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| Music Technology |

Looking for books on music technology? I personally recommend pretty much anything by Paul White : in particular, his basic series range of pocket books cover a wide range of topics, including MIDI, mixing, microphones, mastering, digital recording, home studio design, live sound, and effects and processors. But don't be fooled by the 'basic' - these little gems are perfect for all levels - from bedroom recording artist to college student, amatuer to professional - these jargon-free, easily accesible books are superbly written, making them an essential addition to your studio, and small enough to fit in your gigging bag! handy and refreshingly useful!! So what are you waiting for?

Paul White's Basic Series
Basic Microphones (Basic Series)
Basic Mastering (Sound on Sound)
Basic Mixing Techniques
Basic Effects & Processors (Basic Series)
Basic Home Studio Design (Sound on Sound)
Basic Digital Recording (Basic Series)
Basic Multitracking (Basic Series)
Basic Live Sound Basic MIDI (Basic Series)
Never be confused or intimitated by MIDI again!
Basic Surround Sound
Issues and techniques of working with surround sound

Looking for more than just the basic series? Try some of the Paul White titles suggested below :
Home Recording Made Easy: Professional Recordings on a Demo Budget Paul White : This clear, non-technical guide has helped thousands of musicians from the beginner to the seasoned professional to create professional demos and independent release-quality recordings simply and cheaply.
Live Sound for The Performing Musicians Paul White : a practical guide to equipment and sound for small to medium-sized gigs. Every performing musician should read this book!
Recording and Production Techniques Paul White : looking at the various techniques used to record and produce contemporary music - from planning a recording session, to producing the best possible mix, how to get the best performances out of your artists, and making creative use of effects and processors...
Creative Recording: Effects and Processors Paul White
Creative Recording Part 2: Microphones, Acoustics... Paul White
Desktop Digital Studio (Sound on Sound) Paul White : A step by step guide to setting up a digital recording environment capable of computer-based MIDI sequencing, audio recording and editing, sound synthesis and effects processing. A top book for novices and intermediates alike!

Modern Recording Techniques  David Miles Huber, Robert E. Runstein : my brother gave me a copy of coverModern Recording Techniques for christmas and it has to be added to my 'highly recommended' list! An informative and indepth book complete with useful illustrations, and well written. Now in its 5th edition, the book starts with an introductional overview of the recording studio before splitting into main topic chapters - sound and hearing, studio acoustics and design, microphone design and application, the analog audio tape recorder, digital audio technology, MIDI and electronic music technology, multimedia and the web, synchronization, amplifiers, audio production console, signal processors, noise reduction, monitoring, product manufacture, and studio session procedures. There's even a website which houses all ancillary material for MRT - examples, demos, updates, soundfiles/midifiles, manuals, forums and discussions etc... What more can you ask for?
"Modern Recording Techniques is the leading teaching guide, comprehensive manual, and reference tool for those wanting to learn professional recording. Written primarily for the fast-growing home and project studio market, it is equally accessible to professional producers and engineers, students, musicians and enthusiasts in general."

Composing Music with Computers (Music Technology Series)  Eduardo Miranda : focuses on the role of the computer as a generative tool for music composition...as a comprehensive guide with full explanations of technical terms, it is suitable for students, professionals and enthusiasts alike!

Microsound  Curtis Roads : Covering all aspects of composition with sound particles, Microsound offers composition theory, historical accounts, technical overviews, acoustical experiments, descriptions of musical works, and aesthetic reflections. The book is accompanied by an audio CD of examples.

The Csound Book: Perspectives in Software Synthesis, Sound Design, Signal Procesing, and Programming  Richard Boulanger (Editor) : Covers both the basics of Csound, and the theoretical and musical concepts necessary to use the program effectively. "The text covers: additive, subtractive, FM, AM, FOF, granular, wavetable, waveguide, vector, LA and other hybrid methods; analysis and resynthesis using ADSYN, LOP and the the Phase Vocoder; sample processing; mathematical and physical modelling; and digital signal processing, including room simulation and 3D modelling. The book comes with two CD-ROMs that include more than 40 additional HTML chapters; hundreds of musical compositions; more than 3000 working instruments; the Csound application for Macintosh, PC and Linux; and a number of Csound audio and score-generating utilities."

Computer Sound Design: Synthesis, Techniques and Programming (Music Technology Series)
by Jean-Claude Risset (Foreword), Eduardo : This comprehensive introduction to software synthesis techniques and programming is designed for students, researchers, musicians and enthusiasts in the field of music technology!

Sound Reinforcement Handbook  Gary Davis, Ralph Jones : to many, the sound engineers bible!


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