to Record. 5. Choosing Microphones. 6. Microphone Placement. 7. Working on Sounds. 8. Tracking And Overdubs. 9. Mixing Techniques. 10. Sample Set-ups.

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So this is one of the 'bibles' of drum recording technique. In fact it goes a step further as there is plenty of supplementary information about recording that can be applied to more than just the drums.
I would say that the book is useful to both the beginner and, if not expert, competent user of both analog and digital ('in the box') recording equipment.
Plenty of information about microphone placement and choice of types. Limited advice about specific microphones but given the number out there this is no real surprise.
An informative and easy read with humour and his obvious knowledge and experience shinning through.
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Recording Drums: A must!! 27 April 2013
By antonio alarcon - Published on Amazon.com
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Not only does Mike Major have the technical knowledge after countless years working in the studio, but his love and appreciation for the craft of creating music puts his work above the standard. I ordered 2 copies, one for myself and one to share with another budding recordist. This is a must for anyone from the novice to the seasoned pro. Mike's techniques and insight are sure to make any project sound better.
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By Rhys - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an amazing read by a true hero of music production. Any aspiring drummer / recording engineer / producer should start with this book as the cornerstone of their drum recording knowledge. 5 STARS!!!
Good Info here and there 21 Dec. 2013
By Michael A. Manocchi - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not sure how many times the author says "this topic is beyond the scope of this book."

Way too much fluff in the book, it could be cut down to about 100 pages of very useful information.

So on one hand, it's fluffy and sort of annoying at times, and on the other hand there is some great info hidden within the chapters.

In some places you wish the author would explain something further and he doesn't.

Example: The author mentions using the Mid/Side technique in the chapter about Stereo Mic Techniques and simply mentions the fact that you have to decode the Side mic by saying "you have to split the side signal into two signals and then flip the polarity of one of them" NEVER goes into how to go about taking a mono, figure 8 mic, and splitting that into 2 signals!

Yet, the author spends page after page explaining the controls on a compressor, something that is explained again and again in just about every book on the planet.

I have picked up some new things that I will be trying though so this book is not a total loss, it's just going to be hard to go back and find what I wanted to try among all the fluff in the book.

hope this helps. Wait, save money, and buy it when it comes up used!
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