Practical Recording Techniques covers all aspects of recording, perfect for beginning and intermediate recording engineers, producers, musicians, and audio enthusiasts. Filled with tips and shortcuts, this hands-on, practical guide gives advice on equipping a home studio (whether low-budget or advanced) and suggestions for set-up, acoustics, effects, choosing mics and monitor speakers, and preventing hum. This best-selling guide also instructs how to mike instruments and vocals, judge recordings and improve them, work with MIDI and loops, do mastering, and put your music on the web. Two chapters cover live recording of classical and popular music.  

New in the seventh edition:

  • Complete update of all types of recording equipment, plug-ins, and recording software
  • Increased focus on current industry and classroom trends like DAW signal flow and operation (during recording and mixdown), while still covering analog fundamentals
  • Updated organization to focus and break up topics
  • Updated tips on optimizing your computer for multitrack recording – for both Windows and Mac
  • New sections on streaming audio, mobile-device recording, live recording with digital consoles, and psychoacoustics
  • Listen Online boxes highlight where audio samples on the website relate to chapter discussions
  • Updated companion website with audio examples, articles, and suggested activities, plus expanded and more user-friendly links to the best sites for videos and articles, recording techniques, equipment, and other learning resources. Instructors can download figures from the book, the audio files, and a test bank

chapter 1|9 pages

A Basic Overview of the Recording Process

chapter 2|13 pages

Sound and Psychoacoustics

chapter 3|6 pages

Studio Acoustics

chapter 4|5 pages

Signal Characteristics of Audio Devices

chapter 5|28 pages

Equipping Your Studio

chapter 6|11 pages


chapter 7|21 pages


chapter 8|19 pages

Microphone Technique Basics

chapter 10|15 pages

Equalization (EQ)

chapter 11|25 pages

Effects and Signal Processors

chapter 12|15 pages

Mixers and Mixing Consoles

chapter 13|21 pages

Digital Audio

chapter 14|40 pages

Computer Recording

chapter 15|9 pages

DAW Signal Flow

chapter 16|17 pages

DAW Operation

chapter 18|21 pages

MIDI and Loops

chapter 19|8 pages

Session Procedures

chapter 20|11 pages

Mastering and CD Burning

chapter 21|22 pages

On-Location Recording of Popular Music

chapter 22|13 pages

On-Location Recording of Classical Music