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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy going in places; not a lot of revelations, but a very useful read, 5 Jun. 2011
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I liked the chatty style Mike Senior adopted and the organisation of the chapters, both of which made this an interesting and enjoyable read. I also liked the quality of the book; it smelled nice and you don't get that with Kindle! That said, a lot of the black and white photographs weren't up to the standard I expected from an otherwise well-produced tome.

I've been home recording for over ten years so didn't expect any blinding revelations, but if you're fairly new to the delights of producing your own recordings you'll find it a very useful companion. There were however some areas which Mike quite rightly stressed hard and made me re-think my practices on, e.g. reference recordings. In common with others, I suspect, I paid lip service to this vital process but didn't actually follow it.

I did find some of the more detailed explanations unnecessarily long and techy, e.g. the space devoted to what Mike seemed to be portraying as the horrors of ported monitors. Actually, I couldn't square that with the wide popularity of some costly ported monitors, I have some Adams AX5s, and don't remember seeing prominent port warnings in reviews of such models in Sound On Sound magazine to which Mike is a regular contributor.

I confess: I have far too many books on home recording that I've amassed over the years. My advice to those starting out would be to just get on with lots of recording: practice makes perfect, and buy a handful of really useful books, this being one of the main ones.
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2012 23:34:41 BDT
Joe O'connor says:
I read your review with interest. In the book, does it advise to get certain monitors? I'm using Yamaha Ns10s now, would that suffice?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2012 09:56:23 BDT
Hi Joe
Well NS10s are supposed to be the Holy Grail of monitors so you should be fine! Having said that, pro studios that have NS10s will have other speakers as well to check mixes, as it's vital to do this given the different types of systems the track might be played on.
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