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Classical Recording Book

Classical Recording Book

I won't wax all too poetic about this given that this page is already for a 60-page book, but this is a book about classical music recording. I wrote it specifically for the Ohio University School of Music position of Chief Recording Engineer, so there will be references and sections here and that won't make sense to everybody, but on the whole it is pretty universally applicable save for one chapter.

Although I was paid to write this, this really was more of a labor of love. It is fun to put your thoughts to words, to see how much you know. In many ways the problems I faced writing this book came down to the classic PBJ problem that so many programmers face. How do I write at a level that is neither patronizing of nor too assuming about the extent of the reader's knowledge? It was a fun challenge to try to break down concepts that I have taken for granted for years into smaller, more manageable chunks.

In large part, this manifested itself through what I hope is a gentle progression through the stages of audio engineering. Starting with some basic knowledge of physics and sound, I slowly introduce more advanced concepts while continually referencing the old ones. Building vocabulary is a large part of the learning process -- how are you going to ask questions if you don't even know what is out there to ask about? My hope is that anyone reading this book is by the end able to at the very least search for with accurate terminology the answers to any questions they still have.

It's currently licensed under creative commons, so feel free to redistribute. More info on the licensing in the book itself. It's free in the hopes that others are able to benefit from this knowledge.

Download available on the downloads page or here