I'd really like a copy of that – it looks like a fantastic book. Unfortunately shipping and exchange rates mean it's very expensive to buy and get it delivered to the UK, where I live. Maybe one day.
A work colleague of mine had a review copy a while ago (perhaps I should request one too). I had a flick through it and it looked very good, though perhaps slightly too technical for my needs (I don't really need to know loads about variations between different types of microphone or mixing consoles). For the more casual fan I recommend The Beatles' Gear by Andy Babiuk, though that's got a slightly different focus.
14 October 2009
The book blows Mark Lewisohn book away with sheer detail. It's doesn't go into detail on every song, only key songs that evolved the development of recording technology at Abbey Road Studios. Most of the songs on the first two albums where recorded live to either mono or twin track with a minimal of overdubbing As the recording process grew after the album Help, the book goes into major detail. What is awesome about this book, is the detail of all the equipment used at Abbey Road during the Beatles recording along with other groups like the Zombies and Pink Floyd. The first thing that literal blew me aways was the 3D floor plan of Abbey Road studios and all of the important rooms
I will say this after reading this book, you will look at pictures of recording sessions and your then will be able to pick out Microphones, Recording consoles, Compressors, Limiters, speakers, patch-bays, tape machines and other information and know exactly what it is and what was it's direct purpose in the recording process.
I warn users, that this book is not for the beginner. You must have a background in audio, studio equipment, electronics and the process of how music is recorded. If you don't have this , you won't understand much of this book as it is rather technical in nature.
Take 7+ Take 26=1 minute "Strawberry Fields Forever "
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