Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sound Recording: 56 Practical Tips

Amos Clarke, a professional sound engineer and mixer, has been featured on this blog before, with his small studio production guide.  However, I couldn't help but post his latest work, which is a collection of practical tips for the home or small studio.  He's brought 56 functional and practical tips forward for any level of user to appreciate.  This advice has taken him years to coalesce in his own work, and it's now at your fingertips to start using today.
The eBook was just released this past week, but I'm sure the reviews will be just as positive as his other works.  His descriptions are straightforward and easy to follow and will be an asset to any recording specialist / hobbyist.  Take a look with the link below:

Amazon $5.99

This First Edition Includes A Free ‘Drum Processing’ Video Tutorial

This first edition comes with a free drum processing video where Amos shows you how to get fat, smackin’ and punchy drums. The video is packed with audio examples and explanations on the principles behind the processing. A must-watch!

Flip to any page, read the technique, and apply it. It’s really that simple. This is not a book that trawls relentlessly through the world history of mixing before providing any useful advice. It simply gets straight into the business of giving you real tried and proven mixing tips that actually work. And there’s plenty to keep you busy. The book covers processing such as compression, equalization, panning, parallel compression, transient manipulation, harmonic distortion, delay based effects and much more. The real value is how combinations processing work to create magic in your mixes.  

The book is formatted consistently so that each tip has a clear explanation of what it will achieve, why it works and how to do it. You can get straight to it and start applying the techniques immediately into your own mixing projects. The focus of the book has been to keep it practical and informative. This is a ‘how-to’ manual that is clear, concise and an easy read. The book also includes a short glossary at the rear.
These mixing tips have been developed by the author based on over 10 years working professionally in production, recording and mixing. They are a collection of his most loved and utilised techniques, based on his own research, knob-twiddling, and discussions with other engineers. These are guaranteed to be effective in adding professional level expertise to your work-flow.

This book contains mixing techniques that could create the mixing break-through you’ve been looking for! Do you need solid, punchy drums; a lead vocal that really sits solidly and clearly in the mix; more definition and clarity to your entire mix? All these and more are ready and waiting.
About the Author:
Amos Clarke has been working as a recording and mix engineer, songwriter and producer for well over 10 years. He’s worked extensively in live sound and as a bass player and vocalist in working bands that have gigged around the world. He’s also a lecturer at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand where he’s being lecturing at a tertiary level for over 15 years. He holds a diploma in audio engineering from SAE and currently runs sHOWpONY, a boutique recording and production studio in Auckland, New Zealand.