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4.0 out of 5 stars A useful resource to have in the studio..., 10 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Guerilla Home Recording: How to Get Great Sound from Any Studio - (No Matter How Weird or Cheap Your Gear Is) (Hal Leonard Music Pro Guides) (Paperback)
I've been making music at home for about ten years but never actually officially learnt how to do things properly. I just learnt what sounded good from listening to music I like and then trying things out with effects and all that jazz. U

I made the move from a 4-track, using guitar stomp boxes for FX and a broken record player as a sampler, to a Korg digital 8 track with in-built FX. to cubase, to logic to ableton and I have always just done things how I like them. I like to work fast and prefer music that doesn't sound too generic in it's mixing.

Reading this book, I expected to learn lots of new things but instead, it just confirmed things I'd worked out myself from playing around - this was helpful in itself because I now know that my methods are more-or-less the right way to do certain things.

The concepts of compression, expansion, seperation, EQ, signal chain etc are explained very clearly in this book and it covers some good ground on mixing and mastering techniques but again, instead of learning new things to try and methods to achieve things I didn't know how to do, it helped me to understand why what I'd already learnt by trial and error actually worked.

I'll definitely always have this next to me when producing music as it's great to have a reference to processes, techniques for when you get stuck or want to do something tricky but if like me, you have worked out a lot of stuff and are producing music that sounds decent using software plug ins and VST's etc, you may want to buy this book along with a more 'next level' manual to help you progress further.

If you're more of a beginner looking to gain a clear understanding of do's & don't's and the fundamentals, it's the perfect book!
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