I'm fairly new to audio production and this is the right book for me. I take it everywhere. His technical explanations are clear and he gives enough background info for me to really get my head round the concepts. I like the way Rose examines the merits of a wide variety of brands and models of audio equipment without pushing any particular one. He clearly works at the high end of the sound production business but isn't averse to discussing cheaper methods and equipment. Jay Rose isn't a writer who cracks jokes all the way through, but he clearly has a wry sense of humour which makes him all the more readable. I highly recommend this book.
As for which one to buy... I wasn't completely happy with the Tomlinson Holman book, which I felt, didn't go into enough technical detail. Holman tends to make a lot of recommendations from his vast and infinite wisdom, but doesn't always explain why. Not so with Jay Rose's brilliant book.
This is a good book but I have some concerns. Firstly although the author is very experienced and the book is written for beginers there is quite a lot of what I would call techno speak only really understood by those in the business. The first chapters really need a good re-write as it looks as if the author has collected together all his college notes and tried to make a book. Some excellent bits but a bit jumbled. Good example would be p25 where we are being told about sample depth, then out of the blue he mentions 'bits' without any explanation! I found the rest of the book to be excellent. His knowledge is unsurpassed and the anecdotes he passes on based on real life examples and years of experience are truly invaluable. Buy it.... Geoff
This is a really excellent book. Well written with clear explanations and diagrams. Practical advice by an expert.
I have spent many years in professional photo and video production but I still learnt plenty from this book as I had not produced video for around 20 years until this year.
To get up to date, I also bought: 'Video Shooter' by Barry Braverman 'Videomaker Guide to Video Production' 'Digital Video Secrets' by Tony Levelle.
All these are excellent and cover everything from beginner up to expert level. Lots of good reading in all of them. Book reviews are difficult to write as the reader's experience is unknown but you will not be disappointed in any of these books. Naturally, if you are a professional in the industry you would not need any books at all but for anyone else they are all fantastic!
Well, I placed an order for this book on the 24th of March 2010 Amazon said the package had been dispatched and the delivery estimate was on the 1st of April. Today,8th of April,I am still sitting with empty hands... I dont even know where to contact these guys.I cant even track my package,since they didnt provide me one!!!! Anyway,it's a sure 1 star for the inconvinience by Amazon. Cant rate the book itself as you can understand.
Hope someone might help(obv i need to speak with amazon about this product,but i cant find a way in this site)before i'm forced to return it...