Monday, July 26, 2010

Audio Note

Using audio equipment for performance or recording can be a boon to music making, but like every other aspect of music making, you need a good sense of what you want to do and how to go about it. The best text I've ever found on audio issues is Audio Made Easy by Ira White, ISBN 0-7935-7293-2. 

The edition I have is from 1999 and the only thing that's out of date seems to be him talking about DAT (Digital Audio Tape) as a possible mode of recording. These days that format has pretty much faded. The great value of this large format, 68 page book is that he goes through all the basic principles and equipment involved and gives you all the info you need to do things yourself. 

Over the years I've read it through several times and also looked up specific issues from time to time. It's a model for clear presentation of the basic essentials of a subject. 

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