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Product details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617805599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617805592
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.7 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bill Gibson has spent the last 30-plus years writing, performing, recording, producing, and teaching music. He has authored more than 30 books and videos about audio recording. His style is acclaimed for straightforward and understandable explanations of audio concepts and applications. Gibson is also known for his work helping Quincy Jones author the book Q on Producing. He also developed and teaches the online sound course for the Berklee College of Music in Boston. The course has been very helpful to an amazingly diverse international student body.


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Firstly, the editing could have been much better. In several places, sections have obviously been moved around and not updated afterwards - so some earlier sections are written as if you've already read later ones. Some of the diagrams' captions also refer to colours in the diagrams - despite the fact that the book is printed in black & white!

Worse is the theoretical information, which is patchy - and in places actually incorrect... For eample, he defines RMS as "the square root of the arithmetic mean of the square's set of values". Somebody needs a technical editor.

And don't get me started on the chapter about cables, which is just one big exercise in hi-fi voodoo, and an advert for a certain cable manufacturer. Blind tests aren't mentioned anywhere, so the 'differences' he describes are more than likely just the result of the aural equivalent of the placebo effect. And the section on digital audio connections is plainly ridiculous.

That said, there are some great practical tips for working in the industry, and for things like miking and processing different instruments. A lot of these are more applicable to recording than live sound, but useful nonetheless.
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Comprehensive, very well and clearly written and explained. Straight forward text and lots of diagrams! It covers more than I expected. Not just a technical book, but also gives you great advice on approach to this kind of work, and how to start from absolute scratch (having the right attitude towards the industry and music).
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Very helpful step-by-step analysis.
Perfect book for all live-sound engineers, technicians, operators!
Also for newbies and students.
Updated for 2011, covers everything with many diagrams, schemes and dvd.
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great for beginners, covers all aspects required for theoretical learning. I lost the dvd though and some online videos would be helpful.
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Great publication and the sound files packaged with it are really useful. A must have for anyone doing pro or semi-pro sound
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