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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation; Pap/DVD edition (26 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1458411192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1458411198
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Five-time Grammy winner BRUCE SWEDIEN's career in music recording began with the music of the post-swing era and continues through to the modern era of multimedia digital technology. First publicly recognised in 1962 with a Grammy nomination for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' Big Girls Don't Cry, Swedien went on to record and mix Michael Jackson's Thriller, the best-selling album in the history of recorded music. Swedien has been nominated for a total of 13 Grammys.

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By Itncl on 26 Mar. 2014
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This book is a great read and offers a great insight into some of Bruce's techniques. It's more practical than Make Mine Music and In the Studio with Michael Jackson.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Amazing mentoring resource for music creators by five time Grammy winner 24 Sept. 2013
By Chuck in Los Angeles - Published on Amazon.com
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With the advent of the digital revolution and home studios becoming affordable and commonplace, most music makers today don't get the advantages of mentoring that often accompany recording and working in larger studios. This book helps to bridge that mentoring gap, and is also a fascinating historical perspective on the recording arts.

I particularly like what Swedien has to say about using the entire frequency spectrum to engage the listener, and also found the practical information about microphones, studio setups, and every aspect of recording music and voice to be quite useful.

To have a glimpse into the mind and genius of a five-time Grammy winning engineer/producer with a love and passion for music production is a rare opportunity -- I hope this common sense book becomes a text in schools that teach recording arts. If you're making music today, this is a chance to learn from one of the best engineer/producers in music. It's well-organized, easy to refer to, and written in a conversational tone which I found enjoyable, not to mention that Swedien's discography reads like a who's who of music from Michael Jackson to Barbra Streisand to Count Basie to J-Lo to Chaka Khan, plus his legendary work with Quincy Jones for 40 years. I highly recommend it!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
There is little here for the advanced/ technical reader. 11 Aug. 2014
By Paul Terry - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been recording and mixing music for 6 years, and I've built a small recording studio. I am also an avid reader of recording and mixing books. I have read several, always with a highlighter in hand to pick out useful details that will advance my skills to the next level. Most of these books are loaded with highlighted sections and notes in the margins.

Not so with this book. First: Only half the book is actually written by Bruce. The second half consists of interviews. I made it half way through the first portion before finding a single line of text worth highlighting. This is why:

1) The book is filled with vague generalities that are unhelpful to anyone actually operating a studio day-to-day. Here is an example: "Music is always music, and a good balance is always a good balance." Great. So specifically what am I supposed to do with that information, when grappling with a couple muddy guitar tracks? Here is another example: "In recording popular music, the engineer... is free to become as involved in the creative aspect of the session as he or she wants to be, the only limits become ability, resourcefulness, and the tools at hand." Great. Let me write that down so I can remember it next time I'm struggling to get a bass sound that's clear on multiple monitor systems. Much of the book is vague and unhelpful in this way.

2) In the sections where the author does become more technical and concrete, the content is far too basic. For example: Microphone pickup patterns. This subject is already covered by at least a thousand websites. Do we really need a Jedi Knight of recording, Bruce Swedien, to explain what a mic pickup pattern is? Other examples of this: How to take care of a ribbon mic, what us a U47, proximity effect on vocals, recording history from the 50's and 60's, what is a transient, etc etc. All that is great. But this stuff is so basic. This would be like taking a course with Bill Gates and he just teaches you what a keyboard is.

I think the real problem is that the author was unclear about who their audience is. I feel that he has underestimated his audience.

Another thing I found annoying is that he reminds us that he recorded Michael Jackson on virtually every page. But there is no specific method described how each actually structured those sonic environments, or his technical approach to arriving at specific decisions.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic book from the master himself AAAAA+++++ 28 Nov. 2013
By Simon Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic book, more like personal advice from the master himself, what a legend and so much invaluable knowledge to pass on. This book is worth every penny and more. Bruce is the man and it's like a dossier of invaluable personal hints and tips from him, Bruce THANK YOU for writing this book, it should be on the bookshelf of every producer and audio engineer.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Enjoy this book ! 3 Nov. 2013
By Salinas Richard - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good book by the master of recording & mixing !

Lot of advices for using the best equipment for any recording situation.

The DVD is a good idea to discover Bruce Swedien at home behind his Harrison console !
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing!!! 20 Nov. 2013
By Larry Whitt - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is Amazing… it is a great by for going a lil more in depth into stereo mic technique.
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