Big Studio Secrets for Home Recording and Production explains how some of the world's most memorable songs were recorded with simple equipment in homes, garages, bathrooms, and bedrooms. This book will teach you how to record and get the most out of your equipment. It is filled with tips, tricks and suggestions as well as advanced techniques for obtaining the unique sound you want.
You'll learn about microphones and microphone technique; how acoustics affect recordings; how to improve your studio on a shoestring budget; how to EQ, compress, and use effects on your tracks; how to produce, arrange, and mix; and how to master your recordings. The companion CD-ROM will give you examples and a real feel for adopting the concepts discussed in this book.
Author Joe Dochtermann became interested in recording at age 16, after receiving a Tascam 4-track as a present. After studying Music and Sound Recording at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, he has worked as an engineer around the world for clients including Danny Kortchmar, singer Charlie Karp, bass guitar legend Harvey Brooks, MCA records, V2 records, acclaimed classical violinist Alexander Markov, and bluesmeisters SloLeak.
Joe's latest project with his band Troutband brought him and bandmates James Prosek and Rick Richter to the late Johnny Cash's private studio to record with Nashville legends Marcus Hummon, David Roe, Rick Lonow, and Chuck Turner. Joe now lives in Berlin, Germany. He is an avid guitar player, and since moving to Europe, he has written for Guitar magazine in Germany and published a series of music instruction books including The Charlie Christian Method for Jazz Guitar Improvisation, Master the Fretboard: Applied Theory for Guitarists, The Chord and Harmony Guide for Guitar, and Pro Techniques for Home Recording. Joe also continues to compose and produce music with his band project, Troutband.