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Just Published from Focal Press – A new edition of the best-selling Practical Recording Techniques!

Practical Recording Techniques, 6th Edition
The Step- by- Step Approach to Professional Audio Recording
By Bruce Bartlett and Jenny Bartlett

Save 30% when ordering direct from Focalpress.com. Use discount code FOCAL at checkout!

ISBN: 978024082153

Waltham, MA, August 13, 2012. Focal Press has just published a new edition of the best-selling book Practical Recording Techniques. This hands-on, practical guide covers all aspects of recording, perfect for beginning and intermediate recording engineers, producers, musicians, and audio enthusiasts. Filled with tips and shortcuts, this book gives advice on equipping a studio (both low-budget and advanced), suggestions for set-up, acoustics, choosing monitor speakers, and preventing hum. This step-by-step guide also instructs how to judge recordings and improve them to produce maximum results.

New in the sixth edition:

  • Complete update of digital media material, including updated equipment and microphone descriptions
  • Digital performers and computer DAWs
  • Additional material regarding ProTools ability to let owners choose other interfaces with their software
  • More information on how the hook-ups in a studio work, with more advice on setting up a home project studio, and expansion of location recording material
  • Further information on things like Auto-tune and multiband limiting, a useful plug-in round up
  • Further information on workflow, addressing issues like file formats, uploading & downloading of songs and materials, and use of a computer as a recording device
  • Expansion on Internet issues
  • Updated home studio setup information, including the workflow with Windows 7 and Mac OSX
  • Expansion of technicalities of MIDI, including data structure and controller codes

Click here for a full table of contents

About the Authors:

Bruce Bartlett is a microphone engineer, audio journalist, and recording engineer. He has written over 600 articles on audio topics for such magazines as Modern Recording, db, Recording, EQ, Mix, Recording Engineer/Producer, Radio World, Pro Audio Review, Audio, and the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. He has also written a number of books including Stereo Microphone Techniques (Focal Press). A member of the Audio Engineering Society and Syn Aud Con, he holds a degree in physics and several patents on microphone design. He is also a musician and runs a 16-track digital studio specializing in live recording.

Jenny Bartlett is a freelance technical writer who specializes in audio and computer software.

Focal Press has been a leading publisher of Media Technology books for over 70 years. We provide essential resources for professionals and students in many areas including: audio, film and digital video production, photography & digital imaging, animation, broadcast, theatre and web design.

We are committed to publishing high quality books filled with practical hands-on information, dealing with cutting-edge and converging technologies from the experts in the field.

Focal Press – learn, create, master.

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Just Published by Focal Press – The Audio Expert by Ethan Winer

The Audio Expert
Everything You Need to Know About Audio

By Ethan Winer

ISBN: 9780240821009

To save 30% on The Audio Expert, use discount code FOCAL30 when purchasing from http://www.focalpress.com/. Free shipping in the US!

The Audio Expert is a comprehensive reference that covers all aspects of audio, with many practical, as well as theoretical, explanations. Providing in-depth descriptions of how audio really works, using common sense plain-English explanations and mechanical analogies with minimal math, the book is written for people who want to understand audio at the deepest, most technical level, without needing an engineering degree. It’s presented in an easy-to-read, conversational tone, and includes more than 400 figures and photos augmenting the text.

The book goes far beyond merely explaining how audio “works.” It brings together the concepts of audio, aural perception, musical instrument physics, acoustics, and basic electronics, showing how they’re intimately related. Describing in great detail many of the practices and techniques used by recording and mixing engineers, the topics include video production and computers. Rather than merely showing how to use audio devices such as equalizers and compressors, Ethan Winer explains how they work internally, and how they are spec’d and tested.

Most explanations are platform-agnostic, applying equally to Windows and Mac operating systems, and to most software and hardware. TheAudioExpertbook.com, the companion website, has audio and video examples to better present complex topics such as vibration and resonance.

KEY FEATURES:

• Explains clearly the innermost details of audio hardware and software 
• Contains numerous practical tips, tricks, advice, and lots of myth-busting
• Provides videos and audio examples on the companion website for comprehensive understanding

Read recent blog posts by Ethan Winer on Focal Press’ blog for everything audio –AudioUndone.com:

Lies, Damn Lies, and Audio Gear Specs

WARNING: Not for Newbies

Focal Press has been a leading publisher of Media Technology books for over 70 years. We provide essential resources for professionals and students in many areas including: audio, film and digital video production, photography & digital imaging, animation, broadcast, theatre and web design.

We are committed to publishing high quality books filled with practical hands-on information, dealing with cutting-edge and converging technologies from the experts in the field. You will find practical solutions to problems, examples you can apply to your work, and valuable insights that will help you keep up-to-date in these highly competitive fields.

Focal Press – learn, master, create.

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You may know the “how-to” of sound recording, but do you know the “why” behind it?

Just Published from Focal Press!

The Science of Sound Recording
By Jay Kadis
ISBN: 9780240821542 | $39.95

The Science of Sound Recording will provide you with more than just an introduction to sound and recording, it will allow you to dive right into some of the technical areas that often appear overwhelming to anyone without an electrical engineering or physics background.

Written by Jay Kadis, Lecturer and Audio Engineer for the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University, The Science of Sound Recording helps you build a basic foundation of scientific principles, explaining how recording really works. Packed with valuable must know information, illustrations and examples of ‘worked through’ equations this book introduces the theory behind sound recording practices in a logical and practical way while placing an emphasis on the concepts of measurement as they relate to sound recording, physical principles of mechanics and acoustics, biophysics of hearing, introduction to electronics, analog and digital recording theory and how science determines mixing techniques.

KEY FEATURES:

• Provides you with a clear understanding of why we record sound as we do to develop your engineering skills
• Numerous illustrations, diagrams and ‘work though’ equations help unravel the science
• Explanations given in clear simple terms “from the ground up”

Read a recent blog post by Jay Kadis on Focal Press’ blog for everything audio –AudioUndone.com:
So why do we do it like that? Science explains audio practices.

Focal Press has been a leading publisher of Media Technology books for over 70 years. We provide essential resources for professionals and students in many areas including: audio, film and digital video production, photography & digital imaging, animation, broadcast, theatre and web design.

We are committed to publishing high quality books filled with practical hands-on information, dealing with cutting-edge and converging technologies from the experts in the field. You will find practical solutions to problems, examples you can apply to your work, and valuable insights that will help you keep up-to-date in these highly competitive fields.

Focal Press – learn, master, create.

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