Top positive review
Outstanding Book. Highly Recommend.
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2019
I started playing music (guitar) in 1975, I started recording on a Teac 144 in 1981 and then to 1/2 in tape around 1987.
I have read countless books on recording. Went to school for engineering for a year way back when. As they say life gets in the way and here I am 30 years later still trying to record and write in my new and improved home studio. I will simply say this:
I wish I had Eric as a teacher at the school I attended. And I wish we had the home recording capabilities back then as we do now.
This book breaks down the recording process to it's simplest and most important aspect, the music. This is not an overly technical book that is going to sometimes put you to sleep. No mind numbing, coma inducing lectures here.
It's truly a manual on how to record damn near every instrument, including tried and true methods, the authors personal preferences, and alternate ways that he might not always agree with, pitfalls to watch (listen for) and why you're doing what you're doing. Laid out in a way that keeps you totally engaged. There is even a section where he sits you down in front of your DAW to identify phase issues and other things so you know what to listen for.
It's a very practical, realistic way to try to create the best recordings with what you have to work with.
So far I have bought 4 of this author's books and have finished two of them, the other being "Zen and the Art of Recording". Next up is "Zen and the Art of Mixing" and the Zen and the Art of Producing."
This book is a roadmap created by someone who's been there. And your final destination, if you chose to follow it, is a great deal of applicable recording knowledge and a really fun journey.