The first three volumes in Craig Anderton’s new MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO HOME RECORDING are now available! Written in a clear, practical, non-intimidating style loaded with illustrations and sidebars exploring the logic behind a given practice, THE MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO HOME RECORDING is destined to become every musician’s reference of choice, allowing artists everywhere to use digital recording, mixing, and editing to their fullest potential. To better serve today’s market, each volume in the series is available in four formats: print book, ebook, via Groove3’s Digital Print Library, and, for institutional use, via the Digital Print Library with Elements|ED on a site license basis. This initial offering includes:
HOW TO CHOOSE AND USE AUDIO INTERFACES
(Hal Leonard Books Paperback; August 21, 2018; $14.99; ISBN 978154002491; 88 pages)
An audio interface provides the all-important foundation for computer-based recording. This book helps musicians choose, apply, and harness maximum performance from all types of audio interfaces. Topics covered by the volume include: The significance of different types of analog and digital connections and how to use them; interconnection protocols (USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt, PCIe) for Windows and Mac operating systems; product options from portable units to sophisticated mixers that can also serve as audio interfaces; special requirements involved in recording guitar; the function of drivers and accessory programs (like software mixers for signal routing); ways to minimize delays that occur when using audio interfaces with computers; how and why to choose particular sample rates and resolutions; the “high-resolution audio” controversy; microphone preamps; using multiple interfaces; expanding existing interfaces for more inputs; understanding specifications; various special features unique to particular interfaces; and more! HOW TO CHOOSE AND USE AUDIO INTERFACES is essential reading about the foundational elements required for a high-quality, computer-based home or project studio.
HOW TO APPLY EQUALIZATION
(Hal Leonard Books Paperback; August 21, 2018; $14.99; ISBN 9781540024893; 128 pages)
Equalization is one of the most important signal processors for mixing and mastering. This book goes beyond explaining equalization, providing essential tips on how to use equalization to make better music. Topics covered by the volume include: equalizer parameters; when to use different equalizer responses; linear vs. non-linear phase EQ; plug-in formats, mid/side equalization; typical equalizer controls; real-world examples of EQ in products from Ableton, Apple, Avid, iZotope, Steinberg, Propellerheads, Cakewalk, Softube, Studio One, Waves, and Universal Audio; solving problems with EQ; emphasizing instruments; when to apply EQ; applying mid/side EQ; understanding EQ curves; EQ presets for drums, guitar, piano, voice, and bass; typical equalizer mastering presets; equalization tips for guitar; frequency response; and more! HOW TO USE EQUALIZATION is essential reading about getting the most out of this crucial processor for mixing and mastering.
HOW TO RECORD AND MIX GREAT VOCALS
(Hal Leonard Books Paperback; August 21, 2018; $14.99; ISBN 9781540024879; 112 pages)
There’s more to recording vocals than putting a mic in front of someone and hoping for the best. This book goes beyond technology to offer valuable tips and techniques for obtaining the best vocal performances. Topics covered by the volume include: choosing the right mic; mic placement; microphone accessories like cables and pop filters; mic preamps; taking maximum advantage of composite recording; editing vocals digitally to prepare them for the best possible mix; using processors (such as equalization, dynamics, and time-based effects) during mixdown to enhance vocal quality; automation; techniques for layered vocals; connecting with listeners; ways to convey a singer’s personality; “emotional” dynamic range; how to recognize which take is the “right take”; and more! HOW TO RECORD AND MIX GREAT VOCALS is essential reading for anybody who wants to become a true storyteller by making the all-important connection between singer and listener.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
CRAIG ANDERTON is an internationally recognized authority on technology and music. He has toured, played Carnegie Hall, mastered hundreds of tracks, and been involved with dozens of major label releases as a player, producer, or engineer. He’s also written over thirty books (including the seminal Home Recording for Musicians) and thousands of articles, as well as co-founded Electronic Musician magazine. Known for his ability to de-mystify complex subjects, Craig has given seminars on technology and the arts in thirty-eight states, ten countries, and three languages.
ABOUT THE SERIES
THE MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO HOME RECORDING was conceived and developed to offer best-in-class information and instructional material built, formatted, and deployed for modern learners. Rather than covering all aspects of recording in a single sprawling volume, each title in the series addresses a particular subject in succinct, accessible format. Readers can select individual volumes to hone in on certain areas or proceed through the entire corpus, developing a comprehensive knowledge of select topics at their own pace.
ABOUT HAL LEONARD BOOKS
Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard is the largest songbook publisher in the world and the premier provider of essential, authoritative books for musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and other music business professionals. Whether you make your living in the music business, aspire to do so, or just love creating music, Hal Leonard Books’ cutting-edge media are guaranteed to provide information you need every step of the way.