If you’re planning on getting into music recording and production, these are a few recording books we recommend you read. These books cover everything from tracking instruments, to advanced mixing techniques.
Recording Secrets for the Small Studio by Mike Senior. This book is specifically targeted at home recording. It focuses on how to get the most out of budget equipment instead of focusing on expensive preamps and microphones. Not only is this book a good start, but it also covers the pros and cons of advanced techniques. It will focus on some common mistakes made in a small studio environment. It also covers the importance of recording it right the first time instead of fixing it in the mix.
Modern Recording Techniques by David Mules Huber and Robert E. Runstein. This is a book for more advanced recording. It has a heavy focus on different types of equipment as well as recording studio design. There is also focus on topics such as acoustics as well as running a recording studio as a business. Though targeted more at professionals, there is definitely some useful information that can help guide you when designing your studio.
Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices, and Tools by Roey Izhaki is a good choice. This book starts off with the basics, such as how to use different tools such as compression, equalization, and reverb. It also covers how to properly monitor your mix, with consideration given to your monitor speakers, room, and headphones. The book concludes with a few examples of different mixes and how you can get the same results. Learning the mixing process and workflow to get a final product is an invaluable skill in the home studio.
The Art of Equalization by Thomas Juth covers how to use equalization to clean up your mix. This will allow you to make clearer mixes and work quicker in a home studio.
56 Mix Tips for the Small Recording Studio: Practical Techniques to Take Your Mixes to the Next Level56 Mix Tips for the Small Recording Studio by Amos Clarke. These tips are easy to use, and there’s no need to read each tip. Simply find something describes a result you’re looking for and follow the tips to carry it out.
We hope these recording books will benefit you, and increase your home recording skills. Just remember that even though they provide useful information, there's no substitute for practice!