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Mixing, Recording, and Producing Techniques of the Pros, Second Edition

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Veteran music journalist Rick Clark conducted hundreds of revealing interviews with some of the biggest names in the industry to create this extraordinary book. Tony Visconti, Phil Ramone, Richard Dodd, Jim Scott, and David Kershenbaum are just a few of the 115 contributors who share their special studio practices, tips, and anecdotes. A truly thorough look at the recording world, this in-depth collection of interviews with recording, mixing, and producing legends covers everything from recording strings and horn sections to using creative production techniques on the latest musical styles. Candid interviews with expert industry pros will enlighten you with the knowledge that has led the featured producers, engineers, and composers to huge industry successes and millions of record sales. This useful and entertaining information is organized by subject matter rather than by expert, so you can gain advice from several professionals on the specific topic that interests you. MIXING, RECORDING, AND PRODUCING TECHNIQUES OF THE PROS, SECOND EDITION is perfect for any producer or engineer who wants the advice, opinions, tricks, and techniques used by the leading experts in the field. This completely updated edition features many new interviews, fresh content from some of the previous edition's interviews, and a new section on live sound reinforcement.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Introduction
    1. The Sparks to the Heart
    2. Plugging In
    3. Magic in the Deep Grooves
    4. Light My Fire: The First Sessions
    5. Putting the Passion into Words
    6. The Art of the Q&A
    7. Finding My Groove
    8. The Process
    9. Some Words on This Book
    10. To Those Who Made This Possible
  4. 1. Acoustic Ensemble Recording
    1. Chuck Ainlay
    2. Jerry Douglas
    3. Mark O’Connor
    4. Bil VornDick
    5. Brent Truitt
  5. 2. Analog versus Digital
    1. Tony Visconti
    2. Nick Launay
    3. Jacquire King
  6. 3. Bass
    1. Norbert Putnam
    2. Jacquire King
    3. Leland Sklar
    4. Jim Scott
    5. Dylan Dresdow
    6. David Z (David Rivkin)
    7. Sam Taylor
    8. Eddy Offord
    9. Jim Dickinson
  7. 4. Brass
    1. Ken Kessie
    2. Greg Adams
    3. Jeff Powell
    4. Wayne Jackson
    5. Ralph Sutton
    6. Shelly Yakus
  8. 5. Creative Production and Recording
    1. Roy Thomas Baker
    2. Eddie Delena
    3. Joe Hardy
    4. Jacquire King
    5. Mark Freegard
    6. Paul Grupp
    7. John Agnello
    8. Bob Kruzen
    9. John Hampton
    10. Jeff Powell
    11. Dylan Dresdow
    12. Jim Dickinson
  9. 6. Cue Mixes
    1. Brian Ahern
    2. John Guess
    3. Jeff Powell
    4. Clif Norrell
    5. Terry Brown
    6. David Briggs
  10. 7. Drum Teching
    1. Steve Ebe
    2. Pat Foley
    3. Don Gehman
    4. Robert Hall
    5. Craig Krampf
    6. Ronan Chris Murphy
  11. 8. Drums
    1. Nick Launay
    2. Nile Rodgers
    3. Elliot Scheiner
    4. Jim Scott
    5. Ken Scott
    6. Ralph Sutton
    7. Dave Bianco
