Interesting books for home studio and field recording

I always have been interested in music and audio recording. Thats why I own and run a recording studio (@hotwiel) with a few good friends of mine. There is a steep learning curve to get a high level of knowledge and experience, which is necessary to get the professional results our clients demand.

Nowadays there’s heaps of information available on youtube, blogs, hangout sessions and other social media. Good resources, but I think sometimes all the information can be overwhelming. You just need more time to get familiar with the specific things you have to learn. For instance, what kind of mics are there?, what are the characteristics? How do I realize an optimal setup for my creative needs, without spending too much money? The list goes on and on 🙂

To create some overview in your mind (which is almost about to blow your head of 🙂 ), there are BOOKS coming to the rescue. WTF?? BOOKS?? Yup, books, made of paper and glued to one piece.

Give it a try……………….

There are many books about all the different disciplines that are subject to the recording studio. Acoustic treatment, microphones, compressors, reverbs, effects, mixing, mastering, how to record drums and instruments etc….
Very informative and great to use as reference book when needed.
Some examples I’ve read and still use as a reference:

  • Modern recording techniques by David Miles Huber
  • Mixing secrets (for the small studio) by Mike Senior
  • Mixing Audio (concepts, practices and tools) by Roey Izhaki
  • Understanding Audio by Daniel M. Thompson
  • Mastering Audio (the art and the science) by Bob Katz
  • The Drum recording handbook by Bobby Owinski and Dennis Moodey

 

Mic setup

Miking drums

But……….
There’s not much to choose from when you are searching for books about field recording. I founnd a few that ( I think) are worthwhile to read. They are pleasantly written and cover a wide range of subjects about all you need to know when pursuing high quality field recordings.

  1. Field Recording – from research to Wrap (by Paul Virostek)
    This book covers the sounds effects beyond the studio and the craft of field recording.
    Like:
    – what is field recording?
    – How do I begin recording sound effects?
    – What equipment do I need?
    – What steps should I take to capture high quality audio?
    – What advice should I keep in mind while recordingIf you are curious about any of these questions.
    You can get it here: http://www.creativefieldrecording.com/books/field-recording-from-research-to-wrap/

 

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FieldRecordingfrom research to Wrap / PaulVirostek

 

  1. The sound effects bible (by Ric Viers)
    This definitive book covers microphone selection, field recorders, The ABC’s of digital audio, understanding digital audio workstations (daw’s) , building your own foley stage, designing your own editing studio, sound design and much more. You can get it here: http://www.ricviers.com/#!sound-effects-bible/cukm

 

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The sound effects bible / Ric Viers

 

Both writers are well known in their own field of expertise. Just google them. I personally learned a lot of new things from both books and definitely recommend them to you, if you are interested in field recording and want to explore it for yourself. I say: get out and don’t forget your batteries !

I’ll be glad to help, if you need some, just comment or ask me on Facebook

Have fun 🙂
Frank