Top music production schools worldwide

top music production schools

Music production schools are getting more an more popular lately, giving you the opportunity to get Bachelor’s degree in audio production, certificate or other sort of diploma in music and audio production. From my own experience, the  best part of any music school or course is to get into music environment and build up connections with like-minded people, who encourage and motivate you to work harder and study more. If you start to surround yourself with experienced music producers, your progress will be more obvious. You will be naturally forced to devote more time to your music and you will learn a lot from your and your classmates mistakes. Also, what helped me alot during my school years, was long discussion, debates and sharing our musical inspirations, tips, and different views on music. Not to mention, that you usually spend a very nice time in a city abroad. So let’s have a look on top music production schools worldwide and the list of courses they offer.

 

Unites States

International  Academy of Design and Technology   Las Vegas, Tampa

Program that will help you develop your recording, mixing and mastering techniques.

Texas State University 

Bachelor of Science – Sound Recording Technology.

Full Sail University, Florida

From microphone placement, through editing skills and post-production audio, getting skills on digital and also analog equipment, finishing this school you will gain enough experience needed to start a career in the music industry.

Full Sail Univeristy offers Bachelor, but also different Diplomas related to Music, Audio and recording Engineering.

Berklee School of Music, Boston

Berklee has an excellent online education but also offers several in-house programs related to music production and engineering.

McNally Smith College of Music

They offer Bachelor of Science in Music production, but also associate degree – Associate of applied science in music and recording technology. You will learn recording and mixing techniques in analog, digital and also hybrid studio technology. With developing a broad range of technical, analytical and problem solving skills you will be able to work as an audio professional.

Indiana University Bloomington

Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts

University of Hartford

4 years program in Music production, that incorporate all aspect of music and audio engineering.

Recording Connection

They off internship based music education in more than 250 cities. With Recording connection you can study Audio Engineering, Music producing, DJ School, Hip Hop and beat making, Live sound and electronic music. They work with hundreds of top recording studios around United States, so you don’t need to leave your job, and move to another city to become a music producer.

Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences

After finishing this school you will get diploma in audio engineering and music production.

Institute of Audio Research

Diploma in Audio Recording and Production. Program designed for students who have occupational goals in the creation of new media, including, but not limited to producing, engineering, editing, and creation.

Musician’s Institute , California

Program will prepare you for career in the music industry by providing in-depth training in the essential techniques of recording and production.

Los Angeles Recording School

They offer various diplomas and certificates in sound – from film to music product. and music business.

Art Institute of Seattle

Diploma in Audio Production Program covering audio recording, sound reproduction, audio for video and broadcast production.

 

Canada

Recording Arts – Sound and Music

Montreal or Toronto? From Acoustic, through audio consoles, computers to signal processing and recording techniques, sound design and post production. This program covers all aspects of music education.

Trebas Institute

Montreal film school offers a degree in studio recording and live sound.

Musitechnic

Audio production techniques teach audio and musical techniques for future sound technicians (game sound design, audio post production, sound recording techniques).

 

Europe

SAE Institute

SAE Institute offers different audio engineering diplomas and degrees in various locations (Madrid, London, Oxford, etc..). This is one of the most popular audio engineering school in Europe.

School of Sound Recording

One of the leading educator in the music industry in London and Manchester, offering different courses related to music and audio production.

FutureWorks

Famous Manchester School of Media offers degree courses in post production, audio engineering and production and sound.Each course has been developed to provide you with the skills and experience to make your career in sound engineering a reality.

PointBlank, London

Plenty of Music courses – singing, songwriting, DJ courses, music prod and sound engineering. One of the most promotes music school on the internet.

Alchemea, London

UK audio private college offering world class facilities you can use 24 hours / 7 days in a week. From full audio courses to short ones. Various diplomas from game, movie to audio and live sound.

Recording Workshop

Sound engineering and music producer diploma for those who are seriously looking at sound engineering, music production, sound design or other audio studio related occupations as a life long vocation.

London School of Sound

London School of Sound gives you the experience of London Sound – work on your own music, get involved with the music scene in London, collaborate with musicians outside the school.

University of Portsmouth

Music and Sound Technology program, for people, who are interested in sound and music and wish to develop and apply their skills in the modern music industry – from sound design, composition, performance to film and video production and multimedia application.

 

Australia

VanderSound Audio Engineering School

Audio Engineering school – one on one.

