Analog Recording: Using Analog Gear in Today's Home Studio

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(Book). Today's hottest home-studio trend is the revival of analog recording. Everyone knows that digital is convenient, consistent, and reliable but if you want the warm, live sound of real music, you need to allow analog back into the mix. The good news is that the equipment you need is still out there and surprisingly affordable. This book tells you how to find, maintain and use: analog tape machines
• analog mixing consoles and monitors
• ...

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Overview

(Book). Today's hottest home-studio trend is the revival of analog recording. Everyone knows that digital is convenient, consistent, and reliable but if you want the warm, live sound of real music, you need to allow analog back into the mix. The good news is that the equipment you need is still out there and surprisingly affordable. This book tells you how to find, maintain and use: analog tape machines
• analog mixing consoles and monitors
• vintage and vintage-style microphones
• analog reverberation, echo, compression and limiting. The book also takes you through the process of building a home studio and a live echo chamber. And there are hints and tips from the analog experts: engineers and producers who have worked with everyone from Phil Spector, Sonny & Cher, The Beach Boys and The Beatles through to Nirvana, Maroon 5, Paul Westerberg, and The White Stripes. The package includes an 11-track audio CD that demonstrates what you can achieve when you bring the human sound of analog into your digital home studio.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879308643
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/10/2005
  • Edition description: Includes CD
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,450,211
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Are you warm enough? 12
Hiss is your life 24
Analog consoles and monitors 40
Finding vintage microphones 54
Past processors : reverbs, limiters, pre-amps, and more 70
Building your own analog studio 92
The analog sessions 108
Analog in practice 134
Ten great analog recordings 141
CD track listing 142
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2008

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    I am a fan of David Simons work, but this offering falls short of my expectations. The essential problem is a lack of focus on exactly what he is trying to achieve with his writing. As a history of analog recording it is woefully inadequate, as a DIY studio guide it is sketchy, as a technical overview of the care and use of analog equipment it is rudimentary at best, as a buyers guide to analog gear, the book is basically useless. That is not to say the book is without value or interest. Some of the interviews, session information and DIY stories are enjoyable for the causal reader, but not for anyone seriously interested in audio engineering. Analog Recording comes off as the diary of a man who is in love with the mystique of the technology of a by gone era. Personally I would say he has attached the the horse to the wrong cart, emphasizing the equipment over the people using it. The book includes an 11 track CD which contradicts the focal point of the book, that analog equipment leads to a superior product. Simply put, the tracks don't sound good, showcasing the shortcomings of the medium and the production techniques. My conclusions are that this book is best suited to those totally unfamiliar with analog production or to those enthralled by the romantic appeal of vintage gear.

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