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    Can anyone recommend some books (or even videos) I should take a look at to learn about music production? I think I can put together a basic demo of a song but I'm starting to wonder how I make a recording go beyond sounding like a basic demo. I've been listening to a lot of records and thinking I like that sound but I'm not able to analyse to a great extent what went into getting that sound and what is going on in the mix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KEROUAC1957 View Post
    Can anyone recommend some books (or even videos) I should take a look at to learn about music production? I think I can put together a basic demo of a song but I'm starting to wonder how I make a recording go beyond sounding like a basic demo. I've been listening to a lot of records and thinking I like that sound but I'm not able to analyse to a great extent what went into getting that sound and what is going on in the mix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KEROUAC1957 View Post
    I've been listening to a lot of records and thinking I like that sound but I'm not able to analyse to a great extent what went into getting that sound and what is going on in the mix.
    I'm not sure any book on production is going to help you with that. That comes from a combination of experimentation, experience and chance.
    That said, there are some good or at least useful books that might be of use;
    i Guerrilla home recording by Karl Coryat
    ii The mixing engineer's handbook by Bobby Owsinski
    iii Mixing audio by Roey Izhaki
    iv Emergency ! First aid for home recording by Paul White
    v 101 Recording tips by Adam St James

    In addition to these, old interviews are often a great source of information and to this end, you could check out "Behind the glass", volumes 1 & 2 by Howard Massey, "The record producers" by John Tobler and "Good vibrations ~ a history of record production" by Mark Cunningham, not to mention the autobiographies of people like Ken Scott, Tony Visconti, George Martin and Geoff Emerick.

    An exhaustive but ever so informative thread in the Reaper forum called "Why do your recordings sound like ass ?" is worth persevering with, even if it takes you months to read it.
    There is also a fantastic set of articles called "How to mix a pop song from scratch"
    that is a great read. I printed it off after downloading it and a friend bound it for me so it sits as a book on my shelf.

    It's not an exhaustive list, but it's a lengthy starter.

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    Wow there's a lot of suggestions to check out there. Thanks so much for the responses. Guerrilla Home recording had already come up on my radar so will probably give that a try but I''m also going to look into those other suggestions. Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcearl View Post
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    Peter McIan and Larry Wichman: Musician's Guide to Home Recording. It's from the 80s and the actual recording modality is tape. But it talks about, using a console, mic placment, amp placement, room damping, etc., and opens with a discussion of "critical listening." It was co-written by a professional producer and his buddy who is a home recording hobbyist.

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    That really reminds me of thishome-recc-jpgtome from about 1988 written by these two German guys and filled with the kind of information about studio building in the home that forums like this were set up to counteract and blow away. But on the other hand, it's worth a read for some of the actual recording information.
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    I started reading that Reaper thread once... I must go back to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Armistice View Post
    I started reading that Reaper thread once... I must go back to it!
    I started it about 7 or 8 months ago. I'm on page 46 of the 55. It's good but heavy. I have to take it in small dribs.

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