Australian Institute of Music

AIM’s audio course for everyone who want to develop professional skills in critical listening, recording, mixing, studio and live sound.

JMC Academy

Whether your dream is to record, create, produce, edit, mix or master, this course provides an in-depth understanding of the operational and technical aspects of the industry with particular emphasis on studio recording and production, live sound production and sound design.

 

 

How old are your ears? Take this hearing test

I wrote it already few time here, the most important and often overlooked skill of every professional music producer is the ability of listening.  Human hearing can detect frequencies between 20Hz and 20kHz. As we grow older and also due to prolonged exposure to high sound pressure levels, we often lose the extreme ends overhearing spectrum. SO how your hearing compare to other average person your age? Take this video test and verify how old are your ears. And if you cannot hear the highest frequencies, don’t panic: You can always train your ears to hear special nuances and details in the music. It is not all about frequency hearing. Good music producers are able to listen music in more detailed and open way. I remember my college days, where I had a teacher who was deaf in one ear: however, he was able to produce a gorgeous music. And the good news is that everyone can learn to hear this kind of depth of perception in his own music production.  Someone calls it the color hearing, because it is like seeing the picture in black/white and then seeing the same picture with oversaturated colors post-processed in photoshop: the difference is huge. All you have to do is to have patience to culture your ear (train your ear regularly every day) to gain the ability to zoom into music and add depth to your listening. 

IMPORTANT: Watch this video in 1080p, because resolution settings can affect audio. Don’t forget to pick up the headphones.

The most inspirational recording studios

Before you listen or watch that interesting movie or amazing song, it has to be processed in a studio. The recording industry is quite competitive. It is difficult for any studio to make it to the top thus any of them must set the bars so high for others to reach. If you have been wondering on some of the nicest recording studios ever, then this article is a must read.

Hanz Zimmer Recording studio

This is probably most comfortable recording studio. From the pictures, I already can say that I feel there like in my living room. Hanz Zimmer, who made a lot of memorable music for some of the most popular Hollywood movies, designed his studio in baroque style. Read this article about him and his studio, it is very inspirational!

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Real world studios

This is a residential recording studio found in Box, Wiltshire. You can easily locate them in the south west region on England. It has been widely known to offer an inspiring atmosphere having some of the best acoustic technology solutions. It is home to WOMAD together with customized producer rooms which are busy every time. It offers a wide range of latest recording equipments to provide you with all that is needed to match your talent. It has proven to be the perfect musicians such as Kanye West and Beyonce Knowles. There is no doubt that this facility, founded by Peter Gabriel is the one of the nicest in the world. Real World studios offers also mixing through mail – eMixing. They promise you to mix your recording by UK top music producers. Worthy to try.

real-world-studios

 

9WG Studios

This multi use production facility was built in commercial building, in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Before it became recording studio, this building was used as a jewellery shop and photography studio. Nowadays 9WG studio offers music recording, audio and video production and post production. It is environmentally friendly construction, full of creative space for independent contractors.

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Blackbird studio

It was formerly known as the Creative Recording studio and was founded in 2002. It was fully renovated by the famous county music star, Martina McBride. Located in Nashville, this studio boasts of clients such as Black Eyed Peas and Taylor Swift. The facility holds 8 studios together with other recreational facilities such as a basketball half court. It is well equipped to handle tasks such as editing, tracking, transfers and even audio rentals. It does offer local internships that can result in permanent employment. This is just another reason to check o this studio.

black-bird-studio

East West studios

They were originally constructed back in the 1960s by Bill Putnam and are found in the Los Angeles. It boasts of numerous technical excellence awards and has proper facilities for their clients. It contains three main studios with well spaced rooms. It boasts of renowned artists such as Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys. East west studios has produced some of the most awarded and celebrated albums in musical history – from Elvis Presley to Rolling stones. Also 4 episodes of The Voice were filmed here. It has some of the best virtual instruments in the industry and will definitely offer that which you need. East West studios are perfect for any session – from single voice to 80-piece symphonic orchestra.

