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The Recording Engineer's Handbook

The Recording Engineer's Handbook

ISBN 13: 9781598638677

ISBN 10: 159863867X

Author: Bobby Owsinski

Pages: 424

Published: 01/20/2009

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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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  • Includes interviews with award-winning, platinum producing engineers.
  • Teaches the tricks professionals use to record exceptional audio tracks for hit records.
  • Reveals trade secrets and techniques for mastering.
  • Improve your own recordings as industry experts review how they make their hits in the studio.
Author Bio
Bobby Owsinski
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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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: How Microphones Work;

Chapter 2: Common Microphones;

Chapter 3: Basic Recording Equipment;

Chapter 4: DAW Recording;

Chapter 5: Basic Stereo Techniques;

Chapter 6: Basic Multichannel Tracking;

Chapter 7: Preparing the Drum Kit for Recording;

Chapter 8: Miking Individual Instruments;

Chapter 9: The Recording Session;

Chapter 10: Surround Microphone Techniques;

Chapter 11: Surround Microphones;

Chapter 12: Final Recording Checklist

Chapter 13: Chuck Ainlay

Chapter 14: Steve Albini

Chapter 15: Micahel Beinhorn

Chapter 16: Michael Bishop

Chapter 17: Bruce Botnick

Chapter 18: Ed Cherney

Chapter 19: Wyn Davis

Chapter 20: Frank Filipetti

Chapter 21: Jerry Hey

Chapter 22: Eddie Kramer

Chapter 23: Mark Linett

Chapter 24: Mack

Chapter 25: Al Schmitt