Before you spend another dime — let alone many thousands of dollars — on a new mixing board, console, microphone, or recording rig, read this book. For decades, savvy musicians on a tight (or on no) budget have been making top-quality home recordings that can rival some of the best studios around for next to nothing. It's not a secret. It's just savvy know-how, a few good ideas, and a whole lot of ingenuity that have pushed these productions to another level.
Author Karl Coryat is a longtime D.I.Y. enthusiast. As a journalist and contributing editor to Bass Player magazine for nearly 15 years he has chronicled every development in home-recording and audio production technology as they've happened in real time. This totally revised second edition of Guerrilla Home Recording takes into account all of the most recent innovations since the book's original release. This book teaches the reader to think in terms of the three dimensions of sound and to look at the available resources as a palette of tools rather than a set of limitations.
Coryat breaks down the essential elements of a quality home recording and offers numerous examples of how to bypass the big-budget route and still get results that sound like a million bucks. Mic'ing techniques, humanizing a MIDI, sampled or sequenced drum patterns, compression, effects, separation, signal chains, and the trials and travails of digital recording platforms are all covered in great depth. With over a hundred sidebars of tips, tricks, and shortcuts for both bedroom rockers and hip hop beatmakers, this book will show you how to take your recordings from demo quality to top-quality in no time at all.
About the Author: Karl Coryat is a longtime DIY production enthusiast and journalist covering the music and recording technology beat. As a staff editor for Bass Player for close to 15 years he chronicled numerous advances in the way in which modern musicians record. He is also the author of the Backbeat Books title The Frustrated Songwriter's Handbook.