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Black rock studio

Founded back in 1998 by Tony Beckwith, black rock studio has continued to dominate the recording industry since then. Located in Santorini, this studio won the best new studio in 2009 in the Industry excellence awards. The facility has some of the best instruments to take your rock music to the next level. Black Rock studios is a combination of a luxury villa and world first class recording equipment. A heaven of inspiration and tranquility between sea and sun, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the sea and the volcanic island.

black-rock-studio

Delta lab

It is a studio founded by the then 19 year old Thomas Troelsen in Denmark. He is regarded as one of the best songwriters and producers of all time in Danmark. The studio boasts of different qualities of work including the current 2014 World Cup Song “we are one” by Jennifer Lopez ft Pitbull. Other works include the “silent Alarm” SHINee’s song “love like oxygen”. It has some of the most sophisticated facilities to offer the best for its customers. Design of Delta Lab studios was inspired by Verner Panton and is fully packed by collection of analog equipment. Bloc Party recorded their debut album Silent Alarm at Delta Lab. Delta lab studios is probably one of the most sexiest recording studios in the world.

delta-lab-recording-studio

For more inspiration you can check NonZeroArch site. If some of your favorite recording studio is missing here, write in a comments!

Music production tutorials that will help you with mixing

music production tips and tricks

Let’s face it out,  Grammy Award winning mixing engineer Dave Pensado is not only great music producer, sound engineer and mixer responsible for countless hit songs played on the radio charts (Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Pink, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, etc…), but also with his weekly show PensadoPlace which is dedicated to mixing & engineering techniques he is a great tutor and teacher.  For those who haven’t seen his show so far, it is a MUST! You will love this guy.

His weekly show consists of two parts; from episodes – interviews with many famous and prominent people behind the music industry (mixer, sound engineers, artists, etc…) speaking about various angles of music production and Into the Liar section, that is something like How to guide – he shares and explains there various mixing techniques, tips, tricks, hints and other aspects of his work in details. If you don’t know where to start when it comes to learning music production, this is definitely the place, that will keep you busy for a few weeks/months. Dave is a very humble guy and shares basically everything what he does in his work. I learnt a lot just by watching them and always when I’m frustrated with my dull mixes, just by watching these videos it always gets me inspired. Here is the selection of my favorites Daves Into the Liar music production videos. You can start with these videos, and then check out more when you have time! 

 

Working with low frequencies

This is alfa and omega when you want to have a nice and clean mix with readable and powerful low-end. You have to learn how to work with low frequencies.

I don’t carve frequencies, I just mess with it until it sounds good

Dave explains his tips in these great videos: working with low frequencies, using filters when mixing bass and how to get great bass track. More bass tips >>

 

Using Compression

Sometimes it is a good idea to use instead of compressor tape emulation or saturation. However, if you don’t know where to start, you have to watch this video about compression techniques and  advanced parallel compression technique.  Dave also recommends you to experiment with presets as a starting point – advantages of presets are, that usually they are designed by professionals, so there is a big chance you will get them work in your music production. This is another great music production tutorial about compressions and audio compression ratios.

Always focus on emotion and energy in your track, rather than the technical aspect. Be careful with compression, because when used in a bad way, it can take your track down.

Using EQ in front of the compressor you will get a good clean signal to work with. To tune the color of the material, use EQ after compressor. Read more on compression here >>

 

Train you hearing, use reference mixes!

When you are new to music production it is a common thing that you will struggle with understanding or hearing compression, EQ, applying reverberations. Usually it takes a long time to learn how to hear the difference. Dave once told a story that he started to mix as a older guy – in his 30s, but first 3 years of his job he was dedicating 2-3 hours daily only to listening others mixes. Sooner you start with training you ear, sooner you will be able to use it in a proper way. Don’t get discouraged – every skill is trainable.   Inspire yourself by watching these 2 Dave’s videos about ear training. Also remember, it is important to listen reference mixes while making your own music production. It is always good idea to place reference song within your project, so you can quickly access it and use A/B comparison. Use your own invention! Don’t try to simply copy/paste your reference track. Reference track is a good for use of checking the levels of various elements, looking for the dull spots in the song, etc…

Referencing is a short cut way to taking a break. It refreshes your brain because we tend to get used to what we hear, and lose objectivity in the process.

Learn how to use reference mixes from Dave.

 

On PensadoPlace there are many other short episodes, that can help you with your mixing skills. Which is your favorites one? Share your thoughts in comments.

 

Learn Music Production Online for Free

top music production schools

In old days music education was very expensive, and it was often the privilege of a few accredited schools and universities to offer music production courses –  for big $$$. With the internet age everything is becoming more and more simple and to become a really good music producer, you don’t need to spend whole life savings for some piece of paper – at the end of the day it is very questionable that this kind of “diploma” would help you to get a job in a music industry.  Take a chance and learn music production online – let’s have a look in our collection of free music production courses.

