Book Reviews

With all the technical information on line, I still like books. You’ll find some pointers to some good reading material here. More will be added as I catch up with my reading.

  • Total Recording, David Moulton – To start the ball rolling here, this is a review I originally wrote for Recording Magazine in 2001. Ten years later, I still think it’s a valuable resource.
  • Audio Metering, Eddy B. Brixen – This is an amazingly comprehensive book for its size starting from the ground up – principles of sound, hearing, perception, lots of principles and formulas, but kind of shy on practical applications. A tough read, but a decent reference book.
  • Sound and Recording Sixth Edition – Francis Rumsey & Tim McCormick – This is the one to have if you’re having only one. A long time desk reference for audio topics, it’s complete, accurate, detailed, and easy to understand even for complex subjects. Highly recommended.
  • The Mackie Compact Mixer Reference Guide – It’s not fair for me to review this because I wrote a good bit of it and compiled it for Mackie. It’s a really good reference, though, so I wanted to include it here. Mackie’s concept for ths book was that, instead of a standard manual, it would serve as both a master manual for their full compact mixer line and a reference explaining, in more detail than a conventional manual, anything you’d want to know about mixers and how to use them. They ultimately decided that it was too expensive to include with every mixer, so they made it available for purchase in printed form ($29.95) or downloading (one PDF per chapter) for free. Clicking on the title link for this paragraph takes you to the Mackie Designs web page where you can either order or download the book.  .