Understanding Records: A Field Guide To Recording Practice Paperback – Aug 19 2010
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"A lucid digest of the vast technical literature that documents the past fifty-odd years of sound recording practices. Hodgson explains how equipment choices and processing techniques relate to the musical goals and meanings they serve, illuminating for popular music studies the arcane complexities of how records are crafted." - Robert Walser, Case Western Reserve University
About the Author
Jay Hodgson currently teaches popular music practice and history, and the 'project' paradigm of production and engineering, at the University of Western Ontario, as part of North America's first (and only) Bachelor of Arts in Popular Music Studies and Master of Arts in Popular Music &Culture programs. He received the Governor General's Gold Medal at the University of Alberta in 2006, partially in recognition of his research on recording practice.
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I want to read the book a second time (at least) and try more things based on what I learned from it. (It's lucky that Hodgson uses Logic software in his examples, because that's what I have.) The recommended reading and bibliography sections contain great tips for digging further into the art of recording practice (I read a bunch of stuff on Sound On Sound's website after getting to the end of this book). This text is a great leaping-off point for learning all about recording, mixing, mastering and so on, but it's also just a great tool for better appreciating what one hears in different recorded songs. I loved reading about the recording of "Heroes" and learning to pick out the distortion pedal triggering in "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction".
This title by Jay Hodgson is an excellent treatise, and it even helps me hold my own in conversations with people who have lots of experience and degrees in audio engineering. This could be the only book you need to satisfy an interest in learning about recording practice, or it could be the beginning of a life of learning and becoming involved in the process yourself!
P.S. Recommended even more if you, like me, enjoy the 33 1/3 series of books (which I believe are from the same publisher).