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5.0 out of 5 stars The 'everything you wanted to know about sound but didn't know where to start' book, 18 April 2011
This review is from: The Book of Audacity: Record, Edit, Mix, and Master with the Free Audio Editor (Paperback)
I train journalists and the following is an excerpt from my review for our organisation website ...

I can't honestly say I've ever tried mixing down multitrack recordings in surround sound. But if I did, the first piece of kit I'd reach for is this book.

For journalists more concerned with capturing clean audio and natural sound for interviews; maybe the occasional podcast or audio slideshow, the above might not seem like essential learning. But Schroder's approach is spot on: The more you know about audio, the better you'll become.

The book's style is witty and informal, but Schroder definitely doesn't duck the detail. On the contrary, she expects you to grasp the difference between bit sampling and bit depth, and when a lossy format might be preferable to lossless. Thankfully, she puts it all across with refreshing clarity.

Whether covering studio techniques, podcasting or creating mobile ringtones, each chapter adopts, as the cover puts it, `a project-based, get-it-done' approach.

Her chapters on using Audacity's array of effects and plug-ins are particularly impressive. If you're a musician new to recording, this is a great place to start. For journalists, Shroder goes step by step through capturing, editing and exporting in a variety of formats. She also does a predictably masterful job of explaining Audacity's controls and shortcuts.

As a Mac user, I did find the book a tad dominated by PC and Linux (some 40-odd pages are dedicated to configuring Audacity for these operating systems). But since most journalists I work with use PCs, not an issue. Overall, a great resource and, for the money, worth five stars.
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