    8. Dylan Dresdow
    9. Jacquire King
    10. Russ Long
    11. Skidd Mills
    12. David Thoener
    13. Kenny Aronoff
    14. Roger Hawkins
    15. Peter Collins
    16. John Hampton
  12. 9. Dynamic Signal Processing
    1. Richard Dodd
    2. Jim Scott
    3. Michael Wagener
    4. Michael Brauer
    5. Joe Hardy
    6. Bruce Swedien
    7. Ken Kessie
    8. John Hampton
  13. 10. Evolution, Where We Are, Looking Forward, Giving Back, and Life Stuff
    1. Wayne Kramer
    2. Nathaniel Kunkel
    3. Tony Shepperd
      1. The Tech Breakfast
      2. The Music Industry and Reinvention
    4. David Kershenbaum
    5. Richard Gibbs
    6. Rick Clark
  14. 11. Field Recording and Film Sound
    1. Christopher Boyes
    2. Ben Cheah
    3. Dennis Hysom
    4. Rodger Pardee
  15. 12. Game Audio
    1. Greg Allen
    2. Jerry Berlongieri
      1. Mentoring: General Advice
  16. 13. Guitar: Electric and Acoustic
    1. Jim Scott
    2. Stephen Barncard
    3. Russ Long
    4. Nick Launay
    5. Dylan Dresdow
    6. Ronan Chris Murphy
    7. Michael Wagener
    8. Skidd Mills
    9. David Z
    10. Adrian Belew
    11. John Jennings
  17. 14. Keyboards
    1. Tony Visconti
    2. Cookie Marenco
    3. Leanne Ungar
    4. Christopher Greenleaf
  18. 15. Live Engineering and Recording
    1. Dave Morgan
  19. 16. Mastering
    1. Bob Ludwig
      1. What to Supply to a Mastering Engineer
      2. The Evolution of Mastering
    2. Andrew Mendelson
    3. Greg Calbi
      1. Twenty-First-Century Vinyl Mastering
      2. Cutting from Digital Masters
      3. Cutting from Analog Masters
    4. Gavin Lurssen
    5. Jim DeMain
  20. 17. Mixing
    1. Bob Clearmountain
    2. Richard Dodd
    3. Dave Pensado
    4. Dylan Dresdow
    5. Ken Kessie
    6. Phil Ramone
    7. Ronan Chris Murphy
    8. Bill Schnee
    9. Kevin Shirley
    10. Tom Tucker
    11. Matt Wallace
    12. Jim Scott
  21. 18. Recording Strings and Orchestras
    1. Richard Dodd
    2. Ellen Fitton
    3. Bud Graham
    4. Tony Visconti
    5. Milan Bogdan
    6. Mark Evans
  22. 19. Percussion
    1. Mike Couzzi
    2. Rik Pekkonen
    3. Eric Schilling
    4. Allen Sides
  23. 20. Engineering Philosophy
    1. Dave Pensado
    2. Nathaniel Kunkel
      1. Loud-Level Product
    3. Ryan Freeland
    4. Ronan Chris Murphy
    5. Jim Scott
  24. 21. Production Philosophy
    1. Tim Palmer
    2. Roy Thomas Baker
    3. Csaba Petocz
    4. Norbert Putnam
    5. David Kahne
    6. Tony Brown
    7. Joe Boyd
    8. David Briggs
    9. Jim Dickinson
  25. 22. Recording Piano
    1. Richard King
    2. Cookie Marenco
    3. Jim Dickinson
    4. John Hampton
    5. Ralph Sutton
  26. 23. Radio and TV Mixes
    1. John Agnello
    2. Michael Brauer
    3. Greg Calbi
    4. Richard Dodd
    5. Don Gehman
    6. Brian Lee
    7. Benny Quinn
  27. 24. Studio Design, Room Tuning, and Wiring
    1. George Augspurger
    2. Bob Hodas
    3. Bret Thoeny
    4. Chris Huston
      1. The Soundstage: Home Listening Room Versus Studio Control Room
      2. The Listening Room Environment
      3. Reverberation and Echo
      4. Taking a Look at the Soundstage
      5. Acoustics
