Analog Recording: Using Analog Gear in Today’s Home Studios

January 16, 2014 - Comment

(Book). Today’s hottest home-studio trend is the revival of analog recording. Everyone knows that digital is convenient, consistent, and reliable but if you want the warm, live sound of real music, you need to allow analog back into the mix. The good news is that the equipment you need is still out there and surprisingly

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(Book). Today’s hottest home-studio trend is the revival of analog recording. Everyone knows that digital is convenient, consistent, and reliable but if you want the warm, live sound of real music, you need to allow analog back into the mix. The good news is that the equipment you need is still out there and surprisingly affordable. This book tells you how to find, maintain and use: analog tape machines * analog mixing consoles and monitors * vintage and vintage-style microphones * analog reverberation, echo, compression and limiting. The book also takes you through the process of building a home studio and a live echo chamber. And there are hints and tips from the analog experts: engineers and producers who have worked with everyone from Phil Spector, Sonny & Cher, The Beach Boys and The Beatles through to Nirvana, Maroon 5, Paul Westerberg, and The White Stripes. The package includes an 11-track audio CD that demonstrates what you can achieve when you bring the human sound of analog into your digital home studio.

Comments

Mr. Thomas Hughes says:

Ok for beginners This has been written by an enthusiast of home analogue recording. The author is obviously really into it and wants to share his enthusiasm by writing this book.However, the book isn’t very informative for anyone unless they’re very new to analogue recording. Several times, the author says that it’s good to use analogue equipment because it looks good. Yes, it does look good, and good looking gear is very inspiring to use…but that’s kind of missing the point. (And not all the…

La Rossa says:

A one of a kind book! I was very impressed when I opened this up and skimmed through the many photos of analog gear, rooms, etc. Of course, this was before I got down to reading it seriously. I learned so much of those magic elements the old timers used.As a long term goal, my dream is to own a lot of the stuff that the author talks about and describes – things like plate reverb, vintage mics, even how to build your own DIY echo chamber with just a few simple tools! Book also comes with a CD of songs…

Anonymous says:

I purchased this book shortly after I got an 8-track tape recorder, mixing board, and other vintage gear. I am no beginner to recording, especially in the digital domain. The transition to analog definitely changed things – there is a whole different flow and feel to recording music on an analog tape machine. Reading this book helped me through issues I was having starting up, and got me thinking a bit outside the box as far as mic placement, techniques, etc. However, I do wish there were…

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