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Old 06-11-2015, 05:49 AM
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Hello everyone, My studio will not be up and running until early next year. Can you recommend the top 3 must have books. One for Pro Tools. One for computer terminology and one for recording techniques and technology. I need to get up to speed before my studio is built. Obviously I will be subscribing to Sound on Sound for starters. Thanks.
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:49 AM
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I don't have 3 books for you but I suggest book #1 would be Bob Katz' Mastering Audio, the art and the science(even if you have no plans on doing any mastering)
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:05 AM
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Thanks for the tip. P.s I will definitely be buying a mastering suite.
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Let me add that I think Bob's new third edition seems a lot more understandable for beginners and well worth buying for folks who own an earlier edition.

The internet is probably your best bet for computer terminology. Books are out of date by the time they are published.

Pro Tools is elusive because my experience has been that anybody claiming to "know" Pro Tools really doesn't! It's an Erector set we can build anything with but you first need to define exactly what you want to accomplish with it. From that point it's pretty intuitive to build a session. There are many ways to do anything.Templates are your friend.
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Old 06-11-2015, 12:13 PM
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When I was studying. A tutor told the class about an sound engineers bible. It covered everything from stereo recording, equalisation, mixing, racks the lot. I'm gutted that I didn't write it down in my notes. Never mind being able to tell you about it. Like you said though it is probably out of date now. It covered all the fundamentals.
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When I was studying. A tutor told the class about an sound engineers bible. It covered everything from stereo recording, equalisation, mixing, racks the lot. I'm gutted that I didn't write it down in my notes. Never mind being able to tell you about it. Like you said though it is probably out of date now. It covered all the fundamentals.
It would depend on what was in the book. In one respect, the physics of sound is basically the same now as it was 50 years ago. There's a certain foundation of knowledge of acoustics and sound that probably hasn't changed all that much. Even the principles of how filters, compressors, and other FX work is roughly the same. Its just applying it to the digital realm and the new gear that keeps coming out every 3.4 nan0-seconds.

Was this the book mentioned in that class I wonder? I've had a couple mix engineers tell me they always keep this handy in their studios.
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A great one I read before I went to school, not knowing it was one of the textbooks, was 'Modern Recording Techniques'. Up here in the north that was a common book used in the Audio Engineering courses about 10 years ago. A great deal of what's in there is still relevant today.

The best thing I had for learning was a job at a production company which also had a studio. Many of the techniques and practices used in live sound translate to the studio. NOT all, but many :P At the end of the day, books give you the theory, but nothing beats experience.

NO BOOK will make you an engineer, not even education, only experience. Good luck in your journey. This is a great resource for your trip.
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I wouldn't be able to remember the book if I tried. I will be stocking up on books though. To give myself a re-education. You can't beat the experience of masters of their craft.

I was hoping for many people to put their favourite books on this conversation. To help me and anyone reading this.
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I wouldn't be able to remember the book if I tried. I will be stocking up on books though. To give myself a re-education. You can't beat the experience of masters of their craft.

I was hoping for many people to put their favourite books on this conversation. To help me and anyone reading this.
You just gave me an idea! I'll be starting a new Book thread.
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Well my number one book would be the Bible.
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