      6. Kinetic Energy and Bass Traps
        1. Live End/Dead End (LEDE)
    5. Cookie Marenco
    6. Michael Rhodes
  28. 25. Surround Sound Recording and Mixing
    1. Steven Wilson
    2. Stephen Barncard
    3. Kevin Shirley
    4. Chuck Ainlay
    5. Steve Bishir
    6. Doug Mitchell
    7. ESE Recording and the Vibe: Rick Clark
    8. Starting a Label…and a Movement: Follow-Up Observations by Cookie Marenco
  29. 26. Tracking: Notes on Ensemble Recording in Two Locations
    1. Chuck Ainlay
  30. 27. Vocals
    1. Ed Cherney
    2. Phil Ramone
    3. Renee Grant-Williams
    4. Eric Paul
    5. Csaba Petocz
    6. Eric Schilling
    7. Dylan Dresdow
    8. Jim Scott
    9. Jacquire King
    10. Gail Davies
    11. Russ Long
  31. Appendix Contributor Bios
    1. Greg Adams
    2. John Agnello
    3. Brian Ahern
    4. Chuck Ainlay
    5. Greg Allen
    6. Kenny Aronoff
    7. George Augspurger
    8. Roy Thomas Baker
    9. Stephen Barncard
    10. Adrian Belew
    11. Jerry Berlongieri
    12. David Bianco
    13. Steve Bishir
    14. Milan Bogdan
    15. Joe Boyd
    16. Christopher Boyes
    17. Michael Brauer
    18. David Briggs
    19. Terry Brown
    20. Tony Brown
    21. Greg Calbi
    22. Benjamin Cheah
    23. Ed Cherney
    24. Bob Clearmountain
    25. Peter Collins
    26. Mike Couzzi
    27. Gail Davies
    28. Eddie DeLena
    29. Jim DeMain
    30. Jim Dickinson
    31. Richard Dodd
    32. Jerry Douglas
    33. Dylan Dresdow
    34. Steve Ebe
    35. Mark Evans
    36. Ellen Fitton
    37. Pat Foley
    38. Mark Freegard
    39. Ryan Freeland
    40. Don Gehman
    41. Richard Gibbs
    42. Bud Graham
    43. Renee Grant-Williams
    44. Christopher Greenleaf
    45. Paul Grupp
    46. John Guess
    47. Robert Hall
    48. John Hampton
    49. Joe Hardy
    50. Roger Hawkins
    51. Bob Hodas
    52. Chris Huston
    53. Dennis Hysom
    54. Wayne Jackson
    55. John Jennings
    56. David Kahne
    57. David Kershenbaum
    58. Ken Kessie
    59. Jacquire King
    60. Richard King
    61. Wayne Kramer
    62. Craig Krampf
    63. Bob Kruzen
    64. Nathaniel Kunkel
    65. Nick Launay
    66. Brian Lee
    67. Russ Long
    68. Bob Ludwig
    69. Gavin Lurssen
    70. Cookie Marenco
    71. Andrew Mendelson
    72. Skidd Mills
    73. Doug Mitchell
    74. Dave Morgan
    75. Ronan Chris Murphy
    76. Clif Norrell
    77. Mark O’connor
    78. Eddy Offord
    79. Tim Palmer
    80. Rodger Pardee
    81. Eric Paul
    82. Rik Pekkonen
    83. Dave Pensado
    84. Csaba Petocz
    85. Jeff Powell
    86. Norbert Putnam
    87. Benny Quinn
    88. Phil Ramone
    89. Michael Rhodes
    90. Nile Rodgers
    91. Elliot Scheiner
    92. Eric Schilling
    93. Bill Schnee
    94. Jim Scott
    95. Ken Scott
    96. Tony Shepperd
    97. Kevin Shirley
    98. Allen Sides
    99. Leland Sklar
    100. Ralph Sutton
    101. Bruce Swedien
    102. Sam Taylor
    103. David Thoener
    104. Bret Thoeny
    105. Brent Truitt
    106. Tom Tucker
    107. Leanne Ungar
    108. Tony Visconti
    109. Bil VornDick
    110. Michael Wagener
    111. Matt Wallace
    112. Steven Wilson
    113. Shelly Yakus
    114. David Z.