Free courses from the TOP Universities

This is the HOT HOT stuff. Lets have a look

  1. Learn music production with Coursera – recording, editing, and mixing. If you are nice place to start. You will get introduction to every aspect of music production
  2. Introduction to Sound Design – fundamental principles of sound and how we precieve it.
  3. Audio Critical Listening for Audio Production. If you read this article about ear training, you are now probably looking for possibilities how to train you ear. This is a great course!
  4. Learning music online with Berklee – Of course that Berklee won’t throw out complete courses for free, however recently they released 30GB of free educational material – most of it is just a  promo intro to their paid courses. Anyhow, you can still find there a lot of useful information.
  5. successful music producer it is important to have strong music theory foundation. If you want to learn how to write a hit song, this will definitely help you out!
  6. Classical composition. You never know when you will need it.
  7. Fundamentals of Audio and Music engineering. Go into the detail of sound, vibration, perception.

 

Improve your mixing, mastering with other music producers

  1. David Pensado and his famous online mixing school. This is my favorite one, however you can find a little bit lost there. So many information…
  2. Advices on music production from producer and audio engineer Graham Cochrane. Very helpful site, this guy got a talent when educates the others.

 

Learn music production on Youtube

In recent years, Youtube channels. Of course, if you find that there is missing something, let us know!

Tutorial videos on electronic music and live performance using Ableton Live

Short tutorial for Ableton beginners. If you just decided to learn Ableton, this is the great place to start.

Ableton tutorials, artist portraits, tips and tricks. Good for any skill level

Dubstep Electronic Music, produced in Ableton, Cubase. 

Tutorials and tools to help you with producing EDM – Electronic Dance Music. 

Learn to produce hip hop, trance, electro, house or to make hot sound design in Ableton / Logic / Cubase. 

Great introduction into Logic Pro X. Very nice webinar.

 

More sources

Here comes a selection of other websites which deal with music education.

  1. Reason Tutorial.  If Reason is your favorite DAW, this is the place for you. If you just thinking about Reason, don’t forget to read our Review on Reason 7.
  2. Listening to music.  For advanced music producer. If you want to understand Western music – from Bach and Mozart, to Gregorian chant and blues. Develop your aural skill of listening music!
  3. Music production step by step tutorials and tips for creating electronic music from Next Step Audio. All levels, all DAWs. Must see website!
  4. Learn Music Theory with Dave Conservatoire. If you want to be the TOP, this course will enhance your basic foundation.

 

Missing something ? Let us know!

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The most important skill for producing great music

There are many qualities required to be a skilled sound engineer and a music producer.  From theoretical knowledge of sound and audio, technical mastery of studio hardware and to marketing skills. However, the most obvious (and often overlooked) skill for all is the ability to listen. Over the past twenty years the audio sound has improved dramatically with all that technology progress. We have come to expect recordings of superb acoustic instruments, convincing sampling and synthesis, emulating environments…Making music can be both intuitive and technical, emotional and rational. The job of sound engineer / music producer is constantly making a decisions and evaluate the sound quality of individual sound sources in the mix. The ability to hear the quality of sound, to describe what is being heard and the facility to articulate possible audio issues is the essential skill for every one, who want to be successful music producer. Truth is that this critical listening usually take  years to develop.Good news is that everyone can do it and it is never too late to start with it.

“Once you start, you’ll never listen to music the same way again”

How to start with audio critical listening

How to start? Im calling it yoga for your ears. You should clearly see your vision and aim for it. If you want to make great recordings one day, today you are creating your future. It takes your full commitment.

Listening habits

It is never too late to make new listening habits that will help you to evolve your own skills. Try to listen music in a different way. According to book The Mixer Engineer’s Handbook by Bobby Owsinski, there are 6 elements of mix you need to take care on: Balance, Frequency Range, Dimension, Dynamic and Interest.

With developing new listening habits, try to focus on each one:

Balance
What is the appropriate weight of each instrument in the mix?
Are there any prominent instruments?
Is there any place where you are not able to identify some?

Panorama
What is the stereo field of the mix? Where are sitting all these instruments?
Picture where from left to right each instrument seems to be coming from.

Frequency Range
Try to examine the frequency range being used. Carefully listen for low, lowmid, highmid and hi freq.

