Hal Leonard has released the first three volumes in Craig Anderton's new Musician's Guide To Home Recording, offering a clear, practical, non-intimidating style loaded with illustrations and sidebars exploring the logic behind a given practice. The series is designed to allow artists to use digital recording, mixing, and editing to their fullest potential. Each volume in the series is available in four formats: print book, eBook, and, for institutional use, via the Digital Print Library with Elements|ED on a site license basis.
This initial offering includes:
How To Choose and Use Audio Interfaces ($14.99)
This book intends to help musicians choose, apply, and harness maximum performance from all types of audio interfaces. Topics covered include: The significance of different types of analog and digital connections and how to use them; interconnection protocols (USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt, PCIe) for Windows and Mac operating systems; product options from portable units to sophisticated mixers that can also serve as audio interfaces; special requirements involved in recording guitar; the function of drivers and accessory programs (like software mixers for signal routing); ways to minimize delays that occur when using audio interfaces with computers; how and why to choose particular sample rates and resolutions; the "high-resolution audio" controversy; microphone preamps; using multiple interfaces; expanding existing interfaces for more inputs; understanding specifications; various special features unique to particular interfaces.
How To Apply Equalization ($14.99)
This book goes beyond explaining equalization, providing essential tips on how to use equalization to make better music. Topics covered by the volume include: equalizer parameters; when to use different equalizer responses; linear vs. non-linear phase EQ; plug-in formats, mid/side equalization; typical equalizer controls; real-world examples of EQ in products from Ableton, Apple, Avid, iZotope, Steinberg, Propellerhead, Cakewalk, Softube, Studio One, Waves, and Universal Audio; solving problems with EQ; emphasizing instruments; when to apply EQ; applying mid/side EQ; understanding EQ curves; EQ presets for drums, guitar, piano, voice, and bass; typical equalizer mastering presets; equalization tips for guitar; frequency response; and more. How To Apply Equalization is essential reading about getting the most out of this crucial processor for mixing and mastering.
How To Record and Mix Great Vocals ($14.99)
This book intends to offer valuable tips and techniques for obtaining the best vocal performances. Topics covered by the volume include: choosing the right mic; mic placement; microphone accessories like cables and pop filters; mic preamps; taking maximum advantage of composite recording; editing vocals digitally to prepare them for the best possible mix; using processors (such as equalization, dynamics, and time-based effects) during mixdown to enhance vocal quality; automation; techniques for layered vocals; connecting with listeners; ways to convey a singer's personality; "emotional" dynamic range; how to recognize which take is the "right take."
Craig Anderton is an internationally recognized authority on technology and music. He has toured, played Carnegie Hall, mastered hundreds of tracks, and been involved with dozens of major label releases as a player, producer, or engineer. He's also written over thirty books and thousands of articles, as well as co-founded Electronic Musician magazine. Known for his ability to de-mystify complex subjects, Craig has given seminars on technology and the arts in thirty-eight states, ten countries, and three languages.