Montclair, NJ (August 21, 2018)—Industry legend (not to mention Pro Sound News columnist/blogger) Craig Anderton has teamed with publisher Hal Leonard Books for his new book series, The Musicians Guide to Home Recording. Kicking off the new line of instructional guides kicks is a trio of tomes—How To Choose And Use Audio Interfaces; How To Apply Equalization; and How To Record And Mix Great Vocals.
How To Choose And Use Audio Interfaces (ISBN 978154002491; 88 pages)
This book aims to help musicians make the most of all types of audio interfaces, delving into 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 Apply Equalization (ISBN 9781540024893; 128 pages)
Going beyond explaining equalization, the book provides tips on how to use an EQ, exploring 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 other important topics.
How To Record And Mix Great Vocals (ISBN 9781540024879; 112 pages)
There’s more to recording vocals than putting a mic in front of someone and hoping for the best. Here, Anderton shares tips and techniques for obtaining the best vocal performances as he discusses 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.
Each volume in the series is $14.99 and 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.
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 written more than 30 books and thousands of articles, co-founded Electronic Musician magazine, and has given seminars on technology and the arts in thirty-eight states, ten countries, and three languages.
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