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The Producer's Manual [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Paul White , David Felton
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Book Description

1 Sep 2011 0956446019 978-0956446015 Second 2012 Revised edition
Sound On Sound editor Paul White delivers the definitive guide to recording and mixing in the project studio.


Featuring 350+ full-colour pages packed with pro techniques, practical photos, detailed illustrations and hands-on walkthroughs, The Producer's Manual brings together everything you need to take a mix from initial recording to final master, including:


- All you need to get great recordings: from vocals and drums to guitars, bands and acoustic instruments. Choose the right mic, review classic recording techniques, learn how to tame spill and get the most from performers.


- In-depth 101-style guides to dynamics and compression, reverb, pitch correction, studio acoustics, monitoring and more.


- Taking your mix to the next level: explore the techniques and the pitfalls. Essential jargon-free theory backed by practical insights on everything from EQ through mixdown approaches to classic hardware profiles.


- How to master your own material when the budget doesn't stretch to professional mastering.


The Producer's Manual is supplemented by tricks and insights gleaned from over 20 years in the industry and interviews with some of the industry's biggest producers, including Tony Visconti, Alan Parsons and many more.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sample Magic; Second 2012 Revised edition edition (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956446019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956446015
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 21.5 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stacks of information, top tips, problems and solutions make this book a joy to read. 10/10." --Music Tech Magazine

"Everything you need to know is here, easy to understand, and immaculately organised. If you can't make a decent sounding recording after reading this, the problem is with you, not the book. Highly recommended! 10/10." --Waveformless Blog

"An indispensable book that I think anyone involved in music production, recording, or mixing should have.... Bottom line is, get the book, period. 5/5." --Sounds and Gear

"The Producer's Manual uses full-colour images and diagrams brilliantly to illustrate a point and to bring ideas to life... The book was a pleasure to read... 5/5." --'M' Magazine

"An indispensable book that I think anyone involved in music production, recording, or mixing should have.... Bottom line is, get the book, period. 5/5." --Sounds and Gear

"The Producer's Manual uses full-colour images and diagrams brilliantly to illustrate a point and to bring ideas to life... The book was a pleasure to read... 5/5." --'M' Magazine

About the Author

Paul White is Editor in Chief of Sound On Sound magazine. He is the author of many books on recording and audio technology, as well as a profligate producer and musician.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good introduction to home recording 16 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
I know of Paul White from my years of reading Sound on Sound, and this book essentially serves as a 'best of' all his articles over the past few years. I enjoy recording myself singing and playing guitar, and in terms of mic placements, getting the best tone and mixing things down this is a fantastic source of reference. There are plenty of illustrations making it easy to see what one is doing. There are plenty of chapters covering a range of topics from recording drum kits to best choice of mics, compressors and eqs. I would say this is a great source of information for beginners and experienced producers alike.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you'd ever need 26 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback
What can you say about this book that hasn't been said before in reviews or on Blogs? If you're a home producer of any kind of music, from dance to rock, indie to folk, then this book is all you need to get great recordings and mixes.

I've enjoyed Paul White's writing across many years of Sound on Sound, and here you get the benefits of his huge amount of studio experience in a beautifully produced full colour book. The pictures are not to fill out the pages either: they're a vital part of the book, showing where to place drum mics, where to position a vocalist in front of a mic, how to set up studio monitors and so on.

Aside from the comprehensive content, I like the additional info that has been sprinkled in: a nice section on classic kit like the LA-2A and Pultec EQ, and loads of tips from big-name producers. It's these small attentions to detail that stands this book apart from the many others out there.

I have bought more than a few of these kinds of books across the years. Most have been in black and white with out of date screengrabs and images (There's this great new thing called Midi!), only scratching the surface of what the modern producer does. Paul White's Producer Manual is the real thing: it's HUGE (you could use it as a door stop if all else fails), it covers everything and I can see it sitting in my studio well into the future.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously awesome 17 Dec 2012
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As a pro musician, recording is something i enjoy but have never been 100% sure if i'm doing the right thing or not. Look no further...The Producer's Manual had all the answers i was looking for to the questions i kept putting off asking and more. An added benefit, Im a Logic user and so is Paul, so it was even more useful to see the examples in a familiar environment. Not saying that other DAW users wont get a lot of useful information from this book.. Also i was surprised to see how professionally printed it was - lots of great colour photos. Sheer class !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 July 2012
By TCB 72
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A very well written manual. A series of go to principles and more radical alternatives. Studio environment, Instrument/vocal recording, effects/processing, mixing and mastering are all covered. Clear step through examples will have you brave enough to experiment in a short time. If you have a project studio you would do well to get this - I don't have to wade through countless magazines anymore. It will teach you something new or confirm that what you are already doing is ok. I can't really quantify this last bit but It's also mercifully free from the hackneyed delivery of so many music/audio publications - a kind of writing style that seems to constantly be trying to convince you that 'I really know what I'm talking about'. For me, it just makes the book more readable, which is great as I'm constantly using it to reference as I work. I'd be happy to buy other relevant publications from this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential!!! 22 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback
I've been a musician for 20 years now and have recently developed a strong interest in recording, producing and mixing. I knew alot of basics but this book has really opened my eyes and helped me in my first solo project. For a beginner I'd say it is as essential as any studio kit. It's direct, helpful and full of easy to follow instructions, diagrams and handy tips. I wouldn't be without it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold dust 26 Nov 2013
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I have never written a review on Amazon, but this is book is so good I just couldn't resist.

I'm an amateur producer and this book really has suited my needs to teach me everything i know to get good recordings. I was looking for a one-stop-shop with human advice and this has a real mix of detail, industry knowledge and great step by step guides without being patronising.

Paul uses logic as his main daw, as do I, so this is especially great if you use that, but will be applicable to you if you use Cubase, ProTools etc.

My recordings have improved considerably as a result, and i keep the book continuously open on my desk for reference.

I can't imagine it being bettered for this kind of 'real world' recording text book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality , as expected 4 Dec 2011
By Waiting
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have only been reading SOS magazine about three years but have always seen it in many studios previously
Now that I am recording my own music and songs, I find it reassuring that Mr White has a knack of explaining everything in a ' musically' appealing style.He always underlines the fact that the performances are of utmost importance.
There's plenty to inspire , here.It's good to see someone that is prepared to talk about the arranging of a song.
It makes the mind whirr and want to write and create and produce more and more.
In fact, that's what his book does, it inspires.It may be aimed at the producer but really it is just as important a read for any person that is recording and writing and performing themselves.
The conversational style, along with the thoughtfully laid-out pics make it the most attractive read too.It has the ' Wow, colour pics ' thing too.
I think it has already helped me to communicate thoughts and ideas with other musicians when recording and writing..
It obviously is a must-buy.

I have to say that I bought this in the same week as Mike Senior's book on Mixing...

I don't think one can go wrong with a pairing of authors such as these.Unless yr songs truly suck
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