Dimension
Close your eyes. Can you feel the space where music is located? And now focus on individual instrument and try to hear its own space.

Train your ears with Audio exercises

Your ears do the remarkable job of allowing you to hear a huge range of sounds, from a whisper to a loud band. To do this, the ear transforms sound energy into electrical signals which the brain can interpret. Your ears also help to maintain your balance. Your ears function like muscle. If you train your ears regularly with audio exercises – every day-Monday-Sunday-regularly, in a few months you will be able to hear applied frequencies, compression, time delays, etc…. On the ,applications and courses which can help you on your way. Just to name a few:

  1. Critical listening for audio production – excellent 7 weeks long free online course from to provides you with tools for developing and refining the critical listening skills relevant to contemporary sound engineering.
  2. Golden Ears Audio Course  – Golden are beginner,  this is the great place to start.
  3. Application QuizTones – very handy application for your iPhone and also Mac workstation, you can get it cheaply in use it will get easier for you to guess the correct answers.
  4. Audio Production and Critical Listening – Technical Ear Training. This is my favorite one. It comes with book and software (only Win version). This software is so far the best solution eq, compression, reverb and delay, signal distortion and more. This interactive “ear training” software will help you to train your ears: with every module you can have different settings (like for example with compressor you can train correct attack, release, ratio identification). You play the audio file and by pressing a Question button ask the software to apply a random change within the boundaries you specified. The software sits alongside the clear and detailed explanations in the book, offering a complete learning package that will help you train your ears to listen and really “hear” your recordings.

Trust me, with every day training, you will start to hear subtleties changes. You’ll identify with new subtleties as your own abilities progress. Once you become aware and conceptualize something you had not previously noticed, you will start to notice it everywhere. Trust your training. Visualize it. I remember, when I was training to hear  attack & release of compressor for the first time. I successful music producer or not.

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List of essential books written about music production and audio engineering

mixing secrets for small studios

Hey guys, school or work can really teach you lot of new things, however nothing can beat the holidays….time where you can catch up with your favorite topic – music production. Over the years I’ve read plenty of audio engineering material,  and I decided to pulled out some decent books for you, that stand out from my collection. This is the list of all-time my favorite books written on music production, recording and audio engineering, books that I couldn’t have lived without when I was starting my career. 

101 Production Tips for Computer Musicians

If you are looking for one reference book – manual for mixing, producing and recording this is the ONE that should be in every home recording studio. Only 27 pages, but you will find there everything you need to improve your results in creating and mixing music. (Get it from Amazon)

Behind the Glass: Top Music Producers Tell How They Craft the Hits

top music producers37 of the worlds top music producers share their insights and secrets on how to make hit music production – from the practical to the artistic. Definitely this book will guide you through numerous interviews with some of the big names in music industry, from the producer/arranger to the producer/engineer to the producer/musician. George Martin reveals the technical and musical challenges of working with The Beatles, while Phil Ramone, producer for such artists as Billy Joel, discusses studio wall treatments. How to make great music production? Learn from the greatest one. (Get it from Amazon)

audio engineeringAudio Engineering 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Music Production

Another excellent book for beginners for starting out in the recording industry. Covering all you need to know about music production, recording process and marketing your music.  (Get it from Amazon)

music productionThe Art of Music Production: The Theory and Practice 

First kind of book that comprehensively analyze and describe the role of the music producer in creating successful music recordings.The definitive guide to the art of music production. (Get it from Amazon)

How to produce music

This beginner guide book discussed easy-to-understand method on how to start producing music in this generation. Every chapter talked about each important elements you should learn or have in developing this skill. Great book for everyone thinking about producing own music. (Get it from Amazon)

Mixing Secrets for Small Studios

mixing secrets for small studiosThis book is a fantastic resource that will dramatically improve your mixing abilities. Mike Senior, regular contributor to Sound on Sound Magazine will explain all important issues that small studios (and even larger ones) users face and how to address them. Book contains a lot of practical exercises to really hear and understand the concepts described. This book is one of the best-written guides to mixing that was published by this day, Mike Senior writes with hard-earned wisdom. (Get it from Amazon)

Modern Recording Techniques

modern recording techniqueThis is the recording bible. If you want to get one book that has a broad overview of everything you need to know, this one comes closest. I grew up on the fifth edition, but I believe the 8th is now out. It can get quite technical at times, but don’t get put off by the equations. Most of the info in this book is easy to understand, and the techniques are easy to implement. Ideal for the practicing or aspiring any recording engineer and music producer. (Get it from Amazon)

