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While trying to get my retarded arm working again, I decided to blow some money on books. Ordered them last week and received them late last week. Here they is:

Set Your Voice Free by Roger Love

The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook by Bobby Owsinski

Behind the Glass: Top Record Producers Tell How They Craft the Hits by Howard Massey

Basic Mixing Techniques by Paul White

So far I’ve mostly read the Mixing Engineer’s Handbook and Behind the Glass and they’re both very interesting. Behind the Glass is all interviews and the Handbook is about 70% interviews. It can definitely get annoying to read so many engineers and producers contradict each other. One interview will be all “You gotta use tons of compression, man. If you don’t, your records are shit and I stake my entire illustrious career and in fact my very life on it!” and the next one will denounce compression as the downfall of Western civilization. Which I might be OK with. It’s all horribly subjective is what I’m saying.

Maybe I’ll write reviews of them later. I meant to review Cubase SX Power! but I plum forgot about it.

Posted on - March 17, 2003 [at] 9:12 am by Brad
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scottandrew on Books I Bought
March 17, 2003 at 2:31 pm

How’s that Basic Mixing Techniques book? Would you recommend it? I’m always looking for more how-tos.

The only thing I’ve learned from reading producer interviews is that everyone has a different approach, and there’s no “right way” to record, or mix, or produce. The best advice I got on pre-production came directly from Daniel Lanois just last week: “remember to press the record button.”

Brad on Books I Bought
March 17, 2003 at 5:59 pm

I haven’t really read that one much yet but I will try to report back on it. A quick skim through it makes me think it’s pretty cool. It was also real cheap. Like $8 US or something. It’s tiny but seems to be pretty information packed.

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