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5.0 out of 5 stars A journey through sound - a must read for any recording artist
I bought this book without hesitation. I was fed up with being told in every book what a compressor does, and what a noise gate does. Theres no technical information here. If you can't use a compressor or understand what a Mic Pre amp does look elsewhere, this is not about how a mixing desk works. This is about how audio works and how your ears and brain perceive audio...
Published on 2 Aug. 2007 by R. Nolan

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3.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Art of Recording
I bought this book as an amateur home recording artist looking for help but was disappointed - the information is mostly theoretical about the properties of sound, but there is no practical application of the information herein.
I think perhaps a professional studio engineer may be able to make some use of it
and anyone who would like help on knowing the best...
Published on 4 Dec. 2009 by Mr. T. Stevenson


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5.0 out of 5 stars A journey through sound - a must read for any recording artist, 2 Aug. 2007
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R. Nolan - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Understanding and Crafting the Mix: The Art of Recording (Paperback)
I bought this book without hesitation. I was fed up with being told in every book what a compressor does, and what a noise gate does. Theres no technical information here. If you can't use a compressor or understand what a Mic Pre amp does look elsewhere, this is not about how a mixing desk works. This is about how audio works and how your ears and brain perceive audio and how to listen to what you are truely hearing. Applying this will allow you to understand spacing of instruments, their placement within the stereo field and finally how to actually mix a song artistically and therefore professionally.

not only that its a fascinating journey to read what you know to be true but to finally have someone say it and compair it to professional recordings. If you have wondered how yo get a larger than life sound, or to make that vocal line appear in the mix, you need to read this book. I believe Moylan has hit the nail on the head decribing the art and he's one of the first to do it properly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to listen, 24 Oct. 2013
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JOHN TSIOKOS (North Dartmouth, MA United States) - See all my reviews
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Great information if you are looking to improve your critical and analytical listening skills. The exercises and the cd that the book includes are worth the money alone. Now, this is not an easy read, and it is not written in a "friendly" way. The author tries to establish a vocabulary by which sound can be evaluated which unavoidably leads him to create a set of standards that may not be your standards (high vs. low, very dynamic vs not, etc.). Although you would have to learn this stuff by heart if you want to communicate in the author's language, most readers might no bother and will only benefit by following the author's instructions on how to improve their listening.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Art of Recording, 4 Dec. 2009
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Mr. T. Stevenson (Bedfordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Understanding and Crafting the Mix: The Art of Recording (Paperback)
I bought this book as an amateur home recording artist looking for help but was disappointed - the information is mostly theoretical about the properties of sound, but there is no practical application of the information herein.
I think perhaps a professional studio engineer may be able to make some use of it
and anyone who would like help on knowing the best place to stand in a room in relation to the speakers, but don't buy this book if you don't really know much about sound engineering.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should have been called a Producer's Handbook, 8 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Understanding and Crafting the Mix: The Art of Recording (Paperback)
If you went into a mix situation knowing only what this book tells you - you might struggle. I'm personally treating it as more of an additional reference book. It seems to aiming at the engineer who has already gained the nitty gritty of recording and mixing but wants to fill a hole in their producer knowledge. It looks down at a piece of music from above - all aspects regarding the flow of the piece.

There are some little gems in there - but once you've found them - you need to have the technical knowledge in place to expedite them. Difficult book to dip in and out of. Ideally it wants to be read as a dry academic tome.

To be fair to it, I'm finding a hard book to get into. Others may have more patience.
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