Mastering Audio:
The Art and the science

audio engineering mastering audioKatz is an authoritative and opinionated writer who believes in meaningful standards followed by good taste. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn some essential tips and tricks as well as the fundamentals of mastering audio. All the best theory for audio mastering in one book, you can find there also the history of this important step in the musical production and a really good definition of all the process necessaries for mastering music in your bedroom studios. (Get it from Amazon)

The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook

mixing engineeringThe Mixing Engineer’s Handbook is a goldmine of great mixing information. Book packed up with plenty of information about getting you proper mix ready to master. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand what are the attributes of the great mix! It will really help you out, because it lays everything down in simple to understand terms. He is covering variety of mixing styles, styles of arrangements, how to build up the mix, magic frequencies and much more…(Get it from Amazon)

Audio Production and Critical Listening: Technical Ear Training

music production and critical listeningAnother great book if you want to improve your ears and hearing. Book and audio CD cover in separate chapters all important properties of great music production like equalization, reverberation, compression, distortion detection, digital audio editing, etc. The content is deep and accurate. If you want to master this subject, it is all there for you. Master your aural abilities, the most important skill for every successful music producer.(Get it from Amazon)

Home Recording Studio:
Build It Like The Pros

home recording studioWell-respected author Rod Gervis share his tips and advices on building your personal home recording studio. Great resource, everything you need to know about noise reduction, construction techniques and materials, sound absorption, and diffusion. Everything is covered here and in language anyone can understand. If you are interested in building your own home recording studio, don’t forget to check this case study and also some theoretical application.(Get it from Amazon)

The Art of Mixing:
A Visual Guide to Recording, Engineering and Production

art of mixingThis book has an amazing and unique approach to mixing, by using visualization. It has LOTS of illustrations that are very clear, concise, and just totally chock full of useful information. If your mixes are muddy and you are more visualize or „left-handed“ guy, pick this one up. If you want to expand your recording techniques, by reading this book you will learn what your recording equipment does and how it all works together in a simple, visual manner. Gibson has mapped out everything that can be done to create various effects in all standard mixes by covering all various musical styles.(Get it from Amazon)

The Art of Producing

art of music productionThis book is a great step by step guide on How to produce music from beginning to end, using step-by-step procedures for music production, whether it be for a band, group or record company project. I personally favor the section of the book called, “Composition of the Elements”, it is mind-opener to utilize everything around you as inspiration to use in the dynamics of your singing, colors in your compositions, and overall creativity when writing and producing music. (Get it from Amazon)

Master handbook of Acoustics

home recording studios acousticA good overview of the field of acoustic treatment for various rooms, halls, etc. Acoustics is definitely one of the more important things to get right in your studio. If you’ve ever struggled to find good information on acoustics and wondered where you could really find the truth about it all — your search is over. Build your own acoustic environments such as recording studios, control rooms, and home listening rooms with the help of the acoustic experts (Get it from Amazon)

Moulton Laboratories: Golden Ears

audio engineering courseAn audio ear-training course for recording engineers, music producers and musicians. If you want to learn how to produce music, this is an essention skill you have to develop: audio critical listening. With this book you will learn to analyze different frequencies, signal processing changes, application of delay and decays, using of reverb. Must have audio course, if you want to be master. (Check out the website)

Instrument and Vocal Recording

reference music productionUse this book as a reference book whenever you’ve forgotten how to approach a specific recording situation. Instrument & Vocal Recording goes into details of how to record the most common instruments, such as drums, vocals and guitars, breath instruments. There are many solutions for different scenarios, for example how to how to record drums if you only have one microphone. Get this book if you want to know how to make your recordings properly. (Get it from Amazon)

Mixing with your mind

mixing and producing with mindGetting right sound in your home studio is art and science. This is very nice approach to mixing – mixing based on your feelings. Every operation and action in your studio use other part of your brain. Open you ears and inner yourself and mix with your intuition. The authors mind works in an unusual way – he may even have a touch of synesthaesia – the ability to ‘see’ sound, as colours or smells. This is a delightful book about resisting convention and using your own intuition when listening to music while recording it.Michael Stavrou did a great job on this book. This book can help you get outside the box when thinking about how to visualize invisible sound waves.(Get it from Amazon)

 

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