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The Recording Engineer's Handbook [Paperback]

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Working as a recording engineer presents challenges from every direction of your project. From using microphones to deciding on EQ settings, choosing outboard gear to understanding how, when and why to process your signal, the seemingly never-ending choices can be very confusing. Professional Audio's bestselling author Bobby Owsinski (The Mixing Engineer's Handbook, The Mastering Engineer's Handbook) takes you into the tracking process for all manner of instruments and vocals-- providing you with the knowledge and skill to make sense of the many choices you have in any given project. From acoustic to electronic instruments, mic placement to EQ settings, everything you need to know to capture professionally recorded audio tracks is in this guide.

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Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.87" Width: 8.58" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   2.38 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2004
Publisher   Artistpro
ISBN  1932929002  
ISBN13  9781932929003  
UPC  073999338027  

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More About Bobby Owsinski

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! A long-time music industry veteran, Bobby Owsinski started his career as a guitar and keyboard player, songwriter and arranger, eventually becoming an in-demand producer/engineer working not only with a variety of recording artists, but on commercials, television and motion pictures as well. One of the first to delve into surround sound music mixing, Bobby has worked on over a hundred surround projects and DVD productions for a variety of superstar acts. Combining his music and recording experience with an easy-to-understand writing style, Bobby has become one of the best-selling authors in the music recording industry with 19 books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world, including the best-selling Mixing Engineer's Handbook, Recording Engineer's Handbook, and Music 3.0: A Survival Guide For Making Music In The Internet Age. A frequent moderator, panelist, and program director for a variety of industry conferences, Bobby has served as the longtime producer of the annual Surround Music Awards, and is one of the creators and executive producers for the "Guitar Universe" and "Desert Island Music" television programs. Visit Bobby's production blog at, his Music 3.0 blog at, and his website at

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Interviews: the most important chapter  Jan 21, 2008
The inteviews chapter give us an explanation on how top recording engineers produced in the past the kind of sound we are trying to create nowadays.
Cohesive and Multi-Faceted  Dec 13, 2007
I have been engineering recordings for about 5 years and felt this was perfect for someone who already knows the basics about recording and is ready to get into the good stuff. The suggested micing techniques were very helpful and complete and are an excellent resource for when you are not quite getting the sound you want when placing your microphones on a source. The book also recommends which microphone to choose for each application and sometimes gives a reasoning, for instance, why you should pick a ribbon mic over a dynamic in the situation at hand. These tips are very relevant and help you to make better micing decisions on your own in the future. The best feature of this book is that it references many talented and experienced engineers such as Steve Albini and Chuck Ainlay; their helpful side-notes and tips really put these suggestions into perspective and help you to think about recording in the proper manner. I really enjoyed the section written by the "Drum Doctor" because tuning drums and having a kit sound excellent is the most important step in getting a solid drum recording. Overall i would highly recommend this book to anyone who feels they want to broaden the scope of their knowledge about recording or wants to get some new ideas about tracking.
A great guide for a soon-to-be recording engineer  Nov 26, 2007
This book is the best on the market (as far as I know) and you don't need to be an expert to start using it. All you need to have is the interest for recording music/audio. It's a recommended purchase for every soon-to-be (wannabe?) recording engineer!
A Great reference and a good starting point  Mar 15, 2007
This is a very useful starting point when recording a new instrument for the first time. It gives you in depth details about micing positions with clear pictures to support what the author is writing about.
The author also explains in a brief way the use of everyday studio gear wich along with all the recording techniques reviewed in the other chapters makes this book a must have in any studio, for beginners as a great starting point and for seasoned pros as an alternative and sometimes a challenge to the way they have captured audio and worked in the studio their whole life.
"And what do you do?"  Feb 17, 2007
"Same thing as everyone else you interviewed".
Very little changes between the interviewed "experts" except mic selection and placement. Pretty basic stuff. If you have a great sounding studio, you use it. If you don't, maybe